9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN24 Science and Technology

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Emerging Technologies Building AA, AA.225

The use of Web 2.0 technologies by the research community: opening up new communication spaces

The present communication focuses on the use of Web 2.0 services by the research community. The technologies associated with the Web 2.0 are said to create new social networks, which overcome more rigid communication structures. Montgomery (2009:83) considers that "New forms of communication create new possibilities for scientific knowledge, not just as a corpus of data and interpretations but also as a means of doing work, establishing expert communities and interacting with "outsider" publics. New modes of communication create new forms of science and ways of being a scientist". This communication will analyse the use of Web 2.0 services by the research community. In particular, it will analyse how these technologies are used in research, and which communities are targeted by when researchers and research centres develop Web 2.0 technologies. The use of such technologies among the research community can have implications on the culture and practices of knowledge production. In addition, the use of Web 2.0 technologies can be envisaged to open-up the research community for wider interaction with the socio-territorial systems in which it is integrated. The research analyses the use of Web 2.0 services in the internet platforms of research centres, and identify the different types of publics and users and the extent to which external input is sought, and how it contributes to the agenda setting within research institutions. It will be concluded whether these technologies can be considered as a central tool in the development of research institutes as "reflexive organisations".