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Academic networking vs. Social networking
The future of social networking in academia

Michelle Ponto  

Social media is changing our society. It has radically disrupted the way we access information, communicate, and collaborate with each other. Yet it seems the needs of the academic community have not yet been sufficiently addressed with respect to social media. Researchers are still reluctant to invest their time to maintain profiles across different websites and update them regularly. The discussion on the use of social media platforms in the scientific community is highly timely, given the recent launches of networks targeted at scientists. It is a crossdisciplinary theme which touches on how academics share knowledge, interact and collaborate. Open networks can make research results globally accessible and can facilitate advocacy groups, students, and anyone interested in more popular science to interfaces with scientists and their work. In addition, social and open networks can foster breakthrough science as they make research easy to access, easy to share and provide valuable feedback on demographics. Plus, with over 600,000 open access articles published in 2014 and that number increasing each year, disseminating the research relevant for the scientist has become of utmost importance. During the session, we'll explain how open networks and the algorithms connected within the platform's technology play an important role in ensuring breakthrough science doesn't get lost in the flood of content. In this session we will highlight various models and experiences of academic networking and discuss how new developments will revolutionize how we will publish, communicate, and disseminate research knowledge in the future.

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