Simon’s illuminating post about Listserve reminded me of the various tools that have changed, or are in the processes of changing, research and scholarly practices. I posted an article last week about the pros and cons of Google Scholar.
Academic scholars have always been suppliers and consumers of texts (as well as other media content). So concepts of prosumption are not alien.
Google scholar, as well as social media tools such as Academia, Mendeley, LinkedIn, FaceBook, Google+, and Twitter provide powerful network tools for letting the world know what you are up to. On the down side, it’s an extra burden to maintain this relentless online presence, and renders the research enterprise somewhat individualistic rather than group-based. The tools primarily exist so you can profile yourself, not the team. It also floods the info-sphere with yet more stuff. Is it all needed?