Citations and References in Web 2.0

Focus: Theory and practice of citing and referencing in Web 2.0

Main research questions:

To what extent does the use of citations and references differ in established as well as in new forms of scientific communication?

How does this affect the evaluation of science?

Verantwortlich: Isabella Peters, Katrin Weller

Educational Beliefs of Academics

Focus: Beliefs about teaching - connections to elearning

  • The work examines educational beliefs of teachers and decision makers in universities. Based on problem-based interviews typologies shall be developed and questions concerning the connections between Beliefs and innovative teaching (e.g. eLearning) be answered.

Verantwortlich: Timo van Treeck,

Form, function, and use of digital genres of academic communication

Focus: Forms and uses of academic communication online

  • What audiences are reached by online academic communication?

  • What are the motives and effects of use (i.e. readership) of online academic communication?

  • What are the relationships between new and established forms of academic communication in terms of form, function, and use?

Verantwortlich: Merja Mahrt,

Law - Friend or Foe in scientific Internet Use?

Strict copyright and privacy laws are considered a hindrance in the use of Web 2.0-technologies by scholars in teaching and research. The German copyright act tries to ameliorate the issues by granting a special right to make small parts of a work or even small works available to a specific group (!). However, legal uncertainty and a restrictive environment prevent many scholars from using the web and limit them to more traditional means of communication. To better understand the actual influence of law on scholar's online activity, statistical evidence of actual use is necessary and means to properly analyse that data must be determined. In addition, to gain a proper understanding of the current situation of German scholars, one must look beyond the German borders. While an examination of other European Union countries and the United States based on both publications and personal contacts is feasible, there is currently no information on the situation in Australia. To properly research those facts, personal interviews conducted abroad are inevitable.

Verantwortlich: Michael Beurskens ,

Researching and Teaching in 3D Environments

Focus: New modes of interaction in scientific work

What differences can be found comparing scientific face-to-face communication with scientific communication in 2D and 3D environments?

What potentials and limitations hold 3D environments such as Second Life?

Verantwortlich: Susanne Keuneke ,

The meaning change of the PUBLICATION-concept?

Focus: The semantics of the PUBLICATION-concept

The research project is concerned with the semantic content of the term publication in the context of academic online publications (e.g. e-journals, researchers’ homepages, web 2.0 publication services such as Scribd and Slideshare, etc.) Of particular interest are so-called unpublished manuscripts which researchers often add to their online-based publication lists, even though these manuscripts have not been published in traditional peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, edited volumes and the like. Do unpublished manuscripts qualify as publications from a semantic point of view? That is, what are the distinctive semantic features of the concept PUBLICATION and do they apply to unpublished manuscripts and publications alike? 

Verantwortlich: ,