I have not yet finished thinking about what my key take-aways from the Digital Researcher event on Monday, which is why they have not been blogged. Partly this is due to a busy week at work and partly because my energy has been directed into discussing what kind of followup there should be with the participants.

A Ning was mooted as an idea for capturing the inputs and outputs of the event, but this idea was overtaken by one of the events’ tutors who instead established a Friendfeed page. I have made the case for having a website – blog – page – something, somewhere, that pulls all the links and feeds together. It seems I am marking myself out as some kind of librarian luddite unwilling to wade through the Twitter or Friendfeed posts or Google for hashtagged Bit.ly links. Most responses have been along the same lines: join in the conversations and you will find what you want. Really? How does one know what is there if one doen’t know what’s there in the first place and consequently how to search? This, by the way, is a rhetorical question. I ask it on behalf of the people I spoke to on Monday who were confused and finding the concepts presented challenging.

My concept was that Vitae would be sending out some kind of post-event email, which could contain one link to one page: a starting point for the DR10 attendees who may not have wanted to dive right in and tweet stuff. One big barrier is that we have no way of knowing up-front who is behind a Twitter ID. It would have been great had the event provided contact details of any kind – but adding people’s Twitter IDs to the participant list or name badges would have been a helpful thing to do.

I am left wondering what the aims of the DR10 event were, and whether there were any kind of measurables put in place. A target for the number of people engaging with Twitter as a result? A new community of PGRs established that would mentor each other into finding their own discipline-related networks? How is the pilot event being evaluated to establish if it is worth running again?

So far Vitae have not followed up on either of the two interactions I have had with them [the promised network wasn’t established after the part-timer event I went to in May 2009; and I certainly didn’t receive an email telling me when booking for DR10 opened). It may be therefore that my expectation of a co-ordinated follow up is unrealistic.

It’s a couple of days since the event. Real life is starting to encroach again on the participants’ time. Has the momentum been lost?

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