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SOCIAL SCIENCES
www.bl.uk/socialsciences
Uses of Web 2.0 by UK Social Science Researchers and
Libraries
Sally Halper, Lead Content Specialist, The British Library [
sally.halper@bl.uk
]
This article was first published in
ALISS Quarterly
, Vol. 3 No. 3, April 2008, pp. 3-10. It is
reproduced with the journal’s permission.
Web 2.0 seems to be everywhere at the moment. But are social science researchers using
it yet? And if they are, what are the implications for social science libraries?
The British Library has been looking at this issue to see how we might use web 2
technologies such as blogs, wikis, RSS, collaborative tagging and recommendations to
engage with our customers and deliver services. This article summarizes some of our
findings.
HOW ARE SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCHERS USING WEB 2.0?
There are a lot of websites with web 2 features that disseminate and discuss social
sciences. The table below gives an overview of the number and types of blogs, wikis and
podcasts about social science written in English and how they have grown in the six
months from April to September 2007. It is based on searches of Intute,Technorati’s blog
directory, Google, and Academic Blogs (a wiki listing blogs where the blogger has an
academic affiliation):
As at 16 April 2007
As at 17 September 2007
Intute
Handselected
Intute
Harvester
Technorati
Academic blogs
Blogs
http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/
cgibin/search.pl?term1=blog+or+blogs
309
451
9284
9284
792
614
tagged ‘social
science’,
559
214
tagged ‘social
sciences’
369
418
including…
33
34
sociology
87
96
economics
28
32
anthropology
64
72
political
science/theory
16
18
psychology
9
10
business
administration
32
38
education
Podcasts
http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/
cgibin/search.pl?term1=podcast+or+po
dcasts
59
92
597
597
n/a
n/a
Wikis
http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/
cgibin/search.pl?term1=wiki
7
15
421
421
n/a
n/a
Note:
There’s no easy way to separate blogs based in the UK from the rest (Intute,Technorati and Academic Blogsdo not
search by domain ending ac.uk, for instance) – so these figures include international examples in English