SC CTSI Launches Digital Scholar Webinar Series

The training series introduces health researchers to digital science approaches.

July 25, 2017

The upcoming Digital Scholar Webinar Series will introduce health researchers at USC, CHLA and beyond to digital approaches and tools relevant to their research. The training series will showcase the potential and limitations of digital approaches health researchers need to be aware of.

"Nearly every part of the research process can benefit from digital advances. We will cover a wide range of topics, such as recruiting study participants online, using digital tools to improve a systematic review study, accelerating the dissemination of research results, and launching a crowdfunding campaign," says Katja Reuter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine, Director of Digital Innovation and Communication at the SC CTSI and founder of the program. "The series is designed to address a gap in the current training of health sciences researchers and to increase the number of scientists at all career stages who are comfortable using digital approaches to enhance their research."

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Katja Reuter, PhD

The webinar are open to all interested and will take place online every first Wednesday of each month from 12-1PM, beginning September 6th, 2017. All webinars will be accessible afterward on the Digital Scholar Program page.

Open to all interested
Cost: This event is free of charge.

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Upcoming Digital Scholars webinars in 2018


March 7, 2018 | 12-1 PM PST  

Topic: Disseminating scientific research via Twitter: Practical insights and research evidence

Overview: About one-fifth of current scientific papers are being shared on Twitter. With 230 million active users and 24 percent of the U.S. online population using the microblogging platform, hopes are high that tweets mentioning scientific articles reflect some type of interest by the general public and might even be able to measure the societal impact of research. However, early studies show that most of the engagement with scientific papers on Twitter takes place among members of academia and thus reflects visibility within the scientific community rather than impact on society. At the same time, some tweets do not involve any human engagement but rather are generated automatically by Twitter bots. This talk focuses on identifying audiences on Twitter and teaches participants how to collect, analyze, visualize, and interpret diffusion patterns of scientific articles on Twitter. The course will provide an overview of altmetrics research and present the challenges – including methods and first results – of classifying Twitter user groups, with a particular focus on identifying members of the general public and measuring societal impact. The course will provide hands-on exercises and instructions on how to analyze by whom, when, and how scientific papers are shared on Twitter.

Speaker: Katja Reuter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine at the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC; Director of Digital Innovation and Communication for the Southern California Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SC CTSI)

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April 4, 2018 | 12-1 PM PST  

Topic: Research Data Sharing and Re-Use: Practical Implications for Data Citation Practice that Benefit Researchers

Overview: It is increasingly a requirement of funding agencies that researchers make their data freely available. But it is also consistent with the principles of open science and can help to build a researcher's reputation within the science community. This webinar will highlight the findings of a recent study on the characteristics of data sharing, reuse, and citation, and it will provide practical recommendations for formalized citation practices that benefit the researchers who decide to do so.

Speakers: Hyoungjoo Park, PhD candidate, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Dietmar Wolfram, PhD

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.