Dissemination-support tools

Dissemination is more than publishing

Efficient tools to increase research visibility

Enhance your research impact

Knowledge sharing

Create a rich online context for your research work

Develop additional opportunities for interest in your research outputs. Publications cycles are often slow and scientific meetings have a limited audience. Presenting research objectives and efforts online and connecting them with related knowledge and resources can significantly accelerate and expand research uptake.

Describe motivations, novelty and news about your research to allow it to be discovered and followed.
Share access to information and data repositories connected to your research.
Allow readers to provide you with feedback and comments.
Develop gateways to resources relevant to your projects.
Facilitate the development of communities of interest and support.
Convey information efficiently and persuasively

Information visualisation

Enhanced information presentation is not exclusively reserved to data

Visually representing scientific information in an accessible manner provides an invitation to a deeper evaluation of shared opinions and results and to potential collaborations.

Develop clear and persuasive renderings of key concepts, processes, procedures.
Visualise experimental data on-line attractively.
Illustrate research outputs and results to highlight their significance.
Provide a compelling overall image of your overall R&D effort in visual terms that complement and enhance textual descriptions.
Video materials are powerful dissemination enablers

Video support

Dissemination in video form reaches a wide variety of audiences

Video materials are low cost and help communicate in a format that is easily understandable. Video production techniques are easily adaptable to diverse research domains and can serve a multitude of dissemination functions:

Document your work and experiments.
Develop narratives of or for scientific research.
Explain key research concepts.
Record and share opinions related to your research topics.
Produce educational materials.

Examples of developed/applied dissemination tools

Interactive access to collections of resources

Developed as part of European science project

Project scientists developed 6 databases of references to resources highly relevant for the project research. To facilitate a meaningful exploration of the reference collections, Pragma Communication developed an on-line tool which allows their browsing and access to resources by simply traversing a topic hierarchies associated with the 6 research areas.

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Advanced sharing of resource databases

Thousands of references to varied resources (books, journal articles, news, media items, databases) were assembled into collections asociated with the 6 main research areas of the project.
In parallel, researchers developed a topic hierarchy for each investigation area. Topics in the hierarchy were then associated with resource lists from the corresponding collection.
Resources are linked to topics based on views expressed therein, not just by keywords.
Instead of scrolling through an entire collection, users 'travel' through the topic hierarchy. The resource list associated with the active topic is immediately displayed side-by-side to the topic tree.
Users who are not familiar with a research area can explore it with the help of the topic hierarchy which provides a conceptual structure of the domain.
Users can contribute resources and even make suggestions to enhance topic hierarchies. This ensures not only the update of the contents, but also the development of communities of interest around the research areas/topics.

Video dissemination: Educational materials

Scientific research often lends itself to narratives about the challenges of the investigation or about its impact and implications.
One of the central research topics of the project were ethics challenges related to voting.
Candidate educational challenges were processed to map out decision options for voters, defending and objecting arguments, conflicts between options and implications.
Each challenge was then transformed into a dialogue scenario with characters embedded in a hypothetical context.
With assistance from video animators, scenarios were then transformed into 5-minute video clips or into interactive video scenarios.
The video and interactive materials were grouped and released on a separate site specifically dedicated to the targeted audiences.

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Video scenarios for online voter education

Developed as part of European research project

The project research generated paradigms representative for its key investigation questions on voting. To transfer knowledge about voting to citizens, the research team developed narratives and then scenarios on voting challenges. The scenarios were then converted into animated video clips and interactive media which engage and convey and explain options.

Interviews and roundtables as research insights

Developed as part of European research project

Rather than developing a blog loosely related to the project's research areas, its team chose representative topics and interviewed recognised experts on key subject matters. The recordings were complemented with roundtables, keynote addresses and conference presentations to produce a collection of informative materials about the ongoing research.

Video dissemination: Opinion sharing

Project scientists decided to produce and share video recordings of interviews, keynote presentations and debates on pre-selected topics of high relevance.
Interviews were conducted via Skype, while presentations were recorded using the web facilities of events organised in hybrid mode (on-site & online).
All materials were released via an Insights page to indicate that they were produced and curated to provide multi-faceted views to key project topics.
Apart from scientist and experts, interviewees included senior political figures and activists involved in activities relevant to the project.
Materials were deemed adequate for use in classroom lectures to illustrate arguments related to the topics being discussed.

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