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A Social and Professional Network for Early Career Researchers in Education

  • Start date: 01 September 2008
  • End date: 31 August 2009

This project will offer early career researchers in education the opportunity to take part in the 'co-configuration' of their own sustainable network and the online tools that enable and enhance it, based on resources  and services developed by the TLRP and Research Capacity Building Network and realised using emerging models of 'social software'.

This project will build on previous development and research work in the areas of capacity building and virtual research environments, and will engage participants in high-quality research symposia and training activities drawing on the resources of the ESRC Research Capacity Building Network; identification of areas of common interest and potential areas of network development;  and 'envisioning' and design activities to inform the development of 'OpenSocial' applications to address their needs as researchers.

These activities, together with a systematic review of current provision and potential Social Software applications, will inform the development of a number of online tools to enhance and extend current 'Virtual Research Environments' so that they can support the kinds of network activities required by early career researchers.  These will be integrated into the TLRP/BERA Virtual Research Environment by Summer 2009.