A quick postscript to day 24 of the OER Visualisation project where I looked at how individual Jorum UKOER resources were being, or as was the case, not being shared on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook et al. I did a similar analysis on HumBox records and using my method it was a similar story, almost undetectable social sharing of individual resources.
To try an see if this was because of bad data on my behalf I posed the question to the #ukoer twitter community and the OER-DISCUSS mailing list. On the OER-DISCUSS list Peter Robinson highlighted that one mention of one of University of Oxford’s resources on StumbleUpon resulted in a 20,000 views spike. On Twitter Catherine Grant (@filmstudiesff) responded:
@mhawksey Re. bookmarking/sharing individual repository resources. Rare, but yes, I do! filmstudiesforfree.blogspot.com/p/online-film-… & filmstudiesforfree.blogspot.com #ukoer
— Catherine Grant (@filmstudiesff) January 20, 2012
Putting Catherine’s first link into sharedcount.com gives the following –>
So one page of curated resources with almost 50 Facebook reactions, over 80 tweets can have as many social shares an entire repository.
This issue is a well known one within the OER community and with almost eerie timing the following day after the ‘day 24’ post Pat Lockley posted The OERscars – and the winner is in which he looks at some of the activity stream around ‘Dynamic Collections’ created as part of the OER Phase 2 Triton Project. From Pat’s post:
I’m not entirely sure what my point is but thought worth sharing the information and links.