UOSM 2008

Reflection on Topic 5

I felt that I could fully connect with this week’s topic, as open access (OA) is something I feel quite strongly about. I could tell that other bloggers felt similarly, such as Richard who took the opportunity to raise awareness and show support by tweeting OA publishers.  (more…)

Open Access in Science and Medicine

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Photo credits. Late night essays were made worse by the chance that my institution wouldn’t have access to an important reference.

“Check Access”.
For 4 years, this blue button has irritated me beyond belief. Writing a patient case report or research essay at 4am was never fun, and to make it worse, I was constantly at war with all the journals that would not give me or the University access to their cutting-edge research articles. (more…)

Reflection on Topic 3

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Photo credits. Building a professional online profile may not help me directly but it has it’s benefits…

Topic 3 has come to a close and I have gained from this experience. Building an online “professional” profile was not something I expected could help me; I am lucky enough to have a job guaranteed for me at the end of my degree. However, Richard and I both recognised the merits of using social media professionally (see Richard’s reply and my tweet):


Reflection on Topic 2

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Reflective Pond, Marriotts Phuket, Thailand

Trying to condense my post for topic 2 down to 400 words was a near impossible task. What I’ve read over the past few days has been very insightful and interesting. I had already naïvely written about my take on online identities; at first I thought this would complicate things for me, but then I tried to use it to my advantage. When thinking about this topic, one always thinks of the perils – Catfishing, identity theft and trolling. Therefore, I decided to research the benefits by talking to my friends and peers, and they came up with some perceptive concepts regarding online professionalism. I thought about the change I have seen on Facebook, and used primary research in my post.


Multiple Online Identities: who are you really?

Whilst some individuals are wary of revealing merely one online identity, there is much debate over having multiple. Many (including Facebook creators) believe that authenticity, which describes the genuine nature of one’s online persona, is greatly important in online networking. Others believe that we are multifaceted; which is creatively reflected when anonymity is maintained, and allows people to explore avenues when not restricted by their names or “real” identities. Anonymity permits individuals to have multiple identities whilst interacting on the web (Krotoski 2012).