Digital and social media offer new and creative ways to conduct, as well as share, research. Capitalising on this is a team of researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow that has developed an enterprising initiative – a website resource for anyone with an interest in using digital media for research, consultation or participation activities with children and young people.
Ian Watson, Programme Manager at IRISS, speaks about IRISS.FM, internet radio for Scotland's social services.
He also speaks about access to social media in the workplace.
Social bookmarking is a great way to store, organise, manage and share bookmarks to online resources. Social bookmarking systems allow users to save links to web pages or resources that they want to remember and/or share with specific groups of people.
bespoken is a social media website dedicated to building a community that aims to include disabled people in the design of everyday household products from their own homes, and where they can share ideas and tips on how to overcome everyday challenges that are faced with appliances and technology.
Glasgow is one of the cities hosting Social Media Week (#socialmediaweek), which will take place from 19-23 September 2011. The week will focus on exploring how local and regional societies, cultures and economies are becoming more integrated and empowered through a global network of communication.
This study examines the relevance of social media to the development of personalised social care in general, and to self-directed support in particular.
"The challenge for all councils now is to move social media off their list of challenges and on to their list of opportunities. If they don’t, they face moving into a changing world under equipped and under-resourced. If they do though, they may find that the solutions they seek are right under their nose"
The subject of social media, and how blocks to accessing social networking sites in local authorities is negatively affecting social work practice, is a topical one, and a bit of a hot potato as regards how to, and who is, responsible for tackling it.
IRISS has recently published a report on using social media in social services, which was put together by Focused on Learning, a consultancy and training service specialising in e-learning, web communications and publishing for the public, academic and not-for-profit sectors.