As social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook have come to play a key role in our daily work and social lives, they have also made their way into academia. Now, a group of researchers from across the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus have recognized the need for more exchange and collaboration on all things social media.
The group held its first monthly gathering of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Social Computing Jan. 27. Organizers have put the call out to researchers across the university who are exploring social media and its impact on society.
"This is our first rattling of the bushes to see who shows up and it should be pretty interesting," said Nora Paul, director of the U of M School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Minnesota Journalism Center.
So far, potential participants include students, staff and faculty from the English, computer science, journalism, writing studies, public health, mathematics, environmental studies, youth development and Spanish and Portuguese fields.
The group is particularly aimed at graduate students, but Paul said they want to have the events open to the community as well, with a goal of spurring collaboration not just across departments but also with people outside the university.