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DiRT (Digital Research Tools) has a new home! Please visit Bamboo DiRT to explore this excellent collection of research tools.


Networking sites allow researchers to discover and connect with other people working in their field, as well as publicize their own research interests and accomplishments via a public profile or C.V.



  • Academia: enables academics to have free webpages and displays academics in a  tree-format, grouped by universities and departments (Free, web-based)
  • Academici: "a web-based environment in which knowledge workers can interact, collaborate, transfer knowledge and conduct commerce with each other, with commercial and governmental organisations" (Free, with premium commercial upgrade; web-based)
  • BibApp: "a Campus Research Gateway and Expert Finder...promote your research, find collaborators on campus, make your research more accessible, reuse your publication history in other applications" (Free, open source)
  • Cestagi: "a free service that you can use to create and maintain a biographical sketch site. The focus of the Cestagi project is to provide educators and young scholars innovative tools to manage and promote their unique credentials, enabling interdisciplinary communicative and collaborative efforts." (Free, web-based)
  • EventSeer: service that networks academics--allows users to build personal profiles and post their own events, notifies users of upcoming events that are significant to their interests (Free, web-based)
  • H-Net: "an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web" (Free, web-based)   
  • HUBzero: "allows you to create dynamic websites that connect a community in scientific research and educational ideas" (Free, web-based)
  • MyPeers: "follow your peers and get notified when they publish new works"; access publications; measure impact (Free, Mac)
  • Ning: "discover and create new social networks for your passions...infinitely customizable, beautifully designed, easily created and moderated...a better way to discover and stay connected to the most important people and interests in their [the user's] life" (Free, web-based)
  • Pronetos Professor's Network: "a service that hosts peer-reviewed journal management software to make publishing your journal easier and much more inexpensive" (Free, web-based)
  • Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN): "is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences (Free, web-based)




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Comments (1)

Lucy Barber said

at 10:54 am on Dec 30, 2009

Should LinkedIn be added since it crosses between the for-profit, non-profit, and academic worlds?

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