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Research & Teaching



Open Science (2012-present, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society)

Fundamental changes regarding how science and scholarship are conducted are underway as a result of the Internet's increasing ubiquity. Together with Sascha Friesike, Kaja Scheliga and Benedikt Fecher, I am currently a collaborator in the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society's Open Science project, led by Thomas Schildhauer. The project will span several years and investigate the Internet's impact on knowledge production, both in institutional science (for example, through alternative approaches to measuring scientific impact) and in networked hybrid virtual communities, such as Wikipedia. More information is available on the project website (in English).

Networking, Visibility, Information: a study of digital genres of scholarly communication and the motives of their users (2012-2015, Berlin School of Library and Information Science)

The project, funded by a three-year DFG personal grant, investigates new forms of scholarly communication (especially blogging and Twitter) and their role for academia. My key concerns are usage motives, i.e. why scholars use blogs and Twitter, and how these motives correspond with usage practices (how they blog and tweet), rather than how many researchers use these channels of communication or what makes them refrain from using them. My main methods will be qualitative interviews with a sample of 20-25 blogging and/or tweeting academics, along with in-depth content analysis of the material they post in these channels over a prolonged period (>1 year). Identifying usage patterns and relating them to the participants’ narrative about their use will be another key objective. Ultimately, I hope to find a (tentative) answer to the question what role blogs and Twitter may play for the future of digital scholarship, and whether they will remain a niche phenomenon or become mainstream over time. See the summary (in German) on the DFG's website.

Junior Researchers Group "Science and the Internet" (2010-2012, University of Düsseldorf)

The Junior Researchers Group "Science and the Internet" was an interdisciplinary team of eight researchers (seven postdocs and one doctoral student) situated at the University of Düsseldorf. It was launched in October 2010 and funded by a unversity start-up grant for the duration of two years. The group investigated different aspects of the Internet's impact on scholarship in research and teaching, including the semantics of the terms publishing and publication in the digital age, the dissemination and discussion of academic research in blogs and on Twitter, collaborative learning in 3D environments, and the perception of legal aspects of scholarship by non-experts. More information about our activities can be found on the project website (in German, no longer updated). (2006-)

The goal of the eLanguage project, which was initiated by the Linguistic Society of America in 2006, is to house a wide range of open access e-journals devoted to different subfields of the discipline under a single technical and organizational umbrella. The editors of the member journals inside such a hub are fully independent, but agree on a common set of rules (peer review, a common style sheet etc). They benefit from pooling their resources, both in terms of tech support and because the content from all member journals can be centrally aggregated, increasing every single member’s visibility. I have acted as the technical manager of eLanguage since its initial launch.


I have taught classes related to computer-mediated discourse and digital media at the University of Düsseldorf, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Freiburg.

last modified 2014-07-23