Have you Googled yourself?
How easy is it for people to find you on the Internet? Your research? Your research group? The classes you teach? What can you do to better manage your internet profile?
Manage your UiB personal pages – your digital business card
Read on to find out more about
- managing your UIB personal web page
- other personal internet profiling opportunities
- why is this important
- how can this help your professional activity
FACT: Most people search with Google
In today’s internet-based world, your UiB personal page is essentially your business card – how does it present you and your professional activity? What impression does it convey? to potential students? colleagues? partners? evaluators? employers?
Some information is default
Some information is inputted automatically from UiB’s personnel system. Examples include: your name, position, department & research group affiliation, your location, phone number …
In addition, there is an automatic a link to a page with your publications in CRISTIN.
The rest of the information on your personal page is up to you.
How do you start?
Go to www.uib.no. Put your name in the search field. You will come to your personal page with the option to login clearly placed at the top right corner. Login with your usual UiB user name and password
There are a number of potential fields where you can add information about yourself (see one of the images above where Professor Bente Moen has used 4 fields). You can choose how many fields to use. NOTE: the fields remain invisible until you add content.
The only field that posts automatically is Publications with its automatic link to your publications in CRISTIN, mentioned above. Many people choose to highlight a few publications by listing them by hand in this field (NB you are then responsible for keeping these updated yourself).
Very important TIP
Use the “W” button (see image above).
You CANNOT copy and paste content directly from Word (otherwise you will end up with random hidden Word code showing)
- Write your text in Word.
- Copy it.
- In the external web editor, click on the W button (think of it as “W” for Washing code from Word) in the formatting options at the top of the dialogue box. A new dialogue box will open. Paste your text there. Close the box. It will appear automatically in the field content window.
- Use the editing / formatting tools at the top of the window to modify the formatting of your text if necessary.
- CHECK. Look at the text in a browser. How does it look? Are there spacing issues? Could you use bullet points? Bold text? Remember – in an internet world, less can be more!
Another special TIP
In HTML –text on internet – the Enter key actually gives a double space. If you would like only a single space, you must use the Shift key + the Enter key (hold the Shift down, click on Enter).
Use keywords. These are terms / words you add to the field “Fields of Competence” (see image above where Professor Bente Moen has selected 3 key words).
The key words are used in UiB web searches to identify experts for local and press requests. Use them to highlight the competency areas in which you feel qualified as expert.
You can include links to external web pages, Facebook, Twitter, blogs …
The pictures are larger now in the newest, updated UiB web. Try to get someone to take a good picture of you. The blank default is not welcoming or professional.
Remember, your UiB personal page will probably be the first place someone will come when they search the internet to find out more about you, your research and teaching.
Why have an internet presence?
December 2015, UiB’s Communication Division held an open breakfast meeting about Profiling Research Online. One of the main points was better managing one’s online profile.
Professor Jens Elmelund Kjeldsen, communication specialist, underlined the importance of one’s visual internet presence. He encourages all professionals to try to engage in the process. Test what works for you! He cites 3 reasons for having an active internet profile:
- Inform others about your activity (the activity of your group, etc.)
- Make your activity dynamic: invite contact and dialogue
- Disseminate knowledge – share your results
Both Kjeldsen and Marta Zygumtowska, Senior Academic Librarian at UiB, spoke of the importance of also establishing internet profiles in other channels. They highlighted LinkedIn, Academia.edu, Research Gate and others listed in the Fact Box to the right. They underlined that one should consider 2 things when selecting a given channel: what do you want from the channel AND what can a particular channel do for you?
Zygumtowska spoke of the importance of establishing a unique researcher profile using Research ID and ORCID, something that is particularly relevant for people who have common names or who change their name (see links in the Fact Box).
Other internet profiling opportunities …
The frenzy of new social and professional internet networks has stabilised somewhat. Different channels do different things. Just try. Test. Begin slowly. Follow others – find good examples. Accept that one can always be better!! Examples of different channels are listed in the Fact Box.