This social media guide aims at promoting African knowledge (in particular about climate change adaptation).
These are the appendixes which provide a more comprehensive list of resources and support information to use this guide most appropriately.

Full list of key resources and reference guide




This page provides list of 'Key resources' (including the central 'social media guide resources', indicated in bold) and, below, a reference guide to know more about specific social media tools. This list also features the one resource we would recommend in priority if you don't have more time: Social Media: A Guide for Researchers.

Full list of key resources


Each resource in this full list has been assessed against:
  • Its focus on social media;
  • Its focus on promoting African knowledge (or local knowledge, or related to promotion of African knowledge if in brackets);
  • Its focus on climate change adaptation (or related fields, if in brackets).

Name of the resource
Social media
Promoting African knowledge (or local knowledge)
Climate change adaptation
(or related)
Description and additional notes
A Guide to Web 2.0 for Researchers
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A detailed social media guide aimed at arts and humanities researchers, but relevant for anyone interested in learning more about using Web 2.0 at all stages of the knowledge cycle.
A Moving Story: putting the film in context
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A compelling story (November 2010) from the African Agricultural GIS Week 2010 highlights the need for social media tools in addition to traditional knowledge sharing tools.
Adaptation in Africa

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This particular website "will feature the stories of Africa’s resilient farmers, pastoralists, fishers and livestock producers – women and men who are adapting to the harsh realities of climate variability, extremes and change across the continent."
Ag, food and social media
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This webpage lists a number of useful resources for people working in the agricultural sector to embark on social media, in general, to get started and then for a number of key tools: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, LinkedIn, YouTube etc.
An African Social Media Strategist's Perspective on Climate Change
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The World Bank and other partners launched Connect 4 Climate (C4C) campaign, using the social media to reach out a community that cares about climate change with a goal of raising awareness about climate change with a special focus on Africa. (Connect4Climate video).
Cameroon Councils Create Network to Address Climate Change
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Inspiring article (April 2011) about a social network in Cameroon created by local councils to increase public and government participation in climate change efforts.
Can Cultural Connections Boost Adaptation to Climate Change?
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This Alert Net article (October 2011) explains how ICTs and social media can play a crucial role to empower youths and local communities in the face of climate change adaptation adversity.
Climate change infographics


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Very interesting collection of infographics about climate change worldwide.
Climate Conversations: Building climate resilience with social media
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Thought-provoking article (June 2011) exploring the potential use of social media in the climate change knowledge cycle.
Communicating climate change and disaster risk
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(September 2011) This issue 183 of Soul Beat Africa is a key resource and features a variety of articles dealing with African examples of communication on climate change and disaster risk (prevention)
Community Based Adaptation Exchange


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(CBA-X) is a shared online resource designed to bring together and grow the CBA community: It provides a site for the exchange of up-to-date information about community-based adaptation, including news, events, case-studies, tools, policy resources, and videos.
How Scientists Can Reach Out With Social Media
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The world needs scientists to bring science to life. Jennifer Rohn with tips on how researchers can use social media to engage new audiences. (SciDev Net)
How to define a social media strategy
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(February 2012) This series of blog posts from Peter Casier is related to the wiki 'social media for research institutions and programmes'
ICT Update: Adapting to climate change
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This December 2011 issue of the ICT update is one of the key resources of this guide and deals with various ICT initiatives to adapt to climate change.
ICT Update: Mobile apps

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This December 2010 issue of the ICT update is one of the key resources of this guide and deals with new applications in use in Africa and beyond.
ICT Update: Mobile services

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This October 2009 issue of the ICT update is one of the key resources of this guide and deals with various mobile phone services that have been tested and implemented in Africa and beyond.
ICT Update: Rural telephony

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This September 2008 issue of the ICT update is one of the key resources of this guide and deals with different applications for rural telephony, an adequate complement to social media presence in Africa.
ILRI comms wiki
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The ILRI comms wiki contains many questions and answers about social media and explains the practice of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) with them.
Knowledge management in the age of social media



Article (March 2011) addressing the paradigm shift from days of a single authoritative voice to a current online community of knowledge bearers and sharers.
Knowledge sharing tools and methods toolkit
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(2008 and ongoing) This guide of knowledge sharing methods and tools developed by various international organizations and networks is one of the key resources of this guide and a great entry point to facilitating successful conversations offline.
List of Social Networks in Africa
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List of 'African social networks' popular in Africa. (OAfrica)
Pinterest board: Africa social media
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A (starting) Pinterest board about social media in Africa. When last accessed (21 March) it contained only one pin.
Radio in Africa - CommInIt Soul Beat issue 191

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(February 2012) This (very rich) special issue of CommInIt’s Soul Beat newsletter features a great review of radio initiatives, across Africa, aiming to promote awareness and discussion about peace and democracy, environment and livelihood issues, and health.
Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia


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The Adaptation Knowledge Platform has been developed to respond to demand for effective mechanisms for sharing information on climate change adaptation and for developing adaptive capacities in Asian countries.
ResearchGate
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Facebook for scientists and researchers. Users can create professional profiles, discuss their work in topic specific Q&A forums, share papers, search for jobs and discover conferences in their field.
ResearchBlog
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Members of ResearchGate can submit postings from their individual profile blogs to contribute to this larger, official blog. The highest-quality submissions are then selected and published.
Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development

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At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape and encourage sustainable development. Social media is a key part of this initiative.
Scientists Use Social Media
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Do scientists use social media? Considering that the Web was conceived as a medium for scientific communication, it seems to make sense that they would.
Smart crowding for climate change: recommendations

Smart crowding for climate change: closing statements
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First Video - Discussion: Diversify approaches, bring traditional media, connect with face-to-face approaches, use text messages, using gaming as an opportunity for dialogue, enable sharing through use of local languages, focusing on right messages and capacity to use social media, use radio.

Second Video - Closing statements: How can technology inform people locally and help map examples of climate change effects?
Social learning and sustainability: Exploring critical issues in relation to environmental change and governance
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Proceedings from a conference (June 2010) about social learning for sustainable development, with emphasis on climate change adaptation.
Social Media: A Guide for Researchers
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This guide (February 2011) provides practical information on a wide range of social media tools available which can facilitate the full research knowledge cycle. We recommend this resource as a priority reading.
Social Media and Adaptation to Climate Change
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Presentation delivered at ICLEI Conference in Brussels, September 2011. Subject: the use of social media in adaptation to climate change. (LGIU presentation)
Social Media and Climate Change: How communities can change the course of history
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The Climate Reality Project serves a powerful demonstration of how social media now allows individuals to not just volunteer their own interest, time or dollars towards a cause that’s meaningful to them, but also their entire community. (We First Blog)
Social Media as a form of knowledge sharing
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(January 2011) This practical powerpoint presentation on Slideshare advises organisations to use social media in internal communications, and suggests what to consider when doing so.
Social media changing the way we communicate
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(March 2012) Article about the implications of social media for corporate communication strategies.
Social Media for Research Institutions and Programmes
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(February 2012) A collection of topics and links to support an exploratory discussion with a research project about social media - they have the science, and focus now on building a strategic communications strategy to increase the reach, visibility and uptake thereof. (P.Casier, Thinking Knowledge Wiki)
Social Media in Africa
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The point of this series is to highlight African contributions to social media and, in turn, reveal how social media is changing Africa. (Read Write Web)
Social Media, Journalism & Climate Change in Africa
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Social media for journalists and how e-tools can help cover an issue like climate change in Africa.
(A.Lesage-Possolo Slideshare presentation)
Social Media: Revolutionizing public health and climate change
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Social Media: revolutionizing public health and climate change. The impact of Web 2.0 technology on trans-national social advocacy. (K.Pillay, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Social Networking for Scientists
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A social network for scientists which helps them to ask each other questions about practical research problems and read each other’s papers. (The Economist)
Storytelling: taking stock



(March 2011) In this blog post, a selection of very useful storytelling resources is made and annotated for easier use. A key resource for storytelling - a strong tradition in Africa.
Talking About Social Media and Researchers
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The presentation helps researchers get their heads round various social media related issues. (T. Hooely, Co-Author of Social Media: A Guide for Researchers)
The 4Cs of social media
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Slightly dated blog post (July 2009) but excellent framework to use social media for collective action.
The conversation - an introduction to social media
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This is a dated presentation (November 2008) which brings a good and simple idea of the central aspect of social media: the conversation.
The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK)
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IMARK is an e-learning initiative to train individuals and support institutions and networks world-wide in the effective management of information - the kit consists of a collection of distance learning resources, tools and communities on information management, which is available online and on CD ROM.
The power of social media - the Kony story
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A presentation (March 2012) looking at the success of the most viral campaign ever made.
Using Social Media to Benefit Your Research
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(Vitae: 21st Century Research Profiles) Handout Powerpoint presentation used for a course given on 12 January 2012 in Liverpool.
See the full list of resources



Reference guide


The reference guide below provides an overview of some of the more common social media tools and platforms and additional resources to learn more about these tools and how to use them.

Tool / platform
Category / function
Resources and references
Additional notes
Blip TV
Video sharing (professionally)
Blip.TV Review
Blip.tv Video Sharing Site: A Review
Blip.tv is an open video network (video sharing/social networking service)
that hosts and distributes web-based TV shows and videos.
Blogging:

Blogger
Blogging
Blogging infographic: Past, present and future of blogging

Blogger
(Blogging) Content published using blog software (eg WordPress, Blogger) that organises pages chronologically and/or by category.

(Blogger (service)) is a blog publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries.
Del.icio.us
Social bookmarking
The Ultimate Guide to Using Del.icio.us
Delicious is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.
Facebook
Social networking
The Facebook guide book
Ultimate Facebook guide
Facebook is a social networking website intended to connect friends, colleagues, and business associates.
FlickR
Photo-sharing
Mastering Flickr: A Practical Guide
Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community.
Pinterest
Social (visual) bookmarking
Pinterest, a review of social media's latest sweetheart
Learning Guide: Pinterest
Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, resources and more.
Quora
Crowdsourced question and answering
What is Quora?
A test comparing Quora with other similar services and search engines
Quora is a website,that aggregates questions and answers to many topics and allows users to collaborate on them.
ResearchGate
Social networking
(for researchers and scientists)
Professor Facebook: Social media for scientists
ResearchGATE is a free social networking site and collaboration tool aimed at scientific researchers from all disciplines of science. It provides web applications including semantic searching (whole abstract searching) , file-sharing, publication database sharing...
Slideshare
Social presentation
A Quick-start Guide for Slideshare
SlideShare is an online social network for sharing presentations and documents.
Twitter
Micro-blogging
The Twitter Guidebook
Top 5 Reasons to Tweet
A microblogging platform based on 140-character micro-blog posts which enables its users to send and read other users' messages called tweets.
Wikis:

Wikispaces
Social content creation and collaboration
Wikis in Plain English

  • A wiki is a website whose users can add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor.
  • A Wikispace, in simple terms, is a group of web pages with “edit” buttons on them. You can collaborate with anyone you choose on your wikispace.
Wordpress
Blogging
10 reasons your site should be built in WordPress
Wordpress is a content management system (CMS) that has blog publishing tools letting users to host and publish blogs.
Yammer
Social networking
(professionally)
and microblogging
How to Use Yammer, and Why You Should Be Using It
Yammer is a business communication tool that operates as an internal Twitter-like messaging system for employees within an organization. It is used to provide real-time communication and reduce the need for e-mail.
YouTube
Video sharing
How to Upload a Video to Youtube
20 Great Youtube Features and Tricks You Need to Know
YouTube is a video-sharing website on which users can upload, share, and view videos.

A compelling story (November 2010) from the African Agricultural GIS Week 2010 highlights the need for social media tools in addition to traditional knowledge sharing tools.