The Internet offers an exciting way for Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Communities of Practice to share what they know

Last Friday I was excited, once again, to share my knowledge about the ways in which social technology can be used for research collaboration. This time the venue was the 2011 OU-Tulsa Research Forum, which was held in conjunction with The University of Tulsa 14th Annual Student Research Colloquium. This combined effort of sharing research knowledge between two major Tulsa universities is yet another testament toward efforts of increased research collaboration.

My poster presentation—”Utilization of Innovative Online Social Technology for Community-Based Participatory Research”—was awarded second place in the Community Service track (led by OU-Tulsa researcher Chan Hellman).  The poster was a collaborative effort with Dr. Frances Wen, Director of Research at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Principal Investigator for a Community-Based Participatory Research project focusing on older Tulsans’ ability to “Age in Place.”

As the desire and need for interdisciplinary research continues to grow, I feel fortunate that the foundations of knowledge management can be used to facilitate such collaboration. Internet-based social technologies offer a unique opportunity for such communication facilitation. I’ve said many times, the dawn of the Internet and an economy of knowledge can be a mark on history much like the Gutenberg Press.

Social technologies are ever evolving, and as researchers and stewards of new knowledge, it is our responsibility to keep abreast of new ways to share what we know.