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A presentation on creating a digital ecosystem to organise academic research & facilitating blogging and tweeting. Emphasis on not making an online presence a time burden. Contact @nickblackbourn......

A presentation on creating a digital ecosystem to organise academic research & facilitating blogging and tweeting. Emphasis on not making an online presence a time burden. Contact @nickblackbourn for more details & info.

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  • 1. Creating a Digital Ecosystem forAcademic Work:Or,How to use Technology to helpRead, Write, and Discuss.Nick Blackbourn, University of St Andrews http://nickblackbourn.com@nickblackbourn
  • 2. Overview – Technology Can Help:• Read – getting hold of material, making sense of it,and accessing it later• ‘Write’ – generating ideas & turning them into something ofvalue• Discuss – encouraging others to engage with your work…i.e. what scholars have donefor centuries
  • 3. Tools not MethodsNothing is Right,Nothing is Wrong.http://edudemic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/padagogy-wheel.jpgThere are many options… …use what works for you
  • 4. A Case Study: MeWhat follows is my own workflowIt’s not perfect, but it works for me……accept, reject & adapt for yourself!
  • 5. Research – Collecting DataArchives | Reading| Note taking
  • 6. Gathering material:At the Archives (physical or online)Take Pictures / GenerateClippingsCreate searchable PDFs / textfiles… dump everything in your DTinbox… reference everything inZotero
  • 7. Gathering material:Reading & Note takingSkim – PDF viewer & Note takerEvernote – note-taking/ClippingsBy hand! – Just type it up later… dump everything in your DTinbox… reference everything in Zotero
  • 8. RecallDatabasing| Referencing | Journaling
  • 9. ‘Databasing’- Devonthink: your central research hub- Tag / Group- Searchable text- Relevant docsmatched.
  • 10. Referencing- Zotero (free,opensource)- Everything (ideally!)should be ready tocite when you needit
  • 11. Journaling / Writing RegularlyUse any text editor – but get itinto DevonthinkWhy?• DT shows you relevantmaterial you already have.• Good practice to stay on topof your research.• Easy to convert to blog post ifappropriate• Try 750words.com [andbecome a Phoenix!]
  • 12. Writing - Creating ScholarlyOutputComposition | Editing | Blogging | Tweeting
  • 13. CompositionScrivener- Hierarchical writing:organize a structure(or not) and then justwrite- Goal Setting- Focus on generatingtext
  • 14. Editing & FormattingWord / Libre Office:Zotero plug-in for citationsI prefer ‘Print View’ for later & finaledits
  • 15. BloggingWordpress / BloggerWhat to blog?:Early draftsIdeasQuestionsSummariesReviews……all important scholarly work thatyou do anywayWhat do you think about as ascholar? Blog about it!–You think about it already, youaren’t replicating, just turn it intoc.300 words
  • 16. TwitterMicro-blogging:Create a networkDiscuss your interestsAsk questionsGet feedbackPost links / discover resourcesEngage different audiences
  • 17. Why be online?- Make connections in betweenconferences (and with the many peoplewho don’t go to them!)- Be discoverable – people can find youand your research- Think in terms of academic output –‘ALWAYS BE CREATING’Other formats:Slideshare YouTubePodcasts Google Hangouts
  • 18. Conclusion- Technology should be used to help you as a scholar-It is NOT just ‘another time-burden’[tweak your system if it feels this way]Make the effort to learn how to use your system as awhole, and then get on with what academics do:read, write, discussQuestions?: I can be found here  @nickblackbourn