Creating a Digital Ecosystem for Academic Work


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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 for more details & info.

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    1. 1. Creating a Digital Ecosystem for Academic Work: Or, How to use Technology to help Read, Write, and Discuss. Nick Blackbourn @nickblackbourn
    2. 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 of value • Discuss – encouraging others to engage with your work …i.e. what scholars have done for centuries @nickblackbourn
    3. 3. Tools not Methods Nothing is Right, Nothing is Wrong. There are many options… …use what works for you
    4. 4. A Case Study: Me What follows is my own workflow It’s not perfect, but it works for me… …accept, reject & adapt for yourself! @nickblackbourn
    5. 5. Research – Collecting Data Archives | Reading| Note taking @nickblackbourn
    6. 6. Gathering material: At the Archives (physical or online) Take Pictures / Generate Clippings Create searchable PDFs / text files … dump everything in your DT inbox … reference everything in Zotero @nickblackbourn
    7. 7. Gathering material: Reading & Note taking Skim – PDF viewer & Note taker Evernote – note-taking/Clippings By hand! – Just type it up later … dump everything in your DT inbox … reference everything in Zotero @nickblackbourn
    8. 8. Recall Databasing| Referencing | Journaling @nickblackbourn
    9. 9. ‘Databasing’ - Devonthink: your central research hub - Tag / Group - Searchable text - Relevant docs matched. @nickblackbourn
    10. 10. Referencing - Zotero (free, opensource) - Everything (ideally!) should be ready to cite when you need it @nickblackbourn
    11. 11. Journaling / Writing Regularly Use any text editor – but get it into Devonthink Why? • DT shows you relevant material you already have. • Good practice to stay on top of your research. • Easy to convert to blog post if appropriate • Try [and become a Phoenix!] @nickblackbourn
    12. 12. Writing - Creating Scholarly Output Composition | Editing | Blogging | Tweeting @nickblackbourn
    13. 13. Composition Scrivener - Hierarchical writing: organize a structure (or not) and then just write - Goal Setting - Focus on generating text @nickblackbourn
    14. 14. Editing & Formatting Word / Libre Office: Zotero plug-in for citations I prefer ‘Print View’ for later & final edits @nickblackbourn
    15. 15. Blogging Wordpress / Blogger What to blog?: Early drafts Ideas Questions Summaries Reviews… …all important scholarly work that you do anyway What do you think about as a scholar? Blog about it! –You think about it already, you aren’t replicating, just turn it into c.300 words @nickblackbourn
    16. 16. Twitter Micro-blogging: Create a network Discuss your interests Ask questions Get feedback Post links / discover resources Engage different audiences @nickblackbourn
    17. 17. Why be online? - Make connections in between conferences (and with the many people who don’t go to them!) - Be discoverable – people can find you and your research - Think in terms of academic output – ‘ALWAYS BE CREATING’ Other formats: Slideshare YouTube Podcasts Google Hangouts
    18. 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 a whole, and then get on with what academics do: read, write, discuss Questions?: I can be found here  @nickblackbourn @nickblackbourn