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Software for research

  1. 1. My Experiences Srinivasan Tatachari Improving Efficiency of Research by Using IT tools Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  2. 2. Is there a choice? <ul><li>Information is moving to electronic avatars </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Knowledge Management </li></ul></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  3. 3. Personal Knowledge Management Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  4. 4. Personal Knowledge Management <ul><li>Stages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retrieval </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Artifacts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>electronic versions of books, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>handbooks, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>snippets from websites …. </li></ul></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  5. 5. Ideation aspects Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  6. 6. Ideation <ul><li>Scribbles, notepads (primitive techniques  ) </li></ul><ul><li>Note-taking apps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evernote, MS OneNote </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mind-mapping tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps in abstraction, conceptualization and collation of ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorming & collaborating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Xmind Mindmap tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogging/Twitter-ing/Facebook-ing ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collaboration </li></ul></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  7. 7. Mind Map Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  8. 8. Searching aspects Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  9. 9. Seek & Thou Shalt Receive <ul><li>You search on-need or gather when ready </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library visits, journals by mail (primitive techniques  ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google – the ‘God’ of search? – Scholar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes just old Google.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research databases: JSTOR , EBSCO … </li></ul><ul><li>Journal websites </li></ul><ul><li>library assistance </li></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  10. 10. References -> A to Z of EBSCO Respective journals’ website Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  11. 11. Serendipitous Receive <ul><li>Email subscriptions for notifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New articles, journals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Online First / New issue Print </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Papers released online much before they hit the print version </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-Mail lists like those of AOM, COGNET </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions, information sharing </li></ul></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  12. 12. RSS feeds directly from journal sites Subscribing to RSS Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  13. 13. FeedDemon Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  14. 14. MS Outlook 2007+ Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  15. 15. Email Alerts from Google Alerts Email Alerts from Google Scholar Hot Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  16. 16. Storage & Retrieval aspects Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  17. 17. Storing <ul><li>Print documents – physical archive </li></ul><ul><li>Manual classification: Folder structure, Filenames </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tag, classify, keywords, type of documents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Snippets of useful artifacts? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools: Evernote, OneNote, Zotero, Mendeley </li></ul></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  18. 18. Store snippets, urls, images… in Evernote Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  19. 19. MS OneNote Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  20. 20. Retrieval & Application <ul><li>Go by manual classification and open each file to search </li></ul><ul><li>Use OS search – criticized a lot </li></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  21. 21. Windows 7 Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  22. 22. Use desktop search tools: Copernic Desktop Search Similar to (better than?) Google Desktop Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  23. 23. Retrieve snippets from Evernote Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  24. 24. Referencing Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  25. 25. Zotero for Firefox stores citations, clips, notes, pdf Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  26. 26. Zotero : citations in MSWord, openoffice Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  27. 27. Mendeley Mendeley helps organize library, citations, collaborate with others Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  28. 28. EndNote <ul><li>Commercial Referencing tool </li></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  29. 29. Other tips <ul><li>Autohotkey scripting tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatically search for highlighted word in any application from google and scholar website! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Greasemonkey/ Stylish extensions </li></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  30. 30. Closing notes Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  31. 31. <ul><li>Start early </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be organized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be efficient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save Paper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Backup data regularly (esp. laptops) </li></ul><ul><li>May not be the best tools/methods available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But they are Free! </li></ul></ul>Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011
  32. 32. Thanks Srinivasan Tatachari, 2011 <ul><li>Free tools available at: </li></ul><ul><li>Xmind: http://www.xmind.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Evernote: http://www.evernote.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Zotero: http://www.zotero.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Mendeley: http://www.mendeley.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>FeedDemon: http://www.feeddemon.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Copernic Search: http://www.copernic.com/en/products/desktop-search/ </li></ul><ul><li>Autohotkey: http://www.autohotkey.com/ </li></ul>

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