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Storing and sharing


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Part of a "Digital Tools for Research" presentation: this section covers tools for Storing and Sharing

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Storing and sharing

  1. 1. Information Services and Systems Storing in the Cloud
  2. 2. Information Services and Systems What is the cloud? The "cloud" is the internet, and the term is fitting – its large, out there somewhere, and fuzzy at the edges. From The Guardian, 21/6/12 “What is Cloud Computing?”
  3. 3. Information Services and Systems Advantages? • Access from anywhere with a web connection: home, work, mobile phone, tablet... • A back-up store • Makes sharing easy over the web
  4. 4. Information Services and Systems • Free version = 2GB space • Extremely popular = 50m+ users • Requires a software install • Works a bit like “Windows Explorer” • Access also via the web • Just about storing (not editing) files of any type
  5. 5. Information Services and Systems Google Drive (Docs)
  6. 6. Information Services and Systems Google Drive • 5GB free storage • Software download available (Dropbox-style) • Google Docs is online Office-style suite = Word documents, spreadsheets, presentations so has editing facilities • Easy to share and collaborate on a document
  7. 7. Information Services and Systems
  8. 8. Information Services and Systems Evernote • Software download available • Create notes / documents within Evernote • Store other stuff: PDFs, images, videos, use the web clipper to save web pages etc. • Categorize, tag, search.... • Sharing is easy too • Lots of clever add-ons
  9. 9. Information Services and Systems Sharing Why share? • Collaborating • Self-publishing •“Open access” •Peer review? •Reach a wider audience •Showing off?!
  10. 10. Information Services and Systems Making documents available • Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote all allow you to “publish” a document selectively or publicly – You get a URL to circulate – Google Docs demo • Or: do you have your own web space? A website? A blog? • Copyright & IPR considerations
  11. 11. Information Services and Systems Other things you can share • Presentations: Slideshare, Prezi • References: Mendeley, Zotero • Curating content: Pinterest, • Social Bookmarking (web links): delicious, diigo (Examples of all of these on our sheet!)
  12. 12. Information Services and Systems Promoting your content 1. Email a link to colleagues / friends 2. Circulate it more widely: – Twitter – Blogging
  13. 13. Information Services and Systems Dr Simon Dymond College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University “I tweet about my research to draw attention to it (and, it is hoped, increase its "impact").” “I also tweet about my findings from my research area (behaviour analysis and behaviourism) because is often misrepresented, as well other topics I am interested in.” “I see Twitter as a forum by which like-minded people interact and share resources. It is really impressive how many academics and researchers from around the world have a presence on Twitter!”
  14. 14. Information Services and Systems Using Twitter • You can lurk! • Find people / organizations that interest you • The essentials: – Reply by using @username – Hashtags for topics e.g. #psychology, #altc2012 – Use short URLs (, All you need to know is in one great guide!
  15. 15. Information Services and Systems Have a go! Use the handout if you’re just getting started OR Use the online document to browse tools you haven’t used before: