Twitter is a microblogging service that asks you to tell the world what you are doing in 140 characters or less, and can be used to build up a network of like-minded people. By selecting other Twitter users to follow, you can build up contacts across a wide range of interests. Many in the academic and research communities use Twitter for professional communication of their research, pointing followers to notable items such as papers, articles, news stories, and blog posts, as well as links to other resources, photos and other media.
This session, run by Andrew Day (Library Education and Research Support team) and Jenny Evans (Library Faculty Support team) is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Twitter.
If you have any questions please email Jenny Evans.
If you would like to attend please email Andrew Day to book your place.
This 90 minute workshop, led by John Cummings (Wikimedian in Residence at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum) and other Wikimedia trainers will involve a short general introduction to the Wikipedia projects and a discussion of how they are created and developed, followed by a more in-depth practical session involving learning the basics of editing and engaging with other contributors.
During the session, Dr Steve Cook (Senior Teaching Fellow, Biology, Imperial College London) will talk about how he uses Wikipedia with undergraduate students and Professor Henry Rzepa (Professor of Computational Chemistry, Imperial College London) will also talk about his work with Wikipedia.
This workshop is aimed at academic staff, researchers, postdocs, teaching fellows, learning technologists and postgraduate research students.
Thursday 6 June 2013
10.00am – 11.30am
Central Library, South Kensington campus, Training Room 1
If you would like to attend please email Andrew Day to book your place. Joining instructions will be sent on booking.
For further information email Jenny Evans.
The Library is running our web 2.0 for researchers programme in June 2013, aimed both at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
This course gives participants the opportunity to consider the implications of using web 2.0 tools and technologies (also known as social media, social software, new or emerging technologies) on their online (and consequently research) identity as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It also enables the exploration of social media / online tools and their relevance to research and related activities.
The programme features both a face to face workshop (including content on your online research identity and legal and ethical issues) as well as two optional modules to be completed online, to be selected from the following content themes:
- networks and networking
- online collaborative tools (including Prezi, Dropbox, Google Drive and Slideshare)
- social bookmarking citation and reference management
- evaluation tools (for measuring the impact of social media)
The workshop will take place on Friday 7 June and the online modules will need to be completed by the end of June. It is expected that approximately 4 hours will be needed to complete the programme.
Participants will be encouraged to contribute to a group blog set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.
If you are a PhD student, the course counts as part of the Graduate School Professional Skills Development programme. For more information and booking details please see the Graduate School website
If you are postdoctoral researcher then email Andrew Day to book your place.
Along side the programme we will be running a Twitter for Researchers and a Mendeley for Researchers workshop. We will also be introducing a new workshop – An introduction to writing for Wikipedia. These will all take place in June. We will post details on this blog (and on the library website) when they are confirmed.
For further information email Jenny Evans
The list of the top 20 downloads from Spiral for February 2013 is now available to view on the Library website.
Spiral, the Digital Repository for research output of Imperial College London, aims to:
- increase the visibility of the College’s research publications
- allow free and open access to all material added to it, and
- provide links to academics’ professional web pages
To find out more about Spiral, click here.
Mendeley’s (free, paid for premium account available: web and offline access) objective is to give researchers access to a vast library of bibliographic references and information through the sharing of individuals’ personal libraries. Through tags and other metadata you can search through all of the information uploaded by other researchers to Mendeley’s online database. Collaborative features, including groups, and social networking features make it a significantly useful tool beyond bibliographic management.
The workshop, run by a member of the Mendeley London team, will also include Imperial researchers talking about how they use Mendeley.
This session is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Mendeley.
Sign up for these sessions via the Book a Workshop link on the Library home page.
Or for a quick overview of the discussion around the session see this #ImpTwitter: Twitter for Researchers Storify
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