Monthly Archives: November 2016

Thing 22 – Tracking success

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We’ve covered a lot of different tools for sharing and promoting your research. From Twitter to blogging, and sharing slides to sharing data through Creative Commons, there’s lots of ways to shout about what you do and how you do it.

But how do you track whether any of these efforts are even being noticed? Well, that’s what Thing 22 is all about…alternative metrics!

Check out our video all about exciting analytics and metrics that are easy to use and brilliant at helping you find out what is going on in the online world that’s out there.

Video transcript

Thing 22 activities

Explore the analytics section of your Twitter account. What sort of things did you find out?

Track a URL using TweetReach. Try experimenting using a URL from an existing tweet

Add the Altmetric bookmarklet to your browser and test it out on some academic articles (either your own or from someone…

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Thing 21 – Managing citations

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Welcome to Week 8! We’re almost at the end of the programme and this week’s theme is Pulling It All Together.

For Thing 21, we will be looking at managing both your own citations for your research as well as other people’s citations of your own work. First up, we’re looking at managing all those citations of useful resources with one handy tool: Zotero.

Check out our video on Zotero to find out why using a bibliographic management tool can save you time, stress, and a whole lot of effort.

Video transcript

But what about managing citations of your own work and making sure you get credited appropriately? Well registering for an ORCID is an excellent first step. ORCID (or Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an alphanumeric code that is unique to you so you don’t have to worry about someone with a similar name to you…

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Thing 20 – Presenting your data

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In Thing 12, we explored how put together really good presentations and focused on the visual impact of those presentations. But visual impact isn’t just limited to good quality images and clever font choices. It also applies to any data that you might have as part of your overall presentation.

Whether a simple bar chart or something a bit more complicated, how you present your data can determine whether your audience understands your excellent conclusions or are left squinting at a really dense and confusing scatter diagram that they can’t really see.

Check out our video to learn more.

Video transcript

Thing 20 activity

Blog about presenting your data

Which is your favourite chart of choice when it comes to presenting data? Have you seen some really bad data presentations? What made them so bad? Have you seen some really good ones and what made them good?

Try out one…

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Thing 19 – Text and Data Mining — 23 Research Things Cambridge

Text and data mining (TDM) is a process through which large amounts of information can be analysed electronically. This allows researchers to work through far more research content than they would ever be able to do manually. Interested and want to learn more? Well check out our brief intro video below and then get cracking […]

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Thing 18 – Research Data Management (RDM)

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Welcome to Week 7! This week we’re going to be looking at Managing Your Data.

Good management of your data is critical to the success of any project, whether it is an academic piece of research or something a bit more day-to-day such as filing important documents or even moving house. Everyone generates data throughout their working lives and you might not always realise that just because you aren’t using spreadsheets and statistics, you are still working with data.

Data can present itself in many different forms and all disciplines use data in some form so it isn’t just limited to the subjects you would expect such as the sciences. Plus, good Research Data Management practices in your work can help you be more organised in your personal life too as these skills can apply to lots of different situations.

So, what is good RDM? Check out this video…

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Thing 17 – Survey tools

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Sometimes you need to run a survey. Whether simple or complex, getting the right tool for creating your survey is key. There are lots of free versions out there such as Survey Monkey but the paid-for options are often quite expensive. Well there’s good news as the University of Cambridge subscribes to the brilliant Qualtrics package.

Check out our video to find out why we think Qualtrics is so good.

Video transcript

Thing 17 activities

Sign up for a Qualtrics account through UIS
(University of Cambridge members only. Sorry.)

Create a small survey (around 5 questions) on any topic

Tweet a link to your survey and share it

Check out any results that come in through exploring the results functionality

Write a blogpost about your experience of using Qualtrics as well as any previous experience with survey software

Thing 17 learning outcomes

You should have explored the options offered by…

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Thing 16 – Crowdsourcing and citizen science

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There are times when you want to do a really cool project but you don’t have the funding to do it. Have you ever considered crowdfunding it? Or you might not have enough researchers to go through all of that data that you just collected. Have you thought about tapping in to citizen science?

Check out our video to learn more.

Video transcript

Here are some links to resources mentioned in the above video. Here’s the European Commission paper on citizen science, and if you want to identify penguin species in Antarctica, look for comets in space, or spot microscopic plankton, now you can!

Thing 16 activities

Write a blogpost reflecting on the topics covered in Thing 16

Do you have an idea for a project that could be crowdfunded?

What do you think about the democratisation of research and science through citizen science projects?

Thing 16…

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