Category Archives: 23 Research Things

Review of 2016 programme

Fascinating reading!

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Welcome to the 23 Research Things Cambridge blog! For those of you who haven’t been here before, 23 Research Things ran for the first time in Cambridge between October and December 2016 and we had lots of lovely people taking part with their blogs, video views, comments and much more.

So, we’ve taken a look at all the stats that everyone generated and combined them with all the lovely feedback and other data that we got from participants and put it all into a snazzy report. If you want to read the whole report, which includes details on how the programme was developed, check it out here.

For everyone else, here are some of the more interesting facts!

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Bonus Thing 24 – Behind the Scenes

It’s like the ‘how we did this bit’ section at the end of each Planet Earth II episode!

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By the time you read this, the first live run of the 23 Research Things programme will have just concluded with (hopefully) lots of success and accolades.

But what actually goes into making a programme like 23 Research Things? Why did we use YouTube videos and what did Moore Methods have to do with it all? Well in our typical style, we made a video about it so check it out.

Bonus Thing 24 activities

Watch some videos from any of the following channels: The Brain Scoop [can contain dissections so watch with caution], PBS Ideas Channel, SciShow.

What did you like about the suggested videos that you watched? What didn’t you like? Is there anything that they did or featured that you could incorporate into your research or work?

What did you think about our Moore Methods videos?

To help us do better at this sort of thing, don’t…

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Thing 23 – Ultimate Research Tool

Well done Georgina!

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We’ve covered a lot of tools and concepts over the past few weeks. 22 tools and concepts to be precise and if you’re still with us at this point then well done! We are almost at our last and final Thing…the unveiling of the Ultimate Research Tool.

One tool to rule them all…you get the idea. So check out the Ultimate Research Tool video to find out what on earth it is. Go on! Now!

Video transcript

Now you’ve watched the video, gosh. What a reveal!

Thing 23 activities

Reflect on and blog about the Ultimate Research Tool. Do you agree with our choice and what role does the tool play in your life? Will you use it differently in the future now you’ve taken this programme and watched the video above?

Also, take some time to reflect and blog about the overall 23 Research Things programme. What were the…

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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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