Category Archives: Tools to help you do your research

Convert your files containing experimental data into an open data format

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As part of the Data Champions initiative, we invite members of the Department of Chemistry to contribute to a list of instructions for converting the data you generate through experiments using techniques such as NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, x-ray crystallography etc. into open data formats that can be shared easily.

The aim is to save researchers time and effort in trying to find this out themselves, and to make it as easy as possible for them to share their data in an open format that is accessible to everyone.

First on our list are very brief instructions for converting NMR spectroscopy data from TopSpin to a text file in the internationally accepted open data format JCAMP-DX.

Please send your instructions to library@ch.cam.ac.uk and they will be added to the list.

Data Champions at the Department of Chemistry

Data Champions are local experts on research data management and sharing who can provide advice and training within their departments.

Your Data Champions currently are:

We are currently planning research data management related activities that we can carry out in the department. Please let us have your ideas! Contact one of the Data Champions or Clair Castle, Librarian at the Department of Chemistry at library@ch.cam.ac.uk.

Please visit the Chemistry Library’s Open Data website to find out more about your Data Champions, and other resources that will help chemists do open research.

Want to work in your room but need an app which is only on University computers?

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DS-Remote is a service exclusively for the use of University of Cambridge students to aid in access to Windows applications outside of the MCS for use on a device, having installed a remote desktop client.

 

Access your favourite cloud storage on MCS Windows

Did you know that on MCS Windows its possible to access your favourite cloud storage?

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Click on the Start button on the MCS (ex-PWF) machines in the Chemistry Library, or in Rooms G30 and 154:

Start -> Microsoft -> OneDrive
Start -> Dropbox -> Dropbox
Start -> Google -> Google Drive

Make your data and papers open via Symplectic

Open Access and Open Data are changing: Share everything via Symplectic

Demo of new system in the Pfizer Lecture Theatre for members of the Department of Chemistry on 28th February at 13:15

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The current Open Access and Open Data services are being integrated with Symplectic Elements, which will bring many benefits to researchers, administrators and the Open Access and Open Data staff. The new system is live and we are asking researchers at the Department of Chemistry to start using it now. The benefits of the new system include:

  • you can deposit your data and articles in one place
  • you will instantly receive a placeholder DOI for data
  • your outputs get into the repository quicker, which increases their visibility
  • you enter the information about your publication once but it is used in many systems saving you time in the future
  • better reporting capabilities for the Open Access/Data, which means more accurate reports for Departments, Faculties and Schools
  • all research outputs can be uploaded to the repository via the new system

Come and see the new system being demonstrated and find out more about using it for all your research outputs. The demo will take approximately 30 minutes and there will be time for questions and answers.

Find out more here: http://osc.cam.ac.uk/open-research/symplectic-elements-deposit-pilot

We look forward to seeing you there!

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 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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