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internet tools for academics

A discussion of the internet tools which can make our work efficient and enjoyable. These include Twitter, Google+, Mechanical Turk, Scifund, RSS readers, Google Docs, Prezi, Dropbox and, of course, blogs.

Akira O'Connor

on 5 November 2012

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Transcript of internet tools for academics

Doesn't have to be your opinions or your science

Doesn't even have to be interesting

I have blogged about:

Useful to you and to others


Engagement internet tools for academics We are the 10%! engagement social media research and teaching beyond popular science research opinion traditional communication but efficient Informal one-way and two-way communication Discussion amongst those who share interests (not necessarily your friends) Alerting Problem-solving Communication with other researchers Two more social media & academia prezis:

Guardian Higher Education Network article on social media in academia: via http://www.xkcd.com - Files are updated automatically
- Shared and public folders
the web (always up-to-date CVs)
- Document version-tracking Pros Cons - Free accounts offer 2GB storage
- Not the place for sensitive data Dropbox's terms of service aren't to everyone's liking:
http://blog.dropbox.com/?p=846 Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2 Tutorial 3 non-linear presentation
nested concepts
supplementary material
online and downloadable
collaborative 'Really Simple Syndication' Problem1:

Solution: Visiting web-sites takes time
Getting websites to e-mail you when they change clogs up your inbox

Websites deliver their content to you in a managable format 1) Sign up to a RSS Reader service 2) Find sites/journals you want to monitor 3) Click the RSS link 4) Keep an eye on your RSS service Useful for: blogs
table of contents alerting
mailing lists
enjoying good journalism collaborative, real-time editing
easily create questionnaires Creating online questionnaires: http://www.amisampath.com/2009/11/how-to-create-online.html and on... direct public engagement...
... to fund research

49 projects
requesting ~$5000 - $10000 http://scifund.wordpress.com crowdsourcing funding data research communities worldwide research participation
micropayments: typically $1/hour A worked example with Reader Tal Yarkoni's on mTurk (blog):
Michael Buhrmeister on mTurk in PoPS (peer-review): pros cons huge participant pool
unrepresentative samples? payment
ethics approval
cheating/gaming the system
programming required my own experiences Recruitment to Guardian HE network livechat as a panelist via twitter. blogroll
http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/ academic blogging Consuming Producing staying current
engagement with other scientists
like a morning coffee session - the Elsevier Editorial System
- saving powerpoint slides as high quality bitmaps
- e-mail etiquette for students
- surviving your first academic post
- SPM code modifications
- public speaking (I put presentations online too)
- images I've made to display in the foyer success story Chris Rorden, MRIcro(n/nGL) developer, contacted me to use this sort of image in a TED talk: The cheapest, easiest way of meaningfully increasing your visibility to students, colleagues and collaborators. the cloud http://www.talyarkoni.org/blog/ http://www.gradhacker.org/ https://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/ 2012/2013 http://pps.sagepub.com/content/6/1/3.full.pdf http://prezi.com/wpex31xj_9kv/what-the-tweet-social-media-for-grad-students/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/higher-education-network-blog/2011/mar/14/social-media-best-practice-in-higher-education Disclaimer I'm not telling you how you should do your work.

I'm telling you how I do my work
or how I might one day like to do my work.

This prezi contains a lot of multimedia harvested from the internet. For much of it, the source is unambiguous. However, there is some use of unattributed images. Attribution Warning @akiraoc dandelion internet image from Priya Mahadevan's development of Orbis:
http://sysnet.ucsd.edu/~pmahadevan/ hits on http://akiraoconnor.org since it was started in March, 2010 Overview The tools presented here are all designed for use across many computing platforms.

Some may be better implemented on PC than Mac or on iOS than Android and most have limited functionality on portable compared to desktop devices.

But, for better or worse, you can take your internet-based work with you, in some form, anywhere you take your mobile phone. the smallprint Stuff I'm going to talk about will usually be presented on a white background. General structure Supplementary material to explore later will usually be tucked away in a grey box in the corner advice, tips my own experiences being asked for my thoughts on proposed books by publishers training http://www.codecademy.com http://computingforpsychologists.wordpress.com/ Learn javascript in approx. 1 month
Allows you to test 100s of pps per week learn to code learn to... anything https://www.coursera.org/ Official university modules
Introductions to methods, theory etc PhD / Postdoc
no better time to learn http://www.teamviewer.com/ screencasting perfect for collaboration
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