Monthly Archives: May 2012

A must for Bank Holiday reading

I am happy to announce that after some delay between this book being advertised (I placed an order back at the beginning of December) it has finally been published and is now in the University of Reading Library. It is of course … Continue reading

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Measures of impact – a top ten for museums

I’m sitting in a meeting room at Kew evaluating the role of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and listening to a talk on making data sticky by Rod Page.  His thesis is that data are only valuable if there are … Continue reading

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RU Digitally Ready?

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Chelsea Flower Show is Digitally Ready!

Alan Titchmarsh and Rachel De Thame may spend their time admiring the large and expensive show gardens around the grand marquee but to the digitally ready enthusiast surely the most photo worthy item in the show is the 2 metre … Continue reading

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Symposium: Supporting Academic Practice in a Digital Age, 17 May 2012

I recently attended this one day symposium at the University of Exeter, hosted by the JISC-funded Exeter CASCADE Project and the University of Exeter Academic Skills team. Over 80 delegates attended from universities mostly in the South and Midlands. A … Continue reading

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What can social media do for me?

Thanks to CSTD and DDT for organising a session on use of social media, with a focus on Research Staff (although appropriate to others, as well).  The session was two and a half hours, including lunch, with presentations from Justin … Continue reading

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The open access argument is hotting up further with Harvard putting its weight behind free to view publications as reported in The Guardian.  What the article doesn’t mention is that you need to be a fairly rich researcher to publish … Continue reading

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Tracking Downloads with Centaur

In an earlier post I asked: Is it worth tweeting about academic papers? and I apologized for the quality of the graphs saying “Centaur does not allow users to extract data over a specified period”. Well it is possible to … Continue reading

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Endnote and Google Scholar

In an earlier post we looked at Google Scholar. Last week I saw this link to a screencast about using Endnote and Google Scholar, it shows how to set up Google Scholar to link to institutional libraries and to export … Continue reading

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Is it worth tweeting about academic papers?

Last month Melissa Terras, from the Department of Information Studies at University College London, published a blog post “Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it? The Verdict”.  In this post she explained an experiment she conducted by which she … Continue reading

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