Looking backwards from Thing 22 – Thing 14
Hello everyone! Of all the things I have come across as part of the 23 things for research, some which I already knew like Twitter, Wikipedia, dropbox, hangout and others which are quite new to me like Creative Commons, Altmetrics, Bibliometrics and sharing your research online, I have come to the conclusion that while we can reach people beyond our immediate periphery with these tools and make our research potentially global, this also puts new age researchers like us under constant pressure to perform and present. It’s no longer about what you have found as a researcher but also how you have packaged yourself and your research. It has to look good and hold hands with the other platforms. It has to have the right images with the right font and just the language that would catch both the internet wanderers and the regulars.
Over this span of 23 things, I have opened quite a few accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Reserchgate, Research Professional and looked into first time stuff like Altmetrics, Gapminder, Euraxess and online scheduling like Doodle. To be honest, I am yet to figure out a plan to keep tab of all these different sites as well as concentrate on my research at the same time.
Thing 22 about having your own website seems like a solution to this problem. Just thinking of it this way, that if you can put your research and your collaborations on your webpage and then give away links on everything else. This way, people who are interested can come back and have a look into your webpage for the information that they might have found interesting. But the issue of time management still remains sort of a concern as you struggle to update your website and then put links on to other social media sites and then monitor how people are engaging with your posts.
Thing 21 about Research and Euraxess: I have found Euraxess to be more oriented to different needs of different researcher’s career trajectory than Research Professional. I think the filter and search option really makes it easy to segregate information about things like funding and jobs.
Thing 20: Google Drive and Dropbox: I have been using Dropbox for some time now especially after the welcome week where older PhD’s and professors warned us in jest about the possibility of losing data if you didn’t store in multiple locations! However the information here on Dropbox, is helping me gain a better grasp of the tool and use it better.
Thing 19: Doodle has gracefully introduced itself through its appearance on my emails about scheduling meetings for reading groups and more before we met gain on 23 things. I am contemplating that it might come handy when I am looking to schedule focus groups as part of my research design with the international students in the societies.
Thing 18: Webinars and hangouts: I use Skype for my video call. However I have recently become quite dissatisfied with the quality of video calling which seems to get worse with cross country exchanges. I am looking for a suitable alternative and exploring Google Hangout at the moment.
Thing 17: Crowd sourcing: I thought, crowd sourcing was about generating funding for projects by making it open to the public. But 23 things did open my eyes with examples like the Run Coco project and the one on endangered species run by one of our very own Surrey PhD students or even the Transcribe Bentham project. Currently I am trying to think, how and if I can use it for my project to get together international student views on belonging from all over the world.
Thing 15 and 14: Research Impact, Altmetrics and Bibliometrics, SRI and Open access: I have found this to be interesting, highly organised but again the focus seems to be on how popular the research is than the quality of the research. There appears to be some bright ray of light with open access and SRI, because I strongly believe in making real research open and available to all for the sake of education. It was good to know about how and where to approach SRI once and if I manage to secure a deal with any publisher. I reckon it will take a while. Taking inspiration from the Hare and Tortoise story, I am pretending to be a tortoise and hoping it will get to my destination even if I am slow but steady!
Enjoy the first blushes of spring and good luck with your Phd! Hope to get back to you all soon about some musings about ‘belonging for an international student’. Goodbye for now.
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