Thing 23

For this last Thing, we would like you to reflect on the programme in general and on what you want to do next. What did you enjoy? What do you think you will use in future? What would you like to explore further? What will you do differently from now on? What value has 23 Things added to your research? What value has 23 Things added to you? Maybe it’s not what you did, but how you did it?

The 23 things programme has introduced me to some new sites which could be of use both now and in the future, as well as how to make better use of some sites that I already use. This programme has provided a good overview of the options available for maintaining a productive presence online. I will definitely use courser in the future, and will consider webinars and doodle as methods for organising and holding meetings when possible. I am going to ensure that my social media profiles, in particular LinkedIn are kept up to date.

Things 21 and 22

I cannot see myself making much use out of the *Research Professional site as it seems to be more applicable to academia and I am currently planning to go towards industry after my EngD. However I see the advantage of having one place to find funding opportunities or to search for jobs within academia.

I use LinkedIn as a professional page and try to update it regularly to ensure it is up to date. This thing has given me a few extra things to add to my page which I am intending to add in the future.

Things 18, 19 and 20

I can see Adobe Connect being used usefully for remote meetings, and therefore saving travel time and cost. However this only works in places with a reliable and fairly high speed internet connection, which is not always the case, and never the case at my sponsoring company. Doodle is a good option for organising meetings. I already use both google drive and dropbox, however while they are good for sharing documents around between my own computers, I can see issues with commercial companies using methods which store data and other information online.

Things 14, 15, 16 and 17

I feel that open access is becoming a more common method of publishing as it is a reliable way to ensure that as many people as possible are able to learn from the work. I like the idea of using altmetrics in order to gain an idea of the impact of various different pieces of work. Creative commons licences seem like a easy and convenient method in order to make work public while still protecting it from unauthorised use, which I intend to use whenever relevant in the future.

Things 12 and 13

I don’t see how I could sue screencasts or podcasts within my current research project, they are also not really my sort of thing to do. However I can see myself potentially using Prezi in the future in order to make presentations more interesting. It would not be possible during my current research project as the company I am based at is highly restrictive with internet access, it is however a tool I will look at using in my future career.

Things 9, 10 and 11

I already regularly use Wikipedia as an initial place to check for information or references to check. I also already use EndNote to manage references, so this post will be concentrating on Thing 10 – in particular Coursera, a site that I had not heard of before and have already found a few courses which could be of use, both in terms of basics required for my research that were not covered in my undergraduate, as well as for other interests. This is definitely a site that will be of use both now and in the future and that I will continue to use.

Things 7 and 8

I have always found LinkedIn to be a useful tool for keeping contact with  professional contacts such that it is separate to more personal networks like Facebook. It is also useful for keeping a record of skills and achievements. I chose to look more into ResearchGate rather than Academia.edu due to the extra functionality towards collaboration. While I do not yet have any publications myself, I will continue to use ResearchGate and update it in the future when I do. I also think that it will be a useful tool for knowing what other researchers in my field and department have been working on.