GROUP VIDEO TOOLS Zoom signup and tutorialsZoom Free allows for 100 participants. The only limit is 40 minutes on groups of more than 3. Use app or browser. Google Hangouts signup Allows for up to 10 people on video calls Skype signup Free Skype allows for up to 50 participants. Facetime (Apple) for groups tutorial Straight forward tips for running online meetings DOCUMENT SHARING Google Docs loginHere you have Google Docs (text) and Google sheets (spreadsheets). The big advantage of Google Docs is that changes are made live and can be seen by the whole team. It’s functionality is not as powerful as Excel, but it is better for simultaneous editing. Google Drive loginGood for storing and sharing files. Dropbox does the same thing. Dropbox free signupDropbox is a great way Continue reading […]
This post is a landing page for a tweet that will send from my account every time an (US) astronaut leaves the earth for space. Clearly I will not be monitoring all space activity personally, but as NASA have just added a channel IFTTT I thought it only right to play with it. How does it work?If This Then That (IFTTT) is a fun tool that lets you connect the physical and virtual word in a set of commands. In this particularly IFTTT “recipe” I have set up a simple logic IF THIS: an astronaut enters spaceTHEN THAT: tweet the details to my Twitter account You can follow me on Twitter to check it out here: Follow @robertgalavan What has this got to do with anything? The ability for us to interact automatically with the internet, with physical acts triggering Continue reading […]
Sharing documents with colleagues is a fairly seamless process these days. Much more challenging is moving beyond sharing and on to real (even real-time) collaboration. If you have ever collaborated on a document or presentation you will know the problems associated with keeping track of the latest version, particularly if two (or more) people work on it at the same time. Changes get missed, overwritten and it is all just a lot of bother. I have personally used several tools for collaborative writing efforts and there is no perfect option. If you want to delve more deeply have a look at the work of Christof Schöch who’s presentation at Digital Humanities in Australia is linked here. Here is a quick start on 6 tools that I think are worth considering.1. The most basic of the bunch is Google Continue reading […]
There has been a lot of buzz over the last few weeks about an article in the journal of Psychological Science. It has been claimed that the article destroys Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule. The essence of the rule is that it takes 10,000 hours of hard practice to reach an elite level in a discipline.We should start with a bit of clarity about Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule. It is of course not a rule, nor indeed is it Gladwell’s. It is a phrase that he popularised in his rather enjoyable book Outliers. Neither is it the first time somebody has made an attack on it. Last year there was some spirited discussion when David Epstein of Sports Illustrated gave the example of two high jumpers in the Olympics, one with over 20,00 hours of practice and one with hardly any, and humorously reframing Continue reading […]
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This is a basic guide for converting an EndNote database format file to Microsoft XLS or XLSX (Excel).
Converting from EndNote to MS Excel is a far from trivial task as there is no single agreed standard database format for storing academic references. In addition, author fields can have single or multiple authors and this alone allows for a range of possible format options for saving.
The most direct methods are suggested here. However, I have never been able to get either method to work reliably with anything more than a few records at a time. All it needs to go wrong is a stray “tab” character somewhere in the data and the output is corrupted. For large data sets I found the fixed width output option far too time consuming to process, and with 1000+ record sets it became entirely impractical Continue reading […]
Professor Gerard P Hodgkinson from the University of Warwick deliverd his keynote speech to the New Frontiers in Managerial and Organizational Conference hosted at the National University of Ireland Maynooth in September 2012. The address provides a powerful review of the field of cognition from early concepts of schema right through to the frontiers of neuroscience.
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Today I am at the LSE Future of Academic Impact Conference. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/impact-conference/
Follow the conference on Twitter at #lseimpact
The main conference room is pretty full with about 350 people expected to attend. Obviously it is an issue touching the hearts of academics. There are also a number of breakout sessions. First up for me is the session on Academic Blogging.
Academic Blogging session lead by Chris Gilsen and Stuart Brown
The key recommendation seems to be to start out with a multi author blog and consider single author later on. A great question from the floor was about the infrastructure needed to successfully manage a multi-author blog. The answer – more resources than most of us have. Chris and Stuart are full time on the LSE blog Continue reading […]
The move towards Open (public) Access to published research, specifically research funded by the public purse, has gained significant momentum in the past few years. The initiative has real merit, even if not completely without its own issues. However, as with most system changes, it brings unanticipated and unwelcome consequences. One of the problems in this case is the emergence of Predatory Publishers. If we don’t get a grip on this now and stop it in its tracks the whole Open Access journal industry risks being tarnished, perhaps irreparably.
Publishing in peer reviewed journals is the primary means to disseminate quality controlled ‘knowledge’ in most academic disciplines. Through an accumulation of articles, each adding a small element to the body of knowledge, the field develops and Continue reading […]
For most academics, reference management software is an essential element of their tool kit and performs a number of important roles. When I started writing academic works, a pen and a typing service were coupled with a new technology called Post-its to create copy. How quickly things have moved on. The development of electronically searchable indexes (yes it really was done manually up until the 1980’s) on CD and later online, quickly evolved into fully searchable databases that contain full text downloadable documents. Gone are the days of ordering, and excitedly waiting for, the postal deliver of photo copy of a journal article.
My first foray into reference management software was with the rather enigmatic Procite (no longer supported on the latest operating systems). It had it’s quirks, Continue reading […]
In January I predicted that we would see Apple deliver dividends in Q3 2012. I got it wrong, they are going for Q2 (that July 1 which is Apple’s fiscal Q4 2012) and this table is going to look very different for the foreseeable future. So what does that mean for Apple’s future strategy?
Apple last paid a dividend back in 1995 and a change to a 17 year old policy is bound to get a lot of attention. It is certainly a significant move but, I don’t believe it is actually of much strategic importance. At the same time Apple announced that they would be engaging in a multi-annual share buy back programme. This too is significant but, not necessarily strategic. So how can a major share buy back and a dividend policy of the scale ($45 Billion) announced by Apple not have strategic implications?
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It appears money does grow on trees, but only a particular brand of Apple tree. Apple Inc released their Q1 2012 results during the week and they have exceeded all expectations. The results are ahead of revenue predictions from independent analysts by over 7% and a staggering 18% ahead of institutional investors. So just how big is the number – $46.33bn for the quarter.
Since the meltdown of the Irish banking system we have become a little too accustomed to letting billions role off our tongue and the eye watering enormity of the results might benefit from some context setting. On an annualised basis (and converted at about $1.30 = €1.00) that turnover is €143bn per annum. That is
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€272,000 in sales every minute
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RT @JackmanNeil Just a regular reminder that tourism relies enormously on heritage. No good pumping money into the tourism sector without also properly investing in the conservation, understanding and presentation of the very things that tourists want to see.
This is a good example of how broken the system is. Academic A publishes paper. Academic B wants to read paper (and publishers allow that). Academic A says no pay the private sector publisher with public money. Academic A’s university should tear him a new one. twitter.com/saul/status/12…
Make sure your voice is heard. twitter.com/drkevinbyrne/s…
This is why we badly need a Minister focussed solely on the challenges facing higher education. The system is now in real peril and needs urgent reform. Without a thriving third level to drive breakthrough research and inspire our students future is incredibly bleak. twitter.com/lawlessj/statu…
RIP Oliver E. Williamson. He had an enormous impact on economics and strategy. Not the first to consider it, but probably the reason most people know about transaction cost economics. In other words why we have firms at all. nobelprize.org/prizes/economi…
Decent piece on the very late but still welcome shift in recognising the blindingly obvious. The world has changed since Milton Friedman’s 1970’s simplistic arguments - wow! <dripping cynicism> twitter.com/PaulPolman/sta…
First and definitely not last. This gives staff some chance to prepare the shift from emergency remote teaching and reflect on the complex challenges of online learning. twitter.com/Linda__Connoll…
We are all disappointed to cancel the physical conference, but also excited to create opportunities to connect virtually. There will also be a new series of online activities developed for 2020-2021. Join the listserv to keep yourself informed iamireland.ie/news-listserv.… twitter.com/iamirl/status/…