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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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Says a lot about what might be wrong with that system. twitter.com/trishgreenhalg…
I usually expect better from the @guardian than this fact light tripe. Is this their way of dealing with Brexit buyers remorse. A perverse ‘analysis’ at best. On par with the (lack of) economic reasoning. flip.it/RpREjU
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RT @HeaneyDaily If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere.
If a 12 year old can be happy having a social distance birthday celebration we can all do it. Be like Katie. twitter.com/katiekins76/st…