23 Research Things

23 Research Things is an online learning programme for university staff and graduate students, showcasing a range of digital tools that can support research activity. It originally ran from 24 March 2014 as a series of weekly blog posts but the site will remain active as a continuing resource and will be periodically updated. For ease of reference, here’s the full contents of the programme.


Thing 01: Organisational and productivity tools.

Thing 02: Collaboration tools.

Thing 03: File sharing.

Thing 04: Social media for researchers.

Thing 05: Blogging your research.

Thing 06: Managing your online research networks.

Thing 07: Researcher identifiers and your publication profile.

Thing 08: Mind-mapping and brainstorming tools.

Thing 09: Web-conferencing and communication tools.

Thing 10: Finding and using online photos and images.

Thing 11: Managing and manipulating digital images.

Thing 12: Tools for presenting your research.

Thing 13: Screen capture tools & making and sharing podcasts and videos.

Thing 14: Survey tools.

Thing 15: Tools for Social Media Curation and Content Aggregation.

Thing 16: Reference management tools.

Thing 17: Managing video and audio material.

Thing 18: Text mining tools.

Thing 19: Mapping tools.

Thing 20: Visualisation tools.

Thing 21: 3D Printing.

Thing 22: Managing research data: file management and version control.

Thing 23: The Library as a research tool & final thoughts.

23 Research Things is a way to discover and explore new digital tools that might be useful to you and also provide a framework for evaluation, reflection and for the wider integration of digital technologies within your research practice.

Whatever your current level of confidence, the programme aims to help you develop a strategic approach to integrating digital skills into your work as a researcher; you might be using some of the tools already, in which case the programme will encourage you to think more deeply about how and why they can benefit your professional practice, and how to get the most out of them.


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