23 Things for Research

Digital tools are an increasingly vital part of research activity but the range and complexity of such tools can be overwhelming.

If you are challenged by:

  • Tools that are easy to access, but difficult to use
  • Tools that require complex customisation to meet your needs
  • The overwhelming number of tools & their fitness for your purpose
  • Ways to automate parts of your research methodology

Then help us help you! Tell us what YOU want to learn more about:

Collaboration Tools Mind-mapping tools
Blogging and Wikis Visualisation tools
Time management & Organisation Using QR Codes
Social Media Researcher profiles
Digital asset management & curation Online citation analysis & publication
Communication tools Online survey tools
File sharing GIS and Mapping tools

The University Library is planning a 23 Things learning environment that suits YOUR research needs. For a recent example from Oxford, see the Bodleian’s current ’23 Things’ program: http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/23things/all-about-23-things/. If you’re interested in being involved in a similar project here at Melbourne, leave your comments below.

11 Responses to “23 Things for Research”

  1. Cecilia Wong says:

    It sounds really interesting and useful. I am interested in all aspects listed. Indeed, I am building my webpage for sharing thoughts around my Ph.D topic, and it’d be great if I can be better equipped for the use of different resources.


  2. Katherine says:

    As a commencing PhD student, I’d be really interested in this in terms of setting good habits and learning about what tools are out there. Looking forward to hearing more!

  3. Carolyn Ee says:

    Wonderful idea – I would be interested in all of the above! I have tentatively started a blog and using social media (Twitter, Facebook). Please contact me as I’d love to be involved in 23 things @ unimelb.

  4. Shima says:

    Thank you. It sounds interesting and I am interested in.

  5. I’d be interested in getting involved. I use a range of tools for my D.Ed and am interesting in learning and sharing more! Writing tools, using twitter as a research space and collaborative papers/file sharing ….

  6. Lee says:

    I’m interested in time management/saving and organisational apps. I’m interested in using social media efffectively but don’t know where to start. And I’m curious to explore sites like Research Gate and academia – are they worth my while?

  7. MLR says:

    Was chatting with some early career researchers recently, and their comment was that they can usually figure out for themselves how to use the technology. (And if they get stuck, they ask the Twitterverse for trouble-shooting tips.)

    What they really wanted was pointers to useful tools, and some idea of *why* and *how* those tools will benefit their research, personal organisation/work habits, professional profile, etc.

  8. Harriet Parsons says:

    I’d be interested in collaboration tools and publication tools like academia.edu.

  9. Julie Robarts says:

    Thank you, I would be interested in :
    Collaboration Tools;Mind-mapping tools;
    Blogging and Wikis; Time management & Organisation;
    Digital asset management & curation;Communication tools;
    File sharing.

  10. Liz McCarthy says:

    Glad to see this might be considered in Melbourne – feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about how we ran it in Oxford! Liz

  11. I am very interested in many of these. On-line surveys would definitely be a really useful module. Lots of graduate researchers conduct surveys as part of their research and a session on this would be great complement to UpSkills session that cover quantitative and qualitative research.

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