Module Two: Managing Information Online
This module will look at online, digital tools to find, manage, share and store information, whether it’s for your thesis or research project, or for other purposes such as publications, teaching, collaborating or organising. Managing digital information online has a different dimension to traditional paper methods, or even managing it on your own computer. This has many benefits such as ease of sharing, backing up or accessing it, but also some pitfalls which we’ll look at over the course of the module.
- Thing One: Finding and filtering information (Alternative search engines, email alerts, RSS to Journal ToCs)
- Thing Two: Annotating information (Evernote)
- Thing Three: Creating and using information (Scrivener, Colwiz)
- Thing Four: Collating and curating information – for yourself and others (Mendeley/Zotero, Delicious)
- Thing Five: Using information from others (Flickr, Creative Commons and copyright)
- Thing Six: Storing information (Dspace@Cambridge, Dropbox, Googledocs)
If you’re new to DH23Things, you’ll need to know a little more about how the programme works, which you can find on the FAQ page and also in the resources from the Launch Event in September 2012. Central to the programme is setting up a reflective blog, so that you can record your reflections for yourself, as evidence of training for researcher development, or to share with other participants. You’ll find instructions on how to set up your DH23Things blog below. You’ll find out more about how to join and register your blog on the ‘How to Join’ page above. If you want to see the kind of thing that people blog about, you can read previous participants’ blogs on the Module One page above.
If you’ve participated in DH23Things Module One, you’ll need to let us know that you’re continuing on to Module Two by reregistering on the How to Join page. For your first blog post in Module Two, we’d like you to write a brief post reflecting on your current strategies for managing information and what you’d like to gain from participating in Module Two of DH23Things. There will be more information on this in the next post!
Instructions for setting up your blog
There are a number of platforms through which you can set up your own free blog. The DH23Things programme uses WordPress, or you could use Blogger (from Google) if you want to integrate your blog with your Google identity. We’ll include instructions for WordPress here, but you could choose any of the other platforms; there are usually clear instructions and guides provided to help you get started. Think about whether you want a blog specially for the programme, or if you want to integrate your participation into an existing blog or one which you intend to continue after the programme. You can set up more than one blog, so it’s worth thinking now about how you might want to use your blog (or not) after the end of the programme.
1/ go to WordPress.com (not wordpress.org – that’s something different!) and click on ‘sign up free’. If you want to know a little more about what WordPress offers, you could click on ‘features’ for a little more information.
2/ At this stage, you’ll need to think of a blog address (one that hasn’t already been taken!), and a user name. Your username can be used to set up additional blogs later on, if you want, so this is more important than the blog title; your blog today could just be kept for DH23Things but you may want a username which is not associated with the programme, for use afterwards. You could choose to blog anonymously, with an address and username which isn’t obviously you, or you might feel that you want an identifiable presence online, in which case some version of your name might be appropriate. Fill in these details, together with a password and email address, and you’re well on the way to creating your first blog! There are instructions and a video provided by WordPress here:http://learn.wordpress.com/get-started/
3/ you’ll be sent an email to the address you provided, which contains a link to click on, activating your account.
4/ Your blog is now created, and you can explore the various settings in the dashboard. Fill in your user profile, check the privacy settings, change any default content, but don’t get too carried away playing with all the options for the appearance and other tools that your personalised blog can have! See the information at http://learn.wordpress.com/get-customized/ for more ideas.
5/ Create your first post! For instructions on how to post, see the information at http://learn.wordpress.com/get-published/ and the video here: http://wordpress.tv/2009/01/15/writing-and-publishing-a-post/ For the content of your first post, we’d like you to write a brief post reflecting on your current strategies for managing information and what you’d like to gain from participating in Module Two of DH23Things. Further instructions in the next post! Remember to tidy up the sample text that WordPress automatically includes such as the sample post, comment and strapline under your blog title.
6/ Register your blog with us, so we know where it is, and we can add you to the blogroll of participants and you can find each others’ blogs.