Because everything comes to an end, this is the last post of my “social media” adventure, 23 Things. This week, I will try to give my opinions about the programme and my future plans.
It was in February when I created this blog in order to complete one of the requirements for public engagement as part of my EngD. From the very first moment I considered this as an opportunity to learn more about social media and to encourage myself to write technical and interesting things with regards to the engineering world.
First of all I would like to thank the Researcher Development Programme at the University of Surrey for giving me the opportunity to participate in 23 Things. This weekly activity has allowed me to get to know a wide range of online tools for improving my personal brand, my online presence or even my organisational skills. Besides, it has encouraged me to look into applications that will make my research reach more people or how to use daily “simple” websites in a deeper and more effective way, such as LinkedIn or even Wikipedia. There are many other things that I have learnt thanks to this programme but well, as you may know, I have already written about all of them!
This week on the “23 Things” post I’m going to write about my personal website and some places which can be useful for people who are interested in finding a new research project and funding.
It was discussed in a previous post the importance of your personal brand. In these terms, your personal website is the first place people may refer to when they look for you on the Internet. This website should include:
- Your complete name.
- A professional picture.
- Your current occupation.
- A summary, including your experiences and achievements.
- Professional contact details.
A lot of people tend to organize meetings and share resources with other colleagues just by using their e-mails but, is this the most efficient way of doing this? Let’s figure it out!
It is true that if you are only working with one person, e-mails can be the best option but usually you will have to deal with more than one colleague at the same time. Hence, it can be a real pain trying to coordinate a project which involves several members via e-mail. But don’t worry! There are some tools you can use in order to make your life much easier!
Following the 23 Things schedule, this week several topics have been covered, including Open Access, different ways to measure the impact of your research and copyright issues.
Since my research is still at early stages and I haven’t published any paper yet, it hasn’t been possible to learn many things about Open Access. However, let’s say that this tool will be of extreme importance when the day of publishing my papers arrive, as I will have to think about the way my research should be available for the general public.
Apart from that, during this week I have also been introduced to some parameters which are used in order to measure the impact of publications. In this case, I already knew that there are some indicators for journals so that readers can check which ones have more influence. However, I didn’t know how they worked. In particular, the concepts of “bibliometrics” and “Altmetrics” have been presented in the 23 Things blog. With regards to Altmetrics, I have to admit that I found that application very interesting, as it allows you to visualize the citations of your publications in different media, i.e. Twitter, Wikipedia, Mendeley, blogs… In addition, a simple exercise have been done regarding bibliometrics: I have selected one paper of interest for my particular research and I have checked the number of citations in three different places. I have looked for the paper “Failure criteria for unidirectional fiber composites”, written by Hashin (1980).
This week I’m going to write about my views and thoughts on some tools which can be used for sharing information online (e.g. presentations, vlogs…).
There are many programmes available for sharing videos and podcasts these days. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure you are familiar with two of the most famous websites for sharing videos: YouTube and Vimeo. These sites are popular for all categories that you can imagine, not only research. For example, there are plenty of people just talking about themselves or their passions in what it’s called a “vlog”. If you are able to reach to a considerable amount of people, then you can make a profession out of it and become a “YouTuber” (actually, there are people making a huge amount of money because of this). For instance, in order to illustrate the concept of vlog, I enclose the following video about surfing in California (thanks to the author for letting me use it here!):
As part of the “23 Things” programme, this week I’m going to write about some information sources and the way I manage the relevant publications I find.
Nowadays, the first thing you usually do when you want to know something about a specific topic is “google” it. It is quite common to find the first few links related to Wikipedia articles, as this tool has become one of the most extensive encyclopaedias in the world thanks to the contribution of online users. Wikipedia allows people to read and edit the articles and, in case there is nothing on the subject you are interested in, you can always be the first one to write about it!
LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.edu can be extremely useful tools for connecting people with the same interests from a professional point of view. In addition, they allow users to share relevant information for research purposes.
Nowadays, one of the most popular professional social networks is, no doubt, LinkedIn. First of all, this tool allows you to create an online CV, and then it gives you several extras that you cannot add to your physical one. For instance, you can create a video-CV, which according to some experts is a very efficient way for catching the attention of potential recruiters. In addition, you can show in your profile that you have certain skills and other users will be able to endorse them. But that is just the beginning.