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Really simple studying!

In the run-up to our first Media Zoo workshop (see post below) here are my thoughts on some of the technological wildlife that you can come to the zoo to tame for research purposes. Many of these technologies are not designed primarily for educational applications, but have nevertheless become valued research tools. RSS (Really Simple Syndication), for example, is essential to any researcher short on time. RSS allows you to subscribe to updated content from websites, so that it is downloaded directly to a feed reader. So your CFPs, journal articles, database searches etc will be delivered directly to one page, without you having to go and find them!

My favourite feed readers are Pageflakes and Netvibes. When you open an account on one of these, you can then start adding content and downloading feeds to your page. On my page, for example, I have a feed updating me on calls for papers in my field, as well as feeds for all my favourite journals, for a search term on the database I use and…

First Graduate School Media Zoo Workshop

We will be running the first ever workshop of the Graduate School Media Zoo next week. Come along for an afternoon at the zoo to find out about new technologies you can use in your research. Terese Bird (Learning Technologist) and I will give short tasters of some of the technologies available within the Zoo and provide advice on their applications for your research.
When: Tuesday 8th December, 4-5pm
Where: Library IT Room 2