Are you on Pinterest? We've found lots of interesting infographics there: take a look at our growing Pinterest collection, on our Pinterest profile: Pinterest profile. We're building Piirus' online profile* in a number of social media places, so that you have more chance of finding us, so that you can interact with us on a channel that you already … [Read more...] about Piirus is on Pinterest! And a few other places too…
Archives for July 2015
Have you ever considered collaborating with the "crowd"? On the Internet, we can all become creators and contributors, and academia can benefit from engaging the public, through crowdsourcing projects. This includes citizen science projects where individuals take part in the research in some way, and crowdfunding where you appeal for funding from private … [Read more...] about Considering crowdsourcing in academia: tips on offer
Having completed my PhD using a writing style that took – quite literally – YEARS to get to grips with, I’ve moved onto the thorny issue of writing for journal publication. In an 80,000 word thesis, it was entirely possible to combine my personal and academic voices*, but it seems much more difficult when the word count is limited to journal … [Read more...] about Writing styles: a thorny issue
Did you know that you can receive insights from Piirus straight to your inbox? Enter your name and e-mail address onto our form on this page, and subscribe to our blog. When you do, you'll not only receive a handy weekly e-mail highlighting our blogposts, so you don't miss any of our great content, but you'll also get a helpful case study of co-authorship … [Read more...] about Get digests of this blog, by e-mail – and a little extra thank you, from Piirus!
In our latest follow-up to our survey of ARMA members we're pleased to talk to Dr. Carlos García Aparicio who describes his varied role which centres around sourcing partners for research, and promoting the research work of his institute. What does your role as research manager at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP) involve? I'm … [Read more...] about Building research partnerships & promoting research: An Interview with Dr. Carlos García Aparicio
In my recent Piirus blogpost reporting on this year’s IMC in Kalamazoo, I stressed the importance of digitization projects, especially for scholars working in the Humanities. These are producing and providing digital facsimilies of prominent valuable historical sources, from individual manuscripts to entire collections and libraries. One great advantage of … [Read more...] about Everyone’s digitizing: here is one eminent new example!
We've found that you can get a much richer experience of Twitter and can even save time if you investigate the tools designed to enhance your experience of Twitter. Tools for using Twitter such as Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, and Buffer, as well as those named below, can all help you to be more efficient in social media. To help you to find the right tool for you, … [Read more...] about Tools for using Twitter: 5 things they might help with
Earlier, I wrote about the beauty of Piirus when looking for research connections around the world. I’ve been exploring a number of other online platforms as well, so here are a few thoughts… First, it’s a source of constant amazement to me, just how many platforms exist through which I can put my ‘stuff’ out into the world. I’ve become aware that … [Read more...] about Can you find me online? Cyber Hide-and-seek!
Everyone from Kalamazoo is used to the almost instant incredulous reaction after stating where you’re from: “WHAAAT?? There really is a Kalamazoo??,” most likely prompting an intonation of Glen Miller’s 1942 hit song, “I Got a Gal In Kalamazoo”. This even inspired the city to adopt “Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo” as it’s official marketing slogan, … [Read more...] about Conference report: 50th Anniversary International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo 2015
Piirus has created a Slideshare account and we're building up a collection of slides there. The first two slidesets are from our Marketing pack, and they are designed for you to use, to tell other researchers all about Piirus. After all, the more members there are on Piirus, then the more chances there are that you will all find the connection that really … [Read more...] about Resources you can use to tell folks about Piirus
What are the significant features of your research workspace? We want to get to know some of our Piirus members, and we thought that one way of doing this is to explore our offices or similar dwellings where research happens. I absolutely love my office - I live in a place that is affectionately known (by me, at least) as the Tower of Doom. From the … [Read more...] about My Shelfie! A real-life research workspace
In May this year I attended a distinguished lecture at University of Warwick by Professor Brian Cox and Dr Michael Scott. It was interesting to hear the perspectives from both arts and sciences, as both spoke about fruitful collaborations they have been involved in, and answered questions posed by the audience. At Piirus, we’re very much engaged in helping … [Read more...] about Interdisciplinarity: a lecture with Professor Brian Cox and Dr Michael Scott
In part one I outlined the factors that steered me away from choosing the academic route. I had decided a career in university administration may be more suitable. Here, I consider which roles would be best for my skills and outline the role I've found. Part 2: digging deeper into the darkness! Once I had decided I was leaving academia, I talked to many … [Read more...] about Why I moved to the ‘Dark Side’ : Part two, leaving academia behind