At Piirus we're trying out a collaborative working tool, namely the free version of Slack. We're using it for one of our many projects, as a communication tool. It is a way for us to keep people in Berlin (Germany), Warwick, Newcastle (England) and deepest Scotland in touch with the each other, as we progress on our project. Here are some of my thoughts at … [Read more...] about A collaborative working tool called Slack: thoughts on using it
Archives for August 2015
Having completed my PhD at the end of last year, I've since been writing papers from it. My work crossed disciplines of social and health sciences, and this has meant some serious consideration of where might be the best places to publish findings. As I'm now based back in my home territory of midwifery, I've generally considered this area best in terms of … [Read more...] about Publish or perish: where’s best to communicate research?
In my last blogpost for Piirus in July, I reported on the Vatican Library’s new digitization project, which plans ultimately to make digital copies of the entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts, incunabula, and early prints available online. This is only the most prominent example in a growing number of institutions and libraries that have initiated similar … [Read more...] about The Thrill of the Original: 3 examples of when digital copies just aren’t enough!
Last week, we heard from our Social Science correspondent, Bernie Divall, about how she has warmed up to Twitter but still has reservations. Here, I share some of my advice. As a new academic, how do you find your community on Twitter? Hashtags can help you to do this. They sometimes have a broad audience of listeners, or an active participation level, or … [Read more...] about Tweet with a hashtag: 13 tags for new academics!
Are you interested in becoming a Piirus Correspondent? We’re looking for 3 Piirus Correspondents to build relationships with the international research community in order to source, commission and editorialise content for the Piirus social media channels. As a correspondent you will work in a ‘virtual’ team located across the globe which is led by the … [Read more...] about Piirus is hiring! Piirus Correspondent opportunities
Evidence seems to suggest that internationalising research can make for a more successful research career. According to a 2013 report by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK, an increase in research productivity was at least partly driven by an increase in international collaboration. A previous Piirus survey of researchers found that … [Read more...] about How are you building an international profile as a researcher? Tell us and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher
Often in life two different groups of people (and often more) see the same situation from two different sides. The day to day problems that arise in a higher education institution are no different. Miscommunication and a lack of understanding can cause confusion, friction and eventually lead to conflict over even small issues. Having just moved to the … [Read more...] about Two Sides to the Same Coin
I've long felt a bit conflicted on the subject of Twitter. I remember doing a workshop while I was a student at the University of Warwick, and we were being encouraged to embrace the micro-blog opportunities afforded by Twitter. Someone asked whether it was okay to tweet during conference presentations, and the facilitator suggested it would be fine. I … [Read more...] about It Started with a Tweet…
Last week, in tips 1-6, Piirus member Dr. Alke Gröppel-Wegener shared some things she learned from putting together her first crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Here are some things to keep in mind once the campaign goes live, our tips 7-12. 7. The Notifications. Once the campaign is live, I found myself becoming obsessed with checking my email for … [Read more...] about How do you run a crowdfunding campaign? 12 Useful tips! (Part 2)
Do you know what people see when they search for you online? At Piirus we’ve created a free Digital Identity Health Check for Academics. Follow the simple steps to give your digital identity a health check, then use our top 10 tips to improve the visibility of you and your research: Create profiles on sites that rank highly in search results … [Read more...] about Health check your digital identity
Recently, I was invited to give a presentation at a midwifery event in London. There were about 700 midwives in the room, which was terrifying in itself. But far more frightening was the subject of the presentation: myself. I know! I felt utterly naked (and said so, as a kind of ice breaker. Happily, they laughed!) I explained that it's a rare thing, … [Read more...] about Let them in: video opens the doors of communication.
There are many different ways to work together in academia, and many excellent reasons to network and collaborate in research. For example, 85% of researchers said collaboration with others helps drive research excellence and 79% of researchers think international research collaboration increases research productivity. In our recent survey, research managers … [Read more...] about 5 ways to find collaborations that further your research
Dr. Alke Gröppel-Wegener, Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies and National Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies at Staffordshire University shares her experiences of a different route to publication on a project that was recently discussed in the Times Higher. For years I had a wanted to consolidate the teaching strategies I … [Read more...] about How do you run a crowdfunding campaign? 12 useful tips! (Part 1)
Piirus is active on Twitter and we've selected some highlights from the last month, to show just some of the institutions that new Piirus members come from, and the research areas of the new collaborations that they are seeking. We collated the tweets onto Storify and created a slide deck of them, which you can also see on Slideshare, or embedded … [Read more...] about Planet Piirus, 1 – 31 July 2015. New members and scholarly collaborations sought.
We've heard recently from our Arts and Humanities correspondent about the project to digitise the Vatican's documents. Digitisation is a growing phenomena and there are many reasons why it might be carried out, leading to a variety of approaches. This post takes a look at some of the possible motivations that might lead to digitisation: Piirus is all about … [Read more...] about Why choose to digitise? 7 motivations to balance if you’re collaborating.