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You know that nice feeling you get when things just work? Well, here at Mendeley we love coming up with ways to make that happen for researchers everywhere, and building features that save them time is usually a good way to go about it.

As a PhD student myself, I know that one of the biggest time drains when doing your research can be the process of finding, processing and organizing your relevant citations and papers. Having to download each one individually before adding them to Mendeley was a big frustration when doing my literature review, and many academics in our community shared similar experiences.

That’s why the Mendeley team put a lot of work in building an improved Web Importer that was released last June and then integrating it with Science Direct and Scopus (as well as most other sites!) to make the process of putting those papers and…

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7 ways to add documents to Mendeley

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We want to make it as easy as possible to get your documents into Mendeley so you can get on with your work. To that end, we have developed a number of ways to add documents to Mendeley. You can now add documents via Desktop and Web in 7 different ways. With so many options, there’s a method to suit any workflow.

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Academic networks contest: ResearchGate vs. Academia vs. Mendeley

How to publish in journals

As university professor, with great pressure to publish in academic journals, I find academic generalist networks essential, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu or Mendeley, which help me to:

  • Disseminate on the web my published articles to try to obtain citations and name among the scientific community in my field of expertiseAcademic networks contest: ResearchGate vs. Academia vs. Mendeley
  • Find research papers quickly and easily
  • Search for collaboration and international research projects
  • Share ideas and find solutions

I wonder if you can do the same on Facebook or Linkedin. Facebook don’t clearly do it because it’s very focused on leisure and personal life but, what about Linkedin? With millions of professors and professionals connected interested in science/research?

But no, it seems that we need a specific one to ourselves that differentiate researchers, with specific functionalities on usability and sociability (mainly source credibility), two main factors for evaluating online communities (Chinthakalaya

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Your results may be black and white, but your research doesn’t have to be! Mendeley now features the ability to annotate in multiple colors! How many colors? Eight different colors! Create a rainbow of annotations in your PDFs and sticky notes. Though the bright burst of color is the one you will likely notice […]

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Have you ever heard of Digital Humanities?!? No? Me either. When I first heard those two words I thought well shouldn’t they cancel each other out? I mean who puts computers w people. Not the same right? What you probably don’t know, and neither did I, is that digital humanities is a small part […]

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Infographics & English Studies

Concept and uses

Tools to create them

Conclusion

CONCEPT AND USES

An infographic is a visual representation of information in graphic format designed to make data easily understandable at a glance. The quick rise of infographics is primarily the result of the new, easy-to-use software available on the internet to create them. Nowadays, anyone can create an infographic thanks to the tools we will be presenting below.

We can safely affirm that almost anything can be converted into an infographic, and they certainly abound in almost any public environment: traffic signs, subway maps, tag clouds, musical scores, and weather charts are just a few examples among a huge number of possibilities.

Infographics are used to convey messages quickly, to simplify the presentation of large amounts of data, to see data patterns and relationships, and to monitor changes in variables over time. They may include bar graphspie charts, Gantt charts, histograms, line charts, tree diagrams, mind maps, or network diagrams.

Besides being visually appealing, there is more to them for online businesses. Infographics can be one of the most effective strategies in an overall digital marketing campaign because you are adding interactive content to your website. Some of the benefits of using infographics include:

  • Generate traffic by taking advantage of the viral nature of infographics.
  • Generate backlinks to your website from other websites that may embed your infographic.
  • Create brand awareness, for example when you place your company logo at the bottom of the infographic.

Moreover, they are being used more and more frequently to help people understand the data contained in those websites by making statistical information more readily accessible.

Below you can see an example of infographics about the protection of our planet which communicates a clear message.

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TOOLS TO CREATE INFOGRAPHICS

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and with an infographic you can explain a full text only using images. Fortunately, there are tools on the web that can help you to create them, and the most important ones are the following:

Vizualize.me

Vizualize.me allows you to create an online resume format that is beautiful, relevant, and fun, all with just one click.

Piktochart

With Piktochart, you can create an innovative infographic using a combination of different types of visualisations: themes, icons, vectors, images and chart exporter. Drag-and-drop and click your way through color schemes, shapes and fonts, then export the materials as static or HTML to easily embed it for using them on your site.

Easel.ly

Easel.ly is a fun tool to create your Infographics with drag-and-drop features and a simple interface. You can easily create and share visual ideas online, supported by ‘vhemes’ or visual themes that help you get started from the preset infographic style. Drag and drop a ‘vheme’ onto your canvas to turn your idea into a full infographic.

Visual.ly

Visually helps you customize infographics in seconds, and no, you don’t have to be an analyst or designer to make infographics with Visually Create. Visual.ly also allows you to discover infographics and favorites from other users.

Genial.ly

And last but not least, Genial.ly, whose main features are the following:

  • It is a Spanish tool, which is presented as an alternative to Prezi. It is free, dynamic and interactive.
  • When you access it, you can choose one of their templates to make presentations, images, cards, posters, CV’s, microsites, and also infographics.
  • If you choose infographics, you have more than 20 templates for it or you can develop your own template. Immediately, you get a video tutorial to use it and an online chat where you can ask questions.

Below you will find an example:

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You can connect other slides to these texts, for instance, if you click on Who am I? it will take you to the following one:

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You can connect videos instead of fixed slides in the same easy way.

One of the main features of this tool is the chance to work collaboratively in an infographic or presentation, just typing in the email of the workers. You can also add new pages using different templates and connect all of them in the order you select. You can introduce your personal images (SVG or GIF format).

You can access your product at any moment with the View button. An easy example of using this tool is the following one where there are templates and videos:

http://www.genial.ly/Preview/Index/56942f931561e809906a3c3b?idSlide=56942f931561e809906a3c3c

You can use this tool at https://www.genial.ly/Dashboard.

CONCLUSION

Summing up, infographics are a visually-appealing way of displaying information that would be too arid if presented in a conventional manner. They can also help you to organise sets of data so that they make more sense to the reader, who will grasp your message quickly and will retain it because it was presented in a more attractive way than a simple list of facts and figures.

With the tools we have presented here, you can create great infographics very easily, and you should be especially aware of this possibility if you own a blog or a site and want to make it more known to the public. Who knows, the next viral infographic of 2016 may be of your making!

Aplicaciones de las TIC Group 3: Becerra D., Muñoz A., Núñez-Lagos B., Rebollo J., Sanjosé Pérez A. Supervisor & Reviewer: Borreguero L. Coordinator: Jordano M.

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What is Twitter?
What are Hashtags? Working with #hashtags
What is a Retweet?
What is a list? Creating a list
Followers and Followed
@Replies
References to the lists of our course

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a social network based on microblogging. It allows you to post entries, as in blogs, but the particularity is that they cannot be longer than 140 characters. These micro-entries are called tweets, and the act of writing and publishing a tweet is called tweeting, which explains why Twitter’s symbol is a bird. Tweets can also contain different types of media, such as pictures, videos, and GIF images.

Given the very limited extension of the entries, you need to compact information so that you manage to tell something interesting and important, otherwise nobody would follow you. Because this is one of the most interesting features of Twitter: you can follow people you like in order to receive their tweets in your tweet feed, that is, your Twitter homepage. Usernames begin with @, like @apps_tic_ei, and you can tag people in a tweet so as to share it with them, acknowledge them as its source as well as engage in discussion.

What are Hashtags? Working with #hashtags.

Another important feature of Twitter is hashtags, which allow users to identify their tweets as relevant to a topic or an event. Their name is self-explanatory: a tag beginning with a hash. Anyone can invent their own hashtags, but they are more likely related to a topic, such as #lylitadistancia, the one we use most in Aplicaciones TIC. Thus, you can use the search tool in order to find all the tweets that contain a specific hashtag. Besides, if many people are using the same hashtag at the same time, it will become “trending topic” and it will be featured prominently on Twitter’s homepage. They are equally useful for the live broadcasting of events: if you are attending a conference or talk, you can post tweets explaining what is going on and adding the hashtag chosen for the event, as it was done during the X Seminario TIC-ETL: Recursos para la investigación en Tecnologías de la Lengua, for which the hashtag #XSeminarioTICETL was used.

What is a Retweet?

It is usually abbreviated as RT, and it is used on to show you are tweeting content that has been posted by another user. The format is RT @username where username is the twitter name of the person you are retweeting.

Features of retweets:

Retweets have the same features of a tweet but with the twitter name of other profile.
For instance, if someone you follow writes in a tweet something that you consider important or hilarious, that would be a great time to retweet it. Thereby your followers will read it too.

How to retweet?

These are the steps to follow:
1. Hover over a Tweet.
2. Click the Retweet icon.
3. A pop-up will show you the Tweet you’re about to Retweet.
4. Click the Retweet button.
5. The Tweet will then be shared with all of your followers as a Retweet!

From https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169873

What happens when one retweets?

As we read in the official web page “Retweets look like normal Tweets with the author’s name and username next to it, but are distinguished by the Retweet icon and the name of the user who retweeted the Tweet.

If you see a message from a stranger in your timeline, look for retweeted by info in the Tweet — the retweeter should be someone you follow.”

Where do Retweets appear?

⌑ Tweets retweeted by other people: You can see Retweets your followers have retweeted in your home timeline.

Retweets, like regular Tweets, will not show up from people you’ve blocked.

⌑ Tweets you have retweeted: If you retweet someone you follow, it will be visible on your profile timeline.

If you retweet someone you do not follow, it will be visible on both your home and profile timelines.

⌑ Your Tweets that others have retweeted: Go to Notifications in the top navigation bar. In the Notifications section you will see all activity concerning your Tweets — including which have recently been retweeted and by whom.

From https://support.twitter.com/articles/77606

Benefits of retweeting:

We can find a lot of information on the internet about benefits of retweeting due to the importance of it in the marketing area as well as other fields as media.

⌑ A Retweet may provide valuable information to your followers:

If you can provide value to your followers you will not only make your fans or followers happy, you will most likely attract more followers. Providing quality content is always a great way to provide your followers with value. The first thing that comes to mind is sharing a link with interesting information that is from you or another person.

⌑ A Retweet can benefit your personal brand both on the internet and in your career:

Retweeting will help build your personal brand as well as your fans´ loyalty. If you point a follower to an external source that is truly relevant and beneficial to them, the amount of trust that person has in you will increase. The next time you post a link, whether it’s to your website or to an external source, the chances of that person clicking that link are higher than before.

⌑ A Retweet can help you build relationships with other members:

Retweeting someone else’s content is an act of kindness, and others are likely to do the same for you. This doesn’t mean that you should expect someone to retweet your content just because you retweet theirs. Remember, retweeting is all about providing value to your followers, typically people will not retweet a post of yours unless it’s perceived as important or helpful.
If you retweet sending Spam, this can actually hurt your personal brand and future traffic. If done right, a retweet can provide value to your followers, improve your personal brand, increase the number of followers, and build relationships with a lot of people.

From http://twitterwatchdog.com/2009/06/07/3-benefits-of-retweeting/

From http://parallelfraid.weebly.com/blog/benefits-of-retweeting-on-twitter

@Replies

When you want to reply to someone, you hit the little reply arrow in your client or on the web. The client will insert that users name with an @ sign, like @shanselman. It will also populate some hidden metadata indicating which tweet you were replying to. It’s helpful to reply to specific tweets as it makes the conversation easier to follow later. Often newbies reply to the most recent tweet, but then make reference to tweets from days before.

For maximum social-ness, the first setting you should change when you sign up for Twitter is your @replies setting. Set it to show replies from anyone rather than just the replies from people you follow. Otherwise you’ll miss out on a lot of the conversation.

I can see your replies even if I don’t follow you. You don’t need permission from me or anyone to reply and jump into a conversation.

From http://www.hanselman.com/blog/HowToTwitterFirstStepsAndATwitterGlossary.aspx

What is a list? Creating a list.

A list is a supervised  group of Twitter, A person can create His/her own list or subscribe to a list which has been created by others. These lists are only used to read Tweets from users on that list and you can not send a Tweet to the members of a list.

For building a list, you have to go to your Profile clicking on your Photo, scroll to Lists and there, on the right side, you can click on Create new list. In the appearing window you introduce a name and a description and, after saving, you can introduce in your new list any Twitter user as a Member which you want (yes, even without their permission).

The advantage of doing this is that you follow all the Tweets of the List members from that moment. All of it without becoming a direct Follower of any user. As it has been said previously, one cannot send a tweet to the list members at once.

How lists work: functions and use.

First of all, you have to create a list with a name and a short description. There are two possibilities: make your list private or public.
Once you have a list, you can do different functions:
Remove or add people from your list. You only have to select ” Add or Remove from list” and people that you add, they should appear when you select “Members”.

Share a list with others in three steps:

-Go to the list you’d like to share
-Copy the URL that appears in your browser’s address bar
-Paste the URL into a message to anyone that you want to share the list with.

Look at Tweets from a list in two steps:

-Click on the lists tab on your Profile Page
-Click on the list you’d like to look at and you will see all the Tweets of that list.
-Edit or delete lists

Differences between followed and followers.

Followers are people who follow you because they want to read your Tweets when you post them. Thus, when you have followers you are followed. For instance, if you subscribe to a company’s Twitter account, the company is “followed” by you, whereas you are its “follower”.

References to the lists of our course.

For our course, Professor Jordano has established several lists, with a lot of specialized-in-our-field Twitter users as Followed @Connect’s (List Members). Students like us can include themselves in the different lists as Followers (Subscriptions’ List).

For doing this you have to go to the @Connect you wish, for example, @apps_tic_ei, there you can see in upper side: Lists, you click on this and all the list names appear, you click on that you are interested in and a button appears on the left, indicating Subscribe to the list. When you click on it, you become a member of the list and in Tweets you can see all the Tweets of the List Members (no the list followers’). For @apps_tic_ei, the lists are Unit 1 to Unit 5.

Aplicaciones de las TIC Group 3: Becerra D., Muñoz A., Núñez-Lagos B., Rebollo J., Sanjosé A. Supervisor & Reviewer: Borreguero L. Coordinator: Jordano M.

Three Tools for Creating your Mind Maps

Impressions about MindManager, FreeMind and CMapTools

I have not tried these tools before, neither their computer version nor the mobile one. However, in order to learn a little bit about them, I have downloaded them to my mobile and I have worked with them during this week. These are my impressions about them:

  • MindManager:

This tool has more than one million downloads and a score of 4 points out of 5 in Google Play. Nowadays it is one of the best values tool for mind maps. However, there are many comments on the net that say that Mindjet doesn’t goes very well when working with the mobile version. It seems that there are some problems with the templates and the synchronization with Dropbox.

My experience is that it is a very intuitive app. I found it simpler than the computer version and it is faster to learn. You can create a simple map in just 5 minutes.

Mind

However, when I try to recuperate the project that I have written before with the normal version, there were many problems. It spent a lot of time, and when I got to open it, it was all wrong. The connections weren’t correct, the colours had changed and everything was a mess. There were warnings saying that some features are only supported on Mindjet Web accounts.

MINDJET

So, I coincide with the comments I read: the mobile version, although simpler, it’s not good when opening Dropbox files.

  • FreeMind:

Freemind is an open source mind mapping tool built in Java, and is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It has a wide variety of features, including location-based mind mapping, collaboration tools, restore session support and more.

It can be used to keep track of projects as a knowledge base, and as a powerful mind mapping tool for complex diagrams with numerous branches, including embedded links and multimedia. You can export your map as HTML, PDF, OpenDocument, SVG or PNG. FreeMind auto-layout makes searching clean and useable.

First, I downloaded the computer version http://sourceforge.net/projects/freemind/files/freemind/1.0.1/FreeMind-Windows-Installer-1.0.1-max.exe/download?use_mirror=netcologne&download=

Then I made a simple map about some of the databases that appears in unit 2 and exported to other formats: .jpg, .pdf…

When I downloaded the mobile version I have some difficulties. The first one was that in Google Play there were two apps available: FreMind Reader and FreeMind Viewer Free. I tried the first one. I accessed my Dropbox (you can also use your Drive), selected the file and I could see it in my phone. This app is used only to visualize.

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After that, I downloaded the second app. This app is used to create your maps, but it is very simple. I hasn’t got many options although it is easy to learn.

The worst part of all: it is full of advertisements (as you can see in the pictures I attach).

  • CMapTools:

I downloaded this tool and started to try it. One of the things that I like is that I could access to many models that people share on the net. This way it is easy for me to have a global vision about the kinds of maps that you can create.  You can also share your maps and upload them to the Cloud, and other platforms.

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The difference with respect to other tools is that you can add web links, so it is more useful because you can access directly to those resources easily and from wherever you are. It is simple to use. However, I could not find a mobile version. When I tried to download this tool it always said that it was not possible to open the file. It seems that this app is only available for Windows Mac, Linux and Solaris, not for Android.

Now it is your turn to decide. Which one do you prefer? Do you know other tools? Thank you in advance for sharig your comments.

The LION in the library (AKA Activity 1.2)

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I am back again to show you a great bibliographic database, quite intuitive. Ladies and gentlement… welcome to Literature Online (LION).

LION Literature Online (LION) http://literature.proquest.com.ezproxy.uned.es/

What is LION?

In this case it is specially important to be logged in to Campus UNED. UNED pays the subscription fee, otherwise you would only see a login page (like this one)

As I am studying American Literature II right now, I wanted to see some information about  ‘The Great Gatsby’, and there were 1530 results.

LIONSearch LION – Search The Great Gatsby

As you can see, the information can be filtered by content type on the left hand bar.
My choice was this document, in ‘Reference Works’: The Great Gatsby  from KnowledgeNotes™ Student Guides

Please, if you love literature in English, visit this database and search your favourite author or book! And let me know if you found what you were looking for 😉

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LANGUAGE LEARNING TOOLS ONLINE: WHICH ONE IS THE BEST?

I have always thought that the best way of learning a foreign language is going to the country and speaking with the native people of that language. That’s the reason why I went to Canada when I was only 16, and I decided to study a degree in London after I finished the secondary school. However, something that it wasn’t planned at all, it was meeting my Italian ragazzo in London. I laughed at my friend Louise when she first showed me her new app Duolingo. She started dating her Italian boyfriend a month before me, and after months teaching him English she decided that she wanted to learn the Latin language. I also thought about downloading the app, but instead I printed the list with all the Italian verbs following the methods I was taught in school… Anyway, my list is still on my phone and I have probably used it once. The way I have learnt Italian is listening and throwing in the air the most absurd sentences in Italispanish which, for some reason, all of them understood. Now, I’m very fluent talking but I’m very frustrated since I cannot answer any of my what’s app or facebook messages in Italian. Therefore, I’m looking for a fast and fun way of learning how to write in this language and I would like to try with modern methods this time.

I had a look to some of the language learning tools online and this is what I found:

Duolingo

OKAY, SO WHAT MAKES IT GREAT? Duolingo is a crowdsourced text translation platform designed so that, by learning a new language, users inadvertently provide translations for documents. Because of this, Duolingo is completely free! It helps with the translation process as well: along with practicing your reading and speaking comprehension, by re-typing translations, it forces you to use proper spelling. Like Mango Languages, grammar is also subtly integrated into the learning process.

AND THE DOWNSIDE? Unfortunately, Duolingo only offers five languages to study at the moment: Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian Portuguese, and German. Users are also unable to be judged on their speaking skills, and although you can create a profile for yourself, there seems to be little to no community to practice with.

LiveMocha

OKAY, SO WHAT MAKES IT GREAT? LiveMocha is the most-used of the three programs, and it shows through its extended abilities and large community. Users can choose from over 35 languages and a variety of styles to study: vocab, reading and writing, reading and speaking, listening and writing, listening and speaking, etc. What really sets LiveMocha apart is its huge community – users are encouraged to help one another practice, which rewards them with points.

AND THE DOWNSIDE? Since we’re on the topic of points… it’s LiveMocha’s biggest issue. While users can do many activities for free, unlocking new lessons costs “points.” You can purchase points if you need, but by correctly answering questions or helping others, LiveMocha rewards you with free points to use. It’s a bit confusing, and rather unnecessary, considering how easy it is to achieve points. As for the learning style, it felt a little quick, which was a struggle at times. Another problem is communication in the new Livemocha is very limited and the lessons are min-numbingly dull. The technical bugs and errors in their lessons are frequent too.

Mango Languages

OKAY, SO WHAT MAKES IT GREAT? Mango Languages offers over 50 languages to choose from, many of which are available in ESL format as well. The system is beautifully designed and easy to navigate. Students are introduced to both grammar and cultural notes as they study. Mango also uses colors to distinguish words in sentences, which proved to be helpful when learning terms for the first time.

AND THE DOWNSIDE? MangoLanguages is not technically a free service, although many can access the program for free through their local library. (You can check here!) In addition, although users can record their pronunciation, you are speaking to a computer. Many language programs provide communities for users to speak with native speakers, which Mango cannot offer.

 

CUT TO THE CHASE: WHICH SHOULD I CHOOSE?

All three are excellent programs, but if money isn’t an object, we have to recommend LiveMocha first. Being able to talk with native speakers is a huge benefit when learning a language, and LiveMocha’s large community is something to take advantage of. However, if you’re casually studying, consider DuoLingo if your language is one of the few they offer. Otherwise, if used through a local library, MangoLanguages is a great, free language tool, as well.

 

 

 

Sources: Information taken from http://blog.dynamiclanguage.com