There has been a lot of interest among doctoral student researchers, and others, about the various programs for academic writing and reference management. These include EndNote, Papers (Papers2), Mendeley, Scrivener, Evernote, and many more. Some time ago, I suggested an online seminar be organised, and there was a good response from participants in the #phdchat Twitter group. I have been in touch with reps from some of the companies, and they are interested in participating. A lot of what we need is already present, particularly in recorded introductory and instructional videos.
Based on the interest and feedback, here is the approach I am taking!
1. Develop an initial list of topics, questions, concerns from potential participants. This is where we are at now, and your input is needed. Please provide as comments to the blog, or email me at tony ‘at’ tonyratcliffe.com.
2. Identify and list short introductory videos on products that should be viewed in advance of a discussion. I also want to identify the instructional videos for more detailed help. I’m asking that reps provide this as a comment or by email.
3. I will ask product reps to provide a written blurb on how their products can help. In particular, I like the theme of ‘how do you play nicely with other products, or do a great job on your own?’ Once we have the topics, questions, and concerns from potential participants, these might help guide the reps.
4. Host a live ‘synchronous’ hour of short presentations, questions, and answers.
5. Continuing asynchronous discussion forum.
6. The development can be in stages, leading up to an online session in, perhaps, September.
Again, your input is requested and needed. The main guidance I want to give is that this is to be a ‘how to play nice’ seminar. There will be opinions, for sure, but let’s focus on the place that each product has for some of us. What works for one may not work for another!