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By Research Cooperative, 2017-06-22
Newspapers are a major resource for many kinds of research. Here are some newspaper directory sites. Please tell us about any other directory sites of interest.
Newspaper archives are especially interesting.
They take us back to the 19th century, more than 100 years ago, when global views of the world were just beginning to become apparent to most people, through the industrialisation of printing technology and paper production. I wonder what is regarded as the first newspaper in the world?
Here is a start:
By Research Cooperative, 2017-04-19
This information access company has a lot to offer researchers and research organisations in Asia and the Pacific, and beyond. The website is provides adavanced and very well-organised search portal.
Informit describes itself as a: '...provider of information management services to the education, government and corporate sectors. We have an excellent understanding of the needs of students, researchers, educators and professional. Informit exists to preserve, enhance and distribute hard to find content. ..support[ing] the wider research community and [driving] better information management services'
'Informit provides access to ... over 100 databases..[covering] a wide range of subjects, including health, engineering, business, education, law, humanities and social sciences.... sourced from publishers, associations and peak professional bodies as well as international authors.
From its head office in Melbourne, Australia, Informit works with library consortia, associations and agents to help users advance their research through access to peer reviewed and specialist journals, monographs, reports, conference papers and bibliographic indexes, collated with a focus on regional perspectives and otherwise hard-to-find research... from Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and around the world.'
By Research Cooperative, 2017-04-13
A useful website for research and writing: http://www.factfish.com
This site, based in Germany, may be useful for many authors seeking basic information related to social and economic issues globally, and country by country. The stated aim is: "to simplify the process of collecting information on decision-relevant topics. We speed up the process and make it cost-effective.
In relation to food and agriculture, for example, the site takes data from published FAO sources, and then makes it easy to explore the data and display the results graphically. So it is does not just 'collect information', it also offers a toolkit for looking at data and displaying it in ways that make interpretation - and decision-making - easier.
The high-level categories currently offered by Factfish are:
- Population and health
- Energy and environment
- Education and science
- Geography and agriculture
- Transport and communication
Within these high-level categories, hundreds of sub-categories are shown. On my wishlist: a high-level category for Biodiversity and ecology - the living foundations of our world economy!
By Research Cooperative, 2017-03-27
I have been using the Dropbox cloud online service for some years, and have been very happy with it most of the time.
As a Mac user, I had some early issues with file labels, but recently, this has not been a problem.
If members of our network would like, they can support me, as Admin (and thus the Research Cooperative) by using the following code when joining Dropbox:
Thanks, Peter (Admin)
By Research Cooperative, 2017-03-09
It can be useful to know where an email is coming from, or where the server for a website is located.
If you can find the IP address (usually easy to do with most email and services and internet browsers, then you can find the nearest source of the message or page you are looking at. This can sometimes help you decide whether the message or page is reliable, legal or genuine (even if it is a nuisance), or an actual fraud or scam.
This is one way of learning more, for example, about an academic journal that you think might be a scam or "predatory online journal".
Here is one Malayasia-based service I am testing: IP2location
Neustar is a US-based and global company that gives useful background information, mainly directed at helping companies that conduct online transactions. Geolocation is one of the tools used.
By Research Cooperative, 2017-01-14
There are numerous ways to organise academic meetings, large and small. The most critical matter is having a clear aim and a theme that brings people together in new ways - not just to give presentations but also to make personal academic connections. For this reason, the social aspects of a meeting (workshop, seminar, conference, or congress) can be just as important as the academic aspects.
I have not used any of the systems below, so would welcome comments by anyone who has!
EasyChair - describes itself as "probably the most commonly used conference management system". A free service is offered, that looks useful, and then more advanced systems that are priced according to the maximum number of submissions that the organisers intend to consider. Overall, the costs appears to be about 50 cents to one dollar (USD) per submission.
Open Science Framework for Meetings - The Open Science Framework is creating open source tools to support 'the entire research cycle'. This includes tools for scientific collaboration, writing, project management, and meeting management.
Their mission statements include the following: ' The OSF is a free, open source service of the Center for Open Science . We’re aligning scientific practices with scientific values by improving openness, integrity and reproducibility of research.'
By Research Cooperative, 2017-01-04
This is an open-access site dedicated to registering calls for academic papers, according to subject category.
It also offers a page for authors to manage their deadlines.
By Research Cooperative, 2016-12-18
There are many methods and tools that can be used to detect plagiarisation. The need to look for plagiarised text (and images) is most obvious when students first attempt academic writing, and lack confidence in their own writing, or misunderstand the purposes of a university education (e.g. learning how to write).
See: How to Detect Plagiarism (MIT, USA) - resources for teachers wishing to check student writing
At the Research Cooperative we are more concerned with how journals can avoid publishng plagiarised content in submitted papers. The best prevention lies in the hands of authors themselves. It is better for authors to write in their own words and acknowledge the sources of specific, special ideas and information, rather than plagiarizing text in an attempt to raise the apparent quality of their writing and information.
See: iThenticate - a commercial system developed for academic authors and publishers
Authors who are not confident about their writing can seek help from editors to improve the writing, can learn how to write better with the help of editors, and can acknowledge such help formally, thus avoiding the problem of plagiarisation altogether.
Editors should be acknowledged for their role in raising the standards of sicientific communication, whenever possible. If an editor's contribution amounts to co-authorship, this should be formally considered even if it was not the original intention. Givng editors adequate acknowledgment for their contributions is a responsibility for both authors and publishers.