the workshop experience: Fran

I’m currently an MRes student studying Entomology at the Silwood Park campus of Imperial College and I’m going on in October to do a PhD at another institution so I thought this course would be really helpful both now and in the future.

I bumped into Hannah Peck in the Imperial library just before the session, we’re both based out at Silwood, so it was great to know someone on the course while entering the world of online tools!  Hannah’s already blogging away with her Project Parakeet site about the distribution of the rosy ringed parakeet in the UK.

I had heard about various online websites and tools before the session, I’ o twitter but many I haven’t really pursued further and I think they cold be really useful for me.  In particular the ResearcherID and Flavors which I signed up to straight away and will be developing over the next couple of weeks.

Looking at the optional content for the course I think I will definitely do the Networks and Networking and the Online collaborative tools options over the next month, perhaps a few more if I have time.

I think what I’ll take away from this session are two things: almost everything you do online could stay up for a while, so you have to be aware of what you are saying and doing; also there are many many different tools available out there, it’s best to use what those in your network are using aswell so you can integrate.

Looking forward to the next couple of weeks…

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