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Endnote web – MMU Library workshop, Thursday 24th April 2014

Monday, April 14th, 2014

“EndNote Web is a bibliographic management software package that will help you to organise and manage your bibliographic references and create bibliographies easily and automatically. If you are engaged in a large-scale research project then Endnote Web offers practical solutions to managing all your references.”

“As well as working through exercises to familiarise you with the web version, EndNote Web, we will also look at the full, on campus version of EndNote.”

“Places are still available for the April session. It is open to staff, researchers and postgraduate students:

Session date: Thursday 24th April 2014

Location: John Dalton room C1.02

Time: 10.00 – 12.00

If you would like to book a place then please email Liz Peet,

Further details about Endnote Web and Endnote can be found at  

[Source MMU Library news: ]

UK Data Service webinar on ageing

Monday, April 14th, 2014

“Book now for the UK Data Service hour-long webinar on the topic of ageing to be held on 30 April 2014.”

“This is a collaborative webinar involving the UK Data Service and Dr Alan Marshall from the Frailty Resilience and Inequality in Later life (fRaill) project at the University of Manchester. The webinar will showcase data on the topic of ageing that is available from the UK Data Service and will highlight the research potential of the data.”

“UK Data Service staff will introduce:

  • the types of data available
  • how the data can be accessed
  • the useful online support materials held by the UK Data Service”

“Dr Alan Marshall will give an overview of how data such as the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the Census are used to examine issues such as:

  • frailty
  • inequalities in frailty changes in later life
  • retirement and self-reported illness
  • inequalities in care outcomes
  • neighbourhood health effects”

“The webinar will take place between 14.00 and 15.00 GMT on 30 April 2014. The format will be a 30-minute presentation followed by time for questions.”

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

Digital Storytelling for Public Engagement

Monday, March 17th, 2014

King’s House Conference Centre, Manchester

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – 10:00 – 16:30

“’Digital Storytelling’ refers to a combination of approaches and technologies that help people with little or no professional experience of digital media to produce short, narrative-based videos. Despite the simplicity of the approach, these stories can be highly engaging and often emotionally powerful. Stories are a great way of making complicated ideas meaningful to a wide audience. This means the technique is highly effective as a tool for public engagement.”

“In this highly participative FREE workshop, attendees will work in small groups to write and refine ideas for stories they could tell about their organisations’ work or their own personal experiences. The day will include demonstrations of the different tools required for producing digital stories and guidance on using social media to improve the potential for sharing and discoverability. Attendees will also have access to supplementary learning materials and support on using technology to tell their stories.”

[Source National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement news: ]

Free public engagement and media training courses – free to BBSRC-funded researchers.

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Public engagement

“This course is designed for those interested in doing public engagement but aren’t sure where to start, and can help researchers exploring science which raises challenging issues or controversy.”

“This course is designed to support BBSRC-funded researchers to carry out effective public engagement that reflects upon the social and ethical perspectives of your work. You will learn about what public engagement is and why it is important, as well as begin to develop some of the skills required to carry out public engagement.”

“The course is an interactive day, combining information provision with activities and discussion and will be delivered by BBSRC staff with external facilitators and tutors who will provide additional perspectives and specialist input.”

“This course will take place in London on 28 March 2014. Anyone supported by BBSRC, working on a BBSRC grant or based at a BBSRC-funded institute can attend, free of charge.”

Places are limited so for more information, to register your interest in this course, please go to:

Media training

“The course is tailor-made for scientists working on BBSRC science and follows a bespoke programme created by our media office.”

“The course is delivered by practising print and radio journalists and has a strong practical flavour. The course provides the opportunity to practise managing the thrills and challenges of a live radio interview without worrying about it being broadcast and will also develop your skill at writing for a general audience.”

  • 15 April 2014 – Central London
  • 8 July 2014 – Central London
  • 6 August 2014 – Central London
  • 2 September 2014 – Central London
  • 9 December 2014 – Central London

Places are limited so for more information, to register your interest in this course, please go to:

[Source Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)news: ]

Endnote training

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

My colleagues at Elizabeth Gaskell are running two Endnote workshops on March 6th.  If you are interested in attending, please click on the links below for more details and a booking form:

Thursday 6th March 2014, 1:00pm until 2:30pm: 

Thursday 6th March 2014, 3:00pm until 4:30pm:

Universities Week Public Engagement Training Days

Monday, February 24th, 2014

“Universities Week will take place 9-15 June 2014 and is inviting universities across the UK to engage with the public. As one of the partners we are keen to see lots of great public engagement happening during the week so do get involved if you can.”

“We are hosting a number of training days for people wanting to know more about how to engage the public with their research. These days will include a beginners’ guide to public engagement; an opportunity to find out about Universities Weeks and a range of workshops. The training days will run from approximately from 10:00 to 16:00, and you can choose to attend for a full or a half day (Morning: 10:00 to 14:00 or Afternoon 12:00 to 16:00, both including lunch).”


Date: 18th February 2014

Venue: Arnolfini


Date: 04th March 2014

Venue: Woburn House


Date: 11th March 2014

Venue: Dalton Ellis Hall

To find out more and to book on one of the training days go to:

[Source National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement news as above]

Using doctoral theses in your research: a guide to EThOS (webinar)

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Louise Doolan, Head of Reference Services at the British Library, writes:

“EThOS ( is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It’s a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.”

“We ran a free webinar (online presentation) about EThOS late last year, and by popular demand we’re doing another on 13 February at 15.00.”

“Join us for a free webinar to learn how EThOS works. Find out how to search for and download theses, and what to do if a thesis isn’t available. If you’re a PhD student, find out what will happen to your thesis once it’s completed. We’ll also explain how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle, making the theses more visible and available for new researchers to use and build on.”

“This webinar is aimed at researchers, students, librarians and anyone who is interested in finding and using PhD theses.”

“Host: Sara Gould, Development Manager at the British Library, who manages the EThOS service. Sara will answer questions after the webinar.”

Register now to attend the webinar at:  

(Please note this is a repeat of the Webinar in December 2013)

[Source email to: LIS-LINK@JISCMAIL.AC.UK ]

Digimap training events

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Digimap has advertised some forthcoming webinars and a free training event in London.

19 February 4-4.30: Webinar on ‘Environment Digimap’

26 February 4-4.30: Webinar on ‘Making the most of Roam’

6 March: ‘Digimap Collections’ one-day workshop at Imperial College, London

For more information including a booking link go to the digimap blog at:

[Source Digimap blog as above]

Ordnance Survey Carto Hack Camp

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

“Ordnance Survey are running a one day event for people to show off their cartography skills; anyone who is able to take up a summer internship can apply.” 

Jenny Brooker, Prototyping Manager at Ordnance Survey writes:

“We’ve come a long way since the days of drawing maps by hand but Cartography is still an integral part of our business, and is so much more than just making pretty maps.”

“We are inviting anyone with an interest in cartographic design or data visualisation to come to Carto Hack Camp and showcase their skills by spending the day with us visualising geographic data. The winner will be offered a paid summer internship in our cartographic design team.”

The Hack Camp is taking place at the Ordnance Survey HQ in Southampton on Thursday 20th February 2014, and is a free event.

[Source Digimap blog: ]

Webinar on working with aggregate outputs from the UK 2011 Census

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

“Booking is now open for the UK Data Service Census Support webinar on Thursday 13 February 2014 on working with aggregate outputs from the UK 2011 Census.”

“The aggregate outputs from UK censuses provide detailed, high quality information on a wide range of the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of people and households across the UK.”

“They are, however, large and very complex datasets, which can make them difficult to understand and use effectively.”

“This webinar will focus on aggregate outputs from the UK 2011 Census and demonstrate how new methods of managing and providing access to them have made it much easier to work with them and exploit the valuable information they contain.”

“The webinar will include:

  • an introduction to UK 2011 Census aggregate outputs and geographies, and some common issues encountered in working with them
  • a demonstration of the InFuse interface and its key features in simplifying understanding and access to census aggregate outputs
  • an opportunity for members of the audience to put questions to the presenters”

The webinar will take place between 15.00 and 16.00 GMT on 13 February 2014.

[Source UK Data Service: ]

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