Research impact and public engagement should be core parts of every skilled PhD, academic and researcher’s portfolio. To help you develop your portfolio, jobs.ac.uk is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event via a Google+ Hangout on Air called ‘Research Impact & Public Engagement for Career Success.’
The 60 minute live video event takes place on Wednesday 22nd July at 1pm and lasts 60 minutes. You can find the video online at the jobs.ac.uk’s G+ Events Page.
Attending this will enable you to learn:
- How to develop an impactful research profile, learning from successful examples
- How to prepare for REF 2020 and what counts
- How to measure the impact of research using Altmetrics and Open Access
- How to identify and actively engage relevant stakeholders at appropriate stages
- What key questions you may get asked about impact and engagement at job interviews
- How impact and engagement can enrich your career prospects
What is a Google+ Hangout?
Google+ Hangouts on Air are live online video events of Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists. As the video is streaming live online you will be able to watch and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to ask questions.
If you would like to register your place on #JOBSQ lived video hangout, please click here or alternatively click here to find out more information.
“Data is the new raw material of the 21st century, it allows citizens to hold governments to account, drives improvements in public services by informing choice, and provides a feedstock for innovation and growth.” As open-source data is set to grow, this is a key time to better understand how it maps onto and possibly significantly strengthens, the ability of academics to understand society. The ESRC and Google are therefore pleased to announce the Google Data Analytics Social Science Research Call.
The call for Google Data Analytics Social Science Research aims to provide funding for projects that demonstrate the potential of how publicly accessible online data, analytical and presentational tools, such as those provided by Google, can be used to address social and economic research topics, showcasing how academics can use online data analytical tools in creative, intellectual and creative ways. As part of this process, the projects should:
- transmit best practice in use of such tools for social science
- show how the tools can be used to test social-science theories
- suggest possible improvements/innovations in the tools to help integrate analytics and open-source data tools in general into the teaching/learning community.
They have allocated £200,000 to fund a maximum of four research projects lasting up to one year. The call will open on 20 August 2012 and close on 2 October 2012.
To register for this call launch workshop please send a brief description of your area of interest to:firstname.lastname@example.org by 2 August 2012. Please note, this information may be circulated to other attendees unless you state otherwise.
The RKE Operations team can help you with your application.
Google Under-the-Earth: Seeing Beneath Stonehenge is the first application of its kind to transport users around a virtual prehistoric landscape, exploring the magnificent and internationally important monument, Stonehenge.
The application was developed by Bournemouth University archaeologists, using new field data gathered during their work with colleagues from the universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, Southampton and London as part of the Stonehenge Riverside Project. Google Under-the-Earth works by adding layers of archaeological information to Google Earth technology.
The unique visual experience lets users interact with the past like never before. Highlights include taking a visit to the Neolithic village of Durrington Walls, a trip inside a prehistoric house and the opportunity to see reconstructions of Bluestonehenge at the end of the Stonehenge Avenue and of the great timber monument called the Southern Circle, as they would have looked more than four thousand years ago.
The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Google Research Awards, a program which fosters relationships between Google and the academic world as Google fulfils its mission to ‘organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.’
But this fabulous educational and cultural tool does not end with Stonehenge. Archaeological scientist Dr Kate Welham, project leader at Bournemouth University, explained that it is the start of something much bigger.
“It is envisaged that Google Under-the-Earth: Seeing Beneath Stonehenge could be the start of a new layer in Google Earth. Many of the world’s great archaeological sites could be added, incorporating details of centuries’ worth of excavations as well as technical data from geophysical and remote sensing surveys in the last 20 years,” she said.
Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, said: “The National Trust cares for over 2000 acres of the Stonehenge Landscape. Seeing Beneath Stonehenge offers exciting and innovative ways for people to explore that landscape. It will allow people across the globe, many of whom may never otherwise have the chance to visit the sites, to share in the thrill of the discoveries made by the Stonehenge Riverside team and to appreciate the remarkable achievements of the people who built and used the monuments.”
You can download the application from the Google Under-the-Earth: Seeing Beneath Stonehenge site. The tool is easy to use and requires Google Earth to be installed on your computer.
Google Docs is an online tool that enables collaborators to work in a synchronous environment on a single document. Rather than passing a document between authors, Google Docs allows authors at different physical locations to work together on the same document in real time. Changes made to the document can be tracked and attributed.
So what does this actually mean? What does Google Docs do? There a is a rather nice explanation of this on the Google Docs Help site:
“Google Docs enables multiple people in different locations to collaborate simultaneously on the same doc from any computer with Internet access. For example, Alice and Meredith are working on a project together, and they need to write a document, keep track of their work in a spreadsheet, and create a presentation and a drawing to share with other people involved in the project. Alice lives in New York, and Meredith, in Los Angeles. When Alice makes changes to the document, spreadsheet, presentation, or drawing, Meredith can see them in real time and respond to them immediately. Both of them work on the same docs, so there’s no need to go back and forth, comparing and consolidating individual files.” (Source page)
Sounds fabulous! And with Google Docs you can create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. You can start a document in Office and then transfer it to Google Docs for collaborative editing. In addition, documents are saved to the cloud meaning that you can access them from anywhere with an Internet connection – no more faffing about with saving documents to pen drives or emailing documents!
Google Docs is free to sign up to; access is via a Google account.
You can keep up to date with enhancements to Google Docs via their blog.
If you’re already using Google Docs then let us know by commenting on this post!