PhD Tips and Tricks: Workflow Apps

Informal Exchange Meeting for PhDs (IEMP)

Topic: Organizing your workflow with software.
When: Thursday 13 December 2012, 16.00 – 18.00
Where: Universiteitstheater, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, Amsterdam, room 101A
Registration: j.ozoriodealmeidameroz@vu.nl (subject ‘workflow’)

Which (more efficient or better) ways are there to organize your research literature, interviews, and notes so that they don’t just end up forgotten in a pile/file?
Have you ever wondered how others do it?
You are invited to exchange PhD Tips & Tricks! 

After the first Informal Exchange Meeting for PhDs in June, titled ‘How do you organize masses of research data during a multi-year project?’, we found there was a lot of animo for optimizing your workflow i.e. the way you organize, access and manage literature, materials and notes during your multi-year PhD research. This time around, two PhD researchers will present reference management software and explain how they use it for their workflow.

1. Presentation on Sente 6
(Mac, trial version: http://www.thirdstreetsoftware.com/site/Downloads.html)
Niels Kerssens, PhD candidate at ASCA and lecturer at the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam.
The presentation will focus on the organization and archiving of literature and notes through Sente 6 and the use of Skim as a PDF reader and annotation tool. If time allows, the presentation will discuss OCR through ABBYY FineReader, Things as a To-do application, and a backup strategy with Mac’s Timemachine and Dropbox.

2. Presentation on Papers
(PC and Mac, trial version: http://www.mekentosj.com/papers/)
Selçuk Balamir, PhD candidate at ASCA.
This presentation will consist of a demo of Papers2 as an alternative to Sente, with a focus on accessing and managing the database accross multiple devices. Several apps that can complement this workflow will also be previewed.

3. Q&A
This meeting is all about exchange. Bring your laptop and issues you face regarding your own reference management and workflow. We would also like to ask you to try out the trial versions of the programs via the links provided.

Afterwards we encourage you to join us in a café to discuss future Tips & Tricks of PhD’ing topics.

If you want to join this meeting, please send a mail with subject ‘workflow’ to Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz: j.ozoriodealmeidameroz@vu.nl

Best regards,

Lonneke van Heugten, Joana de Almeida Meroz, Niels Kerssens, Selçuk Balamir