The Librarian's Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud

The Librarian's Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud

1st Edition - September 30, 2013
  • Author: Steven Ovadia
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843347156
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633817

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Description

The cloud can be a powerful tool for conducting and managing research. The Librarian’s Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud is a practical guide to using cloud services from a librarian’s point of view. As well as discussing how to use various cloud-based services, the title considers the various privacy and data portability issues associated with web-based services. This book helps readers make the most of cloud computing, including how to fold mobile devices into the cloud-based research management equation. The book is divided into several chapters, each considering a key aspect of academic research in the cloud, including: defining the cloud; capturing information; capturing and managing scholarly information; storing files; staying organized, communicating; and sharing. The book ends by considering the future of the cloud, examining what readers can expect from cloud services in the next few years, and how research might be changed as a result.

Key Features

  • Covers a wide range of services, discussing their strengths and weaknesses and showing readers how to use them more effectively
  • Offers a research perspective for readers who don’t know how to connect cloud services with academic research
  • Contextualises cloud-based services, explaining not just what they do and how they work, but how they can best be used

Readership

All those interested in academic research and cloud computing, including academic librarians, researchers, and students

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    List of figures

    Glossary

    Acknowledgements

    About the author

    Chapter 1: Introduction to the cloud

    Abstract:

    Chapter 2: Capturing information

    Abstract:

    Delicious

    Pinboard

    Diigo

    Browser bookmark syncing

    Evernote

    Springpad

    Postponed reading services

    OneNote

    Conclusion

    Chapter 3: Capturing and managing scholarly information

    Abstract:

    How do researchers keep track of scholarly research?

    RefWorks

    Mendeley

    Zotero

    CiteULike

    EndNote

    Papers

    Subscription databases

    BibTeX

    Conclusion

    Chapter 4: Storing files in the cloud

    Abstract:

    Dropbox

    SpiderOak

    Google Drive

    Box

    Ubuntu One

    SugarSync

    SkyDrive

    ownCloud

    iCloud

    Conclusion

    Chapter 5: Writing in the cloud

    Abstract:

    Google Drive

    Microsoft Word Web App

    Zoho Writer

    PBworks

    Simplenote

    Yahoo! Notepad

    Sharing files

    Conclusion

    Chapter 6: Staying organized

    Abstract:

    Web-based calendars

    Remember the Milk

    Basecamp

    Google Tasks

    Trello

    Asana

    Mac productivity

    Conclusion

    Chapter 7: Communicating

    Abstract:

    Managing email

    Instant messaging

    Video chat

    IRC

    Conclusion

    Chapter 8: Sharing

    Abstract:

    Blogs

    Microblogs

    Nameplates

    Conclusion

    Chapter 9: The future of the cloud

    Abstract:

    Consolidation of features

    Consolidation of customers

    Consolidation of services

    Return to local services

    Thin clients

    The rise of Linux

    Devices

    Conclusion

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 214
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2013
  • Published: September 30, 2013
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843347156
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633817

About the Author

Steven Ovadia

Steven Ovadia is Associate Professor/Web Services Librarian at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. He frequently writes about how users interact with information in an online context. He is the Internet Connection columnist for Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian and his work has been published in Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library Philosophy and Practice, and Journal of Web Librarianship. Steven has an MLIS from Palmer School of Library and Information Science, and an MA in Applied Social Research from Queens College, CUNY.

Affiliations and Expertise

City University of New York (CUNY), USA