• Spotlight

    Research tools that make your life easier

    I had some fun over at Real Scientists DE this week and wanted to use this opportunity to ask researchers, which tools they find the most useful to add to my list. GitHub |R Markdown |Unpaywall | Zotero | Overleaf | ORCiD | Google Scholar Alerts and Feedly | Preprint Servers/Repositories | Podcasts | Twitter 1. GitHub What it is: GitHub is “a web-based hosting service for version control using Git” (Wikipedia). An open source alternative would be GitLab (here’s a comparison of the two). Why it’s great for research: It increases research reproducibility and transparency, facilitates collaboration, enables you to get feedback early on (or whenever you’re ready for it). GitHub takes…

  • Super Helpful by Jonas Jacobsson

    Media Cloud: Explorer

    Media Cloud,  jointly run by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Center for Civic Media at MIT, is an open source, open data platform offering a suite of tools for media analysis. Media Cloud is free to use and allows you to analyze media attention and influence for topics you care about, better understand how narratives and ideas spread, and explore media trends. There already is a comprehensive webinar out there, that introduces the platform in ~20mins, so I am not going to explain how to use the tools too much, but rather give you an example of what you can do with it.…