I just came back from a conference last weekend. The Academy of Management is probably the biggest conference in my field, with over 10,000 participants. Going through the 500-page program and deciding which sessions to attend was almost as hard as writing a paper. However, one thing in common among most presentations was their last… Read More Questions
Academic courses being offered online are not new. In the early 2000s it was already possible to find videos of full courses online from top universities. Over time, the offer grew and the number of channels too. From decentralized repositories, we had iTunes U, YouTube EDU and others. But a recent phenomenon is taking shape… Read More Are you ready for the MOOCs?
So after a first negative reaction, I decided to give the EndNote for the iPad a second chance. Basically my second impression is more positive than the first one, but I still think there are things to be improved in the overall EndNote ecosystem, if we can call it that way (desktop versions, sync, and… Read More EndNote for the iPad: giving a second chance
My search for an optimal flow of searching, sorting, storing, organizing, reading and annotating papers continue. The current process is still a bit convoluted (and I’m not alone!), but it kind of works. First of all, I am glad to have moved completely to a digital configuration. This summer the entire floor where my office… Read More EndNote for the iPad: not ready for prime time
A few months ago a rumour went viral on the internet: Bruce Willis was suing Apple for the right to pass on his iTunes library to his daughters in his will. The rumour was denied by his wife shortly after – not before many news sites reproduced the story though. In any case, this is… Read More Do you think you own your digital library?
The comprehensive examination is an important milestone for a PhD student. While its format varies depending on the school, degree, department, and most importantly, your supervisor, it is usually a pass/fail test of your cumulative knowledge after one or two years into the program. In Canada, after the comps, you are “promoted” from being a… Read More Backup, backup, backup!
Well, it’s been a while since I last wrote in this blog. Probably because my to-do list was full, but then by looking at recent posts from my fellow Grad Life bloggers, I can see my summer was not that original: Erik and Crystal also gave us their insights about doing fieldwork and attending academic conferences. While… Read More Another kind of fieldwork…
Cloud-based hosting services have been around for a while, but with the launch of Dropbox-like desktop clients of both Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive this week, it appears to be the hot topic to be discussing now. My goal here is not to discuss the pros and cons of each. There are plenty of thorough… Read More Your Research in the Cloud
Talking about a TV show in a blog for grad students can be risky: who has the time to watch them? Myself I am not aware of most of the things going on on TV, but by recommendation of a friend, I came across this ‘dark trilogy of twisted tales from Charlie Brooker’ called Black… Read More Black Mirror
A few months ago I wrote about two distinct ways of reading your pile of papers for your seminars: using an e-reader or printing everything out. After starting as a hi-tech reader, I experimented with the paper solution last semester and in this post I will explain some of my feelings about this experience and the… Read More I am a hi-tech reader!