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UKeiG announces last quarter 2023 workshops

The UK e-information Group (UKeiG's) professional development workshop portfolio includes practical insight into topics including: digital literacy, information science, retrieval and search technologies, AI (including natural language processing), enterp

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Upcoming courses for the last quarter of 2023 include:


Communicating and tracking research impact using social media, blogs and altmetrics.


This workshop will explore the benefits and potential drawbacks of the rapidly changing world of social media as a knowledge network. It will enable you to make informed decisions about communication platforms that you should consider investing your time in. There will be advice and tips on deploying short form social media tools including Twitter and Mastodon more efficiently in a professional setting. We will cover the often ignored but hugely important issue of reputation management and how you can protect your social media profile from threats and deal with issues that might impact negatively on you or your organisation’s reputation. The workshop will also address the longer form of written research communications and you will learn useful skills to assist you in blogging and writing lay summaries. Delegates will explore how to write for the media and how to respond when the media takes an interest in your research. We will also address maximising impact, how altmetrics work as a complement to traditional bibliometrics, and why they are an important tool for tracking interest and engagement relating to your communications and outputs. AI tools to help save you time and communicate research better will be highlighted during the workshop.


Artificial intelligence for librarians, information and knowledge professionals


AI has provided daily news headlines over the last six months, sparking curiosity but also uncertainty, even anxiety. There is hype, but also hope. It is a key professional issue touching on every aspect of the work of the library and information science community, with relevance to the critical appraisal of content validity, data quality and management, ethics, intellectual property, plagiarism and legal compliance. This three-hour workshop seeks to inform delegates about the nature of AI and to get to grips with how to use it responsibly. This workshop is an introduction to AI designed specifically for library, information and knowledge professionals to enable them to get up to speed on this critical topic. As well as introducing the applications of AI in an accessible way, part of the course is designed to give delegates an insight into what is involved ‘under the hood’ of AI applications. We aim to provide you with theoretical and practical experience of working with some AI tools.


Search Usability


This workshop explores the fundamental concepts and principles of User-Centred Design for information search and discovery and demonstrates how to apply them to a range of practical contexts. Participants will learn how to differentiate between various types of information-seeking behaviour, develop an understanding of key dimensions within the search user experience, and discover how to apply UI design principles to commercial search applications. The session includes an opportunity to apply these skills to a range of practical design challenges.


Research Data Management for information professionals – from researcher need to effective service


Who are your researchers and how do they perceive their research? What is their data and in what ways does it need managing better? What are their drivers and barriers for sharing data? What is the best way to find out what your researchers need? What services do researchers need through the research lifecycle?


Making your research stand out from the crowd using video, animation, infographics and podcasts.


This workshop will explore the benefits of video, animation, infographics and podcasts as a complement to short and long form communication techniques like Twitter and blogging. Video, animation, infographics and podcasts can broadcast your research and professional activities to a diverse international audience, showcasing and engaging in ways that traditional forms of scholarly communication cannot. While evidence suggests that visually stunning research outputs can increase the reach and impact of your research, many academics and research professionals are reticent to deploy multimedia tools feeling that they lack the creative and technical know-how. This workshop will demystify many of the issues by exploring a portfolio of affordable and free online tools you can use to enhance your communication activities. 


Data Visualisation for librarians, information and knowledge professionals


Data Visualisation - the representation, interpretation and understanding of data through graphics - offers invaluable opportunities to transform your datasets and communicate complex research outputs and quantitative information to a much wider audience. It can surface insightful and compelling context and enables you to explore data relationships not immediately apparent using traditional statistical methods and analysis. It is crucial to understand the opportunities open access tools can offer in visualising data. The library, information and knowledge sector is data-rich, regularly collating statistics to evidence service value and impact and advise decision makers. This data may take the form of library usage and stock circulation statistics, utilisation of digital content, satisfaction surveys and user experience studies, for example. Open data science and linked data are an integral part of Open Science and Open Access, and Artificial Intelligence is built on data literacy, management, validity and integrity. This workshop will introduce and explore data visualisation theory and applications with advice and tips throughout. A key practical element of the workshop will include hands on experience of setting up and working with a visual analytics platform.

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