Links Roundup #18

A PhotographerBlog of Interest

My Google Alert for Evernote just turned up a blog that may be of interest, called The Digital Researcher.

The Digital Researcher is a resource for writers and researchers who want to make the most of the tools now available. We bring you news, reviews and tutorials on all the latest developments, and also give you an opportunity to share your experiences with the rest of the community.

This site is maintained by me, Catherine Pope. I’m a publisher, PhD researcher, and technologist (roughly in that order).

So far there have been a number of clearly written posts on topics such as Reading and Annotating Journal Articles in Evernote, Writing Very Long Documents with Scrivener, and more.  The blog has a search engine, subscriptions by email or RSS feed, and a list of resources.  Brief list so far, but divided into the categories Brainstorming, General, Productivity and Software.

Creativity vs. Order

LifeHacker has an interesting post Why Creative Geniuses Often Keep a Messy Desk, that says that this is often true.  Given my messy desk, I like to think this is true, anyway.  ;-).  It mentions a study showing that those with messier environments tend to be more creative and more risk taking, and suggests that one can turn this to advantage by keeping a messier desk when trying to generate ideas, but when trying to be more productive, and/or act on a specific idea, it can help to clean up your environment.

Digital Portfolios

Creating digital portfolios has gotten much easier.  They allow students to gather together the digital projects they have created, so gives them something a potential employer could look at.  Take a look at this article from Free Technology for Teachers, called 5 Good Options for Creating Digital Portfolios.

Email Optimization

LifeHacker has a post Use the First-In-First-Out Rule to Keep Email Inbox in Shape (title is almost as long as the post!) which makes a valid point that by organizing your emails by oldest first it gives you more incentive to deal with those emails rather than letting them get stale.

LifeHacker, while strongly recommending that you keep your email and to-do lists separate, also has an article on an app that combines the two with GTD principles.  The app is called IQTELL.

Educational Technology

The 2014 Horizon Report from NMC (New Media Consortium) and Educause is now available:

This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

As many of you know, this is one of the most influential reports on ed tech in higher education.


Jamie Todd Rubin has another good Going Paperless column Achievement Unlocked! Using Evernote to Track Achievements.  As usual, his columns show excellent organizational ability.  I had created a notebook in Evernote for my annual profile, but have not nearly been as organized about it as he has.

14 Ways to Get More Out of Evernote, by Kevin Smith, has a good rounup of some of Evernote’s most useful features.

Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites has a page of links about Evernote.  Looks like a great list, though with the caveat that Evernote changes so fast and so often that articles get out of date very quickly.  Thanks to Crystal for the link.

Jamie Todd Rubin’s Going Paperless column has another useful Evernote tip in Append to Existing Notes in Evernote via Email.  I love this tip, because I use the email to Evernote feature quite often, and have sometimes wished to be able to append rather than create a new note.

Springpad is another notebook software that I have not used.  LifeHacker reports that it has opened a virtual store with free templates one can use for to-do lists, travel planning, and more.

Huzzah!  IFTTT now has a Microsoft OneNote channel.

CNET reports that Microsoft OneNote Arrives as Mac, Windows Freebie.  No longer are you required to buy Office to get OneNote.  Does not have all the features of the Office software, but has most, and is adding new features.  It is now in a better position to take on Evernote.

Author John David Head has written one of the best articles comparing features of OneNote and Evernote I’ve ever seen.  OneNote vs. Evernote – No, Make That OneNote AND Evernote, does an in-depth comparison of the pros and cons of each from a writer who uses each.  The article is also up-to-date with the just announced features of OneNote.


IFTTT now has a Sunlight Foundation Channel.  This is great news for me, as one of my liaison departments is Public Policy.  The channel includes suggested recipes so that one can get notifications of bills going through Congress or laws passed.  The recipes includes things like get an email when the President signs a law, text me when Congress schedules a vote on a bill, etc. Since what government does affects most of us, this could be very handy.


Many libraries have gotten involved with makerspaces.  For academic libraries, one question to consider is whether professors want such spaces or will create assignments for students using them.  So I find the ProfHacker post Lego and Making Things interesting, as an indication that professors are indeed thinking about making things as a part of scholarship.

Mind Mapping

Free Technology for Teachers has a useful article Ten Good Online Tools for Creating Mind Maps.  Discusses the features of each.

PDF Management

TabTimes seems to be having a series of the format some number Best Android and iOS apps for some productivity task.  This one is 6 Best Android and iPad Apps for Converting Files to PDFs.

Productivity Apps

These 11 Apps are the Key to Productivity is a post from Sidin Vadukut, a London-based freelance writer.  It is interesting because it mentions several apps I am not aware of and also because he gives a detailed description of his workflow.  I don’t think his workflow would be one I would follow, but might fit your style well.  Apps mentioned are GMail, Google Calendar, Trello, Evernote,, Ulysses III, Daedalus Touch, Triage (which now seems to be MindCloud), Freemind (note:  it is on a Wiki, you have not been redirected to Wikipedia), Brainstormer, and IFTTT.  Note that some of these are iOS only.

Search Engines

NoodleTools has a great list of search engines categorized by the type of information being sought (I need to understand the scope of my topic, for example).  Very nicely done, although it mentions Intute several times and it hasn’t been updated since July 2011, and I don’t think that Infomine is being updated much either.  Sadly organizations who provided such wonderful services were badly hit by budget cuts during the Great Recession.

Task Management/To-do Lists

Tab Times has a useful article on 6 Best Android and iPad Apps to Keep You On Task.  The 6 apps are Todoist, SwiftKey Note, SimpleNote, Trello, WorkFlowy, and ListBook.

LifeHacker jumps in with an article Five Best To-Do List Managers.  The twist is that these were voted on by LifeHacker readers.  Apps mentioned are Google Keep,, Wunderlist, Todoist, and HabitRPG (which is structured like a video game).


ProfHacker has a useful roundup of their previous posts on Twitter –  From the Archives: Using Twitter.  Includes links to posts that introduce Twitter, how to use it in various ways for academics, including teaching and presenting at conferences.

Crystal pointed me to the Twitter feed for Evernote Teachers.  It may be primarily for K-12, but at a quick glance seems to have tweets also useful for academia.


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