On Blog: Recommended by Doctoral Researcher

During 2017 Tampere University Library presented a whole new online course directed to doctoral researchers. Managing Research Information course (2 ECTS) consists of topics such as scientific information retrieval, research data management and Open Access publishing. Also different aspects of visibility and impact, such as bibliometrics and altmetrics are discussed on the course.

The course tries to capture a wide range of issues crucial to researchers’ work. It’s important to acknowledge these issues even though they might not seem so relevant at the beginning of the research career. For example, research funders have started to emphasize the importance of opening the research data. If you aim to open your data, it’s essential to take that into consideration already in the planning phase of data collection.

44 doctoral researchers from various disciplines completed the course during autumn 2017. The Library Blog interviewed one of them.

Tomomi Hisasue. Photo Esa Hakala

Doctoral researcher Tomomi Hisasue enjoys working in Arvo library on Kauppi campus

Please, introduce yourself.

Moi! I am Tomomi Hisasue, and I originally come from Japan. I am a first-year PhD student in nursing science, in the Faculty of Social Sciences. I completed my first master’s degree in public health in the University of Tampere in 2011. Then I completed my second master’s in health economics and management (Norway, the Netherlands, and Austria) in 2017. Finally, I returned to study in Tampere!

My research topic is “Impacts of family violence against women on well-being and costs related to the utilisation of health and social services in Finland”. My research will cover a combination of different disciplines, including not only nursing science, but also health economics and health policy.

What are your impressions on the Managing Research Information course in general? 

The course was well-organised in terms of several types of activities; I liked the balance between readings and viewings.  During the course, we received a specific task every week. It usually started by needing to understand some concepts through watching YouTube videos, then we had discussion with other students, readings, or wrote a short essay. The workload was suitable and didn’t overwhelm me.

Did the course help you tackle some practical or specific problem? 

My answer is a definite “yes”. During the course, I learnt how to write data management plans with good structures and make sure all needed information is included. I am sure my research grant proposal has developed.

In addition, before taking this course I thought that I would conduct my research first and then I choose a relevant journal. But I realised that increasingly a publication plan is required at the beginning of research. After the course I can now make a more appropriate study plan.

Are there some contents that should be included on the course? Or some topics of which you would you like to get a deeper insight?

I think it depends on your previous experience. If you have already published an article, you know something about how to proceed in the process. I found out that Open Access is a huge topic and quite challenging to understand. I would like to continue learning more and get a deeper insight of it.

Have you discussed about the things you learned on the course with your colleagues? 

One of my colleagues took the course during the same period, and we brought some topics up in our regular weekly coffee-break meeting.  It stimulated and promoted our discussion about our data management issues (e.g. Creative Commons licenses, Open Access, etc. in our field).

The course also helped me to discuss possible target journals with my supervisor. Nowadays, the JUFO level seems to impact on some funding decisions in Finland. It is not the only important factor when deciding a target journal, but we likely need to understand, or convince co-authors or funders, why we will choose a particular journal to publish our research.

Would you recommend Managing Research Information course? To whom? 

Yes! My colleague recommended me to take this course at an early stage of my PhD studies. I was very glad to take her advice. I recommend this course for first-year PhD students because the course helps you to understand how to publish a research paper in a journal, from many perspectives, and that is not a simple task.  However, even if you are a second- or a third-year student, it is probably a very useful course to take in order to update your skills and to better understand publication procedures.

The next Managing Research Information course will be held on March 2018. Welcome along, researcher!

Text, interview and more information: Information Specialist Tomi Toikko, tomi.toikko@staff.uta.fi
Photo: Esa Hakala

Data Management Plan Workshop for researchers 12 and 13 September

Academy of Finland requires every applicant to provide a data management plan (DMP) as a part of the application for the September 2017 call. University Library offers a workshop where you can get tips and advice about how to create a compact DMP.

The same workshop is available both on the Main campus and on Kauppi kampus:

  • Tue 12 September 14.15-15.45 Arvo library, Kauppi campus, classroom Mauri (B109, 1st floor)
  • Wed 13 September 14.15-15.45 Linna library, Main campus, classroom Elina (3022, 3rd floor)

Each session will have a short introduction to data management and to Academy of Finland guidelines. DMPTuuli data management planning tool will be utilized in the workshops.

In these sessions, you can ask for assistance from the specialists of the library and of Finnish Social Science Data Archive. If you want to get more detailed comments about your DMP, please send it beforehand to oa@uta.fi.

Note that the language (English/Finnish) of the sessions will be determined based on the participants’ wishes.

Enrolment link

More information: oa@uta.fi

Tampere University Library’s services for researchers
Finnish Social Science Data Archive

On blog: Our response to feedback from the customer survey

To this spring’s customer survey, we received 1305 responses and feedback from all of our user groups. Our degree students were the most active group in voicing their opinions (76%). Thank you for the feedback!

One of the most important functions of the library is supporting studying and research. Both require well-functioning working spaces and the support of library’s information services at the right time. Based on the feedback the customers also think these things are important. The feedback gives us guidance on how to continue to develop both library as a working space and library’s virtual services.

Classrooms are also your working space

Library’s new versatile premises received many thanks in the survey. However the premises are in high demand and especially more room for group work was requested. It seems not all of our space options are well known, so we aim to inform the students about them more effectively.

Some have felt that checking the availability of group work rooms in the Office 365 calendar is difficult. You can view current week’s reservations also on the Group work rooms web page (Facilities and equipment -> Group work rooms) and on the Booking instructions page by clicking the names of the group work rooms.

Opetusluokka Alma Linnassa

In Linna library the classroom Alma is also available outside of teaching hours for students to use with their key card

During last semester, we got one new bookable group work room in Linna (Vanhala, 3016). By opening the classrooms to students with key card, we created common space for both independent study at the computer and group work. Because there were questions regarding the use of the classrooms, we defined the way to use the rooms with colour signs.

In Linna the classrooms Akseli and Alma are red, meaning spaces for quiet work. The third classroom Elina and Arvo library’s Mauri are yellow spaces where even group work is possible as long as you consider the other users also. Additionally the former bookshop space beside the lobby by the Kalevantie entrance in Linna is a space where several groups can work at the same time.

Comfortable chairs are comfortable to sit on and study. On the other hand, students are knowledgeable about good ergonomics. In addition to the existing standing work places, we recently received new adjustable standing desks. Chairs will be acquired if possible. Check all the corners of the library, there you can find many kinds of seating.

Andor assists in finding information

Andor logoThe new and long awaited information search system Andor has been in service since autumn. It has been continually developed within the possibilities of technology listening to customers’ feedback. In the survey feedback, Andor received both thanks and criticism.

It takes time to learn to use a new search tool. We will strengthen Andor’s marketing and continue user-training workshops. Andor guide is there to help the user and we are also here to help through chat, online, email andor@uta.fi, Andor and Tamcat’s feedback form or in the Library.

Guidance and training flexibly online

Varaa ohjausaika -ikoniWe want to develop flexible services also online. The real time connection to library experts through chat service received many thanks in the survey. From now on we offer the personal Book a Librarian service also online to those customers for whom it is difficult to come to the library. When you are booking your time, choose remote guidance as the meeting place on the form.

Online sections have already been used on information seeking courses integrated into degree programmes. Online teaching will be used also in the future to facilitate flexible studies. The new Managing Research Information online course aimed at researchers was offered for the first time this spring and it turned out to be a good way for researchers’ training. We will continue with online training also in the future.

The survey responses gave us many ideas that we will develop and implement gradually. Follow our newsfeed to keep up to date.

Text and photo: Outi Viitasalo, Development and Administrative Services
Translation: Saija Tapio

Learn about visibility of research and Altmetric Explorer tool in a webinar 18 April

Researcher, are you familiar with altmetrics and Altmetric Explorer tool? Get to know them or update your competence in a webinar on Tuesday, 18 April at 17:00. Webinar is organized by Altmetric Explorer service.

This 45 minutes long webinar introduces the basics of altmetrics that measure the online visibility of research and the Altmetric Explorer tool. With this tool you can track the attention your research gets on social media and elsewhere on the web. After the webinar there is time for questions.

Registration for the webinar

More information
about altmetrics and Altmetric Explorer on the Library’s Research impact and visibility guide

Blogissa: Kun viitteiden hallinta ei toimi kuin Strömsössä

Parhaimmillaan viitteidenhallintaohjelmat säästävät työtä ja aikaa. Niistä on apua viitteiden järjestämisessä ja tekstiviitteiden ja lähdeluettelon tekemisessä.

Homma ei aina kuitenkaan etene kuin Strömsössä, kun ohjelma esittää oikukkaamman puolensa. Kirjoittamiseen tarvittava apuohjelma ei lataudu koneelle tai katoaa, viitteidenhallintaohjelman tuottama lähdeluettelo ei vastaa lehden vaatimuksia,  pilkut eivät ole kohdillaan tekstiviitteissä tai lähdeluettelossa.

Täällä kirjastossa autamme asiakkaita parhaamme mukaan, mutta välillä on tarvetta turvautua myös muiden apuun. Korvaamattomia apuja ovat yliopiston oma IT Helpdesk ja RefWorksin oma tuki. Kaveriapua ei sovi myöskään unohtaa.

Yliopiston IT Helpdesk

IT Helpdesk palvelee Päätalossa (E246) ja Arvossa (E106). Haastateltavina olivat atk-suunnittelijat Toni Vormisto ja Sari Luokkala Arvon deskiltä.

Millaista apua viitteidenhallintaohjelmiin kysytään eniten?

“Ihmiset osaavat kyllä laittaa viitteet paikoilleen ja hallita niitä. Mutta on erinäisiä vikatilanteita, joita ohjelman käytön kanssa tulee. RefWorksissa vikatilanteet ovat pääasiassa liittyneet yliopiston väitöskirjapohjaan. Sitten on ollut yhteensopivuusongelmia [Wordin] kanssa. Joskus tietty versio ei ole toiminut, mutta se on korvattu ennen pitkää uudella.”

”Mendeleyn kanssa kysytään apua silloin, kun asiakkaat haluavat siirtää viitteensä sinne RefWorksista. Mendeleyn päivitystä kysellään aina silloin tällöin, mutta se nyt on helppo homma.”

”Ihmisiä käy kotiläppäreiden kanssa, ja myös niissä on korjattu RefWorksia.”

Miten voitte auttaa asiakkaita?

“Ongelmat viitteidenhallintaohjelmissa on saatu yleensä ratkaistua. Väitöskirjapohjan kanssa on joutunut sanomaan, että en pysty auttamaan. En tiedä onko vika softassa vai väitöskirjapohjassa. Siinä saa mennä aika syvälle, kun tutkii, mistä se johtuu.”

”Kaikki yliopiston kautta hankittavat ohjelmat kuuluvat tuen piiriin, myös kotikoneelle hankitut. Eli Officet ja kaikki, mitä opiskelijat voivat tunnuksellaan ladata. Myös puhelimen kanssa autetaan. Jos haluaa esimerkiksi sähköpostin puhelimeensa niin siinä autetaan, jos ei itse sitä pysty tekemään.”

Mitä haluaisitte erityisesti sanoa asiakkaille?

“Ei kannata lannistua. Kannattaa hakea muita vaihtoehtoja, jos yksi ei toimi. Kannattaa tulla rohkeasti kysymään apua. Ei kannata hakata päätä seinään viikkotolkulla. Ongelman ratkaisu voi olla hyvinkin helppo ja yksinkertainen.”

ProQuestin RefWorks Support

Ennen timantit olivat tytön parhaita ystäviä. Nyt uusi ja paras ystävämme on RefWorks Supportin Kevin Browne, jota haastattelimme sähköpostitse.

How did you end up in RefWorks support?

“I started working at ProQuest in July 2012 supporting our Summon discovery solution and our 360 link products. That built a great foundation in support for technical products and in December 2015, I joined the RefWorks support team. I primarily support customers in Europe but also provide back up support to other customers around the world.”

How many contacts with RefWorks support are there at annual level?

“The number varies day to day and can be seasonal, but to give you an idea of volume, in 2016, we responded to about 20,000 queries. All our queries receive an initial response within 24 hours.”

What are the most common reasons for contacting RefWorks Support?

“The main categories of queries relate to user name/password reminders, which we are automating through upcoming advancements in the product.  Additionally, we help customers set up various types of authentication methods, like shibboleth/ezproxy authentication. And we get “how to” questions: For example, users want to know how to create bibliographies using Write “N” Cite and how to manage folders and references.”

How are these customers’ questions/problems used for product development?

“Many of our product improvements come from our users. We capture, track and discuss all customer product enhancement suggestions with our product management team.  This allows us to connect feedback from customers to our development efforts.”

How do you make migration from old to new RefWorks as smooth as possible?

“Hundreds of customers have already migrated to New RefWorks. As part of the migration process, we have created special materials including user guides, LibGuides and webinars to help our customers move to our improved platform.  After migration, our team always follows up with our customers to make sure the transition went well and to help in any way we can.”

What is your message for RefWorks users if problems come up?

“We want our users to know that we’re here for them no matter what the product challenge is. Whether it’s migration or a routine question, we are always here to help. Our team can be reached at support.refworks@proquest.com. Count on us to help researchers do the most with New RefWorks.”

Anna hyvän kiertää

Viitteidenhallintaohjelmien osaamista edistävät aktiiviset käyttäjät, jotka kyselevät, raportoivat bugeista ja myös kertovat itse löytämistään ratkaisuista ja laittavat siten hyvän kiertämään.

Mendeley-käyttäjille on oma Tampereen yliopiston Mendeley-ryhmä, jossa voi jakaa tietoa. Mendeleyhin kirjautuneena löydät ryhmän Mendeleysta Search-hakutoiminnolla, valitsemalla haettavaksi Groups ja kirjoittamalla hakulaatikkoon ”Tampereen yliopisto”.

Teksti: Tietoasiantuntijat Saila Huuskonen ja Merja Hyödynmaa

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Survey about research data and open publishing practices for researchers

Tampere University Library in cooperation with the University’s Open Science work group is conducting a survey about open access publishing and opening of research data. The survey is aimed at researchers and teachers. Its target is to find out the current practices of openness at the University of Tampere as well as to figure out how to develop the services supporting open science. The survey is open until 31 March 2017.

The survey is connected to promoting open science and research at the University of Tampere and following broader trends in open science. The principles of publishing research results and opening research data were written in the University’s Publication and data policy last autumn. Furthermore, open access publishing and self-archiving is required from the researchers, according to the Rector’s Decision on 11 March 2016.

One of the tasks of the University Library is to actively promote open science by offering the researchers services for open publishing and research data management.

Link to the survey

More information:
Library’s research services: Kati Mäki, kati.maki@uta.fi , tel. 040 190 4267 or Saila Huuskonen, saila.huuskonen@uta.fi, tel. 040 190 4239
Open Science website
Library’s research services

New online course updates researcher’s information management skills

Researcher, are you interested in open science? Or do you want to know how research is measured? What about best tips for information seeking? Managing Research Information is a new online course where you can update your information management skills for the benefit of your own research.

The course covers researcher’s information seeking, utilizing metrics in evaluating scientific visibility and impact, reference and research data management and priciples of open science and publishing. The teaching language is English. All modules of the course can be completed remotely between 6 March and 23 April.

The course is aimed at doctoral students and researchers. It is organized by Tampere University Library and Tampere University of Applied Sciences Library and its content has been planned together also with Tampere University of Technology Library.

More information and enrolment to Managing Research Information (2 ECTS) online course until 20 February.

For more information contact Information Specialist Tomi Toikko, tomi.toikko@staff.uta.fi.

Track the visibility of your research – learn about altmetrics in a webinar 26.1.

Academic reseach is discussed on social media and other forums on the Web but how does the researcher in question know about it? This kind of visibility of the research is measured by altmetrics and Tampere University Library offers the new Altmetric Explorer service for making use of altmetric data.

Now you can hear more about altmetric tracking and Altmetric Explorer on Thursday, 26 January at 12:00-13:00 on a webinar for researchers, students and the staff of the University of Tampere. The webinar offers an introduction to altmetrics, background on how Altmetric track attention to research, Explorer demo and examples of using Altmetric data in practice. Webinar’s language is English.

Registration for the webinar

More information:
Information Specialists Merja Hyödynmaa and Saila Huuskonen
Merja.Hyodynmaa@uta.fi, Saila.Huuskonen@uta.fi

Altmetric Explorer – getting started