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Researchers’ Series: Seminars and Workshops

2023/2024 Program

The Researchers’ Series is the Library’s program for researchers. It covers topics that relate to 6 stages in the research cycle. Some sessions are qualified for Professional Development Course for RPGs. Check the PDC System for status.

1. Search & Discovery

2. Data Collection & Analysis

3. Data Management

4. Writing

5. Publishing & Intellectual Property

6. Impact

 

Altmetric for Researchers (1hr)

Altmetrics is an emergent way to assess research impact. Knowing what it means and how to use it is helpful for you to manage your research output and profile. Join us for for this session and find out how to:

  • Altmetric Basics: An Overview
  • Effective Promotion of Research: Tips and Tricks
  • Understanding the Altmetric Attention Score
  • Writing Compelling Narratives with Altmetric Data
  • [TBC]

 

Author Rights, Copyright & Publishing (1hr)

Publishing articles is one of the most common ways for researchers to share their results. But it can be complicated by copyright transfer agreements, funding agency requirements, etc.

In this workshop we will address questions like:

  • What rights can I keep when I publish?
  • How can I use my own work after I publish?
  • Open access and Creative Commons license
  • 4 March 2024 / 6 March 2024 / 8 March 2024 [Register here]
    1 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

 

Copyright and Creative Commons for Educators (1.5hr)

The Library is hosting a talk on copyright issues in relation to teaching & research. This seminar will cover:

  • Basic concepts of copyright in Hong Kong (e.g. ownership, acts restricted by copyright)
  • Permitted acts relevant to teaching and research
  • Copyright licensing bodies in Hong Kong
  • Introduction to Creative Commons
  • [TBC]
    1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

 

Data Discovery & Citation Workshop (1hr)

Sharing and using research data is common across all disciplines. In this Library workshop you will learn:

  • Tips and methods for searching & finding data sets in your research area
  • How to follow “terms of use” for data sets
  • Basics of citing data
  • 19 March 2024 / 22 March 2024 [Register here]
    1 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

 

Data Management Plan Writing (1.5hr)

A data management plan (DMP) is an active document which you start writing at the early stage of your research, and continue to revise it as your research progresses. A DMP describes the data you plan to collect, intended data organization, storage and safe-keeping mechanism. It is becoming common for institutions and research funders to require researchers submit DMPs with research proposals or grant applications.

This unit will help you to:

  • Understand how DMP can help you manage your research
  • Draft a DMP using DMPTool@HKUST
    • 18 March 2024 / 20 March 2024 [Register here]
      1.5 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

 

Data Visualization with Tableau – An introduction (1.5hr)

Data visualization skill is one of the most sought-after professional skills for researchers. Join us for an introductory workshop on Tableau, one of the most widely used data analytics and visualization tools today and learn about the Tableau product family, data preparation, best practices on visual presentation and have some hands-on experience on visualizing data into various chart types and interactive dashboards.

  • 28 February 2024 / 29 February 2024 [Register here]
    1.5 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.
 
 
Emerging AI Tools for Literature Review (1.5hr)
 

This online workshop will explore a variety of emerging AI tools, discuss their unique features and limitations, and demonstrate effective ways to use them for conducting literature reviews.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify available AI tools for literature review and understand how they can assist at the different stages of the review
  • Select the appropriate tool for specific research needs
  • Understand how to properly cite AI-generated content in academic papers

The workshop will demonstrate these tools: ChatGPT (on Poe), Bing ChatPerplexityScite / Scite AssistantElicit, and Notion AI. Interested participants may choose and sign up for 1-2 tools and try them out prior to the workshop.

  • [TBC]

 

Emerging Open Science Tools for Literature Search (1.5hr)

This workshop will introduce and demonstrate several emerging literature searching tools which are built on open citation data: InCiteful, Connected Papers, scite, and Semantic Scholar.

These emerging tools make use of citation relations and/or semantic meaning of the underlying data and suggest relevant works that you probably will not be able to find through traditional keyword searches in databases such as Web of Science and Scopus.

Through this workshop, you will learn:

  • An overview of emerging literature search tools in recent years
  • How these tools work and how they are different from Web of Science or Scopus
  • How to make the most of these tools in different research stages of your study
    • 26 February 2024 / 27 February 2024 [Register here]
      1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

 

Intellectual Property and Me (1.5hr)

As scholars, it is important to understand intellectual property: our rights and obligations as information users and creators.

This 90 minute session will discuss:

  • ​What is Intellectual Property
  • Hong Kong Copyright Law,  Legitimate Use and Fair Dealing​
  • Public Domain & Creative Commons Licensing
  • Patents
  • HKUST’s Intellectual Property Policies

Instructor: Ms. Victoria Caplan, Head of Research & Learning Support, Library

*** Note*** If you previously attended the 60 min. version of this workshop, your attendance of this one will NOT count for any credit hours.

    • 15 February 2024 / 16 February 2024 / 23 February 2024 [Register here]
      1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

 

Introduction to Research Data Management (1.5hr)

Active management of your research data helps you keep your research progress on track and accountable.

This is an introduction unit to Research Data Management (RDM). It explores with you:

  • important concepts about RDM
  • FAIR principles for data
  • basic understanding of metadata for managing research data
    • 19 March 2024 / 20 March 2024 [Register here]
      1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.

 

Introduction to Scite (1hr)

We invite you to attend the workshop on Scite, which is a smart citation index that displays the context of citations using AI.

In this workshop, you will learn about:

  • how Scite’s citation analysis (supporting, contrasting, and mentioning) works
  • how to use Scite to find well supported academic papers and critical debates of a given topic
    • [TBC]

 

LaTeX Workshop for RPGs (2 modules, 1.5hr per each)

LaTeX is a free, high-quality document preparation system to help you write theses, technical and scientific documents.

Module 1 will cover:

  • Basic functions of Overleaf interface
  • Automate making chapters, sections, figures, and tables
  • Adding Images and captions

Module 2 will focus on: (note: Recommend for those who registered or completed the Module 1 of the workshop or those who have related Latex knowledge covered in Module 1):

  • Formatting complex mathematical formulas& other discipline-specific diagrams
  • Creating in-text citation & bibliographies.
  • Using the Overleaf templates
  • This workshop will focus on getting started LaTeX with Overleaf (https://www.overleaf.com/project)
  • No previous experience with LaTeX is necessary
  • 22 February 2024 (Module 1) [Register here]
  • 23 February 2024 (Module 2) [Register here]
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.

 

Making an Impact – Tracking Your Research Metrics (1.5hr)

Metrics illuminate the impact of your research outputs. Promotion and tenure committees, funders, advisors, research team leaders and potential collaborators are all interested in information about impact. In this session, you will learn more about research metrics and tools for assessing your research impact.

  • What are Research Metrics?
  • Types of Research Metrics
  • Using Research Metrics
  • Tracking Research Metrics
  • Researcher Profiles
  • 18 April 2024 [Register here]
  • 19 April 2024 [Register here]
    1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.

 

Mining text with Voyant tool: an introduction (1hr)

Voyant tool is a free, web-based, and easy-to-use platform for exploring and analyzing a large amount of unstructured text. This workshop is designed to introduce you with the basic functions of Voyant tool. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Importing text into Voyant tool
  • Exploring the themes/key phrases within a text and to formulate research questions
  • Discovering the patterns, distributions, and connections between the themes/key phrases and to answer research questions
  • Creating and exporting your visualization
  • 9 April 2024 [Register here]
    1 credit hour will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/C/D/E.

 

Open Access What Where How (1.5hr)

Making your research work openly accessible is becoming the norm in many disciplines. When you publish a paper with a journal, you have to make decisions relating to open access. Your choices are not only your own preferences, but you may have to comply with certain institutional policies. In this workshop, you will clarify some common but confusing OA terms and practices, for example:

  • What is Green/Gold/Bronze OA? What are Gold/Hybrid OA journals?
  • Where & How do we make works OA? Do we have to pay for it?
  • How do I choose a proper OA license?
  • What OA policies should I know, and how to comply with them?
    • 5 March 2024 / 7 March 2024 [Register here]
      1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the professional development course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

 

Reference Management Tools (1.5hr)

As a researcher, you continuously collect references to build your own knowledge base. Reference managers are software that help you to:

  • Build and store your references
  • Organize and manage citations within folders
  • Build bibliographies
  • Automatically format and insert citations in your writing

This workshop gives you an overview of the four popular choices of reference managing software: EndNote Basic, Mendeley, Refworks and Zotero. We will use Zotero to demonstrate how to collect sources, organize them, cite in-text and generate bibliographies.

    • 29 February 2024 [Register here] / 7 March 2024 [Register here]
      1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

 

Search Research Literature (1.5hr)

Your subject librarian will show you useful tips and skills to search for research literature effectively. The session will focus on:

  • Major Subject Databases & E-resources
  • Smart Searching in Library Databases & Google Scholar
  • Locating High Impact Journals and Articles
  • 1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770A/B/C/D/E.

PDEV 6770D for SHSS

  • [TBC]

PDEV 6770 B/E

PDEV 6770C for SBMT 

PDEV 6770A for LIFS, CHEM & OCES

PDEV 6770A for PHYS & MATH

 

Select the Right Journal for Publishing (1.5hr)

Journal selection is a key step in academic publishing. With the ever-growing number of journals in any given field, it can be difficult to determine which one to go for. This workshop will introduce tools and tips to help you evaluate and select suitable journals in your field or for your article.

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the general criteria of journal selection
  • Recognize available journal evaluation tools and metrics
  • Identify quality and relevant journals in a research field
  • Identify potential predatory journals and ways to avoid them
  • 12 March 2024 / 14 March 2024 [Register here]
    1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the professional development course requirement of PDEV 6770 A/B/C/D/E.

 

Supplementary Info in PDF is Not Enough – Apply FAIR Principles to Your Research Data (1.5hr)

It has been a long-standing tradition that researchers submit Supplementary Info (SI) to a journal alongside their research manuscript. The SI adds further details and credibility to the author’s study, such as information on material preparation, synthesis, and characterization graphs. However, these valuable details in SI are often kept in a PDF file with very limited room for navigation and replication.

The value of research data can go way beyond the paper for which it is created. In this workshop, we will explore how we can apply Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data sharing principles to share your research data via data repositories in a documented and organized fashion.

    • 26 March 2024 / 28 March 2024 [Register here]
      1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the course requirement of PDEV 6770 A/B/C/D/E.
       

 

Web Scraping for Non-Technical Researchers (2 modules, 1.5hr per each)

Web scraping is a useful technique for researchers, as it allows them to quickly and automatically extract data from websites for analysis, making their research process more efficient and repeatable. This workshop is designed for non-technical researchers to choose the right tool for scraping content from the web. Module 1 of this workshop introduces the no-code approach to scraping, while Module 2 demonstrates how to use Python code to scrape content.

Module 1 will cover:

  • Understand the basic concepts and principles of web scraping
  • Identify available web scraping tools and their appropriate uses
  • Use Power Query and Web Scraper to extract content of interest from the web
  • Make wise decisions when collecting data from the web

Module 2* will cover (note: Module 2 is recommended for those who have completed Module 1 or have a basic understanding of web scraping. Prior knowledge of Python will be helpful, but not necessary.):

  • Understand when coding is necessary for web scraping
  • Use Python code to scrape content from the web
  • Use ChatGPT (Poe) as a learning aid to read, draft, and debug code

* Note: Module 2 is recommended for those who have completed Module 1 or have a basic understanding of web scraping. Prior knowledge of Python will be helpful, but not necessary.

  • 19 March 2024 (Module 1) [Register here]
  • 21 March 2024 (Module 2) [Register here]
    1.5 credit hours will be counted toward the professional development course requirement of PDEV 6770 A/C/D/E.
     
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