Before the start of the course Information management last year, the world of references looked so unknown and hard to manage that was really difficult to use them properly. The selection of reliable information was a task to bear in mind at the time we started to develop our blogs and also the proper citation. After this first contact, this year at #wcim1415 we have gone deeply into this issue. We have started to look for information for example in Océano or Google Scholar, assuring that our information has a good quality. Then, we learned to use RefWorks and Flow, and working together we started to feel an approach to references. When things start to be on our confort zone, it’s time to make them more challenging in order to learn, and that’s what happened at wcim. We had to link references from RefWorks to Wikipedia sandbox about our selected topics, which in our case was food. What the teacher wants to see now is how students can give a contribution to Wikipedia talking about bibliography, if they are able to find new relevant information and add it in a proper way, and with a proper citation (thing that we have also learned, how to identify references on Wikipedia). And all this has to be parallel to a Twitter promotion and share of our references. Timelines of wcimers had never been so tasty!
New year, new hagshtag #wcim1415, we keep taking steps on our information management history. But arriving to where we are now, would have not been possible without the presence of social networks. The one we use the most in class is Twitter, and was through it where we ‘celebrated’ the Open Data Day using the hagshtag #odd2015 ans starting to know about the meaning of this day and look for information.
The next step: how to properly create and manage references, which passed through Océano, Refworks and Flow. We created references in Refworks, and moved them to Flow in order to share and classify them.
Then, the use of the references went further and we used them linked with Mindmaps. This tool made available a new effective and clear visualization of the references that we did not know before. After Mindmaps we moved to Factsheets. Facsheets are short and clear expositions related to the topics we previoulsy choosed. They have also a explanatory photo, which makes comprehension easier.
We advanced to Scoop.it, which we usually linked to twitter. It allowed us to know lots of news and reliable information of our selected topic, and by tweeting, sharing our discoveries to the rest of the people.
The last step of this journey, and the most difficult but also important was Wikipedia. Everybody knows about it but not like wcim’ers see it now. People see Wikipedia as lots of information that can be used but we see templates, infoboxes and references aoart from that. It is not just look for something on it, now we can say that we know, more or less, how its skeleton works. And that’s our final task, give something to Wikipedia and all the people to uses it each day: contribute, add, translate and check information among other things.
As a conclusion, I would say that this course has teached us the importance of managing information in social networks, how to fully exploit their possibilities and the importance of sharing. At the end, we look forward and even if at the beginning everything looked weird, now I can say that I will keep using the IM tools.
Let’s start with China.
On the festival day, family members gather to offer sacrifice to the moon, appreciate the bright full moon, eat moon cakes, and express strong yearnings toward family members and friends who live afar. In addition, there are some other customs like playing lanterns, and dragon and lion dances in some regions.
These are the moon cakes: