November 2010 Archives
Below are answers to some of the most popular questions we had at the Google Apps table during the TechExpo. We compiled questions in real time by using a form created in Google Docs!Forms --> How to View Form Responses
How to create a Form:
How to access your U of M Gmail from your cell phone --> First, Change/Create your mobile password here:
Set or Change Your Google Desktop/Mobile Client Password
To get a Calendar Pop-Up reminder that will show up even if you are not viewing your calendar, try Google Desktop.
Download it here:
After you download it and install it, log in with your mobile/desktop password. Then add the Calendar gadget (click on the plus sign to add gadgets). Set your Calendar event reminders to Pop-Up. Google Desktop will give you a Pop-Up that shows on top of all open windows. It will not go away until you physically click on it.
How to create an e-mail list --> create a Contact Group in Contacts. Then, simply type in the Group name in the "To" field.
Thanks everybody for stopping by our table!
Andrew, Beth, Charlie, Scott
We'll show you how Docs, Contacts, and Calendar work together to create a digital collaborative work environment, demonstrating tasks such as setting up a contacts group and a shared folder space. Have you had a Google Docs chat meeting yet? Did you know that you can set up video chat? We'll also have a Q&A session at the end.
UMConnect allows for people to connect over large distances and participate in group discussions from mulitple locations. Come learn about ways this software can be used for a variety of meeting and conferencing venues.
Presenters: John Barneson, Ryan Bean, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Rod Rasmussen, Marlo WelshonsResources
Here is a list (incomplete and under development) of recommended mobile sites and cool apps that University of Minnesota Libraries staff can explore for personal or professional use.Mobile Sites
Use the browser on any mobile device to access these sites.University of Minnesota Libraries
The Libraries' own mobile site lets on-the-go users:
- Search for books, videos, maps, and music, and more using the library catalog.
- Find magazine and journal articles using library databases.
- E-mail citations of the resources you find.
- Browse for article databases that have mobile interfaces.
- Check library building and collection hours.
- Contact librarians by e-mail or phone.
- Look up when your checked out items are due.
Install a button on your web browser and with one click you can save any web page or online article you want to read later. Then using the mobile-friendly Instapaper web site, you can easily access all the pages you've saved via your mobile device. You can also transfer files to read on Kindle and ebook readers that support the ePub format. Instapaper is also available as an iPhone app (see below).Wapedia
Crazy fast wiki encyclopedia; works well in 2gWorldCat
Uses the geo-location feature to identify which libraries in your vicinity hold the materials you're searching for.Apps
Using your college e-mail address, AccessMyLibraryCollege gives you unlimited, 24/7 access to your college library's Gale online resources.
Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iTouch | iPadBarcode Scanner
Similar to RedLaser (see below) but also tied to Google Books so you can purchase the book, find it in a library, or search the contents of the book.
Free; compatible with AndroidChrome to Phone
A chrome extension that allows you to send webpages and google maps to your phone from your browser.
Free; compatible with AndroidDocuments to Go
Allows you to view (free) and edit (paid) office and google docs. Also can be linked to a google account so that all of your google docs are assessable via the cloud.
Free/$14.99; compatible with AndroidEvernote
Capture, organize, find.
Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iTouch | iPadFotopedia
Collaborative photo encyclopedia.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iPadGoogle Apps
Overview of apps for both iPhone and Android phones. More Google Mobile applications are available for phones that run the Android operating system; many Android-powered phones come with Google applications pre-installed.
Free; compatible with Android | iPhoneGoodReader
PDF reader with advanced reading, annotating, markup and highlighting capabilities, excellent file manager, TXT file reader and editor, audio/video player, Safari-like viewer for MS Office and iWorks files.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPadiBooks
Easy to use, easy to download books, etc., and it now reads pdf files (better on the iPad).
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPadiCardSort
Brainstorming tool that helps you to visually organize ideas quickly and easily.
Free; compatible with iPadiNet Pro
Network utility that provides information about the network you are connected to. Used primarily for troubleshooting network connectivity issues.
$4.99; compatible with iPhone | iPad | iTouchInstapaper
Install a button on your web browser and with one click you can save any web page or online article you want to read later. Then using the app on your phone, you can easily access all the pages you've saved. You can also transfer files to read on Kindle and ebook readers that support the ePub format. (See also above under mobile web sites)
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPadKindle Reading Apps
Read Kindle books on any mobile device, not just a Kindle!
Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iTouch | iPadNewsRob
An RSS viewer linked to your google account, pulls your RSS feeds and syncs them with the cloud.
Free; compatible with AndroidNotes Plus
Allows mixing handwriting and typed text easily for note taking.
$4.99; compatible with iPadRedLaser
This app uses your iPhone's camera to scan a barcode or QR code and give you results from Google, theFind, eBay, and also local libraries via WorldCat. You can use it to comparison shop or find a book in your local library. You can also scan barcodes on food and get allergen information.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouchRDP (Remote Desktop)
RDP's remote desktop connection allows users to log in their Windows computer or server and control it as though they are sitting there. Works best on the iPad, as smart phone screens are a bit small to be useful.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPad | Windows Mobile | PalmScany
Another network utility used for gathering information about the network, troubleshooting connectivity, etc.
$3.99; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPadStanza
Another good reading app. The "night view" option is a nice feature that allows users to easily dim the screen, make reading in the dark easier on the eyes.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouchWolframAlpha
A computational knowledge engine.
Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iPadVNC
www.mochasoft.dk/products.htm(See various links to info on this app based on device type)
Similar to RDP above, but a different kind of connection in that allows connecting to a computer that is in use without disconnecting the current user. You can see what they're doing and take control to help them as needed. Works best on the iPad, as smart phone screens are a bit small to be useful.
Free; compatible with Android | Blackberry | iPhone | iTouch | iPad | Palm | Windows MobileWorldCat Mobile
An app version of WorldCat, powered by Boopsie.
Free; compatible with all web-enabled phones.YPMobile
Cool app for finding restaurants, stores, etc., that are near you. Also shows events that are going on in the vicinity.
Free; App versions for Android | Blackberry | iPhone | iPad | iTouch | Palm;
compatible with all web-enabled phones via m.yp.com .
Student Media Project Examples
Minnesota Food Systems - Google Map with video interviews (Sustainability Course)
Eurasian Milfoil digital story (PSTL 1906 Water Sustainability Class)
Student Public Service Announcement (PSTL 1525)
Digital Media Collections
Naxos Music Library
FMG Films OnDemand
Digital Content Library (CLA/CDES)
Minnesota Digital Library
Alexander Street Press Counseling and Therapy in Video
Alexander Street Press Opera in Video
Alexander Street Press Theater in Video
What really makes linked data work, though, is the substitution of URIs for each of the three terms. The URIs function as consistent controlled identifiers for the entity, concept, or relationship they represent, eliminating the variability that pervades natural language expressions and enabling data statements to be confidently and specifically linked.
Linked data can be used both within a data environment and across data environments. Within an environment it makes possible the automatic generation of pages displaying relationships among entities and concepts. When one data environment makes use of URIs from another environment, additional kinds of functionality and integration can be achieved. In this way, URIs can expand in use beyond their home environments to many other data sets, and become the basis of data assembly across larger and larger pools of data. Therefore, linked data becomes part of the Semantic Web.
- Primo Central
- EBSCO Discovery Service
- Serials Solutions Summon
- WorldCat Local
Presenters: Janet Roseen, Andrew Palanhiuk, Beth Petsan, Charlie Heinz, and Scott Smith
You may also want to bookmark these useful links:
- Library help for Google Apps
- Google help
- Firefox add-on for Gmail
- Chrome extension for Gmail [in Options be sure to enter " a/umn.edu "]
- List of Keyboard Shortcuts
Look for more links about Google Apps to be posted after the event, based on your feedback.
The Center for Transportation Studies uses Open Journal Systems to host a peer-reviewed, open access journal called The Journal of Transport and Land Use. We'll talk about working with the OJS platform, why it was chosen, and the services that CTS provides for the journal.
When to Work is an online scheduling tool that IADS started using in August of 2010. This program replaces Excel, UMCal and other tools that units had been using to schedule daily tasks for students and full time staff.
Stop by the When to Work table at the Tech Expo to test drive the program, see live demonstrations and hear tales of one unit's adventures in scheduling and calendar management.
If you've been hearing from your colleagues or in the news frequent mentions of "HathiTrust," but don't really know what it is or why it's important to research libraries, come to this presentation. Although just two-years old, the HathiTrust is already among the world's largest digital libraries, and the University of Minnesota is an integral part of it.
Presenter: Erin George
A demonstration of Urchin, the U of M web log analysis tool, currently used by the main library web site to analyze and view log statistics.
For more information on the University's implementation of Urchin, visit U of M Web Stats.
Presenter: Janet Arth
The bX Recommender Service which appears on the Find It menu for many articles was made available in July 2010. See it in action and look at some of the usage data. Learn some of the reasons why there are not recommendations for more articles. Let's share favorite sites for getting recommendations once we've found one really good article.
Presenter: Kate McCready
EthicShare is a research and collaboration website designed to help scholars do research, share, collaborate, and participate in the field of bioethics. The site includes a comprehensive collection of ethics resources including searchable research materials, group discussions, current news articles, and upcoming events. EthicShare automatically adds new research materials regularly, but also encourages scholars to enhance the site by sharing citations, conference announcements and calls for papers.
HUBzero™ is an open source platform used to create dynamic web sites for scientific research and educational activities. With HUBzero, you can easily publish your research software and related educational materials on the web.