Data Visualisation via Gliffy

The data visualisation tool that I am going to introduce is called Gliffy. This tool can be used to generate a diagram or a chart flow. Often we found in MS Office that the diagrams are limited, especially when  we would like to add some innovation to a diagram, it seems impossible. Here we have the tool which enables us create diagrams with our free will. Moreover, you can even upload a picture onto it if you feel it is necessary to add something more than a circle or a box. Another good thing about this tool is that you can save what you’ve created as a picture. More information about Gliffy can be found through the following youtube video. Enjoy!


Note-taking Part A

After watching the video clip about evernote, I found it might be useful for your research especially in terms of sorting out all different kinds of information we may accumulate during our research. As evernote has the sort of folder function, we can basically create all sorts of theme based or subject based or whatever based “folders” to compartmentalise our notes. It all depends on how you wanna group your notes.

Tagging is also another feature of evernote, personally I think it is feasible to create a system of tags (e.g. author, subject, type of data, ect.) to index our notes,  the problem is that it may duplicate our work if we already use refworks to manage our information pool.

Adding attachments is another useful feature of evernote. I may attach pics to the note, coz pics won’t be too large compared with other forms of attachments such as MP3 or MP4. I am not sure whether evernote is unlimited or not in terms of attachments. Otherwise, we should be careful adding large attachments.

As to sharing, I am not sure whether the shared notes are editable or not, if it is just for sharing but can not be edited. I think people will just use google drive for sharing and editing.

Last but not least email integration, I am sure the feature is there for a reason, but I just don’t know how much it will benefits us on notes-taking level. By which i mean i probably won’t use it.


References Management

References were so annoying before I knew any reference management tools. I literally manually type every single piece of references into my bibliography. After I got introduced to some reference management tools such as refworks, Endnote, Zotero, I felt such a relief.

The main tool I use is refworks coz it is the first tool I was introduced to. It is so easy to use and manage my data. I don’t see any other reasons why I should try something else. As to references management, I usually create a folder for a paper I am working on, and put every references into it. Within the same folder, I normally will subgroup the articles that I have referenced. If the article I am very interested in and would like to carry out a similar study based on it, I will put it into my replicable study folder. Basically, I create folders based on themes.


Childhood memory: Sugar man

Blowing a sugar man is one of the most classic folk art in China. It is such a pity that this kind of handcraft has already faded away from Chinese’s modern life. I still remember the first I saw it like 20 years ago, I was so blown away by craftsman’s skills of blowing a sugar man. Literarily it was a magic to me at that time, it was like 1 2 3 some lifelike things made out of these craftsmen.


Chinese hard candies by See-ming Lee (Available under a CC attribution licence 2.0 at the Original link)




Wow what a magic!

Ok, this is no kidding. I never thought magic could be delivered in such an illusionary way! This video really inspires and pushes me to think out of box! BUT WAIT, lies are the foundation of our life. Is not it a bit hyperbolic? Should not we say lies are the foundation of magic!

!Syug gnihctaw yojne



Content curation? Wait, what on earth is that? Similar content/data arrangement and synthesis? Ok it makes sense now.

Following is my first sort of content curation based on Jason’s Thing 10, which pointed out a simple comment, such as I like your post/blog, actually means nothing. I totally will second this point of view. (Check Jason’s original post out for more info. please click here http://jcui0330.wordpress.com.)

Yea, ‘I like your post’ literally means nothing, coz it is not explicit enough.

When we post something, maybe we should ask ourselves this question first ‘why am I posting’. WHY? http://www.learningmarkets.com/why-most-news-is-meaningless/ Ok, this link may not be relevant, but it sheds certain light on the topic why we should be more explicit and meaningful when posting something.