Digital Discovery Week 2020, 9-13 November

A logo for Digital Discovery Week 2020.

Digital Discovery Week (9-13 November) is a week of workshops, seminars and online opportunities to enable students and staff to experiment with new technologies, showcase examples of innovations in teaching and research at Sussex, and horizon-scan for emerging technologies which will impact our sector.

For doctoral researchers, it’s a chance to think about how technology can enhance your research, to try out new tools and techniques, and to make connections with academics and teams across the university. Now more than ever, digital skills can help you to work more effectively, keep up with the latest research and stay connected with the doctoral community.

The Library has put together a jam packed schedule of events, from seminars on open academic publishing, fake news and immersive storytelling, to practical workshops on podcasting, web scraping and teaching digital skills to students.

The Digital Database a Day sessions will introduce you to new resources – the Mass Observation Online social history archive (Monday 9th), ORBIS business database (Tuesday 10th), Westlaw for legal materials (Wednesday 11th) and SAGE Research Methods Online, which will help you through each stage of the research process (Thursday 12th).

Are you #TeamEndnote, #TeamMendeley or #TeamZotero? The Referencing Round Table (Tuesday 10th, 16.00-17.00) pits three researchers against each other as they reflect on their citation practices, answer your questions and battle for supremacy. These tools have the same basic features – managing and organising your references and generating citations and bibliographies – but they each have their own quirks and unique features. Which platform will triumph? Sign up to find out.

Raising your online profile is increasingly important if you’re looking to get your work noticed, you want to build networks or you’re aiming for a career in research. Building your digital profile in Elements (Thursday 12th, 11.00-12.00) will introduce the university’s new research information system, and show you how to edit your profile, auto-claim any existing publications and deposit accepted manuscripts. Sign up via Eventbrite.

And don’t forget the Digital Productivity for Doctoral Researchers bitesize course, running over five days from Monday. Join members of the Technology Enhanced Learning team as they show you tools and techniques to support your research and get you working more effectively and collaboratively. Explore each topic in your own time (this should only take around 30 minutes a day) then ask questions and join in discussions with TEL and your peers as you learn together. See blog for further details.