COMPUTER-ASSISTED RESEARCH

Teacher
Enrico Mezzetti
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Post-doc Researcher
enrico.mezzetti[at]bsc.es
(SSD INF/01)  

Aim
The course aims at providing best practice and guidelines for an effective and efficient use of computer-based tools, resources and methods to support scientific research.

Syllabus
The course will address the following topics:
- Time management (shared calendar and alarms, polls for events)
- Identification and understanding of scientific references (structured bookmarks, digital repositories, etc.)
- Bibliography management and bibliographic styles
- Organization of reference databases (standard, metadata, privacy)
- Remote sharing (Dropbox, Google Docs, Drive, etc.)
- Support for scientific writing (tools, structural methods, versioning, styles, etc.)
- Translation and language support (dictionaries, translators, forums, common practice to avoid naïve translations)
- Support for delivering presentations (tools, styles, image handling, best practices)
- Use of Virtual Machines to host and shared specialized environment (tools, best practice)
- Flipped-mode practice activity (students will practice on a tool and report their experience)

Course requirements (if any)
The course only assumes minimal knowledge of common Operating Systems (MS Windows, Linux) and the respective office suites. Prior knowledge on the text/latex environment is recommended.

Schedule
The course spans 5 hours (divided into 3 lectures), comprising interactive discussion and practicals.
Lectures will be structured with two nearby lectures (ideally on Monday and Tuesday) followed by a reporting session (on Thu or Fri) where students share their practical experience on a selected technology item or tool.
The course will be held according to one of the following schedule proposals:

- Nov 14th, 10:30-12:30
- Nov 15th, 10:30-12:30
- Nov 18th, 10:30-11:30

Location
The course will take place at HIT centre meeting room (via Luzzatti 4)

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