Tools like Evernote and Diigo make it easy to keep all of your resources organised and accessible, but there are ways to make your workflow even more streamlined and efficient. In our extension activity we’re going to look at one tools that can help you filter what is relevant and make sure you can save resources easily.
One of the complicating factors related to research in a digital age is the time and place that we access information. Access through mobile devices means we’re processing a stream of information, often while we’re on the move or in a rush. You could be sitting on the bus and see an interesting link to a long article, or be on your mobile phone and find a video that you want to watch when you get home so you don’t use up your mobile data allowance. In the same way that we might tape a television show so we can watch it at a more convenient time (or fast forward during the advertisements) what we need to do with information is find a way to timeshift it, to save it for a more convenient time.
That’s where Pocket comes in. It’s a clever service that lets you save any web content for later reading or viewing. You can install a shortcut button in your browser to save pages, save links directly from Twitter and Google Reader, and also save links from a number of mobile apps.
All of your saved items can then be accessed through your web browser or the free Pocket mobile apps . Saved items can be sorted by content type (video, articles etc) and you can add tags when you save items for more sorting control. The Pocket app also has some good sharing options so you can send a link to another service (for example it will save to both Diigo and Evernote). Pocket doesn’t manage a large library of bookmarks in the same way as Diigo does, so it is more of an option as a ‘halfway house’ for resources. Save it to Pocket, have a look at it later and if it’s good then save it somewhere else or share with others.
Here is how we’d recommend using Pocket:
- use it as a way of saving interesting content that you want to investigate later
- set Pocket as a homepage in your browser so that it always opens up and you’re presented with an assortment of interesting articles and videos
- Perform digital triage; once you’ve viewed or read the content, decide whether it is something you want to share or save for good (for example, if you decide an article is worth keeping, save it permanently to your Evernote or Diigo account).