Friday, October 3, 2014 11:30 am– 1:00 pm
Lobby of the TMC Library – 1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Descriptions: Xtranormal (free registration required) offers an easy way to produce short animated videos for use online. "It's free to create an Xtranormal account, to publish movies, to store projects on Xtranormal, and to use any of Xtranormal’s sharing tools. In addition though, Xtranormal offers the ability to use “premium” assets on your account – things like actors or sets that are different from the default... You’ll need purchased Xtranormal Points (XP), our virtual currency, to get these." Prices for paid features range from $5.00 to $150.00. Xtranormal films can be posted on a Youtube account or otherwise published. Individual educators can submit requests for completely free access to all resources on the Text to Movie platform when making educational-use movies. Requests are handled on a case-by-case basis and granted to verified educators. Apply via the Customer Service link.
Keywords: animation, education, free, podcasts, software, video, Web tools
Descriptions: WebMonkey is a free website development tool that provides tutorials, a code library, color charts, "cheat sheets" and other resources that make website creation faster and easier.
Keywords: glossary of terms, technology, tutorial, web development, Web tools
Provider: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Descriptions: While PubMed searches for "keywords", our search engine lets you input an entire paragraph and returns MEDLINE abstracts that are similar to it. This is something like PubMed's "Related Articles" feature, only better because it runs on your unique set of interests. For example, input the abstract of an unpublished paper or a grant proposal into our engine, and with the touch of a button you'll be able to find every abstract in MEDLINE dealing with your topic. No more guessing whether your set of keywords has found all the right papers. No more sorting through hundreds of papers you don't care about to find the handful you were looking for--our search engine does it for you.
Keywords: clinical trials, context search, free, grants, MedLine, search engine, Web tools
Descriptions: Diigo (said to stand for Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff) began as a simple, free bookmarking tool, but now includes features that enable sharing and collaboration, page archiving and public or private sticky-note style annotation. Mobile applications are available, along with browser toolbars. Educators can apply for free access to a premium version with features helpful in the classroom setting. Instructions for migrating from Delicious are posted on the site.
Keywords: collaborative, mobile access, social networking, Web tools
Descriptions: From the provider: "ScienceStage.com is a virtual conference room, lecture hall, laboratory, library, and meeting venue all in one. It offers new methods of scientific presentation, scientific discourse, and academic knowledge transfer by using video streaming, audio streaming, and text features. Sign up for a free account to be able to post material and join the ScienceStage community. Many different scientific disciplines are represented here, along with some humanities. Browse by field/discipline and content type. Video resources include links to Grand Rounds videos available on the Web, and to TED talks. Free registration is required for full participation and to post items, but most content is open to visitors.
Keywords: international, Internet, links, medicine, multidisciplinary, open access, publishing, science, scientist, social networking, video, Web tools
Provider: Quertle, LLC
Descriptions: Developed by two experts in bioinformatics and data analysis, Quertle offers a uniquely effective way to execute a combined search of the biomedical literature in PubMed, the RePORTER grants database, TOXLINE, and a medical/life science news outlet. This tool also searches the full text of open-access material in BioMed Central and PubMed Central, as well as that of user-submitted scientific whitepapers and research posters. Quertle uses natural-language query constructs very like sentence structure and uses relationships to return relevant results. For details on how it works, see the FAQ tab. A handy brochure on searching and video/other tutorials are found under the Resources tab. Quertle also works with various bibliographic management tools, including RefWorks. Searches can be saved, and alerts service is available (these features require the user to set up a free account.)
Keywords: biomedical research, free, full text, news, NIH, open access, open source, search, search engine, Web tools
Provider: Prezi Inc.
Descriptions: Prezi is a user-friendly application for creating interesting presentations that are much less linear, or slide-based, than the presentations that can be made using PowerPoint. The basic level of Prezi is free, and there are two paid levels that provide both more features and more storage capacity. The site includes tutorials. Note: All Prezi presentations created at the Free level are publicly available.
Keywords: free, interactive, open access, presentations, products, Web tools
Provider: Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse
Descriptions: Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC) is sponsored by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. It offers the neuroscience community free databases and applications for imaging, a forum and a news feed. Researchers can look for applications based on their attributes and popularity, and can also compare similar utilities, check on software development stages, and submit their own databases and applications for sharing. Many links to related resources are also provided here.
Keywords: anatomy, biomedical research, brain, brain mapping, data, data analysis, informatics, medical imaging, networking, neuroimaging, neuroscience, news, NIH, ontology, open access, open source, research, software, U.S. Government, Web tools
Provider: Ning, Inc.
Descriptions: Ning is a social networking site- join a network relevant to your interests, or use the tools provided to create a new network of your own. A few of the features offered include the ability to integrate your network with your Twitter, invite others to join, use Ning to share content or feed RSS in or out.
Keywords: social networking, technology, Web tools
Descriptions: Jing is free software for capturing and annotating screen shots or creating screencasts, and the results can be integrated with documents, saved and shared. This easy-to-use application lends itself to collaboration projects and to creating tutorials or illustrating technical bugs in action. A Pro version is also available at a very low cost. Jing is available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, or Mac OS X.
Keywords: free, mashups, software, video, Web tools
Provider: anthropology, astronomy, life sciences, multidisciplinary, natural sciences, philosophy, psychology, science, social networking, sociology, faculty, free, international, astrophysics, Web tools
Descriptions: Find out who's researching what." This is an international social networking site for university-based scholars and researchers. Look people up by institution, department, research interest or name; read posted papers; see what others are reading; follow, and see whose work colleagues are following. Free registration required for participation, though much can be viewed without joining.
Keywords: anthropology, astronomy, astrophysics, faculty, free, international, life sciences, multidisciplinary, natural sciences, philosophy, psychology, science, social networking, sociology, Web tools