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    Beyond the artifact: rethinking the research output

    Many interventions to increase research impact have received a lot of attention recently, including: Liberating research from PDFs; Changing the writing style from one that is targeted solely at researchers to other audiences; Using a variety of techniques to make a research output more... Read full article
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    The Renaissance of the Corporate Website

    Recently, many international development think tanks have revised their websites making them more accessible, simple and visually attractive. When I joined The North-South Institute as Communications Manager, I too insisted on a complete overhaul of the website, but why? In an age of... Read full article
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    Corporate websites: do we need them?

    Earlier in 2012, Nick Scott wrote about the decline of the corporate website. And then he went ahead to redesign and relaunch ODI's site. Later in the year, James Georgalakis, Head of Communications at IDS, wrote about how they had also redesigned and relaunched their website, asking if it... Read full article
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    Is it wrong to herald the death of the institutional website?

    I recently facilitated a workshop for junior researchers on research uptake and communications. I stood before them espousing the kinds of views on e-communications often found on this blog. I explained that people were using the internet in a different way. It was no longer about strategies to... Read full article
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    The decline of the corporate website (and rise of a social internet)

    How are current and future developments on the Internet going to affect research communications? The Internet has served research well in helping get messages out into the world. Corporate websites with lots of original and in-depth content (such as those of think tanks, research institutes or... Read full article