Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cool Tools Recap

Thanks to our presenters and to everyone who came out to our Cool Tools event on Wednesday. Some of the cool tools exhibited during the evening include:
  • Scanning and faxing using your smartphone: pc-fax.com (1 page daily limit, sending only); ifax (purchase credits to fax)
  • VOCALiD: donate your voice to make synthetic voices for recipients who may have trouble vocalizing
  • infogr.am make your own infographics using templates; free option is publicly available, subscription can be made private)
  • WatchThatPage.com (monitor when pages have changed and keep on top of developments – good for legislative changes)
  • SAP Enterprise Asset Management - tracks and manages data across organizations; together with SAP Information Steward, ensures data quality through use of data standards and programmable statements, and helps identify information quality concerns
  • WIPO Global Brand Database - allows you to check for contact information and brand details for major businesses; text and image-based search available
  • If This Then That (IFTTT) - use "recipes" to program alerts and notifications about things that interest you, e.g. if you post a pic on Instagram, automatically save it to your Dropbox account
  • vizualize.me - build an infographic about yourself using uploaded CV or LinkedIn profile
  • openparliament.ca - find information on parliamentarians based on Hansard records, social media, and media data; make haikus with Hansards!
  • Let me Google that for you  (LMGTFY) - a fun, passive aggressive tool for when people bother you with questions they could easily look up themselves
  • BonPatron - grammar and spell check your French text
  • Force 11 - a collection of cool tools for research communications and e-scholarship
Sabrina Wong is the Student Engagement Librarian at SAIT Polytechnic. She also serves as the FLA Treasurer.

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