Andy Tattersall

Andy Tattersall is an information specialist at The School of Health and Related Research at The University of Sheffield. Andy interests and expertise are around informatics, social media, mobile, learning and research technologies, altmetrics, MOOCs and the web. Andy started the ScHARR Bite-Size series "where we teach you something new in 20 minutes" which has been replicated at various universities. He also runs the ScHARR Information Resources Blog and has written for various websites about information, research and technology.

His research interests are focused in the area of modern web tools, altmetrics, Web 2.0, social networks and software and their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and transfer and collaboration. Andy is very interested in how we manage information and how information overload affects our professional and personal lives. He is also the former chair of the Multimedia and Information Technology Committee, a special interest group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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Articles by Andy Tattersall:


Jinfo Subscription Impact of social media and Web 2.0 on current awareness
Thursday, 13th September 2018

Systems for curating and delivering current awareness have come a long way with the advent of social media. Whilst RSS and more traditional methods of searching still have their place, curation platforms that use the "wisdom of the crowd" are a valuable addition in extracting and aggregating fresh information whatever the topic. This article looks at emerging sources of information for current awareness, how social media aggregators bring value to your current awareness service, and how sustainable and reliable the technology is.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with Iconitel - optimising information resources
Monday, 3rd September 2018

Iconitel Consulting & Software Services specialises in the management of information resources and offers a unique set of solutions ranging from comprehensive research portfolio management engagements to automated software solutions. Andy Tattersall recently caught up with Iconitel's executive partner, Joanie Olivier, to find out about the company and its products, AREUS and AREUSConnect, and what the future holds.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with InferLink - connecting the dots using AI technology
Thursday, 5th July 2018

InferLink is an R&D company that develops technologies for aggregating, integrating and analysing information from multiple sources. Jinfo recently spoke to Dr Steven Minton, co-founder and president of the company, to find out more about what they do and about its spinoff companies, Evid Science, Cytenna, and Innotrieve. We find out about its unique research and innovation initiatives using AI and statistical inference methods and how information professionals can make the best use of InferLink's products.


Jinfo Blog My Favourite Tipples from a specialist in leading edge digital tools
Wednesday, 10th January 2018

My Favourite Tipples are shared by Andy Tattersall, an information specialist at the University of Sheffield's School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and chair of CILIP's Multimedia Information & Technology Group. He shares some of his preferred online resources in the areas of research best practice and news insights.


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Altmetric (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Friday, 30th June 2017

In the final part of Jinfo's product review of Altmetric, a platform for tracking research impact, Andy Tattersall looks at the help and training available within the product, competitors, including Impactstory, Kudos, and Plum Analytics. We also look at Altmetric's subscription costs and future development plans.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2841


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Altmetric (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Thursday, 29th June 2017

In the third part of our review of Altmetric, we take a closer look at the platform itself and how it provides insights into published research. Specifically, its five main features, including content aggregation, visual analytics, search with advanced options, save and alert functionality and the ability to export data.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2841


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Altmetric (sources - content & coverage)
Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Part 2 of Jinfo's review of Altmetric which provides insights into the online attention research outputs attract. Andy Tattersall looks at the range of sources used, including online sources, such as news, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and how each of these sources is weighted using the attention score.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2841


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Altmetric (key advantages; introduction, contact details)
Tuesday, 27th June 2017

Altmetric is a data science company that provides tools to enable research organisations, publishers, funders and other organisations to track the attention of research artefacts such as journals, books, and datasets. Part 1 of this review outlines its key advantages, who could benefit from using the platform, and a brief overview of where the product is headed.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2841


Jinfo Blog My Favourite Tipples from an information specialist in the health sector
Wednesday, 20th July 2016

My Favourite Tipples are shared by Andy Tattersall, an information specialist at the School of Health and Related Research at The University of Sheffield. He shares his favourite online resources in areas from reference management to research impact.


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Mendeley (Value - Help & Training; Competitors; Development; Pricing)
Thursday, 16th June 2016

Andy Tattersall concludes his review of the free reference management tool and scholarly collaboration network Mendeley, looking at help and training, development and pricing. He looks at how the product is user-driven and how it now compares to established reference management packages and competitors including Zotero, EndNote, RefWorks, ReadCube and RefME.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2676


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Mendeley (Technology - Search & User Interface; Outputs & Alerts; Administration)
Wednesday, 15th June 2016

In the third part of his review of the free reference management tool and scholarly collaboration network Mendeley, Andy Tattersall looks at the technology and how it has evolved over its 10 years of existence. He examines search and user interface, as well as new features, and how the tool supports new initiatives in the research community.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2676


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Mendeley (Sources - Content & Coverage; Using Mendeley)
Tuesday, 14th June 2016

Continuing our review of the free reference management tool and scholarly collaboration network Mendeley, Andy Tattersall describes how to use the versatile software over several platforms, adding and storing references, how you can work with collaborators and other useful features.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2676


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Mendeley (Introduction; Key Advantages; Contact Details)
Monday, 13th June 2016

We introduce reference management tool and scholarly collaboration network Mendeley, a free tool owned by Elsevier since 2013. Andy Tattersall explores the value of the product to individual researchers, information professionals and institutions.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2676


Jinfo Blog Maximising Training with 20 Minute Bite-Size Sessions
Tuesday, 21st April 2015

Andy Tattersall explains what bite-size training is and how you can use it to convey short, targeted training sessions on specific subjects.


Jinfo Subscription Bite-Size Training - Making a Difference with Short, Face-to-Face Sessions
Thursday, 9th April 2015

In our increasingly busy professional world, there are many considerations when facilitating staff development. These revolve mostly around the time and effort involved for the trainer and the trainee. A simple solution is to break up staff development workshops into short 20 minute sessions that are informal, interactive and focus on the key aspects of a topic. Bite-size training can help with the growing problem of staff not wanting to invest time in learning new ideas and technologies.


 

Reports by Andy Tattersall:


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Altmetric
Tuesday, 27th June 2017

Altmetric is a data science company and part of Digital Science. It provides tools to enable research organisations, publishers and funders to track the attention of research artefacts such as journals, books, and datasets. It monitors a range of scholarly and non-scholarly sources to provide a...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Mendeley
Wednesday, 22nd June 2016

Mendeley is a reference management tool and scholarly collaboration network, acting as a complete research platform and now offering discovery, analytics and data management. It is free for individual or small group accounts, with paid-for levels for Team and Institutional users. This...