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Monitoring—A Method for Automating Information Research


Julie Grenier
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Julie Grenier is a librarian at ÉTS.

Sonia Seck
Sonia Seck Author profile
Sonia Seck is a librarian and is involved in the development of several services to assist researchers at ÉTS

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Stay at the cutting edge of your research subject or interests with Information Monitoring… done in an optimal way. To a certain extent, monitoring is an information research process that is automated in a way to collect results as quickly as possible.

The ÉTS Library Service presents a short 60-minute workshop on the various steps of monitoring, giving you the tools you need to use in your studies or work activities. Below are the various steps that make up this process, which are discussed in more depth during the workshop.

Identifying and Selecting Sources—Defining the Needs

In this step, we explain how to determine the best research strategies to adopt in the context of your search, as well as the type of information to meet your needs. For example, this can be in the form of scientific articles found in databases, citations collected from various articles, or web pages where certain information is disseminated. Once this is decided, you can then determine the best sources to monitor.

Gathering Information

The workshop presents various ways to collect and automate information gathering—hence the major attraction of information monitoring! In addition, there will be a brief presentation on various tools easily accessible online. Thanks to these tools, all the monitoring results can be centralized whether based on 5, 20 or 100 sources of information.

Processing the Information

Once the information is collected, it must not be neglected, it must be examined and organized, or all the work done upstream will be lost… For this step, some tips on organizing the information are given, as well as some tricks to increase the speed at which the information is perused.

Information Dissemination and Analysis

Different types of dissemination avenues aimed at sharing the information monitoring results will also be discussed. Strategies may vary depending on the number of people involved (personal or collaborative monitoring) and the context (academic, professional, etc.).

Adjusting the Strategy

As with all information research strategies, it is important to ensure that the obtained results remain relevant, especially if some time has passed since the monitoring was set up. Some methods to increase or limit the number of results will be examined, as well as other reasons for adjusting a monitoring strategy.

Are you curious about information monitoring? Would you like to do it, but are not sure where to start? Take advantage of this opportunity and register for the Introduction to Information Monitoring workshop to be held online on November 22, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Introduction to Information Monitoring

2021-11-22, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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Introduction à la veille informationnelle

2021-11-22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Julie Grenier

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Julie Grenier is a librarian at ÉTS.

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Sonia Seck

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Sonia Seck is a librarian and is involved in the development of several services to assist researchers at ÉTS

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