In one place all the posts related to hardware, software and other considerations for setting up a productive scientific digital workflow.
At the bottom of this page, you will also find “extra” resources to help you deal with your digital “world”.
I will add to it frequently (last update November 30th, 2013).
e-Office /e-GTD / e-Workflow series
“Working efficiently in the digital world is not as easy as it sounds, in particular as you get more and more files to deal with. Furthermore, while eliminated paper sounds like an excellent (and green) idea, it is not obvious to fully to eliminate all of it and yet still be productive without putting too much time on the gadgets themselves…”.
Read more of Digital Office Part I: introduction and Hardware
“The first 10 applications above are the cornerstone of my digital workflow. The main reason it works so well I think, for me at least, is because up to now it proves to be scalable to the level of ten of thousands of files …”.
Read more of Digital Office Part II: Mac Software
“In term of digital workflow, the iPad has been a revolutionary device for me. It replaces my paper tablets and papers documents in meetings. It is one of my most productive gears I have ever bought (productive here is synonymous of actually doing work with the device not spending time working on – as in tweaking – the device itself). The applications I use often sits on the first screen…”.
Read more of Digital Office Part III: Mobile Software
“Not so long ago, there was a single inbox for all incoming “stuff” that requires your attention … Nowadays, most of us have multiple mail accounts, each with an inbox(!). We get scientific manuscripts not by going to the library and making photocopies but rather downloading PDF documents from various services … We received invitation to shared or get documents through cloud storage services (DropBox, Google, …). URL, RSS, blogs, etc… name your sources. Of course, we still get some old good paper documents. Let’s face it, it can be a mess. You thought emptying that single physical inbox tray an impossible task, welcome to the digital era! …”
Read more of Digital Office Part IV: Inboxes and various tips
“In my work workflow, I have a total 4 inboxes to deal with: 1) physical, 2) e-mail, 3) DevonThink Pro Office (DTPO) and 4) Things. However, the complete list of all projects and tasks resides in my electronic task manager, Things. Support documents are in DTPO and support e-mails in my Mail applications … Setting up a good structure is important. First you should do this for your task manager. The structure in my task manager follow…”.
Read more of Digital Office Part V: Making it work!
“If, as starting graduate students, you are following my first key advice of reading on a regular basis scientific manuscripts related to your field of research in general and your project in particular, you’ve probably reach an obvious observation: you are collecting a large number of PDF files very quickly. There are, of course, a few more observations to be made:”
Read more of Invest in a good manuscript (PDF) management system