Using Evernote for Curation: What has Evernote ever done for me?

Following Google hangout today as part of Day 3 of the BYOD open online course, I volunteered to look at the use of Evernote as a curation tool. Evernote has been on my radar for a while, but I hadn’t got around to testing it out until it was highlighted by @alexspeiers at a @MELSIG event in April.
Alex was so persuasive that I thought I should try it out. Since then, I can honestly say that I have dabbled with it; it is a bit like filing, you know you could work more efficiently if you were more organised, but you don’t quite have the time to get organised. I was in this Catch 22 situation with Evernote.
So when it was suggested, as part of the Curation Google hangout ‘The Curate’s Egg’, that we each select an app to download and evaluate on the BYOD, I volunteered to revisit Evernote. This blog will therefore not be a comprehensive evaluation, but a first impressions…. “What has Evernote ever done for me?”… kind of thing.

What is Evernote?
As I understand it (from my brief use) Evernote is a way of managing information from a wide range of sources (web sites, journal articles, images, social media, email) and collating them in ‘Notebooks’. Once you install the Evernote app on all your devices, you can then access this information, on any device.
You can get the corporate view here: https://evernote.com/evernote/

What have I used Evernote for?

    Filing email: It is simple to forward email to specific notebooks in Evernote. I get very large email files sent to me (regularly blocking my email)and I find it useful to use Evernote to collate these emails and attachments until I have time to read and respond. I can also set up a reminder to resond.
    Web Clipper: Installing the additional (free) web clipper app, allows you to store links from websites directly into notebooks.
    Research: I am working on a research project and am using Evernote to collate papers, along with notes and ideas, and references, to ease working any time, any place …
    IFTTT: Evernote can be used in conjunction with IFTTT, I have a recipe which stores favorited tweets.The problem with this is, that I favorite things that I don’t need to recall, so I need to change my working practice, or the recipe.
My first notebooks in Evernote

My first notebooks in Evernote

My Evernote
Hopefully this compilation of screenshots from the Evernote App from my Ipad, will give you an insight into functionality and use.

Drawbacks
The only drawbacks I have found so far, is that you have to remember to synchronize devices. I have also had problems with the version on my laptop, which stalls regularly. However not sure if this is due to my flakey laptop or Evernote. Also, I am not sure if you could access you account if you were on a different computer (internet cafe etc) – probably not.

Hope this brief insight to Evernote is useful to you. I am sure there are many more features which I will explore overtime.

2 thoughts on “Using Evernote for Curation: What has Evernote ever done for me?

  1. Thanks for this Kay, I found it very illuminating. Evernote seems to have far more functionality than OneNote, and I had always considered the two to be very similar. I REALLY like the idea of being able to file large email attachments!

  2. I have been using Evernote for a while and your suggestion about forwarding some email there is not something I do, but like you, sounds really helpful. Setting up reminders too – but I’m not sure you do this yet. I’ll have to have a look.
    The idea of making IFTTT recipes sounds difficult…
    As with any Curation technology, as was revealed in Day 3 tweetchat, good curation is as much about you being an organised person as it is about wonderful technology.
    A couple of points I would add: the paid version has some really useful features, but then it involves quite a commitment. As several people in that MELSIG workshop mentioned, what do you do when your account for free curation apps fills up (we discussed Evernote, DropBox and Google Drive in that session – see Smart, Organised and Collaborative at: http://melsig.shu.ac.uk/?page_id=467 . It’s canny how it ties you in. Personally I think I’ll deal with it when it comes to it and the free version works extremely well for me.

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