Friday, February 15, 2013

New start for the new year

It seems that this year will be a really busy one: There have been some internal changes in AK, which are reflected on the tasks undertaken by each team member, the introduction of various tools in our workflows is expected to make things more organized and internal meetings are really frequent and lengthy. Things look (even) more professional now so we'd better keep in a good shape!

I have to admit that I was involved in a variety of tasks, which is not always a good thing as I tend to get distracted by that or to do several things at the same time. It seems that during the first weeks of 2013 I will start focusing on the writing of deliverables related to content population/aggregation, work on the corresponding workflows and contribute to the aggregation of new collections in existing and new pools. Apart from that, I am working closely with the AgLR team, bug hunting, working on revisions and creating metadata samples. But this is only a small sample again...

Another task is my involvement in various publications. There are some ideas about new papers to be submitted in journals and workshops/conferences, something that I really enjoy... when I have enough free time, which is rather uncommon during the last months! I also realized that I really enjoy analyzing collections and digital repositories based on the metadata used and how they are used by various content providers; the results are usually interesting and highlight differences in the approach followed by each content provider.

I realized that in 2012 I got involved in a wide variety of tasks that were not exactly in my area of expertise, such as administration of course management platforms, blogs and wikis, mailing lists, updating web sites using the Joomla interface etc. However, even though I love being involved with such tools, sometimes this was really time-consuming and kept me from doing my main work.

Flying all over Europe - photos taken with my LG Optimus 7
What I keep enjoying when working with EU projects is the diversity of tasks; analysis of collections, metadata quality evaluation sessions (I am not really fond of that, I have to admit), deliverables, reports, publications, participation in project meetings and workshops/conferences all over Europe, spending time in various cities, meeting people and getting around airports, flying all over Europe... the list could go on and on!