Upcoming CRIG unConference

At the end of this week JISC’s Common Repositories Interfaces Group (CRIG) are holding a two day meeting to look at the key scenarios affecting repository interfaces.

Our discussions for the two days are going to build on a series of teleconferences organised by the CRIG support project – WoCRIG which have just been podcast. I’m both excited about this meeting and a little nervous.

I think that the support project are doing a good job of stirring us up to move forward the work of CRIG and helping us engage with and shape the next stages of repository interface interoperability. For the next stage of this work, this meeting, they’ve organised an unConference. Two days of informal thinking, discussing, and getting at the core of the interoperability issues related to repositories. I’m looking forward to it for what I know I’ll learn, for the chance to contribute, and for the chance to actually just have time to sit down and talk about these things.

The nervousness on my part comes from the unknown – I’ve never been to an unConference before and although the idea is good – to have discussions about what people want to talk about and to cut out the fairly predictable presentation part of a meeting and so to get at the eureka moments that usually happen alongside but not actually in conferences – I’m aware of how much, for me, those eureka moments come along because I’ve been sitting for extended periods of time for my mind to go off at tangents while half listening to a presentation which may or may not be relevant to my thoughts.

Anyway I guess it’s a bit like a codebash for ideas – and that’s no bad thing.

Blogging revisited

Why do people blog? (revisited)
It’s something I thought about a little at the start of this blog and something I return to briefly now. In part because I’m thinking about of some of the triggers for blog posts.

I’m not the most prolific blogger – in part because I find that there are certain types of trigger that seem to go with my blog posts. The recent spate of ecology posts arose from an email discussion and a workshop. Some arise from the latest incredibly cool web app, some from direct requests or reporting on events. Other are driven by much more random factors.

I’ve a number of friends who have started to blog most days this month, one driven by a project to post a picture every day in December, the others by the driver of Advent reflection. All of these encourage me to find space to blog and reflect more, but back random factors and that t-shirt…