Jul 092012

Welcome to the LiveBlog area for Open Repositories 2012!

Throughout the conference we will be recording sessions, tweeting and posting live blog updates from Keynotes, Parallel Sessions, the Repository Fringe strand and our fabulous events. All of these posts will appear on the main OR2012 page but can also be found here in the LiveBlog category as well. We hope to also have some guest bloggers covering some of the workshops and user groups either live or after the conference has finished.

If you are interested in being one of those bloggers please get in touch (nicola.osborne@ed.ac.uk) and we’ll set you up with access to post!

What to Expect

Our glamorous team of bloggers will be posted in various venues around the conference adding live updates to the blog here. Sometimes these will be summaries of what is being said, sometimes near verbatim accounts (it depends on various factors, particularly the speaker’s talking speed!). Our bloggers will also be tweeting and keeping an eye on the conference hashtag #or2012 for key information, updates, and questions from those reading the blog from their own desks away from the conference. Most of the content at this year’s event will be videoed and made available during or shortly after the event. And our blogging team will also be taking pictures and sharing them via Flickr (where you can also share your images of the event) though some of these may take a bit longer to reach the blog.

If you have a question, comment, or need some information then feel free to say hello to our bloggers and they may be able to help you, or at least put you in touch with other organisers who can assist. Please bear in mind our bloggers will be very busy throughout the week so if it takes them a while to approve a comment or reply to a tweet just give them a wee friendly nudge.

As a general rule we use the EDINA Social Media Guidelines to help us in our work – feel free to take a look particularly if you’d like to join us in the blogging.

Meet the Team

So that you can spot them at the event here are the team who will be blogging, tweeting, videoing and generally helping share Open Repositories 2012 with you…

Nicola Osborne is the Social Media Officer for EDINA and is leading our Social Media activity and amplification this year. She has refined her liveblogging skills through years of covering the Repository Fringe events!

Ask about: Twitter, videoing, how to become an OR2012 blogger, etc.

Superpower: Speedy liveblogging and image taking in parallel.

Contact: @suchprettyeyes, nicola.osborne@ed.ac.uk or via @OpenRepos2012

Zack O’Leary is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and is assisting EDINA with social media throughout the summer.

Ask about: Twitter, liveblogs, mobile, burritos.

Superpower: Playing the QWERTY keyboard, he can create a symphony of social media.

Contact: @zaleary

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Nick Sheppard is Repository Developer at Leeds Metropolitan University and Technical Officer for the UK Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR). Nick considers himself a Shambrarian and blogs on technical and cultural aspects of repository development , research management and Open Educational Resources (OER) for both his institution and UKCoRR.

Ask about: Twitter, integrated research management (IR/CRIS), OER, Jorum

Superpower: Superfast, highly accurate rock-music assisted metadata creation

Contact: @mrnickn.e.sheppard@leedsmet.ac.uk

Blogs: http://repositorynews.wordpress.com/http://ukcorr.org/activity/blog/

Kirsty PitkinKirsty Pitkin is an event amplifier, who tears around the country covering a wide range of fascinating events.  She works closely with the DevCSI project and will be blogging about the Developer Challenge throughout OR 2012.  If you’re taking part in the challenge, make sure you tell her about your cool idea!

Ask about:  The DevCSI Developer Challenge
Superpower:  Managing multiple social media channels at once.
Contact: @devcsi, http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk, @eventamplifier, http://eventamplifier.wordpress.com
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Steph Taylor, is a researcher, consultant and trainer based in Manchester. Her interests lie in Digital libraries, repositories, research data management and social media (read more on her Crowdvine page). She’ll be updating us on her superpowers shortly.

Natasha Simons: Natasha Simons is a Senior Project Manager in eResearch Services, Scholarly Information and Research, at Griffith University, Australia. She manages a number of projects focussed on building eResearch infrastructure. She’ll be updating her own blog here: http://natashajsimons.blogspot.com.au/. As she’s currently en route to the UK but will update us on her superpowers shortly.

Join the Team!

We welcome and encourage your input before, during and after Open Repositories 2012. If you would like to be one of our livebloggers there is still time – email nicola.osborne@ed.ac.uk and we’ll get you set up. Otherwise feel free to tweet, post on Crowdvine, share your images on Flickr, comment here on the blog – or just enjoy the conference whether online or here in person!

If you will be liveblogging or writing up Open Repositories 2012 somewhere else on the web just let us know and we’ll link to your write-up from our OR2012 Buzz page.

 July 9, 2012  Posted by at 10:12 am LiveBlog Tagged with: , , , , , ,  Comments Off on Welcome to the OR2012 LiveBlog
Jun 292012

As the conference approaches, we’ve been doing everything we can to get ready – getting our words-per-minute up, building up a tolerance to caffeine, and getting you all excited. One of the things we really want out of OR2012 is a good conversation. That means networking in person, and using this internet thing – we hear it’s sticking around. We’ll be using several different tools during OR2012 and we want to make sure that everyone’s familiar with them so you’ll find a guide here to using Crowdvine; Twitter; Lanyrd; Flickr; and Live blogging – click “Read More” below to browse through all of our tips or click on the one you are most interested in.

Once you’ve had a change to try these out – or if you’re already an expert – then you should also take a look at our Your Conference Needs You post! And if you have any question at all just leave a comment here or email our social media officer, Nicola (nicola.osborne@ed.ac.uk) who will be happy to help.

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 June 29, 2012  Posted by at 11:44 am Delegates, Updates Tagged with: , , ,  4 Responses »
Jun 152012
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"Bletchley Park - Block B - The Bletchley Park Story - Your Country Needs You - poster" by Flickr user Elliott Brown / ell brown

OR2012 kicks off in just three weeks time and as the date approaches we will be getting prepared to ensure you have a fantastic experience at the event, whether attending in person or taking an interest from further afield.

We will be live blogging all of the keynotes and many more presentations throughout the week as well as tweeting key updates and information for delegates and interested #OR2012 hashtag watchers. Although we will have some bloggers, tweeters and other dedicated social media amplifiers along for the week we also need your help!

If you are interested in taking part in the blogging around the event – either on the OR2012 site or from the comfort of your own blog – then do get in touch. We are particularly keen to here from those who might be able and interested to summarise workshops and user group meetings.

You may already be aware of our hashtag, #OR2012, and we welcome your comments, updates and discussion here. Twitter users might also like to sign up to our lanyrd page to start meeting fellow tweeting delegates. We will also be grabbing the most interesting tweets, blogs posts, and other web coverage for a special Storify that we will make available after the event so do let us know your highlights!

If you are planning on bringing your camera along to the event then we would love to see your images and have set up a Flickr Group for these. Do get in touch with your Flickr username if you would like to be added to the group.

And finally if you haven’t had a look already now is a perfect time to take a look at the OR2012 Crowdvine and start introducing yourself to your fellow delegates. It’s a great place to start getting an idea of shared interests, set up chats and meetings around the event and just get to know some friendly faces.

If you have any questions about any of the above or think we’ve missed something important out please do leave comments here or get in touch with Nicola Osborne (nicola.osborne@ed.ac.uk).

 June 15, 2012  Posted by at 1:11 pm Updates Tagged with: , , ,  2 Responses »