Heather is going to be full-time total-impact starting August 1st!
For the last two years I have been a DataONE postdoc, with discretionary time for synergistic activities like total-impact. I went officially 50/50 when the Sloan grant started May 1st…. and have now revised that plan to be 100% total-impact starting in six weeks.
My passion for data remains. This move is because I believe research data needs better tracking tools to be fully appreciated and useful. It needs context. Context around how a dataset is collected, but also context around how the dataset is received by the community and what difference it has made. As part of our commitment to diverse research products, total-impact collects metrics on dataset discussion and reuse and makes these tracks broadly available for mashups and remixes. We’ll be doing much more of this in the coming months.
(I would talk about how great it has been to be a DataONE postdoc, but this isn’t a goodbye post — I still have papers to finish! :) )
In related and similarly-awesome news, Jason is relocating to Vancouver for August and September, for total-impact All The Time and IRL 2012. There will be t-shirts.