My name is Nicola Osborne and I am the Social Media Officer for EDINA, a JISC-funded Data Centre based at the University of Edinburgh. I have held this role since May 2009 and I am thrilled to be in such an innovative and varied role.
Prior to becoming Social Media Officer I worked on the SUNCAT project team where I munged (programmatically manipulated) data, learned all about MARC21 and AACR2, and set up various social presences for the service. My background before that was a slightly peculiar blend of libraries, techie interests, film writing, website editing and creative interests which, it turns out, is an almost perfect grounding for becoming entirely obsessed with all facets of social media and online communication.
What Does a Social Media Officer Do?
My role is extremely varied including some very practical aspects and a broad tech watch brief. At EDINA we run well over thirty services and projects and I work with most of these to some degree. If you’d like to connect with any of these projects and services the best place to get an overview of all our social presences is on the EDINA Social Media page. On that page you will also find a link to the EDINA Social Media Guidelines which I authored with support from colleagues. I am currently in the process of producing a new version of the guidelines and am also working with a group developing guidelines for the University of Edinburgh.
As part of my role I regularly give talks and presentations on social media and engagement. If you are interested in attending one of these or would to have a look through materials from previous presentations see the dedicated Presentations & Publications area of the blog – these materials usually also appear on our fantastic official EDINA Presentations and Publications page which is well worth exploring. I will also try to share news of events I am planning to attend – so do say “hello!” when you see me out and about.
Part of my time has been spent on the JISC GECO project helping to support the use of social media, event amplification and outreach activities for projects across the UK funded under the JISC 15/10 geo strand. In 2010/11 I undertook similar activities for the EDINA-based AddressingHistory project.
I have also been part of the STEEV, USED and the “Support for Repositories and JISC Digital Infrastructure“, UK RepositoryNet+ project which is led by EDINA. I also work closely with colleagues on services including Digimap, Statistical Accounts of Scotland, JISC Mediahub and Digimap for Schools.
For the last three years I have been part of the organising committee for the annual Repository Fringe events and I am also part of the Host Organising Committee for the Open Repositories 2012 conference which is being hosted in Edinburgh.
Beginning in October 2012 I will be the Course Leader for the “The Role of Social Media in Science Communication and Public Engagement” module for the new MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh.
As of April 2012 I am a member of the Journal of Open Research Software Editorial Board. The Journal of Open Research Software (JORS) features peer reviewed software papers describing research software with high reuse potential.
I am (since Spring 2012) the editor of the Social Media page for the University of Edinburgh BITS Magazine. So, if you have a fantastic Social Media activity or project anywhere at the University I’d love to hear about it for future issues!
About This Blog
I use this blog for occasional mulling on social media, for sharing upcoming events and key news, and for sharing live blogging of events as they occur. Occasionally a bit of semantic/linked web, open data, API, mobile and similar thoughts will creep in as well since social media covers an awful lot of bases and my role has an even broader watching brief. As I work for EDINA I inevitably flag up interesting things that we are up to as an organisation but I try to also look out at interesting work and ideas elsewhere and I am keen to hear any ideas you may have for topics, tools, or ideas for me to discuss here.
Finally I should say that this blog is a work in progress – expect a fair few aesthetic tweaks and improvements from time to time. I also tend to have very busy spells where this blog may not be updated for a few weeks or more – though that will usually mean that some interesting materials will appear on my Presentations & Publications page! I would also like to add a small health warning: although this is a professional blog about my work and area of specialism at EDINA, the views are my own.