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We went away to the Southern Highlands for the second week of May, which is our first holiday away from Sydney since we spent three weeks in the States in September 2019. (I was going to do more personal blogging here, since I've gotten fed up with the ads on …

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Presenting

This week I helped run three workshops on researcher training and data management, and it was the first time I'd got up in front of a physical room to talk to people since October 2019. I was very anxious before the first session on Tuesday, and I'd forgotten that talking …

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Software and scale

I think that things are settling down, or that I'm getting more comfortable in my role, although my mind has still felt all over the place. This week I'm helping to run two workshops for the physical launch of RESHub, a centre for researcher development in our new library building …

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Roles and live coding

My anxiety and mental restlessness felt like they were getting the better of me, this week. Even though I decided not to move into a solution designer role in our team - I want to concentrate on research data management, because we need someone looking after that, and I think it …

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Information flows

So that writing these posts up would be less of a chore, I've started keeping a Zettelkasten document every week to make notes about what's happening every day. (I started using the Zettelkasten module for Sublime Text back in 2018 and I've been intermittent about my commitment to it and …

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Cloud

This felt like a long short week. Mostly I was working on what will turn into a solution design for moving one of our enterprise research admin applications to the vendor's cloud - as things have worked out, I probably won't be taking on a full-time solution design role in the …

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Negligible risk

Easy to get out of new habits when they're interrupted by Easter.

This week was taken up with meetings and handover, mostly about research data management. I'm taking over our Institutional Underpinnings project and need to spend some time catching up on it next week.

And I finally finished debugging …

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Gemini

I got myself a gemini. Gemini is a protocol for serving hypertext, with emphasis on the 'text': it's more like Gopher than the web, with an emphasis on simplicity and privacy, and no inline links or images.

Although I'm certainly old enough, I didn't have much experience of the pre-web …

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What I worked on

Copying a practice I've seen other bloggers do - and as an attempt to kickstart this one, and also remind myself that giving this domain a bit of an overhaul is something I want to do this year - I'm going to set aside a bit of time every Friday afternoon to …

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Territorial

One of the original promises of the net was that it would transcend territories, another part of John Perry Barlow’s declaration of independence which hasn’t worked out. I have a memory from the late 80s, when I was working for a small software company in Sydney, helping establish …

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