Today is my final day at EDINA. Rather than stepping into a new role in another institution, I'm taking a bit of a leap into the unknown. I have started my own consultancy business, Antleaf, a vehicle which allows me to take on new, challenging and rewarding work. I'm pleased to say that, through Antleaf, I have a contract to act as the Managing Director of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), and I'm negotiating a contract with an institute in Japan to help with an exciting development there, so Antleaf seems to be off to a good start!
After four good years, I am moving on from EDINA. My last day there will be the 16th October. I have very much enjoyed my time at EDINA, which has allowed me to work with some very smart people, on some great services and projects. For many years EDINA has made a valuable contribution to the fabric of teaching, learning and research in universities in the UK and I am grateful for having had the chance to be a part of that, working in such areas as scholarly communications, digital preservation, mobile development and citizen science, metadata management, open-access repositories and more.
I'm delighted to announce that I will be joining EDINA in August as Head of Technology Strategy and Planning I have long admired EDINA, having had several opportunities to collaborate with them in the past few years. EDINA is a powerhouse of technical service delivery and innovation, and has carved out an enviable national and international reputation in several fields. I'm excited to be joining this successful and innovative organisation, and am looking forward to what I have no doubt will be a challenging role.
I'm coming to the end of two weeks' paternity leave - its not all about exhaustion, anxiety and strange green poo.....picture is of Harvey and me. I'm the one doing the crossword.
So, last Monday, right in the middle of University Challenge, it became apparent that our second child (sex then unknown) was announcing his/her intention to arrive a week early. After a certain amount of drama, including my forgetting how to drive a car and repeatedly stalling at traffic lights, and a record-breaking drive by my brilliant parents from Portsmouth to Frome to come and take care of number-one-son (Joe, 3), Helen delivered a little boy at 01:08 on Tuesday.