It’s been some time since I’ve written anything on this page – I’ve been busy keeping a variety of social media profiles active for work, which always leaves me with little energy for my own profile (and I’ve been growing and tending two small humans too, which pretty much takes up all my non-office-time these days). Anyway, I’m delighted to say that I’ve just taken up a new role at UoE in which I think I’m likely to encounter lots of interesting research-related problems to think through and share. I’m now leading a team of research facilitators who will work with researchers across the University to ensure they are getting the most out of the digital services that are provided, and to ensure best practice is encouraged in using data, services and other resources. We made a start this week trying to fully understand the workings of EDDIE, the HPC cluster here – fascinating stuff, in which our initial questions are just leading to even more questions at the moment. I plan to write a post on the challenges of getting Hums researchers using a service like EDDIE some time soon. I’ll also be engaging with research community events on a much more regular basis, so may well find time to share thoughts about those. Realistically though, it’s still going to be sporadic writing from me, and even then, as another Doonhamer once said, best laid plans gang aft aglay.