This second week of lock-down worked out better than the previous one I felt. Mostly because I started working earlier, 6am each day, allowing me to start with a few hours of focused time. And also because I cut down on the number and length of conference calls, as last week while everyone was finding their bearings it felt like the only thing I did was conference calls. For the coming week we’ll need to work on balancing our respective working times, as well as carving out a bit of personal time.

This week I

  • Spent most of three days preparing and doing two online focus groups for our study for the implementation of the revised EU PSI Directive, which will have list of mandatory datasets to publish for all EU Member States. I’m leading the effort to create that list for the themes of Earth Observation / Environmental data, and Meteorological data.
  • Had a discussion about the IACS data for the EU’s common agricultural policy, also w.r.t. the PSI Directive
  • Planned next steps for the implementation of an open data platform for a province, looking at potential data sets for various policy areas
  • Had a breakfast meeting with my partners at The Green Land, discussing /assessing the coming months
  • Landed a new project that extends our company’s horizon to nearly October
  • Worked on monitoring / indicators and the consequences for data gathering and data driven decision making
  • Had an informal all hands hang-out to close the working week with the company. Also with Y had video calls with my sisters, and we did a virtual coffee round with all of E’s family over coffee, where all arranged for cake on their end.

This week in…..1199*
King Richard I Lionheart was wounded in France this week in 1199, leading to his death on April 6th.

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Miniature of Richard I. Public domain. Original with the British Library.

(* I show an openly licensed image with (almost) each Week Notes posting, to showcase more open cultural material. See here why, and how I choose the images for 2020.)