The Open Working blog has been in existence since 2017. It’s used by the Research Data Services team at TU Delft; this includes the great Data Stewardship Community, and our trusted 4TU.ResearchData colleagues.
It’s a way of publishing ideas, documents, updates on all kinds of work that the team is undertaking.
Since 2017, it has had over 15,000 views from over 7,000 visitors. The most popular pages have been:
But’s the reasons for using this blog are more than just getting attention on our work at TU Delft. There are other motivations:
- speed – rapid communication of our ongoing work ideas to the outside world
- transparency and openness (‘We’ve said we are going to do this. And now we have!’)
- continuity of ideas (‘How did we get here? Ah, I see, here are the plans from six months ago’)
- ease of communication (URLs can be shared with others inside and outside TU Delft)
- searchability – it’s easier to search, via Google, for documents that are already published
- good project management – with the right tags and categories, we can sort through the documents related to different tasks in our annual plan
- evidence – we can back up decisions we make with the evidence gathered along the way
- serendipity – others may find work we are doing useful in ways we do not expect
- corporate memory – new members of staff should find it easier to see what is going on
- responsibility – it encourages all staff to take the lead in publishing details on their own work
- collaboration – it encourages staff to work together and see what they are doing
It’s using the WordPress hosting environment, but it’s not meant as a blog. Official news and advice will still be published on the 4TU.ResearchData website and the TU Delft Library website.