FCI Hold First Meeting of the Associate Network!
We recap the first Associates meeting on 3rd September and next steps
The first gathering of the UKFCI Associates was joined by around 20 informaticians from around the world. The aim was to make connections and share interests, skills and experiences from this broad range of digital roles which spanned front-line engagement, to AI and data science.
Some common themes emerged:
The breadth and depth of roles that associates represent
The value of connecting with like-minded people to reduce isolation and learn from each other
The ‘translation’ role that informaticians do, communicating about their work and engaging with colleagues from diverse backgrounds
In response, we propose that
Associates will be invited to share a profile and short video to share on Discourse and the FCI website to build our people library and support networking
Convene a quarterly virtual gathering and set up a couple of complementary channels - a poll of possible platforms (WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Discourse) will go to associates shortly
The gatherings will take a deeper dive into associates’ projects and work with topic-specific briefings led by associates covering:
• Topic or project introduction
• Celebrating what’s worked well and how we got there
• Mistakes made and challenges faced
With that translation and role range in mind, we are looking to theme the first year and potential future sessions on simplifying key topics, where these topics are discussed and explained in a way that everyone can understand. This could be Ontologies Simplified, AI Simplified, UX Simplified – let us know your thoughts!
Lou Wilson, co-founder of the FCI Associate Network