TRIPLE: Behind the Scenes #5: Emilie Blotière
In the series “TRIPLE: Behind the Scenes” we feature individual staff members from the TRIPLE project team, to give a face to the people behind the scenes. What is their role in the project, what is their background, and how did they get in touch with the Open Science movement?
Today it’s Emilie Blotière’s turn to tell you more about what goes on behind the scenes of the TRIPLE project. Emilie works at Huma-Num, a French Very Large Research Infrastructure (“Três Grande Infrastructure de Recherche”, TGIR) with international reach, devoted to Social Sciences and Humanities. Emilie is the project manager of TRIPLE.
Emilie, what is your role in the TRIPLE project?
I am the TRIPLE project manager. Basically, this means that I am responsible for the administrative and financial aspects of the project, the relations with the European Commission and the respect of the commitments made by the consortium in the Grant Agreement. I am also in charge of the coordination of the project together with Suzanne and Stefanie, the WP8 leader, organising meetings, conferences and ensuring good exchanges between all the partners.
What is your background in terms of previous work experience and academic discipline?
My background is quite atypical as I have only been working in the field of Open Science for two years. I started my career in banking and insurance companies where I managed a portfolio of institutional clients. So at first glance, this has nothing to do with our current field! Three years ago, I wanted to go back to studying history and prepare for a master’s degree in digital humanities. Although my profile did not fit the criteria expected for the position, the CNRS and Suzanne in particular trusted me and gave me this great opportunity to join the project. It is probably better to ask Suzanne what my experience may bring to the consortium, but I would say that my previous work experience helps me deal with issues in a pragmatic way. Above all, I love working in a team with a common goal, which I missed in my former job.
What are you currently working on in the TRIPLE project?
Currently, there are some very precise tasks such as the preparation of a new amendment to the Grant Agreement. Also, we are working within work package 1 on establishing concrete indicators allowing us to evaluate the success of the future GOTRIPLE platform in an iterative process. The first prototype of the platform is scheduled for September 2021, which means that we should now focus our internal and external communication on more technical aspects. The coordination needs have also grown due to the pandemic situation: The lack of informal meetings is beginning to be felt within the consortium, and as a member of the coordination team, I am keen to remedy this through increased day-to-day communication and monitoring, taking into account the constraints of each partner and the difficulties they may encounter.
How has the pandemic changed your working routines in the TRIPLE project?
As I just said, we have not found the miracle solution as nothing can replace human relations, discussions and informal talks! I believe that each member of the team is living a new experience, a new way of managing his or her working time, new constraints linked to the reconciliation of personal and professional life (management of children, family, distant colleagues). So we have to manage on sight, day-by-day, and I think we have to be more present while leaving everyone free to organise themselves as they wish. But I have to say that within the consortium, this remains an easy task thanks to the resilience of the partners, who have overcome the difficulties and remain very involved in the project. And this is very motivating because it means that the team believes in the project and fights to always find the best solution for the future users of the platform.
Emilie, many thanks for the interview!
The TRIPLE project is funded by the European Commission, under Grant Agreement No. 863420. Project coordinator is Suzanne Dumouchel (Huma-Num), Co-coordinator of OPERAS. For more information please contact her at Suzanne.Dumouchel[at]huma-num.fr.