The work of an Open Data Officer ...
Open Data Officer, Brian
I am Met Éireann's Open Data Liaison Officer. The main part of my job is to make sure that Met Éireann's data and forecasts are distributed to as many customers as possible.
I have a degree in Engineering from Trinity College and I worked as a building services engineer for a few years before joining Met Éireann as a Meteorological Officer in 1995. I worked in Valentia Observatory in Co Kerry where I took weather observations and launched weather balloons, and I also worked as an aviation weather observer in Shannon and Casement Aerodrome. Much of the work I used to do has been, or soon will be automated. I subsequently took a distance-learning M.Sc. in Climate Change & Sustainable Development. I'm very interested in the positive social, environmental and economic impacts benefits of meteorological services.
I spent several years working in Customer liaison and support, where my previous experience and training as an engineer helped me to understand our customer's needs.
My work is a cross between scientific and administrative. It is very varied and a typical day could involve dealing with queries from the public, working with my colleagues to set up new services or adding new material to our website. Meteorology is an exciting work area which is continually developing and evolving.