Continuing our series to introduce you to the individuals within OS and share the variety of work we do, meet Nicole Frith. As an Associate Data Management Specialist, here she gives us a glimpse into her varied role…
How long have you worked for OS?
I’ve worked at OS for just over 3 years now. I joined the OS Graduate Scheme in September 2016 and have since worked in a wide range of roles and teams across the business. Whilst on the graduate scheme, I visited remote sensing services, cartography, field production and spent time in the customer service centre, market insight, consultancy and technical services and product strategy and management. In September 2018, I started working in the data office and have been there ever since!
How long have you been in your current role?
It was about six months ago I moved to the Data Management and Requirements Team as an Associate Data Management Specialist.
Can you describe your working day?
I’ll do my best but one of things I enjoy most about my job is its day-to-day variety, so no two days look alike. Aside from the obvious, such as emails and meetings, some days are filled with investigating any number of changes we might want to make to our data in the future, and working with our operations and customer-facing teams to make these happen. Other days I might be visiting our customers to understand how they use our data so that we can continue to provide them with data that meets their needs.
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I’m investigating how we need to change or modify our data to make it ready to move to a new database we are building. I’ve also recently started working on a project working with other government bodies on behalf of the Geospatial Commission to help unlock the economic benefits of geospatial data. My focus on this project is on understanding what makes a dataset trustworthy so that people know they can rely on it.
What is your favourite part of your job?
It’s hard to pick just one favourite, but if I had to, I’d have to say my team. Both the data management and requirements team, and the wider data office as a whole, are so supportive and knowledgeable and it’s great to work with and learn from such great people.
What is your OS highlight?
A few spring to mind… The first would have to be the Cambridge Conference in 2017. As part of my graduate development, I was heavily involved in the preparation and running of the event, which brought together a great team from across the business. Seeing the hard work everyone put in both before and during the conference to deliver such a successful event was really fulfilling.
Another would have to be National Fitness Day. One of the many great things about working for OS is the amazing opportunities we have to get outside and be active. National Fitness Day was such a special day to be part of – the sense of community, enjoyment (and competition!) was just fantastic!
What are you excited to work on (or continue working on) in the future?
As I’m relatively new into my current role, I’m not quite sure what the future holds just yet, but I’d like to get involved with some of the work defining what new or different data we need to capture and deliver to our government customers in the future.
Whatever’s next, I’m looking forward to developing my data management knowledge and skills and working with both our customers and the business to deliver data fit for their needs.
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