(NfoLD Communication and Organizational Team)
NCOT is composed of volunteers focused on all manners of communication, internal and external, within NfoLD. The mission of NCOT is to promote NfoLD science among its members, highlight NfoLD research to the public, and foster collaboration between NfoLD members. In addition, NCOT provides support to the NfoLD Leads, Action Groups, and the Early Career Council to strengthen the internal connections that are the foundation of NfoLD. To address these goals, NCOT is divided into 5 sub-teams. Responsibilities are distributed throughout these sub-teams to not overburden individuals, and members are allowed to reduce their engagement as needed to allocate time towards their external responsibilities. This document will be updated as needed to reflect changes in the goals of NCOT or individual sub-teams.
Twitter and YouTube will be used for internal and external outreach activities. Twitter will be used to keep NfoLD members apprised of research being conducted within the network, and to engage the public with all of the amazing things we are doing. YouTube efforts are currently focused on hosting NfoLD content made by our members in order to engage with the general public. We are also exploring a collaboration with a video producer to make content that will highlight and explain research questions NfoLD is trying to address.
The website is the main portal for non-members to learn about NfoLD. The website team will provide updates and work on content design and creation as desired.
The Newsletter is the main way to engage NfoLD members regarding NfoLD research and activities. It should introduce new members, and keep members up to date on NfoLD research. Responsibilities include keeping up with publications from NfoLD, seminars and meetings the group may be interested in, and interviewing people or coordinating write-ups that would be of interest to our members. The main thing is we want people to click through and actually browse through the content!
Nuggets are one page infographics that highlight current research and publications within NfoLD. Nuggets are intended to convey results in an easy to understand and quickly consumable manner. They are passed to NASA management where they are often used throughout the agency, and to communicate research to other branches of the government. Members of this team will work with the primary authors of the research to create Nuggets prior to publication on our web page, within our newsletter, and passing along to NASA management.
Internal Communication and Administration
Administration duties include admitting individuals as affiliate members, setting up the subscriber network, keeping track of all of our members, notifying AG team leads of when new people want to join their groups, handling our email account, and responding to messages that come through contact forms. These tasks are crucial to maintain the infrastructure of NfoLD and to ensure that other internal and external matters can function properly.
NfoLD hosts a number of internal webinars for our members, and external webinars for the public. Our webinar team helps to develop and host these webinars, and also works with other organizations to coordinate cross-organizational webinars which will have a broad interest to our members and other astrobiology communities.