Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in review

As is always the case for me at the end of the year, I find myself waxing nostalgic.

What were my favorite books of the year?

  • Finch
  • The City and the City
  • Sandman Slim
  • The Chalk Circle Man
  • Chronic City
  • The Year of the Flood
  • The Girl who Played with Fire
  • The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind
  • Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture
  • Free: The Future of a Radical Price
My favorite movies?
  • District 9
  • Food, Inc
  • Julie and Julia (the Julia parts)
  • Coraline
  • Star Trek
  • Coco Before Chanel
  • Up (I know, I don't usually like sentimental things, but this was just so darned likable)
There's a longer list of movies I haven't seen but want to:
  • Avatar
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Up in the Air
  • A Single Man
  • A Serious Man
  • The Young Victoria
  • Bright Star
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • 9
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The September Issue
  • The White Ribbon
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Creation was never released in the U.S., but it looks like I'll get to see it at a screening in January
My favorite conferences?
  • OR09
  • DigCCurr 2009
  • 2009 NDIIPP partners' meeting
  • We released our BIL Java library on SourceForge to support the BagIt standard. Kudos to Justin Littman and Brian Vargas.
  • We moved a number of our tools into supported LoC production, and opened up some of our in-development tools for limited external partner testing. Kudos to Justin Littman, Dan Chudnov, Dan Krech, Paul Petty, Jon Steinbach, Chun Yi, Praveen Bokka, Sohail Aslam, and Brian Vargas.
  • We launched an expanded internal LoC transfer and workflow service with a greatly improved UI (and more features and improvements to come). Kudos to Justin Littman, Dan Chudnov, Paul Petty, Chun Yi, and Brian Vargas.
  • The National Digital Newspaper Program hit a million page milestone and updated their entire underlying infrastructure. Congratulations to David Brunton, Deb Thomas, Ray Murray, Ivey Glendon, Henry Carter, Tonijala Penn, Dory Bower, Ed Summers, Dan Krech, Dan Chudnov, Curt Harvey, Justin Littman, and Brian Vargas.
  • The World Digital Library launched. Congratulations to Dave Hafken, Michelle Rago, Sandy Bostian, Kapil Thangavelu, Risa Ohara, Mike Giarlo, Sohail Aslam, Paul Petty, Chun Yi, and Laura Keen.
  • Thanks to our QA testing team for all their hard work on all the group's projects during the year: JoKeeta Joyner, La Tonya Freeman, Tasmin McDonald, and Preethi Mothkupally.
  • Thanks to our Ops team - Scott Phelps, Salim Malik, Ken Stailey, and Kurt Yoder - for all their support on all our group's projects this year.

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