So, looking back at the entirety of 2013, here are the highlights:
- The first part of the year was dedicated to my Santa Fe Project Center, where I continue to pursue my overall research agenda related to "the accrual, preservation and sharing of knowledge" in all its aspects. In Santa Fe, the "knowledge" we are trying to gather, organize and preserve is primarily related to Native Indian Knowledge, such as the endangered Pueblo languages, their agricultural traditions, and the like.
- In May, I closed a major chapter of my recent professional life with a paper and conference presentation on our most famous app -- StreetBump -- at the annual Urban Data Management Symposium (UDMS13) in London. I blogged about this in May... StreetBump definitely "put us on the map" in the geek world...
- ...as demonstrated by the endorsement that StreetBump received at the PopTech! event in Brooklyn that I blogged about in June.
- The summer was dedicated to finishing up the PreserVenice app and web site (funded by UNESCO) which was a critical piece of the preparation for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Venice Project Center, which occupied most of my time in the second half of 2013.
- Then, in the first quarter of the WPI academic year (term A), I was privileged to be invited to a very prestigious workshop at the Santa Fe Institute on Big Data and smart cities. It was great to be back in one of my favorite cities in the world and to be discussing "deep" issues about municipalities with some of the best brains in the world.
- Immediately after that, Steve Guerin and I were keynote speakers at the Future Cities conference in London, organized by UCL and CASA. Our presentation was extremely well received and was considered to be "game changing" by the luminaries in attendance.
- Right before departing to Venice, on October 27, I was asked to be a discussant at the annual PotTech! conference in Camden, Maine. Unfortunately, I had to cancel my participation in the "Hacking the city" conversation, but I was nonetheless honored to be invited to host a session at such a prestigious event.
- Then, the rest of the year was dedicated to a full-out celebration of the start of the 25th year of operation at the Venice Project Center. Several posts are going to follow to highlight the major achievements of the 25th anniversary teams who were in Venice October-December.
Amidst all that, I was able to visit two of the trifecta of James Turrell exhibits (in NYC and Houston). One of the highlights of my year was a 4-day cul(ture)inary outing to Verona, Mantua, Parma and Modena with my good friends Chrys Demetry and Rick Vaz, who very recently tied the knot and became officially married. Congratulations!
Over all, despite all the adversities that life can bestow upon you, I managed to make the best of my past year. Things are looking up, after the amazing work that was done at for the Venice Project Center's 25th anniversary, that I just summarized in a presentation at WPI last Thursday.
My personal life is also slowly improving. Nick is getting motivated... Change is in the air.
2013 was a better year than I had made it out to be, however I am confident this coming year will be even better...
Enjoy 2014, the year of the Horse!