I'm sitting at my desk writing this post looking out my window at the traffic passing by on the outerbelt in Dublin, Ohio. My colleagues of the past ten years, many of whom I count among my close friends as well, are in Madrid at the annual Dublin Core meeting (yes, another of those 'Far Flung places' that are often known collectively as 'the world', but I digress).
At this particular moment, as my colleagues are looking forward to dinner and further discourse together, I am finishing a bag of Fritos(tm) and a styrofoam cup of the OCLC cafeteria's chicken noodle soup (which, despite my foul mood is actually pretty good). So, why am I here and not there?
I had a family engagement that I wouldn't have missed for the world last weekend (chronicled for your viewing pleasure in a photo album in these pages). But I suppose I could have just left from there and arrived in Madrid for the opening plenary.
We mostly survive our professional activities but often our activities don't survive us. DCMI has survived its initial leadership, and continues to evolve into a stakeholder consortium that involves many of the early adopters as well as new blood and leadership. The strength of well-established ideas persists (see, for example, the Silkworm post by Ian Davis that Lorcan Dempsey brought to my attention), amplified and recombined by new adopters and novel applications.
I'm looking forward to hearing more about the meeting. I wish I could have seen Madrid. And I hope they missed me. But not very much.