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2010-02-01 12:45:50 -0500

First Accessibility, Design and Technology meeting of the year! For those of you who are new to this party, AD&T is responsible for designing and overseeing software projects for the OTW, which at present means we are responsible for the Archive of Our Own. We had a great (and very busy) year in 2009, and we're looking forward to more great stuff in 2010. \0/

Our brilliant 2009 chair, Maia, has passed her shiny AD&T crown to me, Zooey Glass (so the meeting posts for 2010 will be from me). It's quite intimidating taking over from such a great chair, but she's sticking about and will be acting as our Release Manager (organising the release of new code onto the Archive), so she'll be helping to make sure her legacy is continued *grabs on tight*

This week's meeting was mostly to welcome the fab new committee. I'm happy to have lured back most of last year's members (one or two have stepped down to focus on other commitments), as well as four new people! Our introductions revealed a wide range of experience - fannish and real life - and a lot of enthusiasm. I feel privileged to be working with such a great team.

In order to reduce the pressure on committee members, we're having less regular meetings this year, so you'll be seeing meeting reports every other week instead of every week (we originally stepped up to weekly meetings when getting ready for Open Beta and, er, forgot to switch back). However, this doesn't mean we'll be doing less work - we'll be beavering away on our subcommittees and discussing things via email.

Even though we've technically been on break, it is hard to get AD&T and its subcommittees to rest! There's been some exciting coding work going on over the last months: lim has been conducting a massive review of our front-end code, bringing order where there was chaos and making sure it all validates. In the back-end, Elz has been working on some major changes for tag wrangling - faster! better! with metatags! It's not quite ready to go live yet, but we'll post more details when it is done.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be working out our priorities for 2010 and getting rolling with a new wave of work. AO3 2010: even more shiny to come!

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