A pretty calm week, and more or less regular. Next week will be the week where most people will be back after their summer vacationing. That means the pace of things will pick up and the quiet in my inbox will likely end. Next week school also starts and I look forward to the steady rhythm that will create.

This week I

  • Started using Hypothes.is more to bookmark and annotate things. It takes a bit of getting used to. Annotations automatically end up in my notes, where I can continue to work on them, but it also means I no longer keep a full version of a web article in my notes. Saving them to the Internet Archive and adding a link to it in my notes is therefore more important.
  • took a bit more time to read things, articles and Dan Allosso’s newly published book on note making. This resulted in several enjoyable sessions of making notes for myself.
  • Caught up with latest developments concerning the European dataspaces
  • Did some more work on the feedback received by the EC on the EU mandatory open data list, and sent my findings to the EC. Early September the final version should be decided.
  • Had the weekly client meetings
  • Discussed the planning for the coming months as well as next year’s funding proposal with a client’s client.
  • Discussed forming a ethics committee by all the provinces, and created a plan to get there within the limited time available.
  • Discussed and prepared a training on digital transformation within a provincial organisation
  • Went out for dinner with E and Y on Thursday to celebrate the end of school summer break. Monday the new year starts for Y.
  • Visited Y’s new class and met her two new teachers.
  • Took Y to her swimming lesson
  • As Y was staying over at her cousin’s this weekend, E and I had time to ourselves. We visited the wonderful Museum Voorlinden and surrounding grounds, on the edge of The Hague. There was an exhibition of the work of Antony Gormley, which we quite enjoyed. Saturday evening we cycled into town, hung out on a terrace in the late afternoon, had a great dinner in a restaurant we hadn’t visited before, and after a few drinks sitting at a bar we hadn’t been to either, cycled back home. This resulted in a slow and somewhat tired Sunday. We went out for coffee to get ourselves moving in the morning.
  • made plans with E to go away the full 6 weeks of school break next summer. By deciding that now, we have plenty time to plan ahead for it. This is reminiscent of how we did month long stays in other European cities in the years before Y was born. Now that Y is a bit older we think it would be fun to do something like that again.

Summer’s over, time for me to get out of the pool. (Swimming pool is an installation by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, which we saw at Voorlinden this weekend. Here I’m reaching for the ladder.)