Over the last three days, Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th of January, the Organic.Lingua consortium has gathered for the 7th and last project meeting. The city of Birmingham, neighbor to the Black Country region and home of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, is hosting the sessions of this last meeting of our project in the city library, a state of the art building opened only 4 months ago. UAH team members Salvador, Giannis and Vassilis participated in person in the sessions while David Baños did the same over Skype in the technical discussions of day 2.
During this meeting, we have reviewed again the 2nd Review meeting feedback from the reviewers and PO, and studied the actions that the partners took to address the issues identified during the 2nd review meeting, checked the status of all work packages and demoed all the components developed during the project lifetime. At the same time, we are starting to prepare the 3rd Review Meeting which will take place in Luxembourg next April. On the social side, we visited the Shakespeare Memorial Room and the Secret Garden of the Birmingham Library on Wednesday, where a copy of the First Folio dated 1623 and many other treasures can be seen. Besides, BCU’s Katharine’s friend and colleague Jez Collins, a guy once working as bands manager and founder of the Birmingham Music Archive, prepared for us the tour ‘Birmingham – the home of metal’, to see where Black Sabbath played their first gig, where Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin hung out etc. stopping in a few local pubs for an ale on the way round.