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2010-12-27: Google Summer Internship, Zürich Switzerland

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"Hello Hany!...We are glad to inform you that you have been accepted in the summer internship program this year in Google Zürich GmBH!". Call me a geek but these were the best words I have ever heard! I now work for Google, well in one way or another! After struggling with the visa issues I finally got my Swiss Schengen visa and the work permit. The Swiss people are very strict and precise, they thought I was 2 persons, one named Hany Khalil, and the other Hany SalahEldeen! Well I don't blame them (fyi, in Egypt we don't have the concept of family name, your name is a concatenation of your ancestors names, my name then my father's, then his father's...etc). All my life I have been called Hany SalahEldeen but for some reason the American embassy in Cairo decided that my grandfather's name Khalil suits me better. "Ich spreche kein Deutsch!" or "I don't speak German" Was the sentence I was repeating to my self on the plane to Zürich

2010-12-06: Memento Wins the 2010 Digital Preservation Award

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The Memento Project won the 2010 Digital Preservation Award in London on December 1, 2010. The DPA is sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition , and the Memento Project is sponsored by the Library of Congress (see also: LC's project page ). Details about the DPA are provided in several press releases, including ones from the DPC , ODU , LANL and LC . DPC has also posted a short video of an interview with Herbert . And for posterity, the original tweet from William Kilbride announcing the winner (more information from the award ceremony will be announced on #dpa2010 ). Thanks to the DPC, the DPA judges, the Library of Congress, and everyone on the Memento team! --Michael

2010-12-02: NASA IPCC Data System Workshop

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I attended a NASA Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC) Data System Workshop in Greenbelt Maryland, November 9 - 10. The IPCC is an international committee overseeing the assessment of global climate change. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss technical plan to prepare, incorporate and share IPCC-relevant NASA satellite observational datasets to support the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 ( CMIP5 ). CMIP is a standard protocol and framework for evaluating climate model simulation (hindcast) and predictions/simulation of future climate change. CMIP5 is the 5th evaluation and being organized and lead by the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison ( PCMDI ) mission at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. All of this activity will help contribute to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report (APCC AR5) and beyond. In prior assessments, NASA observational datasets were not used (or very little). NASA HQ has recognized the richness and important of