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I've been very quiet here since presenting our work at the Neural Information Processing Seminar in December 2014. One reason is that I've been rethinking what I want to do in the Azimuth Project. Another is that I wanted to see what would happen here without me pushing things in particular directions.
My original dream was that the Azimuth Project would take off and fly on its own: that people would use the wiki and forum as a meeting-point to pursue various projects even without me getting involved in all those projects. I'm disappointed at how little this has happened. It's certainly happened to some extent: for example, most recently, Paul Pukite has been using the forum here as a place to talk about his research. And of course when I push, people jump in and help out, accomplishing things I could never accomplish myself: we saw that during the initial setup of the wiki, and the busy phase of the El Niño Project, and various other times.
But I think I miscalculated some things, making mistakes that are hard to fix. One was publicizing the Azimuth Project before accumulating a team of people committed to working on it. This made the project look very "Baez-centric". A small but annoying example is the URL of the Azimuth blog, which contains my name. This was really just a mistake, due to how Wordpress asks you for your name when you start a blog. But it was a bad mistake.
People talk about founder's syndrome, and I'm talking about something like that:
the passion and charisma of the founder or founders, which was such an important reason for the successful establishment of the organization, becomes a limiting and destructive force, rather than the creative and productive one it was in the early stages...
However, I'm not sure the Azimuth Project was ever "successfully established" - certainly not compared to Microsoft or even much smaller ventures - including ones I've been involved in, like the $n$-Category Café and $n$Lab.
Another was failing, largely, to connect the work of Azimuth Project members to the work I'm doing with my academic colleagues. Part of the reason is that the project members tend to like programming, while my colleagues (and myself) tend to like proving theorems. These could be complementary and synergetic activities, but I haven't managed that. If I were a climate scientist, involved in climate models, it might have worked. I tried to become a climate scientist, but I'm quite sure by now that I'll never become a really good one; my heart lies elsewhere.
So those are some of the problems. I also have ideas for a new direction, but maybe I'll stop here and see if anyone has anything to say.