CouchDB has been mentioned a few times on sitepoint.com (here, here, and here) but this year brought some exciting changes for the project. Firstly, on New Years Day, Damien Katz announced that he had accepted a full-time position at IBM to primarily work on CouchDB. The intention being that CouchDB would remain an open source project, donated to the Apache Software Foundation and licensed accordingly. The second big development was that on February 12 CouchDB was accepted for incubation by the Apache Software Foundation. So it looks like CouchDB is definitely going places.