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Attention all planets of the Solr federation

"INTERNET ARCHIVE goes SOLR" reports Tracey Jaquith. Tracey's announcement is worth quoting in its entirety:

We converted from a badly deteriorating "home grown" server that
was made up of java + jetty ( + rsync for replication) + an older
version of lucene.
I make some comparisons of SOLR vs. "prior" using "[]" notes below.

I parsed 2 days worth of SOLR logs to determine:
Max queries/sec: 8.8
Avg queries/sec: 5.4

Rails Edge Reston

Pragmatic Studio does it again, putting on another top notch event: Rails Edge Reston. I was fortunate enough to attend and pick up a few more gems of Ruby wisdom. Some of the highlights:

Which t-shirt design do you choose for Code4Lib 2007?

Look over the designs and pick your favorite design from the choices at the bottom of the page.
Design 1: "Proud supporter of ethical hackers and communal indexers"

Design 2: "You are the L"

Design 3: "Pointy4Lib"

Design 4: "Rosie4Lib"

Accomodation Sharing Notices

anarchivist: I've got a double room available to share at the Georgia Center for Monday through Thursday. Please let me know if you're interested either on #code4lib or e-mail me at aip.org!mmatienz.

Stone Soup

(my first code4lib post)

Ed Summers and William Groppe have jumped in head-strong to crafting a Ruby DSL to Solr. solrb is coming along nicely thanks to our collaborations.

Another early adopter asked a question on the solr-user e-mail list, and I replied with a lot of juicy tidbits to whet your appetite.

We're moving as fast as we can in order to use this infrastructure for the basis of Solr Flare, destined to be faceted browsing plugins for Rails allowing your Rails application to easily benefit from what Solr and solrb offer. Solr Flare will debut at the code4lib pre-conference event in whatever form it happens to be in by then.

#code4lib logging

Taking a cue from dchud the #code4lib irc channel is now being logged. To view the logs you *must* be logged in to code4lib.org. You can prefix any message you want with: ! and your message *will not* be logged. Try it out. I think this is a reasonable compromise that works well in other online communities with an irc component.

The logging is done by bartleby who is a patched and modified (the ! functionality) version of LogBot. This is a work in progress as always, and a community effort so please share your ideas thoughts about this....and take a look at the shiny XHTML source for your favorite xml parser to chew on.

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Two scholarships to attend the 2007 code4lib conference

Oregon State University is offering two scholarships for the 2007 code4lib conference. Please see below for eligibility and other information on the scholarships. Anyone with questions about the scholarships may contact Jeremy Frumkin at jeremy dot frumkin at oregonstate dot edu.

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OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship

The OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship will provide up to $1000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2007 Code4lib conference. To qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must be a member of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic / Latino).

Applications will be judged by the scholarship committee on a combination of merit and need.

To apply, please send an email to Jeremy.frumkin@oregonstate.edu with the following:

1) A brief letter of interest, including statement of need (also, please indicate your eligibility in the letter)
2) A resume
3) Contact information of two professional or academic references

Applications should be received no later than January 21, 2007.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2007.

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OSU / Code4lib Scholarship for Women

The OSU / Code4lib Scholarship for Women will provide up to $1000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2007 Code4lib conference. This scholarship is eligible to any woman interested in attending the 2007 Code4lib conference.

Applications will be judged by the scholarship committee on a combination of merit and need.

To apply, please send an email to Jeremy.frumkin@oregonstate.edu with the following:

1) A brief letter of interest, including statement of need (also, please indicate your eligibility in the letter)
2) A resume
3) Contact information of two professional or academic references

Applications should be received no later than January 21, 2007.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2007.

2007 Conference Schedule Now Available

The 2007 Conference Schedule is now available. There may be some minor tweaks to be made still, but it is mostly set. It is an incredible line-up, plus there are a lot of cool unknowns hidden in the Lightning Talks and Breakout Sessions, for which ideas and sign-ups will be taken at the conference. See you there!

code4lib 2007 pre-conference workshop: Lucene, Solr, and your data

9am - 5pm, Tuesday February 27

Location Updated: Because of the overwhelming response, the pre-conference has been moved to the Tate Student Center, Room 137.

This will be a full day event devoted to lucene and solr.
The event will be led by Erik Hatcher, committer on the Lucene and Solr projects, and co-author of Lucene in Action, and Java Development with Ant.

The morning will be devoted to background and theory, and the afternoon will be an opportunity to try some hands-on projects. Participants should either bring a wi-fi enabled laptop or be prepared to look over someone else's shoulder. So that we can get as much accomplished in the workshop as possible, we will provide a list of software and documentation to be downloaded before the workshop. If you are interested in working with a specific data set, please bring the data set with you, preferably on a sharable media format (e.g., CDROM, USB Flash Drive) so that we can exchange data sets quickly and easily. To save time at the event, please get your data into XML before the conference.

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop. However, so that we can plan for adequate space, please register by emailing bess [at] virginia [dot] edu with a simple message that you plan to attend. Registration is full! Then remember to book your flight a day early and reserve an extra night in the hotel. Also, please join the mailing list for the pre-conference if you want to receive all the communication that will be sent out about it: http://groups.google.com/group/code4libpreconf

ADDED:
We have over sixty people, and more people are joining all the time. That is a lot of people to handle for a hands on workshop. In order to handle this, we're going to divide into teams based on what language you feel most comfortable using with solr. I'd also like to ask that a couple of people volunteer to be the coordinator of each team. If you're a coordinator, your job is to make sure you have downloaded all the software, you have a good data set to work with, and you've at least run through the tutorial and been able to get some data into solr. Also, you should probably be pretty comfortable with your chosen programming language. You can come here to sign up for a team, and indicate whether you'd be willing to act as a coordinator. The purpose of this is to make sure we know before the event whether we have enough coordinators for each language, and to make sure we don't spend all our time the day of the event trying to form groups.

Team Java:

  1. Martin Haye (coordinator)
  2. Ralph LeVan
  3. Emily Lynema
  4. Maureen Kelly
  5. Kevin Clarke
  6. Jerry Persons
  7. Tim Donohue
  8. Matt Cordial

Team XSLT / Cocoon:

  1. Bess Sadler (coordinator)
  2. Art Rhyno
  3. Jon Gorman
  4. Walter Lewis
  5. Ryan Steinberg

Team Ruby / Flare:

  1. Ross Singer (coordinator)
  2. Erik Hatcher (coordinator)
  3. Nathan Vack
  4. Mike Beccaria
  5. Eric Larson
  6. Steve Toub
  7. Tom Wood
  8. Andrew Nagy
  9. Hongbin Liu

Team Python:

  1. Gabriel Farrell (coordinator)
  2. Dan Chudnov
  3. Ed Summers
  4. Xiaoming Liu
  5. Bill Erickson (observer)
  6. Anjanette Young

Team PHP:

  1. Dan Scott (apologist)
  2. Jean Rainwater
  3. Jonathan Rochkind
  4. Tito Sierra
  5. Jonathan Blackburn
  6. Andrew Darby
  7. Jay Datema
  8. Antonio Barrera
  9. Parmit Chilana
  10. Karen Coombs

Team Perl:

  1. Wayne Schneider (will switch to PHP if there are no other perlers)
  2. Devon Smith
  3. Guoying (Grace) Liu
  4. Michael Doran
  5. Mike Rylander
  6. Kristina Long
  7. Mark Matienzo (the PHP defector)
  8. Michael Witt

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