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 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.


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.

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).

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.

Code4lib 2007 Presentation Runoff-vote

We had four presentations tied for the last two spots. This means we'll have a runoff vote for these two presentations. Voting will close around midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning EST. Everyone gets one vote, the two highest vote getters are in!

Here are the candidates:

Open-source software and the intellectual property disclosure process in academia

Michael Doran

This presentation will cover the copyright issues and pitfalls that arise when a locally created software application is being considered for release under an open-source license. It will be based on the knowledge and experience gained shepherding two applications through the intellectual property disclosure process at the University of Texas at Arlington, so that the applications could be officially released as open source.

barton data

In light of the change in the README file at MIT:

What happened to the data?

We are currently evaluating legal issues about ownership and licensing possibilities
and hope to be able to be back online with it soon. Wish us luck.

the torrent has been temporarily (hopefully) disabled. Thanks to MIT for continuing to investigate how to make large bibliographic data sets available to the general public.


MIT Catalog Data

The Simile folks made MARC, MODS and RDF versions of Barton (the MIT Library Catalog) available as a test data set.

To show code4lib's support for Simile and open-library-data we've set up some torrents for the data.

Please help us seed this data far and wide.


Code4Lib Downtime

The server on which lives will be moving this week. I haven't set up an exact time yet, but there will be some downtime as it is moved to a new host. It may be Monday afternoon or perhaps Wed. or Thurs. (I'm hoping for Mon. afternoon). Details, when known, will be posted here and on the mailing list and IRC channel.

Update: Looks like Wed. will be the day for server migration.

Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for prepared talks for Code4lib 2007.

Code4lib 2007 is a loosely structured conference for library
technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be
inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the
Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-ish format. It is *the* event
for technologists building digital libraries and digital information
systems, tools, and software. Code4lib 2007 will be held from February
28 through March 2 in Athens, Georgia.

Prepared Talk Information

Prepared talks are 20 minutes, and must center on "tools" (some cool new
software, software library or integration platform), "specs" (how to get
the most out of some protocols, or proposals for new ones), or
"challenges" (One or more big problems we should collectively address).
We will evaluate proposals on criteria of usefulness, newness,
geekiness, and diversity of topics.

Prepared talk proposals of 75 words or less are being accepted for
review now. Please send your name, email address, and proposal to:

We cannot accept every prepared talk proposal, but multiple lightning
talk sessions will provide everyone who wishes to present with ample
opportunity to show off. Lightning talks are 5-minute presentations that
any conference attendee can sign up to present.

The proposal deadline is November 30, 2006, and proposers will be
notified by December 15, 2006. Voting on the proposals will be public,
and held in a similar fashion to SXSW.


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