Delicious! Flare + SIMILE Exhibit

In looking for a solution to organize a local elementary school library, Delicious Library was my first stop. And perhaps my last... except for faceting it with Flare, of course.

I scanned a few books into Delicious Library:

And then I exported the library (to a tab-delimited format), wrote a little Delicious Library export -> Solr importer script, and my Delicious Library is now faceted with Flare:

Open Access Self-Archiving Mandate

Please sign the petition in support of the European Commission's proposed Open Access Self-Archiving Mandate

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!

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