code4lib journal: draft purpose, format, and guidelines

There's been some good discussion on the code4lib mailing list about starting a code4lib journal. At this point it looks like we'll be trying to set something up, so I've taken a preliminary stab at formulating some policies and guidelines for publishing articles. I haven't yet tried to address some of the more innovative suggestions that have come up, and I've never set up a journal before, so please go ahead and make changes, additions, and comments (the draft is on the wiki so it can be edited directly).

unapi revision 1

[Update (2006-03-16): the new home for unAPI and this spec is unapi.info.]

Attached is revision 1 of unAPI. Revision 2 is due in one month.

unAPI has changed significantly since version 0. A combination of many sharp minds from various nations and healthy skepticism and a variety of scrumptious Oregon microbrews on tap nearby has narrowed its scoped and tightened its approach significantly.

There are still a number of issues to consider but revision 1 is a solid spec that should be easily implemented in a variety of contexts. If you wish to comment, complain, commend, or suggest other tasty Oregon microbrews we might sample before we leave Corvallis please recall that the gcs-pcs-list is the list of record for unAPI development.

code4lib 2006 presentations will be available

We will be recording the code4lib 2006 presentations. Check back here for updates - we will try and get the presentations up as quickly as possible.

UPDATE: Most likely, the audio recordings will not be up until shortly after the conference (the facility's recording equipment is analog only, hence the delay to convert the recordings into digital format).

planet update

The code4lib planet has been updated to include flickr, technorati and delicious 'code4lib' tags. Of course the unalog support has been there for a while. If you are attending code4lib and you'd like to have your blog included please email ehs at pobox dot com.

Weather in Corvallis for Code4lib

For those attending code4lib, Corvallis is going to be a bit cool to cold, depending from where you are from. The forecast calls for highs in the low 40's at tops, and lows in the lower 30's or even upper 20's. The good news is that at the moment, it is supposed to be fairly dry Wednesday through Friday, though expect rain on Tuesday. The bad news is that the rain/dry forcast can quickly change. We do have a shuttle from the hotel to the restaurants / bars for each evening's social time, just in case.

Holiday Inn Express

As it's not shorts and t-shirt weather, and there seems to be a reasonable number of folks staying at the holiday inn express, it'd be sensible, clever and perhaps even organised of us to arrange to travel together to the conference venue in the mornings.

Would it be possible to meet in the lobby at 8:20? Or leave notes at the desk?

Add yourself to the list below:

People Staying @ HIE:

  • Rob Sanderson
  • Raymond Yee
  • Ross Singer
  • Gabriel Farrell
  • Daniel Lovins
  • Harish Maringanti

conference wiki

Jeremy has set up a wiki where you can sign up for lightning talks and add/edit breakout session ideas. Yeah, there is a page here at code4lib.org too, but we've copied over the existing entries from there. The wiki should be more flexible for collaboration once the conference starts.

Portland Hostel

If you are interested in heading up to Portland on Friday for the JazzFest and exploring Portland you might want to check out a hostel that a few code4lib attendees are going to be staying at. It's a five minute walk to the MAX which goes right to Portland Interantional Airport. To reserve a room/dorm space just call (503) 241-2783.

Share a room anyone?

The conference hotel rates are low enough but as an independent cataloger, I still would like to ask if anyone is interested in sharing a room with me. I have reserved a standard room at the Holiday Inn Express for the nights of the 15th & 16th ($76/night plus $15.20 tax). If you are also interested in sharing a ride, I'm driving from Portland early Wed (15th) morning and returning to Portland after noon on the 17th.

Any starving student or underemployed librarian out there?

Lightning Talks

On Wednesday and Thursday there are 1 hour 15 minute slots for Lightning Talks. A lightning talk is a fast paced 5 minute talk on the topic of your choosing. If you'd like to do a lightning talk please add your name, topic to this page. You can do more than one if you want, but if the lots fill up (there are 30 of them) you might have to choose which one you want to do.

Mark Jason Dominus has a nice page about lightning talks, which includes this summary of why you might want to do one:

Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

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