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.

Code4lib 2006 T-Shirt design vote!

Vote for the Code4lib 2006 t-shirt design!

Please log in to participate in voting!

You may choose 1 design.

The proposal with the most votes wins. In case of design requirements (i.e. one color designs allowed only) the design with the most votes that fits the critera wins.

Happy voting!

Portland Jazz Festival

If you are in town after the conference and are looking for something to do the The Portland Jazz Festival is running from February 17-19, 2006
The internationally acclaimed Portland Jazz Festival will feature McCoy Tyner, DeeDee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell and Eddie Palmieri, plus more than 90 additional jazz performances at multiple downtown venues.

unAPI version 0

Attached is the first version of the unAPI spec. Excerpting:

"unAPI is a simple website API convention. There are many wonderful APIs and protocols for syndicating, searching, and harvesting content from diverse services on the web. They're all great, and they're all already widely used, but they're all different. We want one API for the most basic operations necessary to perform simple clipboard-copy functions across all sites. We also want this API to be able to be easily layered on top of other well-known APIs."

And:

"The objective of unAPI is to enable web sites with HTML interfaces to information-rich objects to simultaneously publish richly structured metadata for those objects, or those objects themselves, in a predictable and consistent way for machine processing."

This specification is being developed under the ROGUE 05 process. The next revision, revision 1, is due on Thursday, 16 Feb 2006, and is dependent on at least three working implementations to move forward. That date is also day 2 of code4lib 2006; I will be speaking about unAPI on day 1, and hopefully we'll have a breakout session following up the talk which will be a great time to discuss the spec, to try implementing it, and to work on revision 1 for release the next day. :)

We are tracking milestones, notes, and document revisions within a private basecamp project, but interested parties are welcome to participate (contact me for access).

The list of record for unAPI development is the gcs-pcs-list. Please send questions/comments/implementation feedback there.

[Update (2005-05-21)]: Please note that the official unAPI site now lives at unapi.info.

conference schedule in hCalendar

With a bit of python the code4lib 2006 schedule has been encoded using the hCalendar microformat. hCalendar allows you to bundle up event information so it is available downstream to machines that crawl the content, while keeping the content readable for us humans. It is really very easy to grok, and the only reason for the script was to avoid repetitive typing.

Here's what a sample event looks like in hCalendar:

11:05- 11:25 -


Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA
- Dan Chudnov

Which is equivalent to the ical


BEGIN:VEVENT
SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en:Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA - Dan Chudnov
DTSTART:20060215T190500Z
DTEND:20060215T192500Z
URL:http://www.code4lib.org/2006/chudnov
END:VEVENT

The page includes a 'subscribe' link (at the top) to Brian Suda's x2v, which extracts hCalendar from a page and spits back iCal for your calendaring application to ingest.

code4lib 2006 T-shirt design contest

Further encouraging active participation, code4lib 2006 is currently having a t-shirt design contest. The winner gets to see their design on the official code4lib 2006 t-shirt, given to every attendee of the conference.

If you are interested in submitting a design, you may use the following template (graciously borrowed from cafepress.com): http://www.cafepress.com/content/si/temp_10x10_apparel.zip. Submitted designs will be added to this post, and we will hold a public vote on the designs next week.

The only major restriction to be aware of is that at this time, we are unsure if the t-shirts will be full-color or 1 color. So, while your design may be in color, it should also work as a 1-color design as well (you may submit two versions of a design to meet the above criteria).

Conference Schedule Set

The Code4Lib Conference Schedule is now available. And what a lineup it is! From "Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA" to "What Blog Applications Can Teach Us About Library Software Architecture" and many geeky points in-between, this is clearly the library tech fest of the century. Until, that is, we do it all again next year.

With two keynotes, 15 prepared talks, a ton of lightning talks, two generous breakout periods for unplanned mayhem, and evening socializing, what's not to like? If I were you, man, I'd like stop trying to debug my crappy code and register.

code4lib 2006 registration count pool

How many people will have registered by the official start of the conference? Which, by the schedule, will be 0930 PST on February 15, 2006.

Put your guess and your name/nick, in the list below, sorted by guess amount. Winner (closest to exact amount without going over) gets a six-pack of black butte porter from dchud. Seriously.

  • 100 - dchud
  • 95 - jaf
  • 93 - artunit
  • 85 - rsinger
  • 64 - roy
  • 42 - edsu

Limited to attendees of the code4lib 2006 conference. Employees and the families of employees of Code4lib Inc. may not participate. Exports of xray crystallography-based strong encryption methods are prohibited. May cause the condition known as "hot-dog fingers". If your code sustains a slashdotting of longer than four hours after attending the code4lib 2006 conference, see your doctor immediately.

Carpooling

If you're driving to Corvallis for the conference and you'll have leftover space in your vehicle, please consider adding your name, email, point of origin (presumably Portland or Eugene airport), number of empty seats, and estimated time of departure to and from Corvallis below.

This will make it easier for financially constrained individuals like myself to score a cheap ride. ;)

Voting on Code4Lib 2006 Presentation Proposals

Vote for the Code4lib 2006 presentations!

Please log in to participate in voting!

You may choose up to 11 proposals.

Voting closes at January 9th 11PM EST.

The 11 proposals with the most votes win. In case of a tie, we will have a "run off" election tomorrow, January 10th at 5PM - 11PM EST.

I will be deleting all votes cast before 5PM EST unless you specifically tell me that you have to vote early. So, be sure to tell me. Seriously. Send an email to ross.singer@library.gatech.edu.

Happy voting!