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.

Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

Maybe you have a lot of things to say, and you're already going to give a long talk on one of them, and you don't want to hog the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with giving several Lightning Talks. Hey, they're only five minutes.

Lightning Talks Given at the Conference

Wednesday, February 15

  1. Total Eclipse Of My Brain (Ed Summers)
  2. [Link PURLs|http://purl.org/net/linkpurl] and Firefox (Devon Smith)
  3. Call to Action: Deprecate OAI Sets! (Rob Sanderson)
  4. Cross-Site Scripting Attacks (Eric Hellman)
  5. Object Relational Mapping in 21 days^W^W 5 minutes (Ed Summers)
  6. The Amazing Linkr8r 3 min (Charles Lockwood)
  7. Making the case for Link Resolver Routers (Ross Singer)
  8. Down and Dirty Metadata Analysis (Roy Tennant)

Thursday, February 16

  1. LinkPURLs and Firefox (Devon Smith)
  2. xISBN and Bookmarklets (Jeff Young)
  3. (Vendors - ) Give us Our Data! (Aaron Krowne)
  4. How to Share User Data without getting Subpoenaed (Casey Durfee)
  5. Repurpose/Syndication of Scopus DB Results on Library Webpages (Jim Robertson)
  6. Perl Script for Interpreting LC Call Numbers (Jeff Davis)
  7. OCLC License (Thom Hickey)
  8. Google Maps and SVG (Art Rhyno)
  9. Extending and Customizing Moveable Type for Library Weblogs (Karen Coombs)
  10. The COinS Generator (Eric Hellman)
  11. Standardized Image Production and Metadata Storage for Libraries and Archives (John Sarnowski)
  12. Using heuristics to improve OpenURL linking to OPAC holdings (Tom Burton-West)
  13. Spreading the word about code for libraries: [a book project |http://www.chandospublishing.com/catalogue/record_detail.php?recordID=91] (Mark Dahl)
  14. Backend Agnostic Customization with "brand files" (Brian Tingle)
  15. MARC is UNdead or how what will the catalog look like when most resources are electronic? (Kyle Banerjee)
  16. Exposing yourself^W^W data where users are looking (Walter Lewis)
  17. EOIN & Oddments (Noel Peden)
  18. PLINKIT - websites for the small public library (Darci Hanning)
  19. Quick Look at MarcEdit 5.0 (Terry Reese)
  20. Why Libraries Should Support the Free Software Foundation (Dan Chudnov)

Friday, February 17

  1. Native XML Database Demo (Al Cornish)
  2. Choose Your Own Adventure Conference (Devon Smith)
  3. OCLC Software Contest (Thom Hickey)
  4. Panizzi!! (Walter Lewis, with Peter Binkley virtually)

    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).

    Send designs to jeremy dot frumkin at oregonstate dot edu.

    Submitted Designs:

    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. You know, before it's too late.

    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. ;)

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