code4lib 2012

Your Catalog in Linked Data - Tom Johnson

Your Catalog in Linked Data

  • Tom Johnson, Oregon State University Libraries,

code4lib 2012, Tuesday 7 February 2012, 11:00-11:20

Linked Library Data activity over the last year has seen bibliographic data sets and vocabularies proliferating from traditional library sources. We've reached a point where regular libraries don't have to go it alone to be on the Semantic Web. There is a quickly growing pool of things we can actually link to, and everyone's existing data can be immediately enriched by participating.
This is a quick and dirty road to getting your catalog onto the Linked Data web. The talk will take you from start to finish, using Free Software tools to establish a namespace, put up a SPARQL endpoint, make a simple data model, convert MARC records to RDF, and link the results to major existing data sets (skipping conveniently over pesky processing time). A small amount of "why linked data?" content will be covered, but the primary goal is to leave you able to reproduce the process and start linking your catalog into the web of data. Appropriate documentation will be on the web.

Documentation & Supplementary Resource

“Linked-Data-Ready” Software for Libraries - Jennifer Bowen

“Linked-Data-Ready” Software for Libraries

  • Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries,

code4lib 2012, Tuesday 7 February 2012, 10:40-11:00

Linked data is poised to replace MARC as the basis for the new library bibliographic framework. For libraries to benefit from linked data, they must learn about it, experiment with it, demonstrate its usefulness, and take a leadership role in its deployment.
The eXtensible Catalog Organization (XCO) offers open-source software for libraries that is “linked-data-ready.” XC software prepares MARC and Dublin Core metadata for exposure to the semantic web, incorporating FRBR Group 1 entities and registered vocabularies for RDA elements and roles. This presentation will include a software demonstration, proposed software architecture for creation and management of linked data, a vision for how libraries can migrate from MARC to linked data, and an update on XCO progress toward linked data goals.

Beyond code: Versioning data with Git and Mercurial - Stephanie Collett, Martin Haye

Beyond code: Versioning data with Git and Mercurial

  • Stephanie Collett, California Digital Library,
  • Martin Haye, California Digital Library,

code4lib 2012, Tuesday 7 February 2012, 10:20-10:40

Discussion for Elsevier App Challenge during Code4Lib 2012

Hello Everyone,

My name is Nishit Bhuva and I am the Partner Development Manager in the Developer Network team at Elsevier. I am sure many of the Code4Lib members must be aware of SciVerse Applications that are developed on the Elsevier platform. For the members who are new to this platform, the apps on SciVerse basically assist researchers in accelerating their scientific study by saving time and effort and presenting targeted information, rather than having them go through the vast amount of scientific data available.

We are very excited about the Code4Lib conference. Elsevier was one of the sponsors for Code4Lib 2011 and we are also on the sponsors list for Code4Lib 2012. Since SciVerse apps are excellent tools that bring precise scientific information at the fingertips of researchers, we are interested in engaging with all members of Code4Lib to use their expertise and assist the scientific community in accelerating their research. To facilitate the engagement with Code4Lib members, we are interested in organizing an App Challenge prior to and during the 2012 conference. This challenge will give Code4Lib members an opportunity to showcase their talents on a global platform.

Code4Lib 2012 Scholarship (deadline: December 9, 2011)

Oregon State University and the Digital Library Federation are sponsoring five scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity. Each scholarship will provide up to $1,000 to cover travel costs and
conference fees for one qualified attendee to attend the 2012 Code4Lib Conference, which will be held in Seattle, Washington, from Monday,February 6 through Thursday, February 9.

The Code4Lib scholarship committee will award two scholarships per category, awarding the remaining scholarship to the best remaining candidate in either category. The Code4Lib scholarship committee will
award these scholarships based on merit and need.

Applicants, if eligible, may apply for both scholarships, but no applicant will receive more than one scholarship. Past winners of either scholarship are not eligible for either scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be required to write a short trip report to be submitted to the scholarships committee by February 17, 2012.

For more information on the Code4Lib Conference, please see the conference website:
and write-ups of previous Code4Lib Conferences:

code4lib 2012 Sponsor Listing

2012 Sponsors

Scholarship Donors:

Equinox (2ea. $750)
Oregon State University ($3,000)

Book/Software Donations:

Ada's Technical books
Chandos Publishing
No Starch
Andrew Nagy (Serials Solutions) -- 5 Licenses for oXygen XML Editor

Code4Lib 2012 Schedule

The schedule for the 2012 Code4Lib Conference in Seattle, Washington.


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Monday, February 6

Pre-Conference day overview:

08:00-09:00 - Registration / coffee
09:00-16:30 - Full Day sessions

Developing applications using REST web services

09:00-12:00 - Morning sessions

Linkfest | wiki page for notes, etc

What's New in Solr

Knocking Down Silos: Tools and Approaches for Simplifying Discovery

12:00-13:30 - Lunch (on your own)
13:30-16:30 - Afternoon sessions

Git -r done


DACS and EAD Overview

Digging into metadata: context, code, and collaboration


16:15-21:00 - Evening session

Microsoft Campus Visit

Conference Program

Tuesday, February 7

08:00-09:00 - Registration / Continental Breakfast
09:00-09:15 - Welcome
09:15-10:00 - Keynote #1 - Dan Chudnov
10:00-10:20 - Break (beverage service only)
10:20-10:40 - Beyond code: Versioning data with Git and Mercurial. (Stephanie Collett and Martin Haye) - Slides
10:40-11:00 - "Linked-Data-Ready" Software for Libraries - Slides
11:00-11:20 - Your Catalog in Linked Data - Slides
11:20-11:40 - HTML5 Microdata and - Slides
11:40-12:00 - ALL TEH METADATAS! or How we use RDF to keep all of the digital object metadata formats thrown at us. SLIDES
12:00-13:00 - Lunch (provided)
13:00-13:20 - HathiTrust Large Scale Search: Scalability meets Usability - Slides
13:20-13:40 - Relevance Ranking in the Scholarly Domain - Slides
13:40-14:00 - Kill the search button II - the handheld devices are coming
14:00-14:20 - Design for Developers - Slides
14:20-14:40 - The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion): Building a Socially Constructed Archive of Grateful Dead Artifacts - Slides
14:40-15:00 - Break (beverage service only)
15:00-15:50 - Breakout Sessions 1
15:50-16:10 - Break (beverage service only)
16:10-16:20 - Breakout reports
16:20-17:20 - Lightning Talks 1
17:20-17:30 - Daily wrap-up
18:00-20:00 - Newcomer dinners

Wednesday, February 8

08:00-09:00 - Continental Breakfast
09:00-09:15 - Housekeeping, Introductions
09:15-09:35 - Discovering Digital Library User Behavior with Google Analytics - Slides
09:35-09:55 - How people search the library from a single search box - Slides
09:55-10:15 - Building research applications with Mendeley - Slides
10:15-10:35 - Break (beverage service only)
10:35-10:55 - Stack View: A Library Browsing Tool - Slides
10:55-11:15 - NoSQL Bibliographic Records: Implementing a Native FRBR Datastore with Redis - Slides
11:15-12:00 - Ask Anything!
12:00-13:00 - Lunch (provided)
13:00-13:20 - Indexing big data with Tika, Solr & map-reduce - Slides
13:20-13:40 - In-browser data storage and me - Slides
13:40-14:00 - Lies, Damned Lies, and Lines of Code Per Day - Slides
14:00-14:20 - Practical Agile: What's Working for Stanford, Blacklight, and Hydra (Slides as PDF) (Slides as PowerPoint)
14:20-14:30 - Break (beverage service only)
14:30-15:40 - Breakout Sessions 2
15:40-15:50 - Break (beverage service only)
15:50-16:00 - Breakout reports
16:00-17:00 - Lightning Talks 2
17:00-17:15 - Daily wrap-up
18:00-20:00 - Social network dine-arounds

Thursday, February 9

08:00-09:00 - Continental Breakfast
09:00-09:15 - Housekeeping
09:15-10:00 - Keynote #2 - Bethany Nowviskie
10:00-10:15 - Break (beverage service only)
10:15-11:00 - Lightning Talks 3
11:00-11:20 - Your UI can make or break the application (to the user, anyway) - Slides
11:20-11:40 - Quick and Dirty Clean Usability: Rapid Prototyping with Bootstrap
11:40-12:00 - Search Engine Relevancy Tuning - A Static Rank Framework for Solr/Lucene - Slides
12:00-12:20 - Wrap-Up

Code4Lib 2012

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The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle.

The Orbis Cascade Alliance and the University of Washington Libraries welcome you to the 2012 Code4Lib Conference in Seattle.

Code4lib 2012 is a loosely-structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations.

When: February 6-9, 2012 (Feb. 6 Preconference)
Where: Renaissance Seattle (reservations)
Who: You!
Why: Because you know you want to!

Conference Schedule

Registration fee: $150 (Registration form now open!)

Location and Travel
Venue: Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison Street, Seattle WA, 98104. (reservations)

Conference Hotel Room Rates:
Conference rates are $159 for single or double occupancy.
Online reservations on the Renaissance Seattle Reservations website.

Airport: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Ground transportation to/from airport:


For things to do in Seattle Visit here. Or consult and contribute to Social Activities

Event tag: c4l12

Want to help plan the conference?
To participate in the planning, see c4l wiki.
Read the Seattle proposal.

Code4Lib thanks the following sponsors for their generous commitments:

Platinum Ex Libris; Indiana University/Kuali Foundation; OCLC; Oregon State University

Gold Digital Library Federation; Elsevier B.V.; Penn State University

Silver Index Data; Innovative Interfaces; Lyrasis; Microsoft Research; Serials Solutions

Bronze Discovery Garden; DuraSpace; Equinox; Mendeley; Princeton University

For more information on conference sponsorship and sponsorship levels to to the Code4Lib 2012 Sponsorship page.

Oregon State University and the Digital Library Federation are sponsoring five scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity. See how to apply.

Book Donations: Ada's Technical books; Chandos Publishing; No Starch; O'Reilly; oXygen XML Editor

Local Organizing Committee:
Kyle Banerjee, Digital Services Program Manager, Orbis Cascade Alliance
Elizabeth Duell, Administrative Assistant, Orbis Cascade Alliance
Karen Estlund, Digital Collections Coordinator, University of Oregon Libraries.
Anjanette Young, Systems Librarian, University of Washington Libraries.
Ann Lally, Head of Digital Initiatives, University of Washington Libraries.
Jennifer Ward, Head of Web Services, University of Washington Libraries.
Corey Murata, Business Computer-Based Services Librarian, University of Washington Libraries.
Ann Gleason, Systems Head, Health Sciences Library, University of Washington Libraries.

Code4Lib 2012 Sponsorship

2012 Sponsors

Scholarship Donors:

Equinox (2ea. $750)
Oregon State University ($3,000)

Book/Software Donations:

Ada's Technical books
Chandos Publishing
No Starch
Andrew Nagy (Serials Solutions) -- 5 Licenses for oXygen XML Editor


If your organization would like to help sponsor the Code4Lib 2012 Conference, please select a sponsorship level and amount, and email

Bronze (under $2500) -- Name in program as a bronze sponsor, name on
t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium

Silver ($2500-$4999) -- Name in program as a silver sponsor, small
logo on t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium

Gold ($5000-$7499) -- Name in program as a gold sponsor, medium logo
on t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium at the opening and closing
of the conference, 1 free conference registration

Platinum ($7500 and above) -- Name in program as a platinum sponsor,
large logo on t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium at the opening
and closing of the conference, 2 free conference registrations,
opportunity to include handout in the registration packet

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