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DLF ILS Discovery Interface Task Force API recommendation

Emily Lynema - Systems Librarian for Digital Projects, North Carolina State University
Terry Reese - Oregon State University

The DLF ILS Discovery Interface Task Force was charged with creating a technical proposal that would provide standardized integration between integrated library systems and external applications, better enabling libraries to replace their OPAC with an external discovery system. This talk would provide background for the project and an overview of the recommendation (hopefully published by code4lib 2008), as well as address how the library developer community can contribute to API implementation. More information and current work on the recommendation are available: https://project.library.upenn.edu/confluence/display/ilsapi/Home. A breakout session could facilitate further feedback and discussion of next steps.

2/27/08 update: this conversation is being continued in an open google group: http://groups.google.com/group/ils-di

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CouchDB is sacrilege... mmm, delicious sacrilege

Dan Scott - Laurentian University
CouchDB has gained buzz in the last year as an ad-hoc, schema-free, web-friendly data store. Slapstick hilarity results when a self- confessed relational database bigot experiments with CouchDB and reports on the good, the bad, and the meh. Translation into serious-ese: I will introduce CouchDB, show how one or more applications interact with it, and share any "wows" or "gotchas" that I ran into.

presentation slides are available from coffeecode.net

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From Idea to Open Source

Andrew Nagy - Villanova University
Last year I spoke about my research and initial investigations of building a "Next Generation Catalog" using XML technologies coined as the MyResearch Portal. The software has since progressed into an open source project known as VuFind. In this presentation I will talk about architecture and design decisions that were made to turn VuFind into a viable open source project and what future plans are in store, as well as how making the project open source has aided the project (and put me into project leader overtime).

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The Wayback Machine

Brad Tofel - Lead Developer, Wayback Machine, Internet Archive
Open source Wayback Machine 1.4 (Feb08) will conclude a year of substantial evolution of the tool. We will describe the new app framework designed to facilitate flexible configuration, customization, and integration with other applications and workflows, to extend file and repository support, and to eliminate dependencies on client-side javascript. We will also review added/enhanced replay modes and pluggable components, the multi-tier, exclusion management system, and improved performance, scalability and extensibility of the app.

MARCThing

Casey Durfee - LibraryThing
I will discuss MARCThing, a self-contained web service which aims to do for MARC and Z39.50 what Solr did for searching. MARCThing can run off a thumb drive, but is powerful enough to handle the needs of a large site like LibraryThing.com. It was designed to free developers from the complexity of MARC and Z39.50 and their idiosyncrasies in the real world.

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ÖpënÜRL

Ross Singer - Interoperability and Open Standards Champion, Talis
Jonathan Rochkind - Johns Hopkins University Libraries
The Ümlaut is an open source OpenURL middleware layer intended to improve the link resolving chain by analyzing incoming citations and intelligently querying resources to better enable access to them. The Ümlaut takes multiple approaches for locating items such as conference proceedings, preprints, postprints and gray literature utilizing search engines, Amazon, social citation managers and more. By utilizing the Worldcat registry, it is also personalizable and geospatially aware of available collections allowing access to all resources available to the user beyond the subscriptions of the Ümlaut's host institution. This talk will cover the history, architecture and community of this project.

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Zotero and You, or Bibliography on the Semantic Web

Trevor Owens - Technology Evangelist, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Representatives from the Center for History and New Media will introduce Zotero, a free and open source extension for Firefox that allows you to collect, organize and archive your research materials. After a brief demo and explanation, we will discuss best practices for making your projects "Zotero ready" and other opportunities to integrate with your digital projects through the Zotero API. Presentation Slides

To see the links and files mentioned in this presentation visit the code4lib conference page at zotero.org

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Working with the WorldCat API

David Walker - California State University
David Walker, from California State University, will show a prototype that uses the new OCLC Grid Services WorldCat API. The presentation will detail the newly released WorldCat API, examining its strengths and weaknesses. The prototype will include some examples of how libraries might integrate the API with their local systems in order to build a custom WorldCat interface designed specifically for their users.

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Building the Open Library

Aaron Swartz - Tech Lead, Open Library
The Open Library project (demo.openlibrary.org) is a collaboration between publishers, libraries, booklovers, and technologists to create a wiki with a page for every book. So far, we've been parsing Library of Congress records, ONIX feeds, Amazon pages, and more. And all the code and data used along the way is completely open. We'll discuss the project's goals, what we've built so far, and how you can help.

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Code4lib 2008 Gender Diversity and Minority Scholarships

Oregon State University and Code4lib are offering scholarships to promote gender and cultural diversity.

OSU / Code4lib Gender Diversity Scholarship

The OSU / Code4lib Gender Diversity Scholarship will provide up to $1000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2008 Code4lib conference (February 25-28 in Portland, OR). This scholarship is eligible to any woman interested in actively contributing to the mission and goals of the Code4lib Conference.

Applications will be judged by the scholarship committee on a combination of merit and need. The recipient of the scholarship will be asked to write-up a trip report of the conference.

To apply, please send an email to jeremy dot frumkin at oregonstate dot 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, 2008.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2008.

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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 2008 Code4lib conference (February 25-28 in Portland, OR). 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. The recipient of the scholarship will be asked to write-up a trip report of the conference.

To apply, please send an email to jeremy dot frumkin at oregonstate dot 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, 2008.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2008.

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