9am - 5pm, Tuesday February 27 Location Updated: Because of the overwhelming response, the pre-conference has been moved to the Tate Student Center, Room 137.

This will be a full day event devoted to lucene and solr. The event will be led by Erik Hatcher, committer on the Lucene and Solr projects, and co-author of Lucene in Action, and Java Development with Ant.

The morning will be devoted to background and theory, and the afternoon will be an opportunity to try some hands-on projects. Participants should either bring a wi-fi enabled laptop or be prepared to look over someone else's shoulder. So that we can get as much accomplished in the workshop as possible, we will provide a list of software and documentation to be downloaded before the workshop. If you are interested in working with a specific data set, please bring the data set with you, preferably on a sharable media format (e.g., CDROM, USB Flash Drive) so that we can exchange data sets quickly and easily. To save time at the event, please get your data into XML before the conference.

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop. However, so that we can plan for adequate space, please register by emailing bess [at] virginia [dot] edu with a simple message that you plan to attend. Registration is full! Then remember to book your flight a day early and reserve an extra night in the hotel. Also, please join the mailing list for the pre-conference if you want to receive all the communication that will be sent out about it: http://groups.google.com/group/code4libpreconf

ADDED: We have over sixty people, and more people are joining all the time. That is a lot of people to handle for a hands on workshop. In order to handle this, we're going to divide into teams based on what language you feel most comfortable using with solr. I'd also like to ask that a couple of people volunteer to be the coordinator of each team. If you're a coordinator, your job is to make sure you have downloaded all the software, you have a good data set to work with, and you've at least run through the tutorial and been able to get some data into solr. Also, you should probably be pretty comfortable with your chosen programming language. You can come here to sign up for a team, and indicate whether you'd be willing to act as a coordinator. The purpose of this is to make sure we know before the event whether we have enough coordinators for each language, and to make sure we don't spend all our time the day of the event trying to form groups.

Team Java:

  1. Martin Haye (coordinator)
  2. Ralph LeVan
  3. Emily Lynema
  4. Maureen Kelly
  5. Kevin Clarke
  6. Jerry Persons
  7. Tim Donohue
  8. Matt Cordial

Team XSLT / Cocoon:

  1. Bess Sadler (coordinator)
  2. Art Rhyno
  3. Jon Gorman
  4. Walter Lewis
  5. Ryan Steinberg

Team Ruby / Flare:

  1. Ross Singer (coordinator)
  2. Erik Hatcher (coordinator)
  3. Nathan Vack
  4. Mike Beccaria
  5. Eric Larson
  6. Steve Toub
  7. Tom Wood
  8. Andrew Nagy
  9. Hongbin Liu

Team Python:

  1. Gabriel Farrell (coordinator)
  2. Dan Chudnov
  3. Ed Summers
  4. Xiaoming Liu
  5. Bill Erickson (observer)
  6. Anjanette Young

Team PHP:

  1. Dan Scott (apologist)
  2. Jean Rainwater
  3. Jonathan Rochkind
  4. Tito Sierra
  5. Jonathan Blackburn
  6. Andrew Darby
  7. Jay Datema
  8. Antonio Barrera
  9. Parmit Chilana
  10. Karen Coombs

Team Perl:

  1. Wayne Schneider (will switch to PHP if there are no other perlers)
  2. Devon Smith
  3. Guoying (Grace) Liu
  4. Michael Doran
  5. Mike Rylander
  6. Kristina Long
  7. Mark Matienzo (the PHP defector)
  8. Michael Witt