ELPUB 2008 Open Scholarship: Authority, Community and Sustainability in the Age of Web 2.0

Registration for the conference, to be held in Toronto June 25-27 2008 is now open. To find out more about the meeting, to register, or to learn about accommodations and travel options, please visit our website at: http://www.elpub.net

ELPUB has a reputation for providing a relaxed yet stimulating venue for
discussion on diverse aspects of scholarly communications and publishing. In order to keep with past ELPUB tradition, conference enrollment is limited to 200 individuals (including speakers). We encourage you to register online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

*Early bird fee is closed on April 30th, 2008.*

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto this June!

About ELPUB 2008:
Scholarly communications, and in particular scholarly publications, are
undergoing tremendous changes. Researchers, universities, funding bodies, research libraries and publishers are responding in different ways, from active experimentation with new models and adaptation of existing practices, to strong resistance or rejection of new communication methods. ELPUB 2008 will focus on a number of key issues surrounding the future of scholarly communications that arise as a result of the intersection of semantic web technologies, the development of cyberinfrastructure for the humanities and the sciences, and new dissemination channels and business models.

The three-day event will begin with a full day of technical workshops. The following two days will feature contributed papers examining a broad range of technical, conceptual, policy, and financial aspects of scholarly communication. Poster presentations and demonstrations of new publishing and research tools will form part of the program. A plenary session on funding and access policies for publicly funded research, and a special session on open access developments in transitional and developing countries will round out the program. The conference will begin and end with special keynotes by John Willinsky and Stevan Harnad.

The final agenda for the conference will be available online in late March,after the peer-review of submitted papers has been completed and acceptances have been confirmed.

For further inquiries, please email elpub2008@elpub.net or

Leslie Chan Susanna Mornati
General Chair Program Chair

ELPUB 2008 http://www.elpub.net

Code4libcon 2008 Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks 1 (Tuesday 16:15-17:30)

  • Creating an Academic Image Collection with Flickr - Mark Dahl & Jeremy McWilliams
    • View Video on Google
    • Slides
    • http://library.lclark.edu/flickr/
    • ceramics collections onto flickr
    • they create flickr accounts and upload images
    • they then use the academic site to catalog their images and assign a CC license and submit to the flickr group
    • fancy collection site will facilitate browsing the collection by various controlled fields - or they can use a site that hasn't been built yet to browse fields
    • why flickr api - lots of image management tools - not in contentdm
  • eIFL-FOSS - Bess Sadler
  • Scientific data curation - Nate Vack
  • eXtensible catalog - Jennifer Bowen, U. of Rochester
    • View Video on Google
    • XC - extensible catalog
    • revealing library content through cms and learning management systems
    • funding from mellon & u of rochester
    • have lots of partners (too many to list)
    • will work alongside an ILS
    • http://www.extensiblecatalog.info/
    • help users find information where they already are (like in blackboard)
    • they have hired 4 developers - and need one more
    • they will be creating a non-profit org to sustain the project
    • release as OS in July 2009
  • User Assessment / Reality Check: User Assessment in Web Archiving - Tracy Seneca
  • BibApp Update - Eric Larson
    • View Video on Google
    • Slides
    • http://code.google.com/p/bibapp
    • wants - comprehensive (non-tenured) tenured what non-comprehensive...
    • development - using Solr (voodoo doughnuts)
    • authorities - having Solr showed them that their data was very ugly
    • 48 faculty = 1300 unique publication strings - but the problem is that they aren't authorized so it's really 4508 unique author strings for 48 faculty
    • JCDL http://jcdl2008.org
  • Steaming Pylons - Bill Erickson, ESI
  • The Atom Publishing Protocol Will Teach You REST & HTTP - Keith Fahlgren, O'Reilly Media
  • JPEG2000 to Zoomify Shim : Creating JPEG tiles from JPEG2000 images - Peter Murray, OhioLINK
    • View Video on Google Video
    • believes JPEG2000 is better than TIFF as a viable long term preservation format
    • didn't want to triple/quadruple disk space requirements
    • didn't want to log into vendor specific format
    • Uses Java 1.5+, Zoomify, and Kakadu JPEG2000 library
    • jpeg2000 lets you get at many different zoom factors
    • system requirements - java 1.5 or greater
    • they chose the zoomify - commercial version for features that they may or may no have needed
    • need kakadu jpeg2000 library kakadusoftware.com
    • https://drc-dev.ohiolink.edu/svn/j2kTileRenderer/trunk/
    • http://dltj.org/article/introducing-j2kTileRenderer
  • Installing OJS in <5 minutes - Calvin Mah & Siavash Miri
  • Library Content Management System -- Karen Coombs
  • World Digital Library - Dan Chudnov
    • View Video on Google Video
    • UNESCO project, demo sponsored by Google
    • To make important cultural objects available in digital form
    • Materials from 7-10 countries, spanning >1000 years
    • 200 items currently available
    • aiming to be live in about a year with a couple thousand items
    • Python, Django, PostgreSQL, TileCache, METS, XLIFF, JQuery, CLDR, Babel
    • http://www.worlddigitallibrary.org/

Lightning Talks 2 (Wednesday 16:15-17:30)

  • Advanced Tagging - Albert? , University of Michigan
  • JesterJS - Michael Klein, Boston Public Library
  • Blacklight, Bess Sadler
    • View Video on Google Video
    • OPAC replacement
    • uses Solr
    • University of Virginia Library
    • http://blacklight.betech.virginia.edu
    • supports native unicode
    • http://blacklight.rubyforge.org
  • kobold chieftan talk -- Gabe Farell, Mark Matienzo
    • View Video on Google Video
    • Slides
    • aka -- fac-back-opac
    • http://code.google.com/p/fac-back-opac
    • aka -- open source endeca
    • http://fruct.us/kctalk (all links)
    • faceted online open access catalog
  • archivists' toolkit - mark matienzo
    • View Video on Google Video
    • Slides
    • os relational database application for back office archival functions
    • http://matienzo.org/talks/20080227/
    • centralized way to create/maintain metadata for archival resources
    • ingests variety of metadata - no more hand coding EAD
    • http://archiviststoolkit.org
  • Erlang - Devon Smith
  • CDRIP -- Harrison Dekker
    • View Video on Google
    • Rip CD-ROMs to ISO on disk
    • Provide access via a VMware instance
    • Looking to provide access through an openly available desktop viewing client like VNC
  • Git, distributed version control -- Galen Charlton, LibLime
    • View Video on Google Video
    • Slides
    • version control system
    • named after it's creator
    • used by Koha project
    • diff from cvs and subversion is it's distributed nature - not just one repository - each checkout is an entire repository
    • easy tool to use
    • no special committers
  • Jangle -- Ross Singer
    • View Video on Google Video
    • OSS Project
    • Talis trying to get the ball rolling - but not a Talis project
    • http://code.google.com/p/jangle/
    • project intended to help get things done, no push an agenda
    • whatever it takes to get the data out
    • Ruby using Rack
    • Google Group jangle-discuss
  • Scriblio -- Casey Bisson
  • Facebook -- John Nowlin
  • Bringing Sheetmusic To Life -- Andrew Bullen
  • The Hub and Spoke Framework: Interoperability and Collection of Preservation Metadata for Digital Repository Content - Thomas Habing
    • Slides
    • View Video on Google Video
    • repository interroperability
    • uses extensible METS profile - designed to have additional profiles layered on it
    • LRCRUD service - packages usable by a repository's native ingestion routines

Lightning Talks 3 (Thursday 11:00-11:45)

  • Rails vim - Noel Peden
    • View Video on Google Video
    • The rails.vim plugin home page (See the YouTube demo, an About.com tutorial, or another tutorial)
    • This file (vim.tgz) contains my .vimrc, my .vim folder (containing the rails.vim, project.vim, minibufexpl.vim, and other plugins), .screenrc and split screen file. Notes:
      • My .vimrc file is set up for the following:
        • To close a buffer, use :BD, not :q. The latter does not account for window layout.
        • Ctrl-h,j,k,l is mapped to switch windows. Normally you'd hit Ctrl-w followed by h,j,k,l.
        • To avoid having to save a file every time you switch a buffer, autowrite is enabled, meaning a file is saved when you move away from it.
        • F12 toggles the project window, F8 toggles the tag window.
        • Ctags is expected for taglist.vim. Uninstall as needed.
      • Using .screenrc and .screenrc.split: None of this needs to be changed much, and tutorials on Gnu screen are ubiquitous on the web. .screenrc.split shows how to start your server, split the screen, tail the development log, and start vim. To use, call screen -c ~/.screenrc.split in your rails directory.
      • Notes:
        • When you open a file from the minibuf area or the project area, the file will open in the last window used. This can really screw things up if you've moved from tags to project, etc. This is the major weakness of vim as an IDE, but you can be more aware of where you move.
        • The rails.vim plugin is only activated if you open a file in a rails application.
        • You may want to update all of the plugins. Ruby and rails syntax files can be updated with 'sudo gem install vim-ruby --remote'.
  • Web Archiving Service - Mike Wooldridge, California Digital Library
  • Citation parsing made easy - Erik Hetzner, California Digital Library
  • An introduction to #code4lib - Jodi Schneider and Jonathan Gorman
  • Two invitations - Richard Wallis, Talis
  • HOWTO meet people and have fun at code4lib, or how to get your groove back - Mark Matienzo
  • Selenium, a Firefox IDE - Jon Phipps

Ray Schwartz from the William Peterson University, took pictures of the lists:

* Day1: http://flickr.com/photos/schwartzray/2305473580/

* Day2: http://flickr.com/photos/schwartzray/2305482838/

* Day3: http://flickr.com/photos/schwartzray/2304693619/

Please transcribe one, if you have time!

Brown University to Host Code4Lib 2009

By now pretty much everyone knows (since it was announced at Code4Lib 2008), but in the interest of the historical record, let it show that Brown University will be hosting Code4Lib 2009. They submitted the winning proposal that will bring all library coders who can make it to Providence, Rhode Island in February 2009. We hope to see you there!

Desktop Presenter software

If you are doing a presentation and wants your desktop to be captured to the video (instead of the camera pointing at the screen) download and install the following:

For Mac: http://www.varasoftware.com/downloads/DesktopPresenter.dmg
Windows: http://www.varasoftware.com/downloads/DesktopPresenter.exe

In Windows, it helps if you install Bonjour for Windows:

Presentations from LibraryFind pre-conference

Here are links to the powerpoints from the LibraryFind pre-conference session at code4lib 2008:

Overview and Installation

User Interface Customization

Vote for Code4Lib 2009 Host!

[NOTE: Click here to see the whole post.]

We received four very good proposals for hosting the 2009 conference, and now it is time to vote on them! Voting is open until 3am Eastern Time on Thursday, February 28th. We expect to announce results at the conference later that day.

1. Go here: http://dilettantes.code4lib.org:6789/election/index/3
2. Log in using your code4lib.org credentials (register for a Drupal account if you haven't done so already and an administrator will approve your account soon thereafter)
3. Click on a host's name to read the proposal in full
4. Assign the proposal a rating from 0 to 3, 0 being least desirable and 3 being the most.
5. Once you are satisfied with your ratings, click "Cast your ballot"

Your vote counts! Please keep the conference requirements and desirables in mind as you make your selection: http://code4lib.org/conference/hosting

Feel free to watch http://dilettantes.code4lib.org:6789/election/results/3 for returns.

Call for Code4Lib 2009 Hosting Proposals

Proposals to host the 2009 Code4Lib Conference will be accepted through Wednesday, February 20, 2008. A decision will be made the following week by popular vote. See the hosting information page for more information.

Code4lib 2008 Conference T-Shirt Design

Traditionally (if two years can be called tradition) we hold a contest to pick the design for the front of the conference t-shirt. This year we did not receive many entries - in fact, we only had one official entry. Fortunately, it rocks (at least, I think so):

Code4lib 2008 T-shirt design

Design by Noel Peden

Open Source Blacklight!

I wasn't sure I'd ever see the day that the UVa library would, as an institution, agree to open source Blacklight. But they did! [A dirty little secret is that the bulk of it, including a basic example MARC indexer, was open sourced last year during the preparation for the Solr code4lib preconference.]

Solr-powered Buddhist texts?

I'll be leading a Solr workshop this February, in Taiwan, for the EBTI/CBETA Conference. This is a synergy of several interests of mine: library-related findability, Asian culture, and Buddhist philosophy. I'm particularly encouraged by the Integrated Buddhist Archives (IBA) proposal - seems like a perfect fit for Collex.


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