code4lib 2008 conference

For presentation files see the individual presentation pages on the conference schedule.

February 25 - 28, 2008, Portland, Oregon, USA

The third annual code4lib conference will be held in Portland, Oregon at the Embassy Suites located in downtown Portland. Anyone who is interested in helping to plan and organize the conference, and/or stay informed about conference activities and events, should join the conference planning discussion list, which can be found at

Overview Schedule

Preconferences (free): Monday, February 25, 9 am - 5 pm
Conference: Tuesday, February 26, 8am - Thursday, February 28, Noon

See also the Detailed Schedule. Feel free to add informal events on the Birds of a Feather page.


The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Downtown Portland. A single suite is $150 per night, which includes full breakfast and free happy-hour. To make reservations, please call the hotel directly at (503)279-9000 and let the guest representative know that you are with the 2008 Code4Lib Conference.

Other places to stay: Mark Spencer Hotel ($89-$169). For cheaper accommodations, some attendees will stay at the HI-Portland Hostel, Northwest, $20-$25 per night (dorms), $40-$75 (private rooms), located 1.25 miles away.

Travel Information

Portland International Airport (PDX)
Public Transit from PDX to the conference hotel:

  1. Board MAX Red Line to City Center & Beaverton TC
  2. Get off at Oak/ SW 1st Ave MAX Station
  3. Walk 0.2 mile northwest to Embassy Suites Hotel (319 SW Pine St) -

Travel time: 39 minutes (including 5 minutes walking). At $20, the 7-Day Pass seems like a good deal, as it would cover both the airport-to-hotel and back trips (via MAX Light Rail), and all public transportation (bus/streetcar/light rail) in and around Portland. (Single fare: $2.05; daypass: $4.20.) Rides within the downtown area "fareless square" (which includes the hotel) are free. Visit TriMet for more public transit information.

Seattle: You may also want to look into flights to Seattle and then taking a prop-job down to Portland. Seattle prices were less than half of PDX prices when I (eby) purchased saving even with the prop-job or drive down.

Local Arrangements

Places to Meet, Eat, and Be Merry

Gender Diversity and Minority Scholarships for Code4lib 2008

Information on applying for the scholarships


The registration fee for code4lib 2008 is $125.
Late registration, on or after Monday, February 4, is $175.
Cancellations on or before Monday February 4 will receive a refund of the registration fee, minus a $45 administrative fee.

NOTE: THE CONFERENCE IS OFFICIALLY FULL. You may still sign up on the wait-list.


   beCamp rocks C'ville
it's not what you know, it's who.
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beCamp '07


Request for Proposals: Innovative Uses of CrossRef Metadata

CrossRef is now accepting proposals for the most original and promising use of CrossRef's article-level metadata as part of a scholarly research/authoring tool or related library service. Free access to participating publishers' metadata and DOIs will be granted to the researcher or librarian whose proposal is selected.

Deadline for proposals: July 15, 2007

What to submit:

  • A short but thorough description of the service you would like to
    create using the CrossRef metadata, including estimated implementation time
  • Links to software/services/protocols/standards that you may have
    implemented in the past
  • Your CV

To whom:

  • Amy Brand, PhD, Director of Business & Product Development
    email: abrand at crossref dot org

More details available at CrossRef

Background on Crossref Metadata and Web Services:

CrossRef is an independent membership association, founded and directed by publishers. CrossRef helps connect users to primary research content by enabling publishers to work collectively. Our citation-linking network today covers over 27 million articles and other content items from several hundred scholarly and professional publishers.

CrossRef Web Services, or CWS, offers an easy-to-use suite of tools for authorized partners to collect metadata on a cross-publisher basis to streamline their own crawling, indexing, and linking services. One way to access the 27 million+ metadata records now registered in CrossRef is via our OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) interface. The CrossRef OAI-PMH repository interface serves as the central point for the distribution of metadata from participating publishers, utilizing a robust and widely adopted technology targeted at consumers of large quantities of metadata. Access to the CrossRef’s metadata repository is controlled by IP authentication and can be tailored to provide specific content from select publishers to each authorized recipient.

The metadata in CrossRef’s database consists of basic bibliographic information for each item, including author(s), title, journal name, ISSN, volume, issue, page, and DOI-URL pair. Here are links to some sample CWS metadata:,

CrossRef's data repository is extensive but highly variable in quality from publisher to publisher. They have recently begun to take measures to ensure higher quality metadata. Any suggestions you may have regarding how best to achieve a higher level of data quality and consistency, as part of your proposal or otherwise, would be greatly appreciated. Different but similarly basic metadata is collected for other types of content. In addition, many publishers now also deposit references as part of their metadata.


Library Camp NYC, August 14, 2007

Baruch College will be hosting Library Camp NYC on August 14, 2007, from 9 am to 4 pm. This will be run as an unconference and will be free of charge. If you're interested in attending, please sign up on the event wiki:


Can Blacklight... ?

Feedback from a Blacklight user during its 2-week trial period:

But can it also enable users to execute targeted multi-faceted searches directly?

For example, it is impossible with the current Virgo to perform the following search of the following type which our users would find useful: "retrieve all of the printed works in special collections relating to the Civil War that were published in New York between 1861-1863." This search is impossible for general users to precisely target because they are not given the ability to search publication location directly even under the advanced search options.

Code4Lib 2007 - Video, Audio and Podcast Available

Most have been done for some time but if you haven't noticed all presentations and lightning talks should have video up. Presentations also have audio and a podcast. Lightning talks will probably have audio in the nearish future. You can access the media from the pages below:

Update: Looks like I forgot to change quite a few of the audio to CBR instead of VBR for the podcast. As such the Flash player on Odeo will make people sound like chipmunks. It should work fine in iTunes or your player of choice (as long as it's not flash). I'll try to redo the audio as soon as I can.

Code4Lib 2007 - Day 1 Video Available

The video from Day 1 for Code4Lib 2007 has been uploaded for downloading and on Google Video. This includes all lightning talks. You can view or download from the presentation pages accessible from the conference schedule.

If you want a version for your ipod or PSP then you should be able to download a version from Google Video. Embedding is also enabled. Feel free to rate or tag the videos. Podcasts will be forthcoming once the other days are done.

If you notice any problems with the videos please let us know. I was uploading and linking them rather quickly so I would not be surprised if there is a mixup or two. I'm on channel or just comment here. Again thanks goes to Noel Peden (npeden) for doing the heavy lifting of editing and encoding.

Update: Both Day 2 and Day 3 are now uploaded and linked to on the Presentation and Lightning Talk pages. Please let us know if you notice anything wrong. Google is still churning through the files.

My Adventures in Getting Data into the ArchivistsToolkit

My Adventures in Getting Data into the ArchivistsToolkit

Georgia Tech Archives is moving its accessions database from a home grown sql/php based archival database tool to the Archivist's Toolkit which was recently released. The easiest route I thought was to export the current data to two spreadsheets in csv format, clean it up, and import the results. It couldn't be that hard: just convert csv to Toolkit format.

Get The Data From The Old Tool

That was as easy as pushing the right buttons on phpmyadmn. We ended up with two tables; one described the donors, the other the accessions linked to donors by via donor ids.

Code4Lib 2007 Video Trickling In

As anyone who has encoded video knows, it can be a slow process. If you happen to be in IRC be sure to thank ecorrado and npeden for their work on the videos. The videos are slowly being uploaded to code4lib. As space needs to be shuffled a little bit on Anvil I've taken the liberty of mirroring the videos at Michigan State and also uploading them to Google to make them easier to embed.

The files that have been processed are tagged with code4lib2007 on Google. I've also included a link to download the MPEG-4 file and embedded the video for watching on the presentation pages. You'll need a player that can handle MPEG-4 (H.264) and AAC audio to view the downloaded files. The latest Quicktime should work, as well as VLC and MPlayer. If you compiled either yourself, be sure to include mp4 and aac support.

It may be awhile before all the videos are up. Once they are I'll probably work on getting pod/vodcasts up.

Update: I'm also dumping the audio from the videos to mp3 for those who would prefer just the audio for portability. A podcast will be forthcoming. The mp3's are linked from the presentation pages.


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