So, code4lib'rs, what beer/s would you recommend?

  • ph0rman: Guinness draught. Although, since moving to Seattle I'd go with Rogue Kells (tasty!)
  • edsu: local stuff: last time I was in Corvallis I remember enjoying a pint or two of Rip Curl
  • dchud: Deschutes Black Butte Porter.
  • doran: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

planet code4lib & blogs

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Code4lib 2006 Call For Proposals

Call for proposals - Code4lib 2006

We are now accepting proposals for prepared talks for Code4lib 2006. Code4lib 2006 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-ish format. It is *the* event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software.

At least six time slots will be available for prepared talks. We will choose from among the proposals based on diversity of topics, usefulness, wow factor, and potential impact.

Proposals of 75 words or less are being accepted for review now. Please send your name, email address, and proposal to code4libcon at

We cannot accept every prepared talk proposal, but multiple lightning talk sessions will provide everyone who wishes to present with ample opportunity to show off. The proposal deadline is 5pm EST January 9, 2006, and proposers will be notified by Midnight January 9, 2006.

Prepared Talk Information

Prepared talks are 20 minutes, and must center on "tools" (some cool new software, software library or integration platform), "specs" (how to get the most out of some protocols, or proposals for new ones), or "challenges" (One or more big problems we should collectively address). We will evaluate proposals on criteria of usefulness, newness, geekiness, and diversity of topics.

Again, proposals should be sent to code4libcon at

code4lib Conference 2006: Schedule


Wednesday, February 15

08:30-09:30 - Registration / Continental Breakfast
09:30-09:45 - Intros, Housekeeping
09:45-10:30 - A virtual keynote with the Evergreen development team of the PINES consortium in Georgia
10:30-10:45 - Break
10:45-11:05 - ERP Options in an OSS World - Art Rhyno
11:05-11:25 - Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA - Dan Chudnov
11:25-11:45 - WikiD - Jeff Young
11:45-13:00 - Lunch
13:00-13:20 - Lipstick on a Pig: 7 Ways to Improve the Sex Life of your OPAC - Jim Robertson
13:20-13:40 - AHAH: When Good is Better than Best - Casey Durfee
13:40-14:00 - Standards, Reusability and the Mating Habits of Learning Content - Robby Robson
14:00-14:15 - Break
14:15-15:45 - Breakout Sessions
15:45-16:00 - Break
16:00-17:15 - Lightning Talks
17:15-17:30 - Breakout Session Reports
18:30-??? - Dinner/Socializing (American Dream Pizza and Crowbar)

Thursday, February 16

08:30-09:30 - Contintental breakfast
09:30-09:45 - Housekeeping
09:45-10:30 - 1,000 Lines of Code, and other topics from OCLC Research - Thom Hickey, Chief Scientist, OCLC
10:30-10:45 - Break
10:45-11:05 - Generating Recommendations in OPACs: Initial Results and Open Areas for Exploration - Colleen Whitney
11:05-11:25 - Library Text Mining - Robert Sanderson
11:25-11:45 - Anatomy of aDORe - Ryan Chute
11:45-13:00 - Lunch (provided)
13:00-13:20 - Teaching the Library and Information Community How to Remix Information - Raymond Yee
13:20-13:40 - Two Paths to Interoperable Metadata - Devon Smith
13:40-14:00 - The Case for Code4Lib 501c(3) - Roy Tennant
14:00-14:15 - Break
14:15-15:45 - Breakout Sessions
15:45-16:00 - Break
16:00-17:15 - Lightning Talks 2
18:30-??? - Dinner/Socializing (Fox and Firkin)

Friday, February 17

08:30-09:30 - Continental Breakfast
09:30-09:45 - Housekeeping
09:45-10:05 - Quality Metrics - Aaron Krowne
10:05-10:25 - Practical Aspects of Implementing Open Source in Armenia - Tigran Zargaryan
10:25-10:45 - What Blog Applications Can Teach Us About Library Software Architecture - Casey Bisson
10:45-11:00 - Break
11:00-11:20 - Breakout Reports
11:20-11:45 - Lightning Talks 3
11:45-12:00 - Conference Awards and Wrap-Up

code4lib 2006

code4lib 2006 is...

  • a loosely structured camp/conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations
  • an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-ish format by the folks in #code4lib
  • being planned using an ancient asynchronous messaging protocol and this site
  • open to all interested people/organizations for both planning and participation
15-17 Feb 2006
LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon [map]

Free wireless nets are available at both the conference venue and the hotel

Conference Schedule
Presentations are being added to the Conference Schedule as we receive them.
The final list of Lightning Talks and Breakout Sessions are also available.
$125 (goes up to $175 two weeks prior to the conference)

[Registration is closed]


We have heard that the conference hotel is now booked full. There are quite a few alternative hotels in Corvallis. One recommended hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, which is located approximately a mile from the conference site. It also provides free wi-fi access.

The conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn, located across the street from the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU Campus. The discounted room rate is $84/night plus tax. To make a reservation, please call 541-752-5000. Please make your reservations by January 14, 2006 in order to ensure that you receive the discounted rate and let the hotel operator know that you are with code4lib 2006.
NOTE: You must make reservations to use the shuttle services. Reservations may be made by visiting the appropriate shuttle URL below

Fly into either:

  • Portland Airport (PDX) — There is shuttle service for $43 each way, direct to the hotel. (Choose the 'Corvallis' option from the shuttle website for the shuttle schedule) (Some people have reported that the web site reservation didn't work, and they had to call through.)
  • Eugene Airport (EUG) — shuttle options
  • There is some carpooling
Types of Activites and Programs
  • Keynotes - 45 minutes, talks from the farthernmost reaches of library software development where significant real work is getting done. To provide an opportunity to see where they are up close, to learn details of their implementation choices, to hear about the challenges they're facing and how those might scale/translate to the rest of us.
  • Prepared talks - 20 minutes, which must center on "tools" (some kick-ass new software library or integration platform), "specs" (how to get the most out of some protocols, or proposals for new ones), or "challenges" (Some Big Problem we should collectively address). We will evaluate proposals on criteria of geekiness, usefulness, newness, and diversity of topics.
  • Lightning talks - 5 minutes, those interested sign up on a wiki that opens at the start of the conference. *Hard* 5 minute limit... at 4 minutes the next person gets up and starts attaching their screen, and somebody keeps a hard count.
  • Breakouts - People interested in the same project/problem can hang out in a space together for 60-90 minute blocks. Somebody near to the project/problem can coordinate discussion, set up hackers, tackle a challenge session topic, etc. Larger groups will get separate space, smaller groups can just spread out in the larger conference room space.
Planning Group
Daniel Chudnov, Edward Corrado, Andrew Forman, Jeremy Frumkin, Brad LaJeunesse, Art Rhyno, Ross Singer, Edward Summers, Roy Tennant. If you want to get involved please join and ping the email discusion list.



Panizzi's is a supybot who hangs out in #code4lib. To find out what plugins are available with @list. There are a lot of them:

11:36  @list 
11:36  edsu: Admin, Amazon, Anagram, Anonymous, AudioScrobbler, 
                 Babelfish, Band, Channel, Config, Currency, Debian, Dict, 
                 Dunno, Ebay, Etymology, Freenode, Fun, Gameknot, Google, Http,
                 Insult, Internet, Karma, Later, Lookup, Markov, Misc, Network,
                 Nickometer, Note, OCLC, OSU, Observer, Owner, Praise, Python, 
                 Quote, QuoteGrabs, RSS, Relay, Seen, Services, ShrinkUrl, 
                 Todo, URL, Unalog, UrbanDict, User, (1 more message)
11:36  @more
11:36  edsu: Weather, Web2, WordStats, Words, and XMLLogger 

We've written some of our own plugins including:

OpenSearch - for searching opensearch targets.

* @opensearch add mysearch
* @mysearch monkeys

AudioScrobbler - for seeing what folks are listening to in channel courtesy of

* @tunes tholbroo - see what tholbroo last listened to
* @alltunes tholbroo - see all the stuff that todd listened to recently
* @blockparty - see what people on channel have been listening to

OCLC - do some lookups at OCLC:

* @naf - do a lookup in the name authority file
* @worldcat - see what the last record added to worldcat is
* @inst - look up a library code


* @band - lookup a random band name from the brain of dchud and co.


* @etym - lookup word origins at etymonline


* @ana - anagram a word/phrase

you can chain commands like this: @ana [band]

drupal installed

pwyky served us well, and the old wiki is still available....but we all decided it was time to move on to something a bit more featureful. We were trying to conduct a vote using pwyky, and the lack of locking and made the process a bit tricky :-)


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