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2006 code4lib Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, February 15

Building a library IM bot. As suggested by Ed Vielmetti, it would be handy to provide bots that patrons can add as buddies to their AIM, MSN, or Yahoo IM accounts. Features might include:

  • catalogue searching
  • library hours
  • my account information (at least display it, and maybe renew books too?)
  • contact information for circ desks, liaison librarians etc.
  • forward a reference question to a librarian IM account

Developing unAPI and w/unAPI
Discuss open issues on the spec and prepare a revision for release on 2/16 (day 2 of code4lib). Also a good time to learn more about what it can do for you, and to try implementing it, too! -dchud

Developing an Interface for Federated Search engines or for an OPAC interface
How are we all facing the issue of developing a well-designed and architected interface for a federated search engine or an OPAC? What are we missing, what is necessary, what is the "killer-app"?
Suggested By Andrew Nagy

Thursday, February 16

The future of code4lib (Roy Tennant)

More Lipstick on a Pig: Improving OPACs
Share ideas for ways to improve OPACs either by hacking/adding services/integrating services with vendor supplied OPACs or by exporting the data and presenting it in a custom app.
(Tom Burton-West)

code4lib 2006 presentations will be available

We will be recording the code4lib 2006 presentations. Check back here for updates - we will try and get the presentations up as quickly as possible.

UPDATE: Most likely, the audio recordings will not be up until shortly after the conference (the facility's recording equipment is analog only, hence the delay to convert the recordings into digital format).

planet update

The code4lib planet has been updated to include flickr, technorati and delicious 'code4lib' tags. Of course the unalog support has been there for a while. If you are attending code4lib and you'd like to have your blog included please email ehs at pobox dot com.

Weather in Corvallis for Code4lib

For those attending code4lib, Corvallis is going to be a bit cool to cold, depending from where you are from. The forecast calls for highs in the low 40's at tops, and lows in the lower 30's or even upper 20's. The good news is that at the moment, it is supposed to be fairly dry Wednesday through Friday, though expect rain on Tuesday. The bad news is that the rain/dry forcast can quickly change. We do have a shuttle from the hotel to the restaurants / bars for each evening's social time, just in case.

conference wiki

Jeremy has set up a wiki where you can sign up for lightning talks and add/edit breakout session ideas. Yeah, there is a page here at code4lib.org too, but we've copied over the existing entries from there. The wiki should be more flexible for collaboration once the conference starts.

Portland Hostel

If you are interested in heading up to Portland on Friday for the JazzFest and exploring Portland you might want to check out a hostel that a few code4lib attendees are going to be staying at. It's a five minute walk to the MAX which goes right to Portland Interantional Airport. To reserve a room/dorm space just call (503) 241-2783.

Lightning Talks

On Wednesday and Thursday there are 1 hour 15 minute slots for Lightning Talks. A lightning talk is a fast paced 5 minute talk on the topic of your choosing. If you'd like to do a lightning talk please add your name, topic to this page. You can do more than one if you want, but if the lots fill up (there are 30 of them) you might have to choose which one you want to do.

Mark Jason Dominus has a nice page about lightning talks, which includes this summary of why you might want to do one:

Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

Maybe you have a lot of things to say, and you're already going to give a long talk on one of them, and you don't want to hog the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with giving several Lightning Talks. Hey, they're only five minutes.

Lightning Talks Given at the Conference

Wednesday, February 15

  1. Total Eclipse Of My Brain (Ed Summers)
  2. [Link PURLs|http://purl.org/net/linkpurl] and Firefox (Devon Smith)
  3. Call to Action: Deprecate OAI Sets! (Rob Sanderson)
  4. Cross-Site Scripting Attacks (Eric Hellman)
  5. Object Relational Mapping in 21 days^W^W 5 minutes (Ed Summers)
  6. The Amazing Linkr8r 3 min (Charles Lockwood)
  7. Making the case for Link Resolver Routers (Ross Singer)
  8. Down and Dirty Metadata Analysis (Roy Tennant)

Thursday, February 16

  1. LinkPURLs and Firefox (Devon Smith)
  2. xISBN and Bookmarklets (Jeff Young)
  3. (Vendors - ) Give us Our Data! (Aaron Krowne)
  4. How to Share User Data without getting Subpoenaed (Casey Durfee)
  5. Repurpose/Syndication of Scopus DB Results on Library Webpages (Jim Robertson)
  6. Perl Script for Interpreting LC Call Numbers (Jeff Davis)
  7. OCLC License (Thom Hickey)
  8. Google Maps and SVG (Art Rhyno)
  9. Extending and Customizing Moveable Type for Library Weblogs (Karen Coombs)
  10. The COinS Generator (Eric Hellman)
  11. Standardized Image Production and Metadata Storage for Libraries and Archives (John Sarnowski)
  12. Using heuristics to improve OpenURL linking to OPAC holdings (Tom Burton-West)
  13. Spreading the word about code for libraries: [a book project |http://www.chandospublishing.com/catalogue/record_detail.php?recordID=91] (Mark Dahl)
  14. Backend Agnostic Customization with "brand files" (Brian Tingle)
  15. MARC is UNdead or how what will the catalog look like when most resources are electronic? (Kyle Banerjee)
  16. Exposing yourself^W^W data where users are looking (Walter Lewis)
  17. EOIN & Oddments (Noel Peden)
  18. PLINKIT - websites for the small public library (Darci Hanning)
  19. Quick Look at MarcEdit 5.0 (Terry Reese)
  20. Why Libraries Should Support the Free Software Foundation (Dan Chudnov)

Friday, February 17

  1. Native XML Database Demo (Al Cornish)
  2. Choose Your Own Adventure Conference (Devon Smith)
  3. OCLC Software Contest (Thom Hickey)
  4. Panizzi!! (Walter Lewis, with Peter Binkley virtually)

    Code4lib 2006 T-Shirt design vote!

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    Portland Jazz Festival

    If you are in town after the conference and are looking for something to do the The Portland Jazz Festival is running from February 17-19, 2006
    The internationally acclaimed Portland Jazz Festival will feature McCoy Tyner, DeeDee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell and Eddie Palmieri, plus more than 90 additional jazz performances at multiple downtown venues.

    conference schedule in hCalendar

    With a bit of python the code4lib 2006 schedule has been encoded using the hCalendar microformat. hCalendar allows you to bundle up event information so it is available downstream to machines that crawl the content, while keeping the content readable for us humans. It is really very easy to grok, and the only reason for the script was to avoid repetitive typing.

    Here's what a sample event looks like in hCalendar:

    11:05- 11:25 -


    Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA
    - Dan Chudnov

    Which is equivalent to the ical


    BEGIN:VEVENT
    SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en:Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA - Dan Chudnov
    DTSTART:20060215T190500Z
    DTEND:20060215T192500Z
    URL:http://www.code4lib.org/2006/chudnov
    END:VEVENT

    The page includes a 'subscribe' link (at the top) to Brian Suda's x2v, which extracts hCalendar from a page and spits back iCal for your calendaring application to ingest.

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