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Submitted by rtennant on Wed, 2006-01-11 15:12
The Code4Lib Conference Schedule is now available. And what a lineup it is! From "Connecting Everything with unAPI and OPA" to "What Blog Applications Can Teach Us About Library Software Architecture" and many geeky points in-between, this is clearly the library tech fest of the century. Until, that is, we do it all again next year.
With two keynotes, 15 prepared talks, a ton of lightning talks, two generous breakout periods for unplanned mayhem, and evening socializing, what's not to like? If I were you, man, I'd like stop trying to debug my crappy code and register. You know, before it's too late.
How many people will have registered by the official start of the conference? Which, by the schedule, will be 0930 PST on February 15, 2006.
Put your guess and your name/nick, in the list below, sorted by guess amount. Winner (closest to exact amount without going over) gets a six-pack of black butte porter from dchud. Seriously.
- 100 - dchud
- 95 - jaf
- 93 - artunit
- 85 - rsinger
- 64 - roy
- 42 - edsu
Limited to attendees of the code4lib 2006 conference. Employees and the families of employees of Code4lib Inc. may not participate. Exports of xray crystallography-based strong encryption methods are prohibited. May cause the condition known as "hot-dog fingers". If your code sustains a slashdotting of longer than four hours after attending the code4lib 2006 conference, see your doctor immediately.
It can be difficult to enhance, fix or extend legacy/closed-source web applications such as online catalogs without being able to alter the web application directly.
I will discuss using AHAH (Asynchronous HTTPRequest and HTML) as a technique for doing so and compare it to AJAX, proxying and SSI. Examples from the Seattle Public Libraryâ€™s next generation online catalog will be presented. Performance and scalability concerns will also be covered, time permitting.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are considered some of the largest and most complex systems ever written, and support many of the functions that libraries associate with the acquisitions and processing side of their operations. The information retrieval layers of library systems receive a lot of attention with good reason, but thereâ€™s also a body of standards and best practices for back office systems which libraries could benefit from as well. Open Source ERP systems offer options for libraries to take advantage of OMG standards and workflow engines, and this session will give an overview of some currently available ERP options.
Jim Robertson will show how NJIT has used a variety of tools (but largely ColdFusion) to extend their libraryâ€™s OPAC to engage todayâ€™s Millennial (raised in the â€œGoozlezonâ€ Web 2.0 environment) students: (1) book covers; (2) book reviews, (3) live circulation usage history, (4) recommendation engine, (5) RSS of journals tables of contents, (6) live librarian support, (7) shortcut, durable links (PURLâ€™s) to specific items.
--Jim Robertson, Assistant University Librarian
New Jersey Institute of Technology
My Powerpoint presentation is at www.library.njit.edu/staff-folders/robertson/presentations. --Jim (3-Mar-2006)
A look at Open Source from outside of North America. What is the situation on Open Source in Armenia? What actions will be implemented at Yerevan State University library concerning Open Source? What are problems facing Armenian libraries, as well as those in Georgia and Azerbaijan, in creating digital repositories?
Tigran Zargaryan, Head of Automation at Yerevan State University library in Armenia
Jeffrey A. Young
Ward Cunningham describes a wiki as â€œthe simplest online database that
could possibly workâ€. The cost of this simplicity is that wikis are
generally limited to a single collection containing a single kind of
record (viz. WikiMarkupLanguage records). WikiD extends the Wiki model
to support multiple WikiCollections containing arbitrary schemas of XML
records with minimal additional complexity. Furthermore, displays and
services can be customized on a per-collection basis.
Project site: http://www.oclc.org/research/projects/wikid/default.htm
Demo site: http://alcme.oclc.org/wikid/FrontPage
Jeffrey A. Young
Office of Research, Mail Code 710
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
6565 Frantz Rd.
Dublin, OH 43017-3395
Voice: 800-848-5878, ext. 4342
I will articulate a framework that I am using to teach LIS students how to remix information with XML and web services. Because information remix comes across as a grab bag of techniques, students need a framework for learning a particular example of remix in depth so they can understand remixing in a broader context. In my talk, I will reflect on using Flickr as a paradigmatic example in elucidating remix to LIS students.
Raymond Yee 2195 Hearst (250-22)
Technology Architect UC Berkeley
Interactive University Project Berkeley, CA 94720-3810
firstname.lastname@example.org 510-642-0476 (work)
http://iu.berkeley.edu/rdhyee 413-541-5683 (fax)
In the context of a research and prototyping project, the California Digital Library is using catalog content indexed in XTF, along with over 9 million historical circulation transaction records and other external data, to generate recommendations for an academic audience. Early results are promising. This talk will focus on methods, challenges, and plans for further development.
For more information on the project: http://www.cdlib.org/inside/projects/melvyl_recommender/
California Digital Library and
UC Berkeley Schoool of Information Management and Systems
Libraries face tremendous challenges to create effective and responsive institutions in a Googlezon world. But the type of leadership we need so far hasnâ€™t materialized. If it isnâ€™t going to come from the administrators, let it come from the coders. In this talk I will build a case for establishing Code4Lib as a nonprofit library software cooperative. A financial structure would allow us to put real resourcesâ€”both financial and humanâ€”into bringing libraries into the 21st century.