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Christoper Stearns

Date: December 6, 2005 11:36:53 AM PST

Title: Stacks on the Tracks...More efficient library application development with Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails is gaining ground in commercial web software development, but this web development framework is ideal for many of the in-house projects library software developers often find themselves struggling with as well. By simplifying many of the low-level functions and processes required in most web application development, Rails allows developers to spend a maximum amount of time working with users to determine, and deliver, high-level functionalities and features that help them be more efficient as well. In turn, the consistent Model-View-Controller application architecture and, indeed, the Ruby language itself helps lone developers on tight schedules produce, refactor, and modify their application code much more quickly and efficiently than is often the case with other popular scripting languages.

Jeff Young

Date: December 7, 2005 2:01:16 PM PST

Ward Cunningham describes a wiki as "the simplest online database that
could possibly work". 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:

Peter Jorgensen

Date: December 12, 2005 3:20:12 PM PST

Meta-data could make proper attribution of web-based documents easy for students and scholars alike. Why don't more pages contain bibliographic meta-data (like Dublin Core)? For that matter, how may do? Why aren't there tools to help the end-user capture and format meta-data? This talk will examine these issues and report on an on-going survey of the web that is measuring the percentage of pages containing meta-data. An open-source tool for transferring meta-data to a bibliographic database will also be shown.

Dr. Peter Jörgensen

Derek Lane

Raymond Yee

Date: January 2, 2006 8:38:59 AM PST

Here's my proposal for a 20 minute talk:

Teaching the library and information community how to remix information

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.

Casey Durfee

Casey Bisson

Date: January 2, 2006 6:13:29 PM PST

The following is my proposal for a 20 minute prepared talk.

Title: What Blog Applications Can Teach Us About Library Software Architecture

The number of programmers in the library world is growing and our individual efforts have shown great promise, but they exist largely as a spectacle that few libraries can enjoy. We need better means to aggregate our efforts and share solutions that can be employed by libraries without programming staff.

We must look outside libraries. The blog world is rich with non-programmers using (maintaining and configuring) blog applications like WordPress or Moveable Type (or others) while thousands of developers are adding functionality via plugins and themes. What lessons can we learn from this and how might an OPAC built from those lessons work?

Derek Lane 1

Date: December 13, 2005 9:05:34 AM PST

EIMS ( is a web-accessible EPA catalog of projects
and products. We have been accepting XML documents from a variety of
sources into our relational database.
Since our database schema is fixed, but the XML schemas vary widely, we
have specified a target (Dublin Core+) schema as a target for
We describe design choices made when choosing this solution and actual
problems and challenges experienced in our first large trial.

Derek Lane 2

Date: January 3, 2006 5:52:36 AM PST

Title:Accelerated acceleration for the XMLFile implementation of

EIMS ( is a web-accessible EPA catalog of projects
and products. We provide access to our records via OAI-PMH2. mostly to
the National Science Digitatl Library (NSDL).
We needed a pre-tested implementation of the protocol, and chose Hussein
Suleman's XMLFile ( Perl

Aaron Krowne

Date: January 3, 2006 12:11:55 PM PST

This talk will discuss the core development activities of the "Quality
Metrics" project at Emory's Woodruff Library. This project is being
conducted under an IMLS grant to research requirements for and build
a working prototype digital library search system.

What this project is doing that is new is truly generalizing and
integrating explicit and latent quality indicators which allow
users to ascertain the fitness of digital library resources. Most
search engine components have only one indicator: content-query