All nominees have been contacted and the 19 (!) nominees included in this election are all potentially available to speak. The top two available vote recipients will be invited to be our keynote speakers this year. Voting will end on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 20:00:00 PM PDT.
When rating nominees, please consider whether they are likely to be an
excellent contributor in each the following areas:
1) Appropriateness. Is this speaker likely to convey information that is useful to many members of our community?
2) Uniqueness. Is this speaker likely to cover themes that may not commonly appear in the rest of the program?
3) Contribution to diversity. Will this person bring something rare, notable, or unique to our community, through unusual experience or background?
If you have any issues with your code4lib.org account, please contact Ryan Wick at
Submitted by cbeer on Tue, 2014-09-23 16:12
Code4Lib 2015 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations. For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit http://code4lib.org/about/.
The conference will be held at the Portland Hilton & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon, from February 9-12, 2015.
Proposals for Prepared Talks:
We encourage everyone to propose a talk.
Prepared talks are 20 minutes (including setup and questions), and should focus on one or more of the following areas:
- Projects you've worked on which incorporate innovative implementation of existing technologies and/or development of new software
- Tools and technologies – How to get the most out of existing tools, standards and protocols (and ideas on how to make them better)
- Technical issues - Big issues in library technology that should be addressed or better understood
- Relevant non-technical issues – Concerns of interest to the Code4Lib community which are not strictly technical in nature, e.g. collaboration, diversity, organizational challenges, etc.
To Propose a Talk
- Log in to the Code4Lib wiki and edit the Prepared Talk wiki page using the prescribed format. If you are not already registered, follow the instructions to do so.
- Provide a title and brief (500 words or fewer) description of your proposed talk.
- If you so choose, you may also indicate when, if ever, you have presented at a prior Code4Lib conference. This information is completely optional, but it may assist voters in opening the conference to new presenters.
As in past years, the Code4Lib community will vote on proposals that they would like to see included in the program. The top 10 proposals are guaranteed a slot at the conference. The Program Committee will curate the remainder of the program in an effort to ensure diversity in program content and presenters. Community votes will, of course, still weigh heavily in these decisions.
Presenters whose proposals are selected for inclusion in the program will be guaranteed an opportunity to register for the conference. The standard conference registration fee will still apply.
Proposals can be submitted through Friday, November 7, 2014 at 5pm PST (GMT−8). Voting will start on November 11, 2014 and continue through November 25, 2014. The URL to submit votes will be announced on the Code4Lib website and mailing list and will require an active code4lib.org account to participate.
The final list of presentations will be announced in early- to mid-December.
Submitted by cbeer on Sun, 2014-09-21 18:38
- Mark Baker - Principal Architect at Zepheira will provide a brief overview of some of Zepheira’s BibFrame tools in development.
- Jennifer Whitney - Systems Librarian at MacOdrum Library will present OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) – a neat and powerful tool for cleaning up messy data.
- Sarah Simpkin, GIS and Geography Librarian & Catherine McGoveran, Government Information Librarian (both from UOttawa Library) - will team up to present on a recent UOttawa sponsored Open Data Hackfest as well as to introduce you to Open Data Ottawa.
Date: Tuesday October 7th, 2014, 7:00PM (19h00)
Location: MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, Ottawa, ON (map)
RSVP: You can RSVP on code4lib Ottawa Meetup page
What: It’s a 2 day unconference in Vancouver, BC! A participant-driven meeting featuring lightning talks in the mornings, breakout sessions in the afternoons, with coffee, tea and snacks provided. Lightning talks are brief presentations which are typically 5-10 minutes in length (15 minutes is the maximum) on topics related to library technologies: current projects, tips and tricks, or hacks in the works. Breakout sessions is an opportunity to bring participants together in an ad hoc fashion for a short, yet sustained period of problem solving, software development and fun. In advance of the event, we will gather project ideas in a form available through our wiki and registration pages. Each afternoon the code4libBC participants will review and discuss the proposals, break into groups, and work on some of the projects.
When: November 27 and 28, 2014
Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC map
Accommodations: Info coming soon.
Who: A diverse and open community of library developers and non-developers engaging in effective, collaborative problem-solving through technology.Anyone from the library community who is interested in library technologies are welcome to join and participate, regardless of their department or background: systems and IT, public services, circulation, cataloguing and technical services, archives, digitization and preservation. All are welcome to help set the agenda, define the outcomes and develop the deliverables!
Why: Why not? code4libBC is a group of dynamic library technology practitioners throughout the province who want to build new relationships as much as develop new software solutions to problems.
Tag d'hash: #c4lbc
Submitted by wtd on Tue, 2014-07-22 17:30
Submitted by rtennant on Tue, 2014-07-15 21:29
Code4Lib 2015 will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in downtown Portland, OR on February 9 - 12, 2015.
Pre-conferences will be held Monday February 9, and the main conference on February 10 - 12.
Code of Conduct
The Code4Lib Code of Conduct is in force at every Code4Lib gathering. Please read it, abide by it, and help to enforce it.
This year's conference boasts an impressive program covering a wide range of technical, metadata and management topics. See the full conference schedule for more information.
Preconferences are 1-day or a 1/2-day events and workshops that will occur on Monday, February 9, 2015. Preconferences can be seen on the wiki page. Registration for preconferences will occur with conference registration. Please show your interest in particular preconferences by adding your name to the list below the abstract. Room assignments for preconferences will be based on interest expressed through the wiki.
The keynote speakers will be Selena Deckelmann and Andromeda Yelton.
Selena Deckelmann is a data architect at Mozilla, a major contributor to PostgreSQL, and founder of PyLadiesPDX. She founded Open Source Bridge, Postgres Open and speaks internationally about open source, databases, and community. You can find her on twitter (@selenamarie) and on her blog. She also keeps chickens and gives a lot of technical talks.
Andromeda Yelton works to help librarians learn to code. She is a member of the LITA Board of Directors and an advisor for Ada Initiative. Among her accolades are being a member of the Unglue.it founding team, a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader, and a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. In her quest to teach librarians to code, she's helped run a preconference at ALA Annual and conducted a jQuery workshop at a Code4Lib DC event.
2015 Social Activities calendar
The Social Activities Group has identified several events and social opportunities for after conference hours. If you find a cool event to go to, and want to share the wealth with others, feel free to add the event to the page.
Registration is now closed and sold out for the main conference; pre-conference registration will remain open. Registration fees will be $175 for the main conference, $30 for preconference ($15 for half day), and will be capped between 450 and 500.
Please register here: http://c4l2015.eventbrite.com
The Hilton Portland & Executive Tower is located conveniently in downtown Portland, near public transit lines.
The block room rate will be $139 for a single or double room.
The block rate is available from Sunday, February 8th - Thursday, February 12th.
If you'd like to extend your stay, we encourage you to call the Hilton Portland directly (503) 226-1611 and ask for In-House Reservations. Be sure to let them know you are with the Code4Lib 2015 conference, they MAY be able to give you the conference rate for the entirety of your stay.
Please use this link for reservations during the times listed above.
Alternately, you can book on www.hilton.com and use the code OUS to make a discounted reservation.
The Code4Lib Scholarship Committee will award 5 diversity scholarships based on merit and need. Each scholarship will provide up to $1,000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for a qualified attendee. Applications are due December 31, 2014, by 5 PM EST. More information can be found on the Code4lib 2015 Diversity Scholarships page.
Code4Lib plans to offer on-site childcare in 2015. At the time of registration, please let us know how many children you expect to bring with you and their ages. We are seeking sponsors to offset childcare costs, but for now, you should plan for $200/child/day for a 0-2 year old and $100 for a 3+ year old.
Travel to Portland
Portland International Airport (PDX) has direct flights throughout the US and Canada, as well as Japan. Portland's light rail system (MAX) runs from the airport to a few blocks from the conference hotel every 15 minutes between 5 am and 11:30 pm daily for $2.50.
During other hours, or for those who prefer to travel directly to the hotel, there is a shuttle that travels directly to the Hilton for $14 one-way or $24 round trip. The shuttle can be booked in advance, but it's not necessary during many hours.
Portland is an easy city to get around, with small blocks designed for walkability. MAX, streetcar, and buses make it easy to travel from downtown to other parts of the city.
Thanks to a team of volunteers, the conference was streamed and archived. The archive is available on the Code4Lib YouTube channel.
Submitted by dbs on Mon, 2014-03-10 18:23
The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.
Code4Lib 2014 could not be successful without the generous support of our sponsors. We are very thankful to all of our sponsors for helping to defray the costs of the conference and supporting the scholarships we are able to provide to worthy recipients.
Blacklight; Digital Library Federation; LucidWorks; Oregon State University Library; Penn State University
Ebsco; IndexData; Innovative Interfaces, Inc.; Microsoft Research; University of Pennsylvania Library
Kuali OLE; Nashville Public Library; Princeton University Library; Proquest; UC-San Diego Library
The Cherry Hill Company; DuraSpace; GitHub; User Friendly Consulting, Inc. (UFC, INC.)
North Carolina State University
O'Reilly Media, Inc. is providing a free e-book for all Code4Lib 2014 attendees. You will receive your free coupon with your registration.
Rosenfeld Media is providing 20% off all books at http://www.rosenfeldmedia.com to all Code4Lib 2014 attendees, as well as providing books we will raffle off during the conference.
This year, we introduced a new table sponsorship opportunity for Projects, Non-Profit Organization, and Corporate Vendors to participate at Code4Lib 2014. We encourage you to visit our Table Sponsors before and after the general sessions, during the breaks, and after lunch to speak with them about their products, services, and projects. The following descriptions have been provided by the Table Sponsors (listed in alphabetical order):
Blacklight is a Ruby on Rails open source discovery platform. We’ll be available to help getting started with Blacklight, answering questions about the project, providing advice on configuration and customization, and demonstrating core Blacklight functionality and Blacklight-based applications, including the new digital collection and curation environment.
Find out how to contribute to DuraSpace projects–DSpace, Fedora and VIVO–at the DuraSpace demo table.
The DuraSpace organization stewards three significant open source technology projects that provide long-term, durable access to, management and discovery of digital assets for more than 1,800 repository instances worldwide. Carol Minton Morris, DuraSpace, will be on hand to discuss DuraSpace services for open source projects and how you can get involved.
• The Fedora Project Fedora 4 team members will be available to discuss the latest Fedora 4 feature set designed to refresh and enhance Fedora's proven architecture, and offer demonstrations.
• The DSpace Project Tim Donohue, technical lead for the DSpace project, will be on hand to talk about DSpace development and demonstrate DSpace 4 (via the new vagrant-dspace development environment)
• The VIVO Project Learn about what's ahead for this groundbreaking network that facilitates scholarly discovery around the world through an open source semantic web application.
EBSCO Information Services provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of research databases, e-books and e-journals—all combined with the most powerful discovery service and management resources to support the information and collection development needs of libraries and other institutions and to maximize the search experience for researchers and other end users. EBSCO provides robust APIs to our products, supports open projects such as Blacklight and VuFind, innovates its own API to benefit customers and partners with libraries to bring specific projects to fruition. EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers whether they access EBSCO resources via academic institutions, schools, public libraries, hospitals and medical institutions, corporations, associations, government institutions, etc. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.
Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Innovative creates cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment. The company’s market-leading solutions include: the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, the Encore Synergy discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 50 countries.
LucidWorks, the trusted name in Search, Discovery and Analytics, transforms the way people access information to enable data-driven decisions. Leveraging technology built on Apache Lucene/Solr open source search, LucidWorks delivers unmatched stability, scalability, and time-to-delivery for search applications. LucidWorks Search provides ease of use development to access documents with sub-second query and faceting response time. LucidWorks tightly integrates Apache projects to build and deploy applications providing ubiquitous access to data trapped inside Hadoop.
Windows Azure for Research is an initiative from Microsoft Research to facilitate and accelerate scholarly and scientific research by enabling researchers to use the power of Windows Azure to perform big data computations in the cloud. Stop by and learn about our free training events and how cloud computing is being used for repositories, digital preservation and research data discovery and exploration.
ProQuest® connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections, and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create, and manage information.
The company’s cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students, and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, EBL® ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, RefWorks Flow™, Pivot™, and Intota®, a new library services platform.
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries hosts several projects that might be of interest to the code4lib community. We welcome interest, and opportunities for collaboration and partnership around our development efforts, or opportunities to participate and contribute to similar efforts. Community-source and open-source are strategic for the Penn Libraries in our pursuit to reclaim control and direction of our services, and to participate in the redefinition of the academic library. In support of these strategic goals, the Penn Libraries has developed and partner in:
• DLA-Discovery – SOLR-based discovery that bridges library collections, and supports generalized discovery services for non-Library data
• DLA-Account Services – django-based portal for all transactional interactions with library users including traditional ILS functions, ILL & expedited borrowing, coursesite requests, document delivery, course reserves, and others
• Kuali OLE – next generation library management system built by and for academic libraries
• MetriDoc – building insight into our users, our process, and our collections
• PennVIVO – supporting collaborative researcher networking and exposing Penn’s contribution to scholarly inquiry
User Friendly Consulting, INC. (UFC, INC.)
UFC provides comprehensive document capture and forms processing solutions to meet all of the needs for your library. Our product line includes the full suite of products from ABBYY USA including FineReader Corporate, Recognition Server, and Flexicapture. Recognition Server is recognized as the industry-leading tool for capturing and providing OCR for libraries around the world. It is available with an easy to use API set that provides the means needed to connect it to legacy systems in your organization. Flexicapture takes the Recognition Server OCR engine and adds a high-volume, scalable document processing system in order to capture handwriting, checkmarks, and tabular data. Whether you need to automatically OCR and index documents by barcode, extract line items from a student transcript, or provide an enterprise wide document capture system Flexicapture is ready. In addition to the ABBYY suite, UFC also provides Quillix capture, an enterprise level web-based system that leverages the ABBYY OCR and Flexicapture engines while providing an extensible architecture built in .NET. A variety of quick-start packages are available for any of the solutions offered by UFC who strives to provide the highest level of customer service and consulting to make your organization succeed.