solr-rusty

I gave a solr-ruby presentation at rubyconf this past weekend. My timing was off, didn't cover as much as I would have liked, and one of my demos flubbed and I punted on it (turns out all I did was forget to pass a command-line argument to the script *sigh*).

Here are the slides.

Code4lib 2008 Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for prepared talks for Code4lib 2008. Code4lib 2008 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-like format. It is *the* event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software.

The conference will be held February 25-28, 2008 in Portland Oregon. More information can be found at .

Solr/Lucene training in Hong Kong

ObLibTopic: I'll be demonstrating and discussing Collex and Blacklight!

self-promotion: Open Source Retreat Lucene/Solr course

This self-marketing thing is hard. Thus far I've been blessed with word-of-mouth success for the reputation from the various open source communities in which I've participated. But it does take a little advertising so folks know what you're up to. With little fanfare, some friends of mine have put together an impressive lineup of courses and speakers, and a great venue, on several open source topics. I thought it was a good idea to have a longer course on Solr and Lucene, so I agreed to give it a shot.

"Solr Powered Libraries"

I had the great pleasure of presenting at the Library of Congress recently. I'm honored to follow in some great footsteps, in the same series as recent and very related talks by Andrew Pace and Tim Spalding.

code4lib 2008 conference


For presentation files see the individual presentation pages on the conference schedule.

February 25 - 28, 2008, Portland, Oregon, USA

The third annual code4lib conference will be held in Portland, Oregon at the Embassy Suites located in downtown Portland. Anyone who is interested in helping to plan and organize the conference, and/or stay informed about conference activities and events, should join the conference planning discussion list, which can be found at http://groups.google.com/group/code4libcon.

Overview Schedule

Preconferences (free): Monday, February 25, 9 am - 5 pm
Conference: Tuesday, February 26, 8am - Thursday, February 28, Noon

See also the Detailed Schedule. Feel free to add informal events on the Birds of a Feather page.

beCamp

   beCamp rocks C'ville
it's not what you know, it's who.
    we community

beCamp '07

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Request for Proposals: Innovative Uses of CrossRef Metadata

CrossRef is now accepting proposals for the most original and promising use of CrossRef's article-level metadata as part of a scholarly research/authoring tool or related library service. Free access to participating publishers' metadata and DOIs will be granted to the researcher or librarian whose proposal is selected.

Deadline for proposals: July 15, 2007

What to submit:

  • A short but thorough description of the service you would like to
    create using the CrossRef metadata, including estimated implementation time
  • Links to software/services/protocols/standards that you may have
    implemented in the past
  • Your CV

To whom:

  • Amy Brand, PhD, Director of Business & Product Development
    email: abrand at crossref dot org

More details available at CrossRef

Background on Crossref Metadata and Web Services:

CrossRef is an independent membership association, founded and directed by publishers. CrossRef helps connect users to primary research content by enabling publishers to work collectively. Our citation-linking network today covers over 27 million articles and other content items from several hundred scholarly and professional publishers.

CrossRef Web Services, or CWS, offers an easy-to-use suite of tools for authorized partners to collect metadata on a cross-publisher basis to streamline their own crawling, indexing, and linking services. One way to access the 27 million+ metadata records now registered in CrossRef is via our OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) interface. The CrossRef OAI-PMH repository interface serves as the central point for the distribution of metadata from participating publishers, utilizing a robust and widely adopted technology targeted at consumers of large quantities of metadata. Access to the CrossRef’s metadata repository is controlled by IP authentication and can be tailored to provide specific content from select publishers to each authorized recipient.

The metadata in CrossRef’s database consists of basic bibliographic information for each item, including author(s), title, journal name, ISSN, volume, issue, page, and DOI-URL pair. Here are links to some sample CWS metadata: http://www.crossref.org/oai-handler_sample.xml, http://www.crossref.org/oai-pmh_sample2.xml.

CrossRef's data repository is extensive but highly variable in quality from publisher to publisher. They have recently begun to take measures to ensure higher quality metadata. Any suggestions you may have regarding how best to achieve a higher level of data quality and consistency, as part of your proposal or otherwise, would be greatly appreciated. Different but similarly basic metadata is collected for other types of content. In addition, many publishers now also deposit references as part of their metadata.

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Library Camp NYC, August 14, 2007

Baruch College will be hosting Library Camp NYC on August 14, 2007, from 9 am to 4 pm. This will be run as an unconference and will be free of charge. If you're interested in attending, please sign up on the event wiki: http://librarycampnyc.wikispaces.com/

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Can Blacklight... ?

Feedback from a Blacklight user during its 2-week trial period:

But can it also enable users to execute targeted multi-faceted searches directly?

For example, it is impossible with the current Virgo to perform the following search of the following type which our users would find useful: "retrieve all of the printed works in special collections relating to the Civil War that were published in New York between 1861-1863." This search is impossible for general users to precisely target because they are not given the ability to search publication location directly even under the advanced search options.

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