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Anything having to do with the code4lib 2007 conference to be held in Athens, Georgia, Feb 28 through Mar 2.

NINES: formally released

NINES, has announced its formal release. Collex is the technology driving NINES, developed with Bethany Nowviskie's leadership and elegant sense of design. Thanks to the others on our team that made this happen: Jerome McGann for believing in and funding our vision, Jamie Orchard-Hays for rapid Rails magic, and Duane Gran for keeping the machinery running.

Collex is the basis, idea-wise, of Solr Flare, a generalized faceted browser.

The Intellectual Property Disclosure Process: Releasing Open Source Software in Academia

Michael Doran

This presentation will cover the copyright issues and pitfalls that arise when a locally created software application is being considered for release under an open-source license. It will be based on the knowledge and experience gained shepherding two applications through the intellectual property disclosure process at the University of Texas at Arlington, so that the applications could be officially released as open source.

Presentation

PowerPoint: The Intellectual Property Disclosure Process

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Polling for interest in a European code4lib

Following up on discussion over on #code4lib and the code4libcon Google group, I've set up a short survey. The survey polls respondents to see what interest there is in a European event, and to assess whether such an event should be as well as or instead of a North American code4libcon.

Please register your views, and raise awareness of this survey ahead of the closing date, 15 February.

As noted in the survey itself, neither the code4lib community nor Talis are bound to hold an event at a time or in a place solely on the basis of this survey. The results are freely available, during and after the survey.

2007 Code4lib Scholarship Recipients

Oregon State University Libraries is proud to announce the recipients of the 2007 Code4lib Conference Scholarship for Women and 2007 Code4lib Conference Minority Scholarship.

Nicole Engard is the recipient of the 2007 Code4lib Scholarship for Women. Nicole works at the Jenkins Law Library as their Web Manager, and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2007.

Joshua Gomez is the recipient of the 2007 Code4lib Minority Scholarship. Joshua is currently a Library Assistant III at the Getty Research Institute, and is pursuing his education in computer programming and information science.

On behalf of Oregon State University and the scholarship committee, we would like to congratulate both Nicole and Joshua on their scholarships.

Delicious! Flare + SIMILE Exhibit

In looking for a solution to organize a local elementary school library, Delicious Library was my first stop. And perhaps my last... except for faceting it with Flare, of course.

I scanned a few books into Delicious Library:

And then I exported the library (to a tab-delimited format), wrote a little Delicious Library export -> Solr importer script, and my Delicious Library is now faceted with Flare:

Code4Lib 2007 T-Shirt Contest

We have started accepting t-shirt designs for this year's Code4Lib conference t-shirt. Now is a chance to submit your idea! We'll stop accepting submissions on Friday, Jan. 19th. Some time after that voting will begin. As designs are received they will be included on this page (to hopefully encourage even more entries).







Click to view the last one on its html page

Stone Soup

(my first code4lib post)

Ed Summers and William Groppe have jumped in head-strong to crafting a Ruby DSL to Solr. solrb is coming along nicely thanks to our collaborations.

Another early adopter asked a question on the solr-user e-mail list, and I replied with a lot of juicy tidbits to whet your appetite.

We're moving as fast as we can in order to use this infrastructure for the basis of Solr Flare, destined to be faceted browsing plugins for Rails allowing your Rails application to easily benefit from what Solr and solrb offer. Solr Flare will debut at the code4lib pre-conference event in whatever form it happens to be in by then.

Two scholarships to attend the 2007 code4lib conference

Oregon State University is offering two scholarships for the 2007 code4lib conference. Please see below for eligibility and other information on the scholarships. Anyone with questions about the scholarships may contact Jeremy Frumkin at jeremy dot frumkin at oregonstate dot edu.

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OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship

The OSU / Code4lib Minority Scholarship will provide up to $1000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2007 Code4lib conference. To qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must be a member of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic / Latino).

Applications will be judged by the scholarship committee on a combination of merit and need.

To apply, please send an email to Jeremy.frumkin@oregonstate.edu with the following:

1) A brief letter of interest, including statement of need (also, please indicate your eligibility in the letter)
2) A resume
3) Contact information of two professional or academic references

Applications should be received no later than January 21, 2007.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2007.

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OSU / Code4lib Scholarship for Women

The OSU / Code4lib Scholarship for Women will provide up to $1000 to cover travel costs and conference fees for one qualified attendee to the 2007 Code4lib conference. This scholarship is eligible to any woman interested in attending the 2007 Code4lib conference.

Applications will be judged by the scholarship committee on a combination of merit and need.

To apply, please send an email to Jeremy.frumkin@oregonstate.edu with the following:

1) A brief letter of interest, including statement of need (also, please indicate your eligibility in the letter)
2) A resume
3) Contact information of two professional or academic references

Applications should be received no later than January 21, 2007.

The successful candidate will be contacted no later than January 30, 2007.

2007 Conference Schedule Now Available

The 2007 Conference Schedule is now available. There may be some minor tweaks to be made still, but it is mostly set. It is an incredible line-up, plus there are a lot of cool unknowns hidden in the Lightning Talks and Breakout Sessions, for which ideas and sign-ups will be taken at the conference. See you there!

code4lib 2007 pre-conference workshop: Lucene, Solr, and your data

9am - 5pm, Tuesday February 27

Location Updated: Because of the overwhelming response, the pre-conference has been moved to the Tate Student Center, Room 137.

This will be a full day event devoted to lucene and solr.
The event will be led by Erik Hatcher, committer on the Lucene and Solr projects, and co-author of Lucene in Action, and Java Development with Ant.

The morning will be devoted to background and theory, and the afternoon will be an opportunity to try some hands-on projects. Participants should either bring a wi-fi enabled laptop or be prepared to look over someone else's shoulder. So that we can get as much accomplished in the workshop as possible, we will provide a list of software and documentation to be downloaded before the workshop. If you are interested in working with a specific data set, please bring the data set with you, preferably on a sharable media format (e.g., CDROM, USB Flash Drive) so that we can exchange data sets quickly and easily. To save time at the event, please get your data into XML before the conference.

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop. However, so that we can plan for adequate space, please register by emailing bess [at] virginia [dot] edu with a simple message that you plan to attend. Registration is full! Then remember to book your flight a day early and reserve an extra night in the hotel. Also, please join the mailing list for the pre-conference if you want to receive all the communication that will be sent out about it: http://groups.google.com/group/code4libpreconf

ADDED:
We have over sixty people, and more people are joining all the time. That is a lot of people to handle for a hands on workshop. In order to handle this, we're going to divide into teams based on what language you feel most comfortable using with solr. I'd also like to ask that a couple of people volunteer to be the coordinator of each team. If you're a coordinator, your job is to make sure you have downloaded all the software, you have a good data set to work with, and you've at least run through the tutorial and been able to get some data into solr. Also, you should probably be pretty comfortable with your chosen programming language. You can come here to sign up for a team, and indicate whether you'd be willing to act as a coordinator. The purpose of this is to make sure we know before the event whether we have enough coordinators for each language, and to make sure we don't spend all our time the day of the event trying to form groups.

Team Java:

  1. Martin Haye (coordinator)
  2. Ralph LeVan
  3. Emily Lynema
  4. Maureen Kelly
  5. Kevin Clarke
  6. Jerry Persons
  7. Tim Donohue
  8. Matt Cordial

Team XSLT / Cocoon:

  1. Bess Sadler (coordinator)
  2. Art Rhyno
  3. Jon Gorman
  4. Walter Lewis
  5. Ryan Steinberg

Team Ruby / Flare:

  1. Ross Singer (coordinator)
  2. Erik Hatcher (coordinator)
  3. Nathan Vack
  4. Mike Beccaria
  5. Eric Larson
  6. Steve Toub
  7. Tom Wood
  8. Andrew Nagy
  9. Hongbin Liu

Team Python:

  1. Gabriel Farrell (coordinator)
  2. Dan Chudnov
  3. Ed Summers
  4. Xiaoming Liu
  5. Bill Erickson (observer)
  6. Anjanette Young

Team PHP:

  1. Dan Scott (apologist)
  2. Jean Rainwater
  3. Jonathan Rochkind
  4. Tito Sierra
  5. Jonathan Blackburn
  6. Andrew Darby
  7. Jay Datema
  8. Antonio Barrera
  9. Parmit Chilana
  10. Karen Coombs

Team Perl:

  1. Wayne Schneider (will switch to PHP if there are no other perlers)
  2. Devon Smith
  3. Guoying (Grace) Liu
  4. Michael Doran
  5. Mike Rylander
  6. Kristina Long
  7. Mark Matienzo (the PHP defector)
  8. Michael Witt

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