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drupal4lib unconference (02/27/2009 Darien, CT)

Darien Library will be hosting a Drupal4Lib Camp on Friday, February 27, 2009 from 9 am to 4 pm. It just so happens this is the day after code4lib2009 ends in nearby Providence, RI -- so you can theoretically hop on over after code4lib proper ends.

The camp will be an opportunity for libraries who are working with Drupal, or interested in implementing Drupal, to get together, share experiences, solve problems, and collaborate. This unconference will be a combination of a series of 10 min lightning talks given by Drupal veterans in the morning followed by break-out sessions in the afternoon.

Audio and video from Drupal4Lib Camp sessions will also be streamed lived online. There is no registration fee. However, participation is limited to 70. Please register for the Drupal4Lib Camp.


Open Source Discovery Portal Camp

Implementing or hacking an Open Source discovery system such as VuFind or Blacklight?
Interested in learning more about Lucene/Solr applications?

Join the development teams from VuFind and Blacklight at PALINET in Philadelphia, November 6, 2008, for day of discussion and sharing

Date and time: November 6, 2008, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Registration Fee: $40 for PALINET members and $50 for PALINET non-members.

ApacheCon time again!

ApacheCon US 2008

Lots of great content, especially in the Lucene, Solr, and Hadoop areas.

Code4Lib 2009 Sponsorship

If your organization would like to help sponsor the Code4Lib 2009 Conference, please select a sponsorship level and amount, and email

Bronze (under $2500) -- Name in program as a bronze sponsor, name on
t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium

Silver ($2500-$4999) -- Name in program as a silver sponsor, small
logo on t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium

Gold ($5000-$7499) -- Name in program as a gold sponsor, medium logo
on t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium at the opening and closing
of the conference, 1 free conference registration

Platinum ($7500 and above) -- Name in program as a platinum sponsor,
large logo on t-shirt, acknowledgement from the podium at the opening
and closing of the conference, 2 free conference registrations,
opportunity to include handout in the registration packet

Code4Lib 2009

For video of conference presentations see conference schedule; for video of lightning talks see list of lightning talks.

February 23 - 26, 2009, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

code4lib2009, hosted by Brown University Library, will be held in Providence, Rhode Island at the Renaissance Providence Hotel during February 23-26, 2009. 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 Hashtag: #c4l09

  • Attendees & Registration

    There is a partial list of attendees constructed using linked data.

    Registration is closed but you can add your name to the waitlist:

    The conference is capped at 220 attendees.

    Registration fee is $125. Late registration, on or after Friday, January 30, is $175.
    Cancellations before January 23, 2009 will receive a refund of the registration fee; cancellations on or before February 20, 2009 will receive a refund minus a $45 administrative fee.

  • Location / Hotel

    The conference will be held at the Renaissance Providence Hotel, 5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI. (set GPS navigator to 120 Francis Street).
    Room rate will be $135 (including free internet access in guest rooms). A link to hotel reservations will be available on the conference registration form. Reservations must be made by February 10, 2009 to be eligible for the discounted rate; this rate will be available for 3 days before and 3 days after the official conference dates of February 22 - 26.
    NOTE: As of 1/12/09, the code4lib discounted block is sold out. Rooms are still available at $219/night. See the wiki for alternate housing options.

    A wiki page has been created to assist in locating roommates and rides or collaborating on sightseeing and other social activities.

  • Travel Information

    Providence is a compact, walkable city; once you arrive it’s fairly easy to get around by foot. Public transportation leaves you at the Providence Train Station (5 minute walk to Renaissance Hotel) or nearby Kennedy Plaza (10 minutes to Renaissance). Google map showing Renaissance, Train Station, Kennedy Plaza, and Brown University.



    • T F Green Airport (PVD) – Located in Warwick RI, the airport is 15 minutes from Providence. Because Southwest is one of the carriers, fares tend to be good. Also, it's a smallish airport, so getting around and through is relatively pain-free.
      Ground transportation:

      • RI Public Transit Authority - RIPTA bus #14 runs every hour or so from T F Green to Kennedy Plaza. $1.75.
      • Shuttle – Airport Taxi Limo leaves hourly on the hour from TF Green 5AM to 10PM; get off at the Courtyard or Westin Hotel, both a very short walk to the Renaissance. $11.
      • Taxi – about $28 to downtown Providence
    • Logan Airport (BOS) –Boston’s airport is about an hour from Providence when conditions are good.
      Ground transportation:

      • MBTA public transportation: Silver Line bus to South Station , leaves about every 10 minutes, $1.50; then get the commuter rail for $7.75. (see below)
      • Commerical Bus: 1.5 hour Peter Pan bus from Logan to Providence Kennedy Plaza leaves Logan every hour on the half hour. $22.
      • Taxi: about $75


    The Providence station is just a 5 minute walk to the Renaissance Hotel.



    • Peter Pan Buslines from Boston South Station $8-10, 1 hour to Kennedy Plaza (10 minutes to Renaissance).


    Overnight parking on city streets is not permitted. The Renaissance Hotel has valet parking with in/out service for $25 daily. Other nearby lots and their 24 hour rates are: Providence Place Mall (Hayes St. entrance, $25), GTech Center Parking Garage (10 Memorial Blvd, $20), Union Station Plaza Garage (5 Memorial Blvd, $20), RI Convention Center (99 West Exchange St, $18).

    From the South or North on Interstate 95 (Input 120 Francis Street in GPS systems):

    • Take Exit 22 A-B-C Downtown/Hartford, CT – bear left toward Exit 22B-C Providence Place Mall.
    • Staying in the right lane, Exit 22C - Providence Place Mall.
    • Follow Providence Place to the end, and turn left on Park Street heading up the hill (along the backside of Providence Place Mall).
    • After second stoplight, turn right onto the Avenue of the Arts.
  • Sponsors

    We have generous commitments from these sponsors:
    Platinum: OCLC
    Gold: Ex Libris, Oregon State, Equinox
    Silver: Talis
    Bronze: Princeton, Brown, Serials Solution, CrossRef

    We have received books and subscription contributions from O'Reilly and Python Magazine as raffle prizes.

    Thank you to all sponsors! We are looking for additional sponsors to help keep registration affordable.

ELPUB 2008 Open Scholarship: Authority, Community and Sustainability in the Age of Web 2.0

Registration for the conference, to be held in Toronto June 25-27 2008 is now open. To find out more about the meeting, to register, or to learn about accommodations and travel options, please visit our website at:

ELPUB has a reputation for providing a relaxed yet stimulating venue for
discussion on diverse aspects of scholarly communications and publishing. In order to keep with past ELPUB tradition, conference enrollment is limited to 200 individuals (including speakers). We encourage you to register online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

*Early bird fee is closed on April 30th, 2008.*

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto this June!

About ELPUB 2008:
Scholarly communications, and in particular scholarly publications, are
undergoing tremendous changes. Researchers, universities, funding bodies, research libraries and publishers are responding in different ways, from active experimentation with new models and adaptation of existing practices, to strong resistance or rejection of new communication methods. ELPUB 2008 will focus on a number of key issues surrounding the future of scholarly communications that arise as a result of the intersection of semantic web technologies, the development of cyberinfrastructure for the humanities and the sciences, and new dissemination channels and business models.

The three-day event will begin with a full day of technical workshops. The following two days will feature contributed papers examining a broad range of technical, conceptual, policy, and financial aspects of scholarly communication. Poster presentations and demonstrations of new publishing and research tools will form part of the program. A plenary session on funding and access policies for publicly funded research, and a special session on open access developments in transitional and developing countries will round out the program. The conference will begin and end with special keynotes by John Willinsky and Stevan Harnad.

The final agenda for the conference will be available online in late March,after the peer-review of submitted papers has been completed and acceptances have been confirmed.

For further inquiries, please email or

Leslie Chan Susanna Mornati
General Chair Program Chair

ELPUB 2008

Code4libcon 2008 Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks 1 (Tuesday 16:15-17:30)

  • Creating an Academic Image Collection with Flickr - Mark Dahl & Jeremy McWilliams
    • View Video on Google
    • Slides
    • ceramics collections onto flickr
    • they create flickr accounts and upload images
    • they then use the academic site to catalog their images and assign a CC license and submit to the flickr group
    • fancy collection site will facilitate browsing the collection by various controlled fields - or they can use a site that hasn't been built yet to browse fields
    • why flickr api - lots of image management tools - not in contentdm
  • eIFL-FOSS - Bess Sadler
  • Scientific data curation - Nate Vack
  • eXtensible catalog - Jennifer Bowen, U. of Rochester
    • View Video on Google
    • XC - extensible catalog
    • revealing library content through cms and learning management systems
    • funding from mellon & u of rochester
    • have lots of partners (too many to list)
    • will work alongside an ILS
    • help users find information where they already are (like in blackboard)
    • they have hired 4 developers - and need one more
    • they will be creating a non-profit org to sustain the project
    • release as OS in July 2009
  • User Assessment / Reality Check: User Assessment in Web Archiving - Tracy Seneca
  • BibApp Update - Eric Larson
    • View Video on Google
    • Slides
    • wants - comprehensive (non-tenured) tenured what non-comprehensive...
    • development - using Solr (voodoo doughnuts)
    • authorities - having Solr showed them that their data was very ugly
    • 48 faculty = 1300 unique publication strings - but the problem is that they aren't authorized so it's really 4508 unique author strings for 48 faculty
    • JCDL
  • Steaming Pylons - Bill Erickson, ESI
  • The Atom Publishing Protocol Will Teach You REST & HTTP - Keith Fahlgren, O'Reilly Media
  • JPEG2000 to Zoomify Shim : Creating JPEG tiles from JPEG2000 images - Peter Murray, OhioLINK
    • View Video on Google Video
    • believes JPEG2000 is better than TIFF as a viable long term preservation format
    • didn't want to triple/quadruple disk space requirements
    • didn't want to log into vendor specific format
    • Uses Java 1.5+, Zoomify, and Kakadu JPEG2000 library
    • jpeg2000 lets you get at many different zoom factors
    • system requirements - java 1.5 or greater
    • they chose the zoomify - commercial version for features that they may or may no have needed
    • need kakadu jpeg2000 library
  • Installing OJS in <5 minutes - Calvin Mah & Siavash Miri
  • Library Content Management System -- Karen Coombs
  • World Digital Library - Dan Chudnov
    • View Video on Google Video
    • UNESCO project, demo sponsored by Google
    • To make important cultural objects available in digital form
    • Materials from 7-10 countries, spanning >1000 years
    • 200 items currently available
    • aiming to be live in about a year with a couple thousand items
    • Python, Django, PostgreSQL, TileCache, METS, XLIFF, JQuery, CLDR, Babel

Lightning Talks 2 (Wednesday 16:15-17:30)

  • Advanced Tagging - Albert? , University of Michigan
  • JesterJS - Michael Klein, Boston Public Library
  • Blacklight, Bess Sadler
    • View Video on Google Video
    • OPAC replacement
    • uses Solr
    • University of Virginia Library
    • supports native unicode
  • kobold chieftan talk -- Gabe Farell, Mark Matienzo
    • View Video on Google Video
    • Slides
    • aka -- fac-back-opac
    • aka -- open source endeca
    • (all links)
    • faceted online open access catalog
  • archivists' toolkit - mark matienzo
    • View Video on Google Video
    • Slides
    • os relational database application for back office archival functions
    • centralized way to create/maintain metadata for archival resources
    • ingests variety of metadata - no more hand coding EAD
  • Erlang - Devon Smith
  • CDRIP -- Harrison Dekker
    • View Video on Google
    • Rip CD-ROMs to ISO on disk
    • Provide access via a VMware instance
    • Looking to provide access through an openly available desktop viewing client like VNC
  • Git, distributed version control -- Galen Charlton, LibLime
    • View Video on Google Video
    • Slides
    • version control system
    • named after it's creator
    • used by Koha project
    • diff from cvs and subversion is it's distributed nature - not just one repository - each checkout is an entire repository
    • easy tool to use
    • no special committers
  • Jangle -- Ross Singer
    • View Video on Google Video
    • OSS Project
    • Talis trying to get the ball rolling - but not a Talis project
    • project intended to help get things done, no push an agenda
    • whatever it takes to get the data out
    • Ruby using Rack
    • Google Group jangle-discuss
  • Scriblio -- Casey Bisson
  • Facebook -- John Nowlin
  • Bringing Sheetmusic To Life -- Andrew Bullen
  • The Hub and Spoke Framework: Interoperability and Collection of Preservation Metadata for Digital Repository Content - Thomas Habing
    • Slides
    • View Video on Google Video
    • repository interroperability
    • uses extensible METS profile - designed to have additional profiles layered on it
    • LRCRUD service - packages usable by a repository's native ingestion routines

Lightning Talks 3 (Thursday 11:00-11:45)

  • Rails vim - Noel Peden
    • View Video on Google Video
    • The rails.vim plugin home page (See the YouTube demo, an tutorial, or another tutorial)
    • This file (vim.tgz) contains my .vimrc, my .vim folder (containing the rails.vim, project.vim, minibufexpl.vim, and other plugins), .screenrc and split screen file. Notes:
      • My .vimrc file is set up for the following:
        • To close a buffer, use :BD, not :q. The latter does not account for window layout.
        • Ctrl-h,j,k,l is mapped to switch windows. Normally you'd hit Ctrl-w followed by h,j,k,l.
        • To avoid having to save a file every time you switch a buffer, autowrite is enabled, meaning a file is saved when you move away from it.
        • F12 toggles the project window, F8 toggles the tag window.
        • Ctags is expected for taglist.vim. Uninstall as needed.
      • Using .screenrc and .screenrc.split: None of this needs to be changed much, and tutorials on Gnu screen are ubiquitous on the web. .screenrc.split shows how to start your server, split the screen, tail the development log, and start vim. To use, call screen -c ~/.screenrc.split in your rails directory.
      • Notes:
        • When you open a file from the minibuf area or the project area, the file will open in the last window used. This can really screw things up if you've moved from tags to project, etc. This is the major weakness of vim as an IDE, but you can be more aware of where you move.
        • The rails.vim plugin is only activated if you open a file in a rails application.
        • You may want to update all of the plugins. Ruby and rails syntax files can be updated with 'sudo gem install vim-ruby --remote'.
  • Web Archiving Service - Mike Wooldridge, California Digital Library
  • Citation parsing made easy - Erik Hetzner, California Digital Library
  • An introduction to #code4lib - Jodi Schneider and Jonathan Gorman
  • Two invitations - Richard Wallis, Talis
  • HOWTO meet people and have fun at code4lib, or how to get your groove back - Mark Matienzo
  • Selenium, a Firefox IDE - Jon Phipps

Ray Schwartz from the William Peterson University, took pictures of the lists:

* Day1:

* Day2:

* Day3:

Please transcribe one, if you have time!

Brown University to Host Code4Lib 2009

By now pretty much everyone knows (since it was announced at Code4Lib 2008), but in the interest of the historical record, let it show that Brown University will be hosting Code4Lib 2009. They submitted the winning proposal that will bring all library coders who can make it to Providence, Rhode Island in February 2009. We hope to see you there!

Presentations from LibraryFind pre-conference

Here are links to the powerpoints from the LibraryFind pre-conference session at code4lib 2008:

Overview and Installation

User Interface Customization

Vote for Code4Lib 2009 Host!

[NOTE: Click here to see the whole post.]

We received four very good proposals for hosting the 2009 conference, and now it is time to vote on them! Voting is open until 3am Eastern Time on Thursday, February 28th. We expect to announce results at the conference later that day.

1. Go here:
2. Log in using your credentials (register for a Drupal account if you haven't done so already and an administrator will approve your account soon thereafter)
3. Click on a host's name to read the proposal in full
4. Assign the proposal a rating from 0 to 3, 0 being least desirable and 3 being the most.
5. Once you are satisfied with your ratings, click "Cast your ballot"

Your vote counts! Please keep the conference requirements and desirables in mind as you make your selection:

Feel free to watch for returns.


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