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Karen Coyle Keynote - R&D: Can Resource Description become Rigorous Data?

Work is beginning to transform the eloquent yet arcane texts called
"library cataloging records" into data elements that will play well in
the Web. Beginning with the upcoming revised cataloging rules, called
Resource Description and Access, a team of researchers is exploring the
abstract model behind bibliographic description. Coyle will cover the
philosophy behind the project and will discuss current progress and
goals, as well as fears, risks, and even some confusion.

Presentation Slides in PDF



Code4libcon 2008 Breakout Sessions

Anyone can propose a breakout session - please think about whether you would want a session to be held on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the order of talks and who you hope will attend. There are at least five rooms available each day, including the large meeting room, and we will route different proposed sessions to the different rooms depending on a quick show-of-hands survey just before each one begins.

This page will list any sessions proposed before the conference itself, but there will also be flip charts outside the meeting room where more sessions can be proposed.

Breakout Sessions 1 (Tuesday 14:40-16:00)

  • WorldCat Grid Services (for example, the WorldCat API) (Don Hamparian)
  • Linked Data
  • Solr in Libraries (Tom Burton-West) Topic ideas

Breakout Sessions 2 (Wednesday 14:40-16:00)

  • Planning for code4lib 2009 (Dan Chudnov)
  • Feedback on DLF ILS Discovery Interface API recommendations (see blurb from program for more info) (Emily Lynema)

Call for Code4Lib 2009 Hosting Proposals

Proposals to host the 2009 Code4Lib Conference will be accepted through Wednesday, February 20, 2008. A decision will be made the following week by popular vote. See the hosting information page for more information.

Code4lib 2008 Conference T-Shirt Design

Traditionally (if two years can be called tradition) we hold a contest to pick the design for the front of the conference t-shirt. This year we did not receive many entries - in fact, we only had one official entry. Fortunately, it rocks (at least, I think so):

Code4lib 2008 T-shirt design

Design by Noel Peden

Solr-powered Buddhist texts?

I'll be leading a Solr workshop this February, in Taiwan, for the EBTI/CBETA Conference. This is a synergy of several interests of mine: library-related findability, Asian culture, and Buddhist philosophy. I'm particularly encouraged by the Integrated Buddhist Archives (IBA) proposal - seems like a perfect fit for Collex.

OLA Super Conference - Collex and Blacklight

I'm honored to be speaking at the upcoming OLA Super Conference 2008. I'm presenting "Collex: Collecting and exhibiting scholarly materials" (session #406, Thursday January 31, 10:40am) and " Blacklight: the University of Virginia's Catalog on Solr" (session #1203, Friday, February 1, 2:10pm). I'm looking forward to demonstrating these projects and sharing their latest news.

OLA Super Conference 2008 banner

Code4lib 2008 Registration now open!

Registration to the Code4lib 2008 conference is now open!

See (or the link from the conference page) to register.

Second Life Web Interoperability - Moodle and

Jeremy Kemp - SJSU SLIS
Dr. Jonathon Richter - University of Oregon

Second Life is web-enabled via XML-RPC and HTTP so that it can automatically export data out from
scripted 3D objects and import in from Web databases. Its hackability is under-reported in favor of tales about naked avatars and case studies of failed ad campaigns but we think this platform may be useful for hybrid 3D modules for ILS systems. Two mashup projects will be interesting to library coders:

  • connects Moodle to 3D learning tools
  • the Salamander project is organizing a 3D learning objects taxonomy related to (

The two founders will describe their projects and give tips for hacking SL.


Losing sleep over REST?

Jospeh Dalton - NYPL Labs
Jay Datema - NYPL Labs

We've recently hacked an API for the NYPL Digital Gallery to share images with the video collaboration platform, Kaltura. This could be your library's dream, or nightmare, depending where you sit. Is there a sweet spot between offering lightweight APIs - with possibly limited reliability - vs. trying to develop a bullet-proof API? Is the possible solution to seed the API to interested parties through feeds, with the implied expectation that it's a work in progress?


RDF and RDA: declaring and modeling library metadata

Corey A. Harper - Metadata Services Librarian, New York University

This talk proposes to introduce the DCMI/RDA task group, formed to analyze the relationship of RDA to other metadata communities and to examine the modeling of library metadata. Recent DCMI developments will be discussed, including the DC Abstract Model, Application Profiles, RDF declarations of metadata element sets and value vocabularies, the Singapore Framework, and the emerging concept of description set profiling. It is hoped that this will help to foster collaboration between code4lib and DCMI.




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