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Code4Lib 2007 - Day 1 Video Available

The video from Day 1 for Code4Lib 2007 has been uploaded for downloading and on Google Video. This includes all lightning talks. You can view or download from the presentation pages accessible from the conference schedule.

If you want a version for your ipod or PSP then you should be able to download a version from Google Video. Embedding is also enabled. Feel free to rate or tag the videos. Podcasts will be forthcoming once the other days are done.

If you notice any problems with the videos please let us know. I was uploading and linking them rather quickly so I would not be surprised if there is a mixup or two. I'm on channel or just comment here. Again thanks goes to Noel Peden (npeden) for doing the heavy lifting of editing and encoding.

Update: Both Day 2 and Day 3 are now uploaded and linked to on the Presentation and Lightning Talk pages. Please let us know if you notice anything wrong. Google is still churning through the files.

Code4Lib 2007 Video Trickling In

As anyone who has encoded video knows, it can be a slow process. If you happen to be in IRC be sure to thank ecorrado and npeden for their work on the videos. The videos are slowly being uploaded to code4lib. As space needs to be shuffled a little bit on Anvil I've taken the liberty of mirroring the videos at Michigan State and also uploading them to Google to make them easier to embed.

The files that have been processed are tagged with code4lib2007 on Google. I've also included a link to download the MPEG-4 file and embedded the video for watching on the presentation pages. You'll need a player that can handle MPEG-4 (H.264) and AAC audio to view the downloaded files. The latest Quicktime should work, as well as VLC and MPlayer. If you compiled either yourself, be sure to include mp4 and aac support.

It may be awhile before all the videos are up. Once they are I'll probably work on getting pod/vodcasts up.

Update: I'm also dumping the audio from the videos to mp3 for those who would prefer just the audio for portability. A podcast will be forthcoming. The mp3's are linked from the presentation pages.

Code4Lib Conference Feedback Available

Both the oral and written feedback by attendees of the 2007 Code4Lib Conference is now available.

Code4Lib.org Restored

The machine that code4lib.org (and panizzi, chukwa, and the code4lib planet) runs on has been restored. If you notice any problems still, please let someone in IRC know.

Code4Lib 2008 will be in Portland, OR

Voting on the location of Code4Lib 2008 is now closed and the offer from Oregon State University to host in Portland, OR is the winner. We received three wonderful applications to host the conference, and we hope that everyone who applied will consider applying again.

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.

Call for Proposals to Host Code4Lib 2008

Proposals to host the 2008 Code4Lib Conference will be accepted through Friday, February 16, 2007. A decision will be made the following week by popular vote. See the hosting information page for more information.

Rails Edge Reston

Pragmatic Studio does it again, putting on another top notch event: Rails Edge Reston. I was fortunate enough to attend and pick up a few more gems of Ruby wisdom. Some of the highlights:

  • Met William Groppe (Mr. Ruby Brain) in person, after collaborting online on solrb for a little while. Putting a face and a handshake to a virtual collaborator is important.
  • Also met two of edsu's co-workers. Nice to see so much Ruby library work. Times they are a changin'.
  • Metaprogramming was the very first session. As it should be.
  • Stuart Halloway did a solrb code review and his changes will be reflected in future commits. Speaking of Stu, he and his evil twin, Justin Gehtland, have produced a spectacular enhancement to Rails with Streamlined, a way to elegantly declare a user interface to a relational database. After seeing Streamlined again in more detail, I'm convinced that Flare is destined to be Streamlined Solr. Justin and Stu - thanks for your inspirations, in more ways than one.
  • Got to see many of my good friends and heros again, including Mike, Dave, Chad, Jim, Duncan, Stu, and Justin. I met Bruce Williams and Marcel Molina Jr. for the first time. All presentations were well done, and informative to even seasoned Rails developers.
  • I briefly presented Collex/Flare/solrb during Thursday nights "Open VGA" sessions, though a bit too frantically. My presenting chops were a bit rusty, and doing a 7 minute presentation illuminated the need to get a more succinct and distilled elevator pitch for Solr Flare. code4lib conference is the next Solr flare explosion for me.

Evergreen Keynote

The Evergreen team presented a "virtual keynote" that consisted of a PowerPoint presentation (see below), a conference call and someone on stage to run things.

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.

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