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AHAH: When Good is Better than Best

Casey Durfee

It can be difficult to enhance, fix or extend legacy/closed-source web applications such as online catalogs without being able to alter the web application directly.

I will discuss using AHAH (Asynchronous HTTPRequest and HTML) as a technique for doing so and compare it to AJAX, proxying and SSI. Examples from the Seattle Public Library’s next generation online catalog will be presented. Performance and scalability concerns will also be covered, time permitting.

ERP Options in an OSS World

Art Rhyno

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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are considered some of the largest and most complex systems ever written, and support many of the functions that libraries associate with the acquisitions and processing side of their operations. The information retrieval layers of library systems receive a lot of attention with good reason, but there’s also a body of standards and best practices for back office systems which libraries could benefit from as well. Open Source ERP systems offer options for libraries to take advantage of OMG standards and workflow engines, and this session will give an overview of some currently available ERP options.

Lipstick on a Pig: 7 Ways to Improve the Sex Life of Your OPAC

Jim Robertson

Jim Robertson will show how NJIT has used a variety of tools (but largely ColdFusion) to extend their library’s OPAC to engage today’s Millennial (raised in the “Goozlezon” Web 2.0 environment) students: (1) book covers; (2) book reviews, (3) live circulation usage history, (4) recommendation engine, (5) RSS of journals tables of contents, (6) live librarian support, (7) shortcut, durable links (PURL’s) to specific items.

--Jim Robertson, Assistant University Librarian
New Jersey Institute of Technology
james.c.robertson@njit.edu 973-596-5798

My Powerpoint presentation is at www.library.njit.edu/staff-folders/robertson/presentations.

Practical Aspects of Implementing Open Source in Armenia

Tigran Zargaryan

A look at Open Source from outside of North America. What is the situation on Open Source in Armenia? What actions will be implemented at Yerevan State University library concerning Open Source? What are problems facing Armenian libraries, as well as those in Georgia and Azerbaijan, in creating digital repositories?

Tigran Zargaryan, Head of Automation at Yerevan State University library in Armenia

WikiD

Jeffrey A. Young

Ward Cunningham describes a wiki as “the simplest online database that
could possibly work”. The cost of this simplicity is that wikis are
generally limited to a single collection containing a single kind of
record (viz. WikiMarkupLanguage records). WikiD extends the Wiki model
to support multiple WikiCollections containing arbitrary schemas of XML
records with minimal additional complexity. Furthermore, displays and
services can be customized on a per-collection basis.

Project site: http://www.oclc.org/research/projects/wikid/default.htm

Teaching the Library and Information Community How to Remix Information

Raymond Yee

I will articulate a framework that I am using to teach LIS students how to remix information with XML and web services. Because information remix comes across as a grab bag of techniques, students need a framework for learning a particular example of remix in depth so they can understand remixing in a broader context. In my talk, I will reflect on using Flickr as a paradigmatic example in elucidating remix to LIS students.

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Raymond Yee 2195 Hearst (250-22)
Technology Architect UC Berkeley
Interactive University Project Berkeley, CA 94720-3810

Generating Recommendations in OPACS: Initial Results and Open Areas for Exploration

Colleen Whitney

In the context of a research and prototyping project, the California Digital Library is using catalog content indexed in XTF, along with over 9 million historical circulation transaction records and other external data, to generate recommendations for an academic audience. Early results are promising. This talk will focus on methods, challenges, and plans for further development.

For more information on the project: http://www.cdlib.org/inside/projects/melvyl_recommender/

The Case for Code4Lib 501c(3)

Roy Tennant

Libraries face tremendous challenges to create effective and responsive institutions in a Googlezon world. But the type of leadership we need so far hasn’t materialized. If it isn’t going to come from the administrators, let it come from the coders. In this talk I will build a case for establishing Code4Lib as a nonprofit library software cooperative. A financial structure would allow us to put real resources—both financial and human—into bringing libraries into the 21st century.

1,000 Lines of Code, and other topics from OCLC Research

Thomas Hickey

You can do a lot in 1,000 lines of code. A retrieval system blending a Dewey browser and an interactive ‘live’ search is presented which is currently implemented in about 1,000 lines. As the user types, the system searches for records, classifies those records into DDC categories, and displays them using standard protocols. The data structures needed to support this are computed in parallel using a Python implementation of map-reduce.

Other topics include discussing the reasoning behind OCLC’s recent shift to using version 2.0 of the Apache License to release our open source software.

Chasing Babel

Devon Smith

"Two Paths to Interoperable Metadata” [1] proposed a model for metadata
translation that offers substantial gains over models based on the
current community standard, which usually involves an XSLT
implementation. In this presentation, I will discuss implementation
issues with the Semantic Equivalence Expression Language (Seel), our
alternative to XSLT [2]. I will show how Seel eases the complex task of
change management because it represents a more faithful computational
model of the metadata translation problem.

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