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2013 preconference proposals

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Solr 4 In Depth
* Contact: Erik Hatcher (erik.hatcher at
* Note: I put this under "Half Day Evening" only because I didn't want to conflict with the other great half day sessions already proposed here. However it makes the most sense to arrange the sessions is fine with me though.
=== Intro to Blacklight ===
Blacklight ( is a free and open source discovery interface built on solr and ruby on rails. It is used by institutions such as Stanford University, University of Virginia, WGBH, Johns Hopkins University, the Rock and Roll hall of fame, and an ever expanding community of adopters and contributors. Blacklight can be used as a front-end discovery solution for an ILS, or the contents of a digital repository, or to provide a unified discovery solution for many siloed collections. In this workshop we will cover the basics of solr indexing and searching, setting up and customizing Blacklight, and leave time for Q&A around local issues people might encounter.
* Duration: half-day, morning
* Contact: Bess Sadler (bess at
* Note: this workshop can be a standalone intro, or attendees can follow up with the intro to hydra workshop in the afternoon.
=== Intro to Hydra ===
Hydra ( is a free and open source repository solution that is being used by institutions on both sides of the North Atlantic to provide access to their digital content. Hydra provides a versatile and feature rich environment for end-users and repository administrators alike. Leveraging Blacklight as its front end discovery interface, the hydra project provides a suite of software components, data models, and design patterns for building a robust and sustainable digital repository, as well as a community of support for ongoing development. This workshop will provide an introduction to the hydra project and its software components. Attendees will leave with enough knowledge to get started building their own local repository solutions. This workshop will be led by Adam Wead of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
* Duration: half-day, afternoon
* Contact: Bess Sadler (bess at, Adam Wead (amsterdamos at

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