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2015 Prepared Talk Proposals

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Formats For All!
The landscape of finding and getting fiction (and non-fiction for leisure reading) has changed dramatically in the past few years, and one of the most disruptive new developments could turn out to be Oyster, a "Netflix for books" ebook subscription. While somewhat expensive and with a developing selection of materials, the platform is amazingly easy to use, and makes finding and reading ebooks a two step process: find a book, start reading. Compare this to getting ebooks (or even print books) from your library, a process which could take multiple user names and up to a dozen steps. For both the future of libraries, and my own selfish desires, I want to make this better! This speculative talk will discuss an idea I have (that I will need help with) to make finding and borrowing leisure reading materials less frustrating, and will hopefully result in a library-wide conversation about the discovery of, and access to, leisure reading materials.
== Formats For All! The Future of the Archivematica Format Policy Registry ==
* Misty De Meo,, Artefactual Systems (first-time talk submitter)
Archivematica's Format Policy Registry (FPR) is an open-source preservation planning tool. The FPR is designed to abstract away many of the challenges involved in identifying file formats, as well as picking the right tools to use to perform tasks like metadata extraction, format transformation and normalization.
The first part of this talk will focus on the FPR's structure and its capabilities, but this isn't just a vendor pitch. The current version of the registry is only designed around Archivematica's usecases, but we want to bring the FPR to the world and make it work great for other software too. Share your format policies between Archivematica, Islandora, and Hydra! Share your file IDs between applications so you never misidentify a file again! Build new software without having to worry about the details of how to run external tools on files! The second part of the talk will focus on possible future developments, how the FPR might change, and what a community effort to bring the FPR forward might look like.

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