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Code4lib BC Unconference 2016
'''Code of Conduct''': As a Code4Lib event, we adhere to the [ Code4Lib Code of Conduct], which seeks to provide a welcoming, harassment-free environment.
=== Program ===
Here's a partial list of talks and breakout sessions that have already been confirmed for this year's unconference. There are more to come - watch this space!
==== Lightning Talks ====
* MediaConch, video format validation for Archivematica (Sarah Romkey)
* TechBC Memory Project metadata upgrade (Holly Hendrigan)
* A Coal Miner’s History: Mapping Digitized Audio Interviews (Daniel Sifton)
* simple library apps with Google Apps Scripts (Terry Brady)
* Defining Projects using Gherkin Syntax (Sara Allain)
* UX design on research data site (Jessica Gallinger)
* Islandora On This Day module (Mark Jordan)
* Provincial Digital Library update (Daniel Sifton/Caroline Daniels)
* ElasticSearch API: Using Aggregation Queries to Do Cool Stuff (Schuyler Lindberg)
* Introduction to Docker (James Fournie)
* Web Analytics with Piwik (Jonathan Schatz)
* Getting Things Done: Understanding and Analyzing Workflow (Cynthia Ng)
==== Breakout Sessions ====
* Intro to SQL (Alex Garnett)
* Awesome Excel tips (Trevor Smith)
* PDL technologies Up Close (Daniel Sifton)
* FOLIO (Andrew Nagy)
* reSearcher and project sustainability
* Intro to Git and GitHub for libraries (Sara Allain/Mark Jordan)
* Using Islandora for Publishing XML (Michael Joyce)
=== Schedule ===
| 4:30 || End of Day
=== Program ===
==== Lightning Talks ====
''Provincial Digital Library Update'', Daniel Sifton/Caroline Daniels
* A brief overview of strategies, efforts, and technologies regarding the BC Provincial Digital Library.
''Building Quick and Dirty Library Tools with Google Apps Script'', Terry Brady
* The ubiquity of Google Drive solves many problems (file sharing, web publishing, bulk editing) that are cumbersome to build in a home-grown application. With a little bit of JavaScript magic, you can build a custom solution on top of the Google Apps your users use every day. See for some examples. Google Apps Script is a server-side implementation of JavaScript supporting API calls to Google Services. This presentation will describe the various ways that your custom code can be deployed for a library audience (formula function, embedded in a document, web service, document add-on).
''Makerspaces and the Maker Community in the Lower Mainland'', Maryann Kempthorne
''Web Analytics with Piwik'', Jonathan Schatz
''TechBC Memory Project metadata upgrade'', Holly Hendrigan
* Holly will provide an update to the TechBC Memory Project, her oral history project that has undergone a substantial makeover since last December's Code4Lib. She will tell the story of all the moving parts that came together when the collection migrated to SFU Library's Digital Collections.
''ElasticSearch API: Using Aggregation Queries to Do Cool Stuff'', Schuyler Lindberg
''Getting Things Done: Understanding and Analyzing Workflow'', Cynthia Ng
* How does work move through your organization? Does the order make sense? How many times is it passed on? How many people is it handled by? Do all the steps still need to done in the current work environment? This presentation provides some suggestions on methods to understand and analyze workflow using technical services as an example, but which can be applied in other areas.
''Defining Projects using Gherkin Syntax'', Sara Allain
* The team at Artefactual has recently started using Gherkin, a human-readable syntax for defining software feature acceptance tests, in select software development projects. In this lightning talk, Sara will show how Gherkin acceptance tests are developed and how they're used by both end-users and developers.
''A Coal Miner’s History: Mapping Digitized Audio Interviews'', Daniel Sifton
* Leveraging skills we developed in an earlier mapping project, we're using a rich set data from our Dspace instance to map the spoken word in the form of conversations [both audio and transcripts] about coal mines from the years 1900 – 1945 in and around the city of Nanaimo.
''Introduction to Docker'', James Fournie
* Docker is an open-source application container engine that is taking the IT world by storm. James will introduce you to Docker -- what Docker is and isn't and how Docker might help you or your organization write or deploy software.
''Makers Making Change'', Harry Lew
* Makers Making Change, a community based initiative that links makers, volunteers with technical skills, with people with disabilities with the goal of making affordable, open source assistive technolgies for those people with disabilities centered around community resources such as 3D printers in libraries and maker spaces.
''MediaConch: A Video Format Validation Tool for Archivematica'', Sarah Romkey
* MediaConch is a new tool for validating preservation video files. In this presentation, Sarah will talk about how we're integrating this tool into Archivematica, an open-source digital preservation system, and how Artefactual Systems approached this development project.
''UX Design of a Research Data Management Micro-site'', Jessica Gallinger
* The SFU Library is creating new web content to help researchers manage their data. Receive a whirlwind tour of the UX methods (personas, interviews, prototyping, user testing, etc.) applied to design an effective micro-site around the needs of the end user. A high-fidelity prototype in InVision will be demoed.
''Islandora On This Day module'', Mark Jordan
''A Single Page Web App to Inventory 900,000 Books!'', Terry Brady
* After completing a reorganization of our stacks, the Georgetown University Library needs to perform an inventory of 900,000 books within our stacks. This project needs to be completed before migrating our catalog to a new ILS (integrated library system) vendor in 2017.
* The Georgetown University Library has developed an application that allows student workers with a barcode scanner and a Chromebook to rapidly move through the stacks and scan each item. The tool queries the ILS database to verify the item's status and location, while allowing the user to verify the Title, Call Number and Volume of each item. The tool will also highlight call number sorting errors with each scan.
* This presentation will describe the solution that we have developed and the challenges that were overcome during the project. The code (and a video demonstration of the project) are available at
==== Breakout Sessions ====
''Intro to git/github for libraries'', Sara Allain/Mark Jordan
''PDL technologies up close'', Daniel Sifton
* An in depth demo of the harvesting/mapping/ingestion process in both the DPLA technology stack and in SuppleJack (from DigitalNZ) for consideration in a BC-PDL environment. Note, attendees will have an opportunity to explore the interfaces where they exist and where possible, but will not be interacting with these platforms at the command level. If you want to do this, however, this session might be a good place to get an understanding of the hidden pieces. To paraphrase Tom Vu, "Come to [this] seminar!"
''FOLIO'', Andrew Nagy
''Digital Collections'', Terry Brady
''Needling The Haystack: An Introduction to SQL and Query Languages'', Alex Garnett
* Have you ever thought to yourself, "western nations seem powerless to defend against the creeping tide of fascism, but at least I know how to search within a database real well, as if that makes anything OK?"
* Good news -- now you can! This workshop will provide an introduction to SQL and related query languages for people who have little to no experience using modern database backends. We'll discuss the differences in difference SQL implementations, how to efficiently retrieve data from already-existing databases that you might encounter in your job, and hopefully demystify some general concepts of querying. If you've ever had a graphical database design course, so much the better; we'll be trying to supplement but not rehash those concepts. Please bring your own laptop.
''reSearcher (CUFTS/GODOT) and project sustainability''
''Using Islandora for Publishing XML'', Michael Joyce
* Islandora is well known in the library community as a digital repository. At Simon Fraser University we have been experimenting with it as a publishing platform for XML. Instead of simply presenting an XML file in the browser, we transform it to HTML for display. In this breakout session, we will examine the code for two projects: the TechBC Memory Project, a collection of oral histories, and a text transcription of Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth and Coleridge.
''Awesome Excel Tips'', Trevor Smith
* Want to wrangle your data into submission either for collection management or budgeting? Learn how to use Pivot Tables, VLOOKUPs, advanced queries, or even a dashboard all inside Excel.
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