2011 Preconference Proposals
Proposals for 2011 Code4LibCon Preconferences
Proposals will close Friday November 19 so we can finalize the list and add them to registration!
We'll have space for up to 3 full-day pre-conferences and 3-6 half-day pre-conferences.
Please include a "Contact/Responsible Individual" name and email address so we know who is willing to put on the proposed precon.
- Description: This workshop will describe and demonstrate the principles of text mining and other digital humanities computing techniques. With the advent of so much full text content available in libraries, and with the increasing ease in which people can find content, the question to ask one's self is, "What do I do with all of this content?" Or, as Gregory Crane said, "What do you do with a million books?" Text mining, visualization, concordancing are some of the answers -- process for making sense of large full text corpora -- something often called "distant reading". Participants will go away with a better understanding of what the digital humanities are and how they can applied in a library setting.
- Duration: half-day
- Speaker Bio: Eric Lease Morgan considers himself a librarian first and a computer user second. His professional goal is to discover new ways to use computer to provide better library services. Some of his more notable projects included Mr. Serials, Index Morganagus, the Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts, and MyLibrary. Currently he spends his time investigating the digital humanities and integrating them into VUFind.
- Contact: Eric Lease Morgan (emorgan at nd.edu)
What's New In Solr
- Description: The library world is fired up about Solr. Practically every next-gen catalog is using it (via Blacklight, VuFind, or other technologies). Solr has continued improving in some dramatic ways, including geospatial support, field collapsing/grouping, extended dismax query parsing, pivot/grid/matrix/tree faceting, autosuggest, and more. This session will cover all of these new features, showcasing live examples of them all, including anything new that is implemented prior to the conference.
- Duration: half-day
- Speaker Bio: Erik has spoken at several code4lib conferences (Keynoted Athens '07 along with the infamous pioneering Solr preconference, presented at Providence '09, and pre-conferenced Asheville '10). Erik co-authored "Lucene in Action", and he's a Lucene and Solr committer. His library world claims to fame are founding and naming Blacklight, original developer on Collex and the Rossetti Archive search.
- Contact: Erik Hatcher (erik.hatcher at lucidimagination.com)
- The aim of this talk is to prepare participants to both implement functional techniques in everyday programming, as well as start exploring the topic more academically. Even if you never plan on coding in a purely functional style this workshop will give you an understanding of topics that should improve your programming in other languages with functional features such as Ruby, Python, and C#. At the very least after this workshop you can go to the bar and throw around words like “lambda function”, “closure” and “currying” with confidence!
- Duration: half-day
- Speaker Bio: Will Kurt is the Applications Development Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is also working on a master’s in Computer Science. He has spoken at several library conferences including Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian on topics including the Microsoft Surface and Visualizing Information.
- Contact: Will Kurt (wkurt at unr.edu)
- Description: Want to hack/design/plan/document on a team of people who enjoy learning by creating? Interested in digital curation? Well, this hackfest is for you. Not familiar with the concept of a hackfest? See Roy Tennant's "Where Librarians Go To Hack" and the page for the Access 2010 Hackfest. I propose a full-day hackfest with a focus on the domains of digital curation, preservation, and repositories -- think stuff like CDL's microservices, Hydra, Fedora, etc. Here's how it works, roughly: we assemble in the morning and do some whiteboarding, mostly to gauge folks' interests and jot down project ideas; then we separate into teams and hack on stuff for the rest of the day and present our progress at the end. Not a code hacker? No worries; all skill sets and backgrounds are valuable! (Wiki space will be made in advance of the hackfest so participants may begin kicking around ideas.)
- Duration: full-day
- Speaker Bio: Facilitators of the CURATEcamp Hackfest will be:
- Shaun Ellis - Digital Library Collections Interface Developer, Princeton University Library
- Jason Fowler - Programmer Analyst, UBC Library Systems
- Contact: Mike Giarlo (michael at psu.edu)
Running cloud Servers
- Desription: In this pre-conference we will work with the Amazon EC2, S3, and EBS platforms to launch, configure and deploy cloud-based servers. The workshop will include a series of short hands-on tutorials designed to take you from complete novice to semi-skilled cloud server administrator. the tutorials include: 1)short overview of Amazon cloud services and how they are used 2)Amazon registration, 3)Launching, configuring and securing your first instance, 4)Installing a service (Vufind) and 5)Backing up in the cloud - Backup routines and server images.
- Duration: half-day
- Speaker Bio: Erik Mitchell is the Assistant Director for Technology Services at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Over the past year he and his team have focused on using cloud-based services to serve the IT needs of the ZSR library. More information about the work done on this project can be found at , 
- Contact: mitcheet at wfu dot edu
Publishing Historic Newspapers with NDNP tools
An in-depth session on publishing and working with historic newspaper content made available through the US National Digital Newspaper Program. The software behind the LC-hosted site at chroniclingamerica.loc.gov (python/django/mysql/solr) is available under a free/libre/open source license at sourceforge. This session will include an introduction to the program and working with the software; discussion of adding features such as linking between ChromAm at LC and other institutions publishing the same newspaper content; creating structure and submission for user edited OCR corrections; and article level viewing. This event is open to everyone - non-NDNP participants are invited to join us and learn how to work with this content and help consider how to improve the software. The schedule will include ample time for technical discussion and hacking on the software itself.
Full day (possibly preceded by NDNP-participants-only pre-pre-conference session the day before)
Contact: Karen Estlund, University of Oregon Libraries; Dan Chudnov, Library of Congress