2015 Prepared Talk Proposals

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Code4lib 2015 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations. For more information about the Code4lib community, please visit http://code4lib.org/about/. The conference will be held at the Portland Hilton & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon, from February 9-12, 2015.

Proposals for Prepared Talks:

We encourage everyone to propose a talk.

Prepared talks are 20 minutes (including setup and questions), and should focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Projects you've worked on which incorporate innovative implementation of existing technologies and/or development of new software
  • Tools and technologies – How to get the most out of existing tools, standards and protocols (and ideas on how to make them better)
  • Technical issues - Big issues in library technology that should be addressed or better understood
  • Relevant non-technical issues – Concerns of interest to the Code4Lib community which are not strictly technical in nature, e.g. collaboration, diversity, organizational challenges, etc.

Proposals can be submitted through Friday, November 7, 2014 at 5pm PST (GMT−8). Voting will start on November 11, 2014 and continue through November 25, 2014. The URL to submit votes will be announced on the Code4Lib website and mailing list and will require an active code4lib.org account to participate. The final list of presentations will be announced in early- to mid-December.

Proposals for Prepared Talks:

Log in to the Code4lib wiki and edit this wiki page using the prescribed format. If you are not already registered, follow the instructions to do so. Provide a title and brief (500 words or fewer) description of your proposed talk. If you so choose, you may also indicate when, if ever, you have presented at a prior Code4Lib conference. This information is completely optional, but it may assist voters in opening the conference to new presenters.

Please follow the formatting guidelines:

== Talk Title: ==
* Speaker's name,  email address, and (optional) affiliation
* Second speaker's name, email address, and affiliation, if second speaker

Abstract of no more than 500 words.

Talk Proposals

Drupal 8 — Evolution & Revolution

  • Cary Gordon, The Cherry Hill Company, cgordon@chillco.com

Drupal 8 is in beta and nearing release. Among its many features, it notably has become more developer friendly through its adoption of the Symfony PHP framework along with Symfony's outstanding set of libraries (like Guzzle) and tools (like Composer). And, in implementing the Twig theming system, it is can begin to escape PHPtemplate. These moves also make it easier to create headless systems that uses Angular.js and other systems for presentation, or even forgo presentation entirely.

From the site-builder's perspective, Drupal 8 provides a much smother experience and makes it easier to build and implement site recipes.

Using GameSalad to Build a Gamified Information Literacy Mobile App for Higher Education

GameSalad is a popular tool for developing mobile and desktop games with little actual programming. In this presentation, Stan Bogdanov breaks down the development process he followed while building mobiLit, a mobile app with the goal of being the first open-source gamified information literacy app to be used as part of a college-level information literacy curriculum. He will go through the basics of using GameSalad to create an app that can be easily customized by non-programmers and the instructional principles used to teach the material in a mobile medium. Stan will also go through two qualitative design studies he did on the app and discuss their results and the lessons learned from building mobiLit. The session will conclude with an overview of the next steps for the mobiLit project.

The Impossible Search: Pulling data form unknown sources

  • Riley Childs, no official affiliation (currently a Senior in High School at Charlotte United Christian Academy), rchilds (AT) cucawarriors.com

It's easy to search data you know the structure of, but what if you need to pull in data from sources that don't have a standard structure. The ability to search community events along with your standard catalog search results is an example, but often the only way to pull these events is through XML, JSON, (Insert structured format here), or even just raw html. But how do you get that structure? That simple question is what makes this impossible. The process to define and process this structure takes a lot of manual labor, especially if the data you are pulling is just HTML, and then every time you add data to the index you have to run all the data through a script to pull in data in a format Solr or an other index can use. This talk will focus on Solr, but the principles explained will apply to many other indexes.

What! You're Not Using Docker?

  • Cary Gordon, The Cherry Hill Company, cgordon@chillco.com

Boring part: Docker[1] is a container system that provides benefits similar to virtualization with only a fraction of the overhead. Scintillating part: Docker can host between four to six times the number of service instances than systems such as Xen or VMWare on a given piece of hardware. But thats not all! Docker also makes it simple(r) to create transportable instances, so you can spin up development servers on your laptop.

Video Accessibility, WebVTT, and Timed Text Track Tricks

  • Jason Ronallo, jronallo@gmail.com, NCSU Libraries

Video on the Web presents new challenges and opportunities. How do you make your video more accessible to those with various disabilities and needs? I'll show you how. This presentation will focus on how to write and deliver captions, subtitles, audio descriptions, and timed metadata tracks for Web video using the WebVTT W3C standard. Encoding timed text tracks in this way opens up opportunities for new functionality on your websites beyond accessibility. The presentation will show some examples of the potential for using timed text tracks in creative ways. I'll cover all the HTML and JavaScript you will need to know as well as some of the CSS and other bits you could probably do without but are too fun to pass up.

Categorizing Records with Random Forests

  • Geoffrey Boushey, geoffrey.boushey@ucsf.edu, UCSF Library

Academic libraries are increasingly responsible for providing ingest, search, discovery, and analysis for data sets. Emerging techniques from data science and machine learning can provide librarians and developers with an opportunity to generate new insights and services from these document collections. This presentation will provide a brief overview of common machine learning classification techniques, then dive into a more detailed example using a random forest to assign keywords to research data sets. The talk will emphasize the insight that can be gained from machine learning rather than the inner workings of the algorithms. The overall goal of this presentation is to provide librarians and developers with the context to recognize an opportunity to apply machine learning categorization techniques at their home campuses and organizations.

Data Science in Libraries

  • Devon Smith, smithde@oclc.org, OCLC

Data Science is increasing in buzz and hype. I'll go over what it is, what it isn't, and how it fits in libraries.

PDF metadata extraction for academic literature

  • Kevin Savage, kevin.savage at mendeley.com, Mendeley
  • Joyce Stack, joyce.stack at mendeley.com, Mendeley

Mendeley recently added a, "document from file," endpoint to its API which attempts to extract metadata such as title and authors directly from PDF files. This talk will describe at a high level the machine learning methods we used including how we measured and tuned our model. We will then delve more deeply into our stack, the tools we used, some of the things that didn't work and why PDFs are the worst thing ever to compute over.