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Logistics and planning info for the 2015 C4L MDC Meetup.


August 11-12, 2015
McKeldin Library
Special Events Room (Room 6137)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Registration is now open:

Registration is free, but please do register if you are planning to attend, so we can plan accordingly! We'll print name tags for everyone who registers in advance. If you have a lanyard or two around the office, please bring them along.

Code of Conduct

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All sessions will take place in McKeldin Library's Special Events Room (Room 6137), which can be found on this floor plan.


The Libraries have posted driving directions for getting to campus. In addition, a comprehensive overview of travel options is available from the campus office of conference and visitor services. Once you have arrived on campus, this campus map will help you locate the library (#035). There is a College Park metro stop on the green line, which is served by a shuttle bus to campus approximately every 10 minutes.


There is ample parking on campus for a daily maximum of $15.00. A covered guest lot that is convenient to the Library is the Regents Drive Garage (#202 on the map mentioned above). Full information on guest parking options is available on the conference and visitor services site.


The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd E is the most convenient lodging to the library, and is within an easy 10 minute walk. Other hotels, including some less expensive options, are located on Route 1 on the other side of campus, 1-2 miles away from the library. This map shows some of the nearby options.


Tuesday (08/11) Wednesday (08/12)
Time Activity Time Activity
9:30-10:00 Coffee / Settling In 9:30-10:00 Coffee / Settling In
10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introductions 10:00-12:00 Workshop 1 (F. Kayiwa, Logs) and Hackathon
10:15-12:00 Prepared Talks (4 talks)
12:00-1:30 Lunch Break 12:00-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-2:15 Prepared Talks (2 talks) 1:30-3:15 Workshop 2 (C. Harlow, OpenRefine) and Hackathon
2:15-3:15 Unconference Session 1
3:15-3:30 Coffee Break 3:15-3:30 Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 Unconference Session 2 3:30-4:30 Unconference Session 3

Planning Team

  • Andrea Medina-Smith
  • Ben Wallberg
  • Bill Helman
  • Bohyun Kim
  • Bria Parker
  • Francis Kayiwa
  • Josh Westgard
  • Laura Wrubel
  • Neil M. Frau-Cortes
  • Brandon Eldred

(Please add your name if you are planning to attend and are able to help!)

Proposed Talks/Sessions/Workshops

20-minute talks

  • IMLS Grant Opportunities for Digital Library Projects --Tjowens (talk) 08:15, 16 July 2015 (PDT)
  • CSV validation scripts for metadata wrangling -- Josh Westgard
  • Omeka S: The multisite and linky next generation of Omeka -- Patrick Murray-John
  • Users, UX, & Technology: Going hi-tech with your classroom AV system -- Bohyun Kim
  • What We're Doing with our DH Mellon Grant - Mackenzie Brooks
  • Building a Poor Man's Catalog with Blacklight/Solr/OAIPMH - Sarah Weissman

Unconference discussion topics

  • DSpace and everything around the Dspace ecosystem. -- Ben Wallberg to lead
  • Omeka S connectors -- To What, How, and Why should Omeka connect to other systems (DSpace (Hi, Ben!), Fedora, etc) -- Patrick Murray-John
  • Makerspace programs and events: ideas and discsusion -- Bohyun Kim (If there are enough people working on this)
  • JupyterHub for documenting code/data practices, and instruction.
  • Github for dummies - A. Medina-Smith to lead
  • Research data - What is everyone doing with research data? What should we be doing (storage, collection, analysis; all, none, or more)? - Julia Blase (and some SIL folks)
  • Outreach & visibility - How do you make your work visible and accessible to your colleagues and users when you don't work on the "front lines" of the library? -- Sarah Hovde

Hackathon ideas

  • A simple transcription tool for Fedora or Omeka-based digital collections
  • Integrate Omeka and CollectionSpace

Workshop topics

  • All your Logs are belong to us.
    • A workshop on how to do central logging of server logs. using Elasticsearch, Logstash/lumberjack and Kibana. Users will leave with a basic understanding of how to use these three tools to look at logs of all sorts up to and including the tweets. (Francis K.)
  • Build/improve existing OpenRefine Reconciliation Services
    • Walk through structure of OpenRefine standard Reconciliation Service, including some existing templates for these, then focus on improving a few existing or creating a few new ones. (Christina Harlow)