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'''Location:''' Ryerson University Library [http://goo.gl/maps/pSUf 350 Victoria Street] - you will need to be let, I'll check periodically before 5:30pm, after 5:30pm tweet or text me<br>
'''Location:''' Ryerson University Library [http://goo.gl/maps/pSUf 350 Victoria Street], 489B - you will need to be let, I'll check periodically before 5:30pm, after 5:30pm tweet or text me<br>
'''Location of Social:''' Unless someone has a better suggestion [http://www.les3brasseurs.ca/eng/toronto_yonge.php 3 Brewers] at 275 Yonge Street, Toronto
'''Location of Social:''' Unless someone has a better suggestion [http://www.les3brasseurs.ca/eng/toronto_yonge.php 3 Brewers] at 275 Yonge Street, Toronto

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Welcome to the home of the new Ontario/Canada chapter of Code4Lib. Our aim is to create more opportunities for Code4Lib folks in the Ontario/Quebec/Manitoba/Northeast USA area to meet up in person.

Mailing list

Want to participate in Code4Lib North meetups and receive "North"-oriented Code4Lib announcements? Join the code4lib mailing list. (The code4lib-north mailing list was discontinued.)

Code4lib North Meetups in Toronto

Purpose: To connect with other code4libbers in the area and start building a code4lib community in Toronto, Ontario. (taken from the Ottawa group =P )
Hashtag: #code4libTO (unofficially) since many also use #c4ln and just the general #code4lib

Second Meetup

Date: August 14 : http://www.doodle.com/psp9pvkczfs4vps7
Time: 5:30pm

Location: Ryerson University Library 350 Victoria Street, 489B - you will need to be let, I'll check periodically before 5:30pm, after 5:30pm tweet or text me
Location of Social: Unless someone has a better suggestion 3 Brewers at 275 Yonge Street, Toronto

Ideas: There have been an number of ideas floating around, so please feel free to suggest other ideas, sign up, and/or vote for which you'd like to see happen this time.

  • Lightning Talks
  • Mini Workshop/Hacktime
    • Github basics +1
    • Making your Library Website Responsive
  • Pears and Nachos +1
    • basically we pair up as mentor/mentee for person A to teach something person B is interested in learning

First Meetup

First meetup I figure it would just be casual/social. I'm hoping that next time we can find a space for lightning talks/short presentations as well.

Date: Thursday, June 21st

Location: C'est What, 67 Front Street East, Toronto

Sign up: Reservation has been made! under my name (Cynthia). I'll see most of you at 5pm! Please also bring cash as they have a one tab policy.

  • Cynthia - 5pm
  • Nick Ruest - 5pm
  • Dileshni Jayasinghe - 5pm
  • Steven - 5pm
  • Sarah - 5pm
  • Nina - 5.30pm
  • Alan - 5pm
  • MJ - 5:30pm ?
  • Andrew - 5:30pm

Code4lib North Meetups in Ottawa

Purpose: To connect with other code4libbers in the area and start building a code4lib community in Ottawa, Ontario

Next Meetup

Thanks everyone who came out to our meetups this spring, and a special thanks to everyone who gave a talk. We'll take a break for the summer see each other in September (we already have some talks lined up!)

Past Meetups

The inaugural code4lib Ottawa meetup occurred on March 28, 2012 and was a simple meet-and-greet at a local pub. Since then, we try to combine this social event with some short interesting talks. Here is what we have learned about in recent meetups:

June 13, 2012 - Lightning Talks

Description of Talk
Devin Crawley from the Ottawa Public Library gave us a quick preview of the API to their BiblioCommons catalogue. The API will be publicly available this fall.
William Wueppelmann talked about what's going on at Canadiana.org and how they host and manage their huge digital collection and their efforts to achieve certification as a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR).
Mary Beth Baker spoke about the local tech scene in Ottawa and got us to consider the potential for collaboration with other groups.

April 24, 2012 - Show and Tell Session

Presenter Description of Talk
Max Neuvians Social-biblio.ca : An approach to Twitter data visualization, archiving, and the larger narrative.
Richard Akerman Richard Akerman and Mary Beth Baker are organizing a Reading Garden at the upcoming Canadian Library Association conference. They are seeking advice on how to provide wireless access. Anyone with ideas is encouraged to get in touch with them.
Warren Layton A quick demo of LibraryBox, a wireless filesharing device, which may have interesting applications in government and other libraries where IT restrictions can limit network use.

Third Meeting: University of Windsor, May 24 and 25th, 2012

code4libnorth logo


The schedule has now been moved to an editable google doc at : http://led.uwindsor.ca/c4ln otherwise known as: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dlTqrBNfiYwjRpVnUvJbtW0K7en1ndVp84WqWbfOrvE/edit


This unconference runs on love... and the kindness of the Leddy Library who will provide : coffee, lunch, and wireless and the space

When and Where

Dates: May 24 and 25th, 2012 (it's on!)
Times: 9 am start time. 4 pm end time
Location: 4th Floor, Leddy Library, University of Windsor: http://www.uwindsor.ca/ Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/7a79qvw
Contact: mita@uwindsor.ca


The University offers rooms and suites for travellers, youth, and families seeking overnight, short or extended accommodations through its Conference Services: description of services provided. Use this Registration Form to book a room with Conference Services.

In addition, University of Windsor special visit rates may be available by calling the local number and asking for the University of Windsor rate at certain hotels (which shouldn't dissuade you from staying wherever you prefer):

Holiday Inn Select 1855 Huron Church Road, Windsor Tel: 1-800-465-4329 or 519-966-1200 (3 km from campus)
Hampton Inn & Suites 1840 Huron Church Road, Windsor Tel: 800-Hampton or 519-972-0770 (3 km from campus)
Quality Suites Downtown 250 Dougall Ave., Windsor Tel: 519-977-9707 (3 km from campus) (frequently used hotel for participants in Conifer hackfests)
Caesars Windsor 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor Tel: 800-991-8888 (3 km from campus)
The Windsor Riverside Inn 333 Riverside Dr. West Tel: 519-977-9777 (2 km from campus)
Travelodge Hotel Windsor Downtown Windsor 33 Riverside Dr. East Tel: 519-258-7774 (3 km from campus)

There are no bed and breakfasts in the immediate area but the Argyle and Olde Walkerville Bed and Breakfasts are a bus ride away.

Social Events

There's nothing formal planned but on Wednesday and Thursday nights, we'll try to informally coordinate places to have supper together.

I suggest that those around on Wednesday night meet up at the Rock Bottom Grill at 3236 Sandwich Street, Windsor. It will busy because it's "2 for 1 Wing Night" but it should be worth it.

For those who love experimental film, there is the Media City Film Festival taking place in Windsor and Detroit. Jason Scott aka textfiles will be speaking at the Ann Arbor Public Library on Wednesday night


We will be providing lunch and snacks. (please email organizers if you have a dietary restriction - we will be ordering vegetarian options but we want to make sure we have enough!)
Generally folks informally gather for supper.
Here are some of our nearby options: WindsorEats: Windsor West
But there is much more if we wander farther afield: WindsorEats
Near the university on Wyndotte Street are various Asian dining options including:

And here's a list of places that could probably fit 40 people:


A combination of 20 talks, 5 minute lightning talks, an Ask Anything session, workshops / hackfest time. We will try to find time for everyone who wants to present!
We have talks in the morning and hackfests in the afternoon. We will finalize the speaking schedule Thursday morning but we will try to split the talks between the two days equally.

20 minutes talks :: feel free to sign up

Name Title
Ted Lawless easyArticle - streamlining access to library materials with OpenURL, automated interlibrary loan submission, vendor APIs, Django/Python.
Mita Williams my sekret art project
John Fink and Warren Layton Embedded Hardware Hijinx
Alison Hitchens RDA for coders/systems folk presentation in Google Docs
Andrew McAlorum Our favorite jQuery modules for Drupal 7
David Fiander The state of the ebook marketplace
Dan Chudnov backplane
William Denton Having provocative fun with reference desk statistics in R

5 minutes talks :: feel free to sign up

Name Title
Nick Ruest Other Redmine uses
Tim Ribaric Circumvention using the Cloud? slides
Alison Hitchens #catcode: Cataloguers embrace Code Year slides on Google docs
Mita Williams "My god, it's full of stars! lists": building the library website that will incorporate Jamun.
Dan Chudnov occupy 1923
Graham Fawcett A Web-based video annotation tool (for peer review, possibly captioning, maybe for some nefarious library uses we haven't imagined)

20 or 40 minute workshops: each one teach one

a workshop you are willing to lead
  • Intro to Git, if demand warrants -- if not, no big deal (John Fink)
  • Environmental monitoring on the cheap (Doug Sartori)
  • (I program in a few languages, and could do a teaser-session on one of them if there's interest. Maybe Python, Haskell, Clojure or D?) (Graham Fawcett)
  • Intro to the Twitter API, including how one might use it to make a Twitter bot (Rick Scott)
a workshop of what you would love to attend
  • intro to IRC, meet zoia (Mita, Warren, Sarah, John F)
  • how to create a twitter bot (Mita, John F, David F)
  • intro to Git (Warren, Sarah, David F)

hackfest ideas :: scheme schemas

- build your own twitter bot; bot battles

hackfest ideas :: feel free to add to the list

  • twitter bot war with code4lib The Great Eastern? http://wiki.code4lib.org/index.php/GreatEastern
  • changing Odessi XML records to MARC XML so OCUL libraries can load MARC for Odessi, esp. Stats Can stuff. We started this project at TUG, so need someone to help me get further or finish! New note: Chris put what he did so far on github(Alison)
  • @CanadianPoetry Sprint: Canadian Poetry Online needs an overhaul! Canadian Poetry is a web anthology of contemporary Canadian poetry, providing biographies and full-text poems from Canada's leading poets. Join in this code sprint to help with the migration to Drupal, site building, development, and theming of the new version. (Andrew)
  • LibraryBox is a customized version of PirateBox that can run be run on the inexpensive TP-Link MR 3020. Currently, it acts as a simple file server but it could potentially offer a more library-focused service, such as an eBook server for nearby devices using OPDS. (Warren)
  • Evergreen: The Evergreen project is currently recruiting volunteers for the Google Summer of Code effort and has a list of project ideas. Some of these ideas, if not already claimed by a student GSoC participant, might make for interesting hackfest projects. Or we could rewrite the MARC editor in Dojo.
  • SPLURGE: The Scholars Portal Library Usage-Based Recommendation Engine began at a hackfest in February and has been worked on since then, but it needs one last push to get all of the pieces joined together so that an easy-to-use "people who borrowed this also borrowed that" service built on shared circ data can be tested. There are four parts to SPLURGE: data cleanup, getting it into a properly configured database, a web service that talks to the database, some Javascript that can dropped into a catalogue to talk to the web service. They all exist, but not all of them are quite done and they don't all talk to each other. The purpose of this hackfest project would be for people to familiarize themselves with the work that's been done, and then try to finish it up.

code4lib north organizational team

  • Mita Williams
  • Karen Pillon
  • Peter Zimmerman
  • Jennifer Soutter
  • Cathy Maskell
  • Ranti Junus (Michigan State)

hashtag and twitter list

Second Meeting: McMaster University, May 5-6, 2011

Sign Up

We can handle a maximum of 50 people and you can signup here: http://c4ln2011.eventbrite.com/.

When and Where

Dates: May 5-6, 2011


Our helpful folks in Research Collections put this guide together a while back.

Parking, Campus Map, Public Transit

  • Parking - I understand we have the most expensive parking in OCUL. I'm sorry :( - There is one bit of good news: if you park in the M lot, the day rate drops from $20 to $5. The M lot is about a 10-12 minute walk from the library, and there is a shuttle that will take you part of the way.
  • Campus map - we are building #10 - Mills Memorial Library
  • Public Transit
  • HSR buses that come to campus are: 1, 51, 5c, 52, and 10 - The 10 and 52 drop off by the hospital, the others drop off right outside Mills.


Keep with tradition set last year - No cost and McMaster University has tentatively agreed to provided coffee, lunch, space, and wireless.


Day 1:

  • Hackfest (send problems/proposals to John Fink and Nick Ruest)

Day 2

  • 5-minute lighting talks
  • 20-minute talks
  • BOAF/breakouts

20-minute talks

I'd like to start a new tradition with Code4Lib North and deposit the slides and *maybe* recordings of the presentations in our IR. If people are cool with this, I can get it all setup prior to the event.

Name Title
William J Turkel Functional Programming Workout
Dileshni Jayasinghe & Majid Valipour Programming at Scholars Portal: apps and APIs
William Wueppelmann The Canadiana Web API
Dan Chudnov WWIC? Linked Library Data as a Customer Service Medium
Mita Williams We're jamun (and we hope you like jamun too)
William Denton Getting started with R
Alan Harnum When All You Have Is XSLT, Everything Looks Like XML: Heterogeneous Cloud-Based Content Management Using Google Docs and Other Services
Wendy Huot Why can't a web page be more like a book? Using LaTeX with Readability to generate better 'print friendly' versions of web pages
Chris Charles Introduction to Google Refine
Karen A. Coombs Zend Framework: making using web services easier

5-minute lighting talks

Name Title
Andrew McAlorum Transition to Unity
Dale Askey Fun with Failure, or, Learning to Stick a Fork in Things
Alison Hitchens Getting testers to test what you need to have tested!
Alison Hitchens Using RT Tracker for user feedback

First Meeting: Kingston ON, May 6-7, 2010

Sign up

Free registration -- but registration is now closed (we have 40+ signed up).

When and Where

May 6-7, 2010

  • Thursday: 2pm-5:30pm, followed by dinner and drinks
  • Friday: 9am-4:30pm

Meeting location:


There was no charge. Queen's University very generously supplied the space, the Internet connection, and free lunch on Friday!

How to get involved

Join the mailing list. That is where the planning will happen.


  • 5-minute lighting talks
  • 20-minute talks
  • BOAF sessions
  • Maybe a hackfest.

How many are attending?

45 people have registered. Most will be attending.


Thursday May 6:

  • 2pm-5pm: Open format (hang out and hack)
  • Evening: Go out for dinner and drinks


  • 9am-4:30pm: Schedule currently "under construction" -- see table below.

Morning Break: 10:30-10:45 .... Lunch: 12-1 ....

Afternoon: 5 minute lightning talks .... "Birds of a feather" breakout sessions (sign up sheets on front table)

Name Description
William Denton OpenFRBR
Walter Lewis Exposing Linked Data
Art Rhyno Open Layers and Newspapers (Walter Lewis)
MJ Suhonos Location-aware Mobile Search
Alan Harnum Building A Library Website with Endeca technology
Wendy Huot "Your feedback, please": library web design critique
Glen Newton Using Open Source Tools for Visualization and Semantic Mapping in a Large Scale Article Digital Library
Eric Palmitesta XQuery
John Miedema OpenBook WordPress Plugin Update - Why It's Cool to Love OpenURL +++
Nasser Saleh Coagmento!: a potential collaborative search tool

Who's interested in Code4Lib North?

Declare your interest in a Code4lib North chapter:

  • Wendy Huot, Queen's University
  • Michael Vandenburg, Queen's University
  • William Denton, York University
  • John Fink, McMaster University
  • Nick Ruest, McMaster University
  • Walter Lewis, Halton Hills/OurOntario
  • Edward Corrado, Binghamton University (NY, USA)
  • Warren Layton, Library of Parliament (Ottawa)
  • Pascal Calarco, University of Notre Dame (IN, USA)
  • Rob Fox, University of Notre Dame (IN, USA)
  • Mita Williams, University of Windsor
  • John Fereira, Cornell University
  • MJ Suhonos, Toronto Public Library
  • Dianne Dietrich, Cornell University
  • David Fiander, University of Western Ontario
  • Peter Schlumpf, Avanti Library Systems
  • Roy Zimmer, Western Michigan University
  • Kimberly Silk, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto
  • Andrew Darby, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)
  • Laura Harris, Grand Valley State University (western Michigan)
  • Tim Ribaric, Brock University
  • Sibyl Schaefer, University of Vermont
  • Peter Ellinger, Ontario Legislative Library, Toronto
  • Keith Jenkins, Cornell University
  • Patrick M. Lozeau
  • Mike Kreyche, Kent State University
  • Graham McCarthy, Ryerson University
  • John Miedema
  • Janey Chen, Ontario Legislative Library, Toronto
  • Rob McDonald, Carleton University
  • Amy Buckland, McGill University
  • Tricia Williams (pgwillia), Consultant/OurOntario
  • Mike Beccaria, Paul Smith's College (Paul Smiths, NY)
  • Amanda Etches-Johnson, McMaster University
  • Art Rhyno, University of Windsor
  • Mary Beth Baker, CIC (Ottawa)
  • Wayne Schneider, Hennepin County Library
  • Carol Serroul, CISTI
  • Graham Stewart, University of Toronto Libraries
  • Peter Zimmerman, University of Windsor
  • Margaret Kipp, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Dan Scott, Laurentian University
  • Lawrence Wardroper (Courts Administration Services Library, Ottawa)
  • Matt McCollow, McMaster University
  • George Duimovich, NRCan Library (Ottawa)
  • Bobbi Fox, Harvard University Library (Massachusetts)
  • Dileshni Jayasinghe, OCUL, University of Toronto
  • Eric Palmitesta, OCUL, University of Toronto
  • Alexander O'Neill, Robertson Library, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Chris Beer, WGBH (Massachusetts)
  • Robin Isard, Algoma University (Sault Ste Marie ON)
  • Pat Moore, Carleton University (Ottawa ON)
  • Alan Harnum, Toronto Public LIbrary (Toronto ON)
  • Colin Prince, University of Toronto Libraries
  • Tom Keays, Syracuse University LIbrary (Syracuse, NY)
  • Chris Charles, University of Guelph (Guelph, ON)
  • John MacGillivray, Carleton University (Ottawa ON)
  • Lester Webb, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (Kingston ON)
  • Elizabeth Goldman, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (Kingston ON)
  • Jennifer O'Donnell, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (Kingston ON)
  • David Smith, Kingston Frontenac Public Library (Kingston ON)
  • Loren Fantin, Our Ontario,Knowledge Ontario
  • Daulton Theodore, Carleton University (Ottawa, ON)
  • Peter MacDonald, Hamilton College (Clinton, NY)
  • Rebecca Larocque, North Bay Public Library (North Bay, ON)
  • Doris Rankin, Library and Information Management Consultant, Ottawa, ON
  • Diane Bédard, Learn Ontario & Our Ontario; Knowledge Ontario
  • Andre Vellino, CISTI / University of Ottawa
  • Mark Swartz, Queen's University
  • Adam Wead, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives (Cleveland, OH)
  • Pramila Thakur, Ontario Legislative Library, Toronto
  • Anthony Petryk, University of Ottawa
  • Jan Dawson, Ask Ontario, Knowledge Ontario
  • Glen Newton, Carleton University
  • Patrick McMaster, Leeds & the 1000 Islands, Rideau Lakes, and North Grenville Public Libraries
  • Nasser Saleh, Queen's University (Kingston ON)
  • Stéfan Sinclair, McMaster University
  • William J Turkel, University of Western Ontario
  • Shirley Lew, Vancouver Community College, (Vancouver BC)
  • Edward Bilodeau, McGill University
  • Andrew McAlorum, University of Toronto Libraries

Meeting Location Suggestions for the Future

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Montreal, Quebec