Second and final day of Code4Lib BC’s lightning talks. Here are my notes. Continue reading “Code4LibBC Day 2: Lightning Talks”
Dead Easy Data Visualization for Libraries
by Sarah Severson
Why use visualization?
Synthesize information to make good decisions.
For example, Seattle Public Library
- infographic: decoded information, characterized by small amounts of data
- data visualization: by-directional encoding with larger data sets, normally done algorithmically
- data art: characteristic of unidirectional encoding, no labels, no actionable insight, just pretty
Explanatory – Clean, simple
- Choose your question – may change, so don’t get hung up on it
- Consider your source: Designer + audience + data
Book to read: Designing Data Visualizations by Iliinsky & Steele
New Means to New Ends
by Mike Kastellec
Talking about the NCSU hackerspace focusing on gaming and virtual space.
Created their own cloud for students and faculty.
Providing technology as a core library service.
This presentation had a lot to do with showing off some new spaces, so it’s hard to put into words, but here’s a visual tour of the Hunt Library.
Sharing the Unshareable – Dental Clinic Images in a University Image Repository
by Janet Rothney
Drawers of slides that can only be used within the university (not public).
Have to include experts, because library staff don’t know what’s going on in the images. Also, needed something university-wide to make the repository live longer.
Fedora, Drupal, Islandora, through discovery garden hosted on Amazon and jura(sp?) space.
MeSH wasn’t specific enough, so chose crossopedia (sp?) which is a specialized controlled vocabulary for dentistry. Had path chart for tagging including all options and what went first.
Currently using shared drive in order to restrict use.
Can track patients by number without identifying patient.
ID is required to access the system.
Hope to later share structure and process with other dental organizations and groups.
More notes on the Access 2012 Live Blog.
Scott Hanrath – Zotero and SHERPA/RoMEO API mashup
- quick and dirty way to filter a collection of articles by publisher policies
- use Zotero and SHERPA/RoMEO APIs to tag articles with publisher policies
- work flow?
- zotero plugin?
- Code on github
David Walker – Basic Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) Protocol
- Need LMS to pull all the relevant library information, items, etc.
- In LMS, register library tool as if it were a native building block
- When insert into course, make a little iframe of tool
- Hidden form elements post it to tool with data of course, data, security (OAuth)
Peter Murray – Introducing FOSS4LIB.org
- Lyrasis’ response to survey on what librarians wanted
- open source adopters are still in the early adopters stage
- thus, website was created
- determine whether OSS is right for the library including cost
- help to select software
- Call to action: register packages, releases, events, providers
Mark Matienzo – I’ve Got Good News
- C4L11: fiwalk with me – using open source digital forensics software to support pre-digest work
- update of work since then
- could integrate anything
- two working plugins: virus scanner, file format identification against PRONOM
- Code on github
Mike Durbin – Edge Cases – Digitizing and delivering undescribed items in EAD
- should automate as much of the workflow as possible
- items selected for digitization, scanning, created/updating spreadsheet with ID and sequence, name image files according to ID/sequence
- put it in for automated processing including quality control, files pushed into master file archive, ingested into Fedora, and e-mail is sent to collection manager
- Finally, publication
Ryuuji Yoshimoto – Introducing CALIL.JP, scraping/mashup all of OPACs in JAPAN! PDF Slides
- OPACs have no API
- so start scraping OPACs, fighting with dirty HTML
- 2 months to scrap 200+ OPACs
- realtime holding by through the CALIL API by ISBN, returns XML or JSON
- item information from amazon and Google
- now have many third-party apps e.g. browser extension
Kåre Fiedler Christiansen – Chucking all the software components in a library together to present recorded radio and tv
- built MPEG -> streaming server
- website -> cool design
- cool design, website, streaming server, access control -> cool website
- except lawyers, oh noes!
- PDF Slides
Joel Richard – Introducing Macaw: Metadata Collection Tool for Book-like things
- digitizing lots of book-like things including pamphlets
- most libraries sent to Internet Archive then to the Biodiversity Heritage Library
- but some items too large to fit on usual scanning hardware
- had to use camera, but had to add metadata
- Macaw collects metadata but doesn’t really do workflow
- two views: thumbnails and list
- take data from wherever, using Z39.50 or CSV, into Macaw
- custom export from Macaw, including Internet Archive, the library
- each piece is modular
- Code on Google Code
Rachel Frick – LOD-LAM Incubator Project
- Linked Open Data for Library, Archives, and Museums
- lightweight approach in terms of funding and consultation
- timeline: March – May = recruit panel, fundraising, open comment
Mao Tsunekawa – Project Shizuku : Making Friends in Libraries
- Shizuku 2.0
- software development project in supporting encounters among library users
- not recommending books, recommending users instead
- visualize circulation data for finding other users reading the same books
- can share history of reading books
- developing Baron which allows searching OPAC and then making friends
Keith Folsom – Archivists’ Toolkit Database Server on an Amazon EC2 Instance
- hosting on small instance of amazon
- single open port
- download kit with PuTTY
- going out of pilot
Rebecca Jones – Call for Services
- provide SQL access
- working on RESTful services
- What services would people like to have?
- Live Beta in March