Code 4 Lib North 2012 Debrief
The Code 4 Lib movement/group of the most interesting people ever, is a phenomenon that I am lucky to be a part of. Just this past week the 3rd ever local meet up of Code4Lib North was held at the University of Windsor.
The agenda for the two days was posted and editable by anyone attending.
An official mentee/mentor page was setup for facilitating the hackfest time.
The cost to get in the door was 0$
I had the opportunity to talk to this esteemed group of folks for 5 minutes on a project that I have worked on and let me tell you that was the most nerve wracking experience of my life. Not because the group is judgemental (far from it) it was just because I respect the heck out of everyone in the room and they work they do.
I took sparse notes:
- I've ordered the components to build myself a LibraryBox. Which essentially is a standalone wireless AP that serves out files to anyone who bothers to connect to it. (I've got a half-baked idea for an art project using this device)
- I had a chance to interact with a Semantic Web tool that Dan Chudnov cooked up and located at backplane.ws
- I saw a Raspberry PI IRL
- Amazon knows everything you read on your Kindle... Everything. DRM prices keep indy publishers out of the game. Adobe Digital Editions gets a cut from every Overdrive books check out.
- eresources.knowledgeontario.ca runs on a provinical wide Geo-IP authentication model and a bunch of Librarians made Gale and Ebsco implement it. Take that, vendor gives us only what they want model
- 'R' is an analysis package that I'll need to read up on. (more info from previous c4ln presentation)
- What a Russian Peanut is
- Details on creating a Twitter Bot. I've got my idea all ready to go, watch this space for the end result.
- I had one epiphany... We gamify things because adults have forgotten to 'play' and for the most part do not have any sort of creative outlet. Wild theory there but I'll substantiate somehow.
Big thanks to Mita Williams for organzing and UW for the space and food.