OLA SuperConference 2015 Presentation Material and Recap
(View from the Podium)
OLA SuperConference 2015 was last week. I had the good opportunity to attend as well as too present.
- I like the new format
- I really liked the HackFest
- My time with the OLITA Executive is at an end, wow that was a fast 3 years
- Everyone should probably read this
- I bought a copy of this, mostly for nostalgia
- I don't have a good grasp of what a Raspberry Pi is capable of... I still feel bad about this
- I played minecraft in a session. The future is now!
As for my session. Well it was fun. The details:
Working with data using Open Refine and Other Tools
This session will be an interactive look at how to grab data from the web and get it to do your bidding. A combination of tools will be used to conjure up real world Library examples. By utilizing the various utilities and the data analysis tool Open Refine a step by step tutorial will look at building a data visualization from start to finish. This will be an introductory session perfect for the absolute novice. The only requirement is a laptop and your curiosity.
- To get datafiles in the hands of attendees I made use of a pair of modified LibraryBoxes. Worked great. If I find myself presenting something computer related and not having web access this is the way to go.
- I also over prepared with more lessons then I needed. I got through about 1 and 1/2 where I had 7 prepared. My session was 90 min long
- Slides / Datafiles have been posted to GitHub
- OpenRefine is great. People will always ask: What does this do that Excel doesn't? The answer is 'nothing' but dang OpenRefine is more slick with how interactive it is with manipulating data.
- I used the 'there has to be a better way gag' twice, yup always a gimmick
- Regular Expressions for the Win!