CURATEcamp Catalogers Coders

Welcome to CURATEcamp: Catalogers + Coders

Thanks for registering for CURATEcamp: Catalogers and Coders at DLF Fall Forum! We're looking forward to meeting with you all next Wednesday. We'll be meeting in Constellation C from 9:00AM – 5:00PM. (Lunch, if I recall correctly, is on your own.)

CURATEcamp: Catalogers and Coders is an opportunity for metadata specialists and technologists to engage in interactive problem solving and exploration of topics of joint interest, especially in the area of Linked Data. A primary goal is clear articulation of problems related to metadata within the library community, and the beginning of plans that can be taken back to home institutions to address them.

This event is being held under the CURATEcamp umbrella, and as such will be structured as an "unconference" with the agenda for the day being set by participants at the event.

The morning will be spent articulating common problems and setting the scope for future work. We'll start out the day by giving individual introductions and brief statements on metadata- or tool-oriented problems that we face regularly in our work lives. The afternoon will be spent in groups tackling individual problem statements, and taking the first steps towards planning for solutions.

What you can do between now and then is think about the issue(s) -- problems you encounter, tools you'd like to see tweaked, metadata consistency issues that keep you up at night, use cases, itches you'd like to see scratched -- you'll highlight during the morning session, and what you'd like to see folks discuss and work on throughout the day at the camp. We've set aside some wiki space for folks to toss up ideas.

I would also encourage you all to attend Suzanne Pilsk's and Robin Wendler's session on retooling LAM metadata tools, which is something of a sister to our proposal. (Though it may already be full, you might try to get on the waitlist.) Comment here to "register."

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to email me and I will forward to my co-planners. Or find us at DLF on Monday and Tuesday -- maybe we'll run into each other at a pub.

See you all in Baltimore!

-Mike, on behalf of co-planners Diane Hillmann, Jenn Riley, and Declan Fleming

CURATEcamp "Catalogers & Coders" at DLF, Weds. 11/2

CURATEcamp "Catalogers & Coders" will be taking place at DLF on Wednesday, November 2nd this year. It's DLF's Developers Roundtable event.

Here's the proposal that just got accepted by DLF:

Title
Developers’ Roundtable: CURATEcamp: Catalogers & Coders

Session leader
Declan Fleming, Mike Giarlo, Diane Hillmann, Jon Phipps, Jenn Riley

Session genre
Developers’ Roundtable / Working Session

Proposal description (max: 400 words)

“The Developers’ Roundtable is intended for technology developers, technical managers, or those representatives that have influence in technical decision-making at their institutions. This gathering provides dedicated time at the DLF Forum to meet together to share problems, ideas, and solutions of a technical nature.” -- http://www.diglib.org/community/groups/developers/

CURATEcamp is a series of unconference-style events focused on connecting practitioners and technologists interested in digital curation. One of CURATEcamp's strengths is that it brings a broad audience together: librarians and archivists; technologists and catalogers; library administrators and systems administrators; software developers, users, architects, and designers.

CURATEcamp: Catalogers & Coders is DLF Fall Forum’s Developers’ Roundtable, focusing on connecting professional catalogers and library software developers. The roles played by catalogers and developers lie on the same continuum, and yet these two groups do not necessarily have many opportunities to engage one another in the workplace.

This camp aims to:
Expose common pain points from both communities
Identify opportunities for coder/cataloger collaboration
Find practical next steps to further LODLAM discussion
Apply LODLAM work in both professional contexts

As an unconference, the attendees determine the entirety of the agenda; one of the Camp model’s features is the serendipity and opportunity presented by an open agenda and format. Ideas will be solicited from attendees in advance and stored on the CURATEcamp wiki. Session leaders will seed the wiki page with examples. See: http://wiki.curatecamp.org/index.php/CURATEcamp_DLF_Ideas
Draft program

Morning
“Lightning“ session where each attendee gets 3-5 minutes to introduce him/herself and illuminate a relevant professional problem; attendees will be encouraged to develop a pitch in advance. This session will be followed by voting on the problems raised by the group.

Break

Pre-lunch
Regroup around selected problems, build groups to work on them, set scope for work.

Lunch
Encourage groups to lunch together

Afternoon
Groups develop use cases, proposals for ways to solve the problem, and/or a pitch for applying institutional effort to the problem. Focus on making the proposals understandable and attractive to funders and those making decisions on developer allocation. Depending on the group’s starting point, they may also use this time to start working through solutions (writing code, posting documentation, etc.) Participants in each group may then bring the use cases, proposals, pitches, documentation, or code back to their home institutions to apply them locally.

Post-Afternoon
Encourage groups to drink and dine together

Abstract (max: 100 words)

CURATEcamp: Catalogers & Coders is DLF Fall Forum’s Developers’ Roundtable, focusing on connecting professional catalogers and library software developers. The roles played by catalogers and developers lie on the same continuum and yet these two groups do not necessarily have many opportunities to engage one another in the workplace. As an unconference, the attendees determine the entirety of the agenda; one of the Camp’s features is serendipitous engagement.

Aims:
Expose common pain points from both communities
Identify opportunities for coder/cataloger collaboration
Find practical next steps to further LODLAM discussion
Apply LODLAM work in both professional contexts

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