Attending code4lib North last week was a lot of fun. It was terrific to see all the wonderful projects folks were working on in Ontario. I had some great conversations about web services for names and authority data, learned about new web services to play with from Canadiana and Scholar's Portal, and learn a little about R.
The two talks that stuck with me with most were
Dan Chudnov's thought provoking talk on where in the library Linked Data infrastructure that we're trying to build is there a place for conversation, interaction and consultation.
Chris Charles introduction to Google Refine
Both of these have real applicability to things I'm working one right now.
My own talk about the Zend Framework and how it can make using web services easier went surprisely well. Much of that had to do with my hackfest success but it also had to do with the fact that I shared my experience building stuff using Zend, OCLC web services and other web services. If you want to check out my slides they are available on this site and my hackfest code is up in the Developer Network Subversion repository.
As with any code4lib event, code4lib North was as much about community as it was about code. Yes, there were great technology things to learn about, but the real value was the sharing of knowledge between people. Several people I met weren't at all aware of the great web services which OCLC has to offer libraries. It was nice to be able to introduce VIAF and WorldCat Identities to a new group of people. My favorite conversation/question was "what do you think the best OCLC API is". Since I couldn't possibly name one I said I'd answer that question three ways
I hope that the folks I talked to about the services will get in touch with me if they have questions.
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