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Workshop sessions W1a and W2a - Thursday 13th July 10:40 – 12:40 in Room 1
Presenters: Gala Camacho and Noon van der Silk , Linux Australia
Gala is a programmer working in data analytics and operations research. Her work involves finding the best ways to solve problems. Gala is an experienced consultant and a passionate educator. With a diverse background in teaching, studying engineering and explaining the mysteries of space, she is dedicated to helping others learn and making the tech world a better place for women.
Noon is an inventor at heart. When he is not working on one of his ideas, he is reading papers on SciRate or attending any AI-related events. He is a machine learning engineer working particularly in Deep Learning. He most passionate about Open Source, raggaeton music, and making programming accessible to everyone.
Post Workshop Message from the presenters:
Thanks for attending the session.
The content that we went over will be available permanently at this URL: https://gacafe.github.io/vala_tc/content/ and the notebooks that we used can be downloaded here https://github.com/gacafe/vala_tc/tree/master/notebooks
The servers that you all used on the day will be shut down at some point today (July 14th).
Note that you can get Python on your computer by installing Anaconda - https://www.continuum.io/what-is-anaconda - and using the "Jupyter Notebook" option.
Just a reminder that if you want to learn more Python and meet up with like-minded people there is the PyLadies meetup:
There's also the Creative AI meetup, which Noon manages:
And a whole bunch more listed on the content page.
We hope you had fun! If you have any follow-up questions feel free to reach out to us directly:
- Noon van der Silk - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gala Camacho Ferrari - email@example.com
Workshop session W1b - Thursday 13th July 10:40 – 11:40 in Room 2
Presenter: Donal Ellis and friends (Michael Harris, François Conil, Ben Blazely, Steven Honson), GitHub
Donal is passionate about sharing knowledge. He spent many years in education, first as a lecturer in computer science then as a software engineer, followed by a short detour into the world of startups. Now he is an enterprise support engineer for GitHub where he continues his passion of helping people build software better, together.
This is a hands-on workshop for beginners wanting to learn Git and GitHub. The exercises are self-directed and mentors are available to help you along the way. You'll be able to choose what activity to work on, and you'll be able to go at your own pace. No coding experience required!
You'll leave this workshop with a merged Pull Request, a square on your contributions graph, and confidence to get more involved in the open source community.
If you are already familiar with Git and GitHub, and you'd like to attend as a mentor to help someone who is learning, we'd love that, too.
Workshop session W1c - Thursday 13th July 10:40 – 11:40 in Room 3
Presenter: Melissa Parent, State Library of Victoria
Melissa believes that too much data is never enough and loves getting in there. Currently holding the title of Metadata Coordinator, she's worked in cataloguing and metadata activities throughout her career with an emphasis on manipulating and editing library data.
Open Refine is a powerful tool in any data maven's toolkit. It provides simple and visual tools to reveal patterns lurking in your data, as well as providing zippy data editing and transformation tools. This workshop is a practical workshop designed to take you from zero to 'I can do this'.
View the presentation slides HERE.
Hacking CSS with Browser dev tricks
Workshop session W2b - Thursday 13th July 11:40 - 12:40 in Room 2
Presenter: Adam Styles, Haileybury
I am an eServices Librarian currently working for Haileybury an independent school, my role includes systems support and content creation in digital spaces.
I use which ever scripting language is required depending on project, and I can always learn more, preferring to do so by reverse engineering.
Follow on twitter @thelibstyles
Workshop session W2c - Thursday 13th July 11:40 – 12:40 in Room 3
Presenter: Alan Manifold, State Library Victoria
Alan has spent an inordinate amount of his career creating reports from library data, as well as teaching others to do the same. In his spare time he sings and composes music for choirs.
View the presentation slides HERE.
How to compile and publish open data and the pitfalls therewith
Short talk T1 - Thursday 13th July 13:40 - 14:00
Presenters: Afsana Khan and Betsy Earl, State Library of Victoria
Afsana has worked at the State Library since 2011 in various roles, including electronic resources graduate, reference librarian, metadata & cataloguing librarian and library application specialist. She currently sits on the State Library’s Metadata Working Group.
Betsy is the Library applications analyst & project manager for the State Library of Victoria where she has worked on the Library management and Digital Management systems since joining the Library in 1995. Currently part of the State Libraries metadata working group, she is helping to develop library wide standards focused on sharing our rich resources to the wider community. http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/
What is an API and how do I use one?
Short talk T2 - Thursday 13th July 14:00 – 14:20
Presenters: Jeremy Langley and Kevin Jeyakanthan, Civica
Jeremy is Civica’s product manager. Originally from New Zealand, he has worked in the library technology area for many years and currently manages the development direction of Spydus. Jeremy’s role includes collecting and analysing customer feedback, and monitoring library industry trends and changing requirements to ensure that Spydus remains relevant to all libraries.
Kevin is the development manager for the Spydus library management system. Having worked as a software engineer with Civica for over 15 to develop Spydus, Kevin has already been through several technological transitions impacting libraries. His Melbourne based software development team are constantly looking at how the latest technologies can be used to improve Spydus for the different communities that libraries serve.
To view the presentation slides click HERE.
Short talk T3 - Thursday 13th July 14:20 - 14:40
Presenter: Katie Haden, OCLC
Katie is a metadata, systems, and discovery specialist, most recently the Team Leader - Support at OCLC. She has a B.IT (Information Services) from ECU and is completing postgraduate studies in Business. Likes: RuPauls's Drag Race, creative access solutions, cats. Dislikes: salad, boring documentation, cold weather. Her star sign is Cancer.
Short talk T4 - Friday 14th July 8:50 – 9:10
Presenter: Justine Hanna, Melbourne Library Service
Justine has worked in public libraries for over 9 years. She is passionate about lifelong learning and libraries as sanctuary. She is one half of the podcast Dear Reader and a founding member of newCardigan.
Short talk T5 - Friday 14th July 9:10 – 9:30
Presenter: Justin Kelly, Swinburne University
Justin has recently worked as a Web Developer at Swinburne University Library for the last 5 years, working with various Library discovery systems.
His current role is a Data Engineer in the Business Analytics department of Swinburne University.