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Code4Lib 2007 Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for prepared talks for Code4lib 2007. Code4lib 2007 is a loosely structured conference for library technologists to commune, gather/create/share ideas and software, be inspired, and forge collaborations. It is also an outgrowth of the Access HackFest, wrapped into a conference-ish format. It is the event for technologists building digital libraries and digital information systems, tools, and software. Code4lib 2007 will be held from February 28 through March 2 in Athens, Georgia. Prepared Talk Information Prepared talks are 20 minutes, and must center on “tools” (some cool new software, software library or integration platform), “specs” (how to get the most out of some protocols, or proposals for new ones), or “challenges” (One or more big problems we should collectively address). We will evaluate proposals on criteria of usefulness, newness, geekiness, and diversity of topics. Prepared talk proposals of 75 words or less are being accepted for…

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LITABlog Hosting Requirements

We are in the process of evaluating LITABlog’s host and have worked up a list of requirements that we would like to use as a guide for determining what the needs of LITABlog are. These may help us determine that we are happy with our current host or that we would like to change service providers. After agreeing on a list of acceptable requirements, we’d like to compare some of our options for hosting. If you are interested in participating in this process, or have some comments or improvements to our current list of requirements, please feel free to comment (either on this post or on the host requirements page): We’d also be interested in hearing whether you’ve been happy with LITABlog’s service over the past year. Likewise, if you’ve tried to reach us but couldn’t (or have had some other problem), let us know that too. Thanks!


Digital Imaging with JPEG2000

The digital imaging with JPEG2000 (jp2) session was essentially divided into four sections: an introduction to jp2, a description of the standard and its uses, product demonstrations from vendors, and a panel of practitioners. Unfortunately there was some mix up with the busing from McCormick (one bus didn’t take anyone (maybe it was having mechnical problems)) and I missed Peter Murray’s introduction. When I walked into the session, Robert Buckley from Xerox Labs was describing the standard and its uses. The standard is complicated and Robert Buckley’s description was very technical. He did a good job, though, explaining a complex open standard. The take away point about JP2 is that it uses an arrangement of packets to allow much greater flexibility in how images are used. For instance, when a thumbnail is desired, an image processor only needs to select a small group of packets in the jp2 file to…