I’m now home from the DLF 2011 Forum. This was my 2nd year and it has become my favorite conference. I met people I wanted to meet both times I have attended. I liked being able to express my impressed-ness and talk shop. This year, I made connections from which some collaborations may emerge. Exciting!
I’m back with some very useful information, stuff I can apply to my day-to-day. The Linked Data hands-on session was awesome and merits its own blog post. Best thing: it helped me make a bit of headway with the CIT faculty names linked data work.
CURATEcamp also gets its own blog post. The conversation between catalogers and coders made a great leap. There are concrete next steps. See details at the CURATEcamp wiki. See also the pretty pretty picture of the distribution between catalogers and coders attending. Catalogers represent!
I laughed so much. This is truly the conference’o'mirth. Dan Chudnov proposed a weekly call-in show where a cataloger and a coder take questions from the field. The names proposed in the twitter back-stream made it difficult to hold back laughter for fear of disturbing the front-stream speaker. Chuckles aside, this seems to have strong possibility of actually happening. I’m getting over my instinct that back-chat is rude at conferences. It seems to have a group bonding effect. I can see the value of nurturing professional relationships through shared discussion and commentary. See part above about concrete next steps from CURATEcamp.
I got caught up on Data Management Plans and the eXtensible Catalog project. I asked for & received advice about migrating our archival information system. I asked people about their use of descriptive metadata and best practices for image management. I have new software to evaluate and test. I also got to see a preview of an RDA training workshop which focuses on as data elements (not RDA as records!!!).
My brain hurts because it’s so full. I’ll need to collect my thoughts. I absorbed so much that it wouldn’t be fair to blog one big brain dump. I’ll be able to synthesize it better if I break it down in chunks. Stay tuned.