Jun 8 – 11, 2010
Europe/Zurich timezone

More information about the conference, please visit the conference website of the Finnish National Library.

Any other questions can be send to elag-2010@helsinki.fi

Unioninkatu 40 / Fabianinkatu 39 (corner of Unioninkatu, Fabianinkatu and Kaisaniemenkatu), Helsinki

The ELAG (European Library Automation Group) Conference is Europe's premier conference for library and information management technology. For more than twenty-five years, ELAG has provided a unique opportunity for European library systems professionals to discuss current problems and future challenges, and to exchange best practices. ELAG participants include more than 450 members in 27 countries all over Europe. The meetings aim at in depth discussions of particular library automation topics and at the promotion of informal exchange of ideas and experience. Topics of past conferences have included digital libraries, library portals, institutional repositories, web services, digital preservation and open source software. The topics covered are technical and meant for participants with an appropriate technical background. An ELAG conference consists of three parts :

  • presentations in a plenary session related to the main theme of the seminar
  • workshops that run in parallel and that provide an opportunity for small groups of participants to discuss one issue in depth 
  • lightning talks of no more than 5 minutes on specific topics or very current developments Participants sign up for one workshop, and may volunteer to give lightning talks.

The day before Elag 2010 will start, we organize a pre-conference of one day. There are two tracks. Both tracks will continue as a workshop during the rest of the conference. Please bring your own computer, so you can take your work back home. Track one will be a Solr boot camp, track two will be a Web Services boot camp.

Solr Boot Camp

This boot camp will provide hands on experience working with Solr. The architecture of Solr will be described and demonstrated. Participants will learn how to install Solr and create indexes on any collection of metadata. Attendees can bring their own computer and leave the bootcamp with their own Solr based search solution. Bring your own data source or work together to create a search and browse interface on your active SFX targets. Use your SFX export tool and have your current A-Z list replaced by a powerful Solr solution. Participants already familiar with Solr, may find their peers, get together, share their knowledge and explore special features.

Web Services Boot Camp

This boot camp will provide hands on experience working with a variety of web services. Key library web services will be described and demonstrated. Participants will learn the basics of key search protocol; how to work with data in a variety of formats: XML, JSON, HTML and manipulate data from web services using both client and server side scripting languages. Attendees will learn about existing web services utilizing Linked Data and skills needed to utilize Linked Data. Come and learn how to effectively use web services in your library applications.