On Nov 13, 2009, at 8:47 AM, Erik Hatcher wrote:
> +1, Bess! I'm especially psyched for the kata demonstrations and
> sparring matches we'll have at the end of the session :)
> I'll tinker with the advanced session description a bit when I can,
> but let's run with that for the time being. I'm happy to have Noami
> join me however she likes.
I'll be the eye candy!
> On Nov 13, 2009, at 11:25 AM, Bess Sadler wrote:
>> Hey, how about this? I've been discussing this off list with Erik
>> and Naomi and this is what we came up with (I also added it to the
>> This is a proposal for several pre-conference sessions that would
>> fit together nicely for people interested in implementing a next-
>> gen catalog system.
>> 1. Morning session - solr white belt
>> Instructor: Bess Sadler (anyone else want to join me?)
>> The journey of solr mastery begins with installation. We will then
>> proceed to data types, indexing, querying, and inner harmony. You
>> will leave this session with enough information to start running a
>> solr service with your own data.
>> 2. Morning session - solr black belt
>> Instructors: Erik Hatcher (and Naomi Dushay? she has offered to
>> help, if that's of interest)
>> Amaze your friends with your ability to combine boolean and
>> weighted searching. Confound your enemies with your mastery of the
>> secrets of dismax. Leave slow queries in the dust as you
>> performance tune solr within an inch of its life. [We should
>> probably add more specific advanced topics here... suggestions
>> 3. Afternoon session - Blacklight
>> Instructors: Naomi Dushay, Jessie Keck, and Bess Sadler
>> Apply your solr skills to running Blacklight as a front end for
>> your library catalog, institutional repository, or anything you can
>> index into solr. We'll cover installation, source control with git,
>> local modifications, test driving development, and writing object-
>> specific behaviors. You'll leave this workshop ready to
>> revolutionize discovery at your library. Solr white belts or black
>> belts are welcome.
>> And then anyone else who had a topic that built on solr (e.g.,
>> vufind?) could add it in the afternoon. Obviously I'm biased, but I
>> really do think the topic of implementing a next gen catalog is
>> meaty enough for a half day and I know people are asking me about
>> it and eager to attend such a thing.
>> What do you think, folks?
>> On 12-Nov-09, at 4:10 PM, Gabriel Farrell wrote:
>>> On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 02:47:42PM +0000, Jodi Schneider wrote:
>>>> If you'd be up for it Erik, I'd envision a basic session in the
>>>> Some of us (like me) have never gotten Solr up and running.
>>>> Then the afternoon could break off for an advanced session.
>>>> Though I like Bess's idea, too! Would that be suitable for a
>>>> breakout? Not sure I'd want to pit it against Solr advanced
>>> The preconfs should be as inclusive as possible, but I'm wondering
>>> the Solr session might be more beneficial if we dive into the
>>> particulars right off the bat in the morning. There are only a few
>>> steps to get Solr up and running -- it's in the configuration for
>>> custom needs that the advice of a certain Mr. Hatcher can really be
>>> You're right, though, that the NGC thing sounds more like a BOF
>>> I'd support that in order to attend a full preconf day of Solr.
>> Elizabeth (Bess) Sadler
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