(PS: Thanks a lot to ryan wick for spending time helping to get a
reasonable ruby environment installed on the code4lib.org server, so I
could then get my scripting done quickly and pleasantly.)
On 10/6/2011 9:35 PM, Jonathan Rochkind wrote:
> So I was in #code4lib, and skome asked about ideas for library hours.
> And I recalled that there have been at least two articles in the C4L
> Journal on this topic, so suggested them.
> Then I realized that there's enough body of work in the Journal to be
> worth searching there whenever you have an "ideas for dealing with X"
> question. You might not find anything, but I think there's enough
> chance you will, illustrated by that encounter with skome.
> Then I realized it's not just the journal -- what about a Google
> Custom Search that searches over the Journal, the Code4Lib wiki, the
> Code4Lib website, and perhaps most interestinly -- all the sites
> listed in Planet Code4Lib.
> Then I made it happen. Cause it seemed interesting and I'm a
> perfectionist, I even set things up so a cronjob automatically syncs
> the list of sites in the Planet with the Google custom search every
> The Planet stuff ends up potentially being a lot of noise -- I tried
> to custom 'boost' stuff from the Journal, but I'm not sure it worked.
> But I did configure things with facet-like limits including a "just
> the planet" limit, if you do want that. But even though it's sometimes
> a lot of noise, it's also potentially the most interesting/useful part
> of the search, otherwise it'd pretty much just be a Journal search,
> but now it includes a bunch of people's blogs, as well as other sites
> deemed of interest to Code4Lib community (including a couple other
> open source library tech journals) -- without any extra curatorial
> work, just using the list already compiled for the Planet.
> I'm curious what people think of it. Try some searches for library
> tech questions or information and see how good your results are. If
> people find this useful, I'll try to include it on the main
> code4lib.org webpage in some prominent place, spruce up the look and
> feel etc. (Or try to draft someone else to do that, I think my time to
> work on this might be _just_ about up after staying until 9.30 hacking
> on this cause it seemed cool).