Pre-conference bootcamp guidelines

1. Description of ELAG pre-conference bootcamps

Pre-conference bootcamps take place the day before the conference proper and typically have a more technical, hands-on focus. They are typically 1/2-day (3 hour) or 1-day (6 hour) sessions with 10-20 people. Participants will bring their laptops, other facilities like Internet access, power cables and other computer support can be made available. Bootcamps are typically centred on tools that are readily available on the Internet as open source or web services. The technical backgrounds of the participants can include a mix of programming, systems and metadata experts.

2. Guidelines for Bootcamp leaders

Here is an outline of the tasks that you will need to undertake when leading a bootcamp:

  • define Bootcamp aims and objectives
  • specify the intended audience
  • outline the desired outcomes of the Bootcamp
  • think about how to make the bootcamp as active and engaging as possible
  • prepare a schedule for the Bootcamp
  • prepare a description of the Bootcamp and some resources for users to read before coming to the Bootcamp
  • communicate with participants prior to the Bootcamp in order to establish relationship and get some useful feedback that will help you better plan your workshop. The conference organisers will provide you with the list of participants who signed up for your workshop approximately two weeks before the conference and give you some basic information about them (job titles and why they have signed up for the Bootcamp)

3. Example of a typical pre-conference Bootcamp

Title: Searching with SOLR
Name(s): Tanya Mullard and John Giles
Expected time slot: 3 hours
Audience: Systems librarians, systems operators
Expertise: Basic Windows/Linux administration, XML.
Required: local Java JDK 1.5 (or better) installation, SOLR (will be made available), Internet connection Programming experience: Not required.
Short description: We will install a SOLR server, look into data types, indexing, and querying. At the end you will run your own search engine.

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