Logo for VALA2010 Conference, 9 - 11 February at Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon Street
Southbank VIC 3006
Australia
Tel + 61 3 9235 8000
Fax + 61 3 9235 8001
www.mcec.com.au
Venue directions


For further enquiries regarding the VALA2010 Conference, please contact:

VALA2010 CONFERENCE OFFICE
WALDRONSMITH Management
61 Danks Street West
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
AUSTRALIA
T +61 3 9645 6311
F +61 3 9645 6322
E info@wsm.com.au


REGISTRATION & INFORMATION DESK

The VALA2010 Conference Registration and Information Desk will be located on the concourse, opposite Door 7 of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and will be open as follows:

Monday 8 February
0830 1745
Tuesday 9 February
0800 1800
Wednesday 10 February
0800 1800
Thursday 11 February
0800 1745

Avoid the long queues calling at the Registration Desk as early as possible to collect your Name Badge and Conference Satchel. The staff at the Registration Desk will be happy to assist you in any way they can.


DISCLAIMER: The conference programme outlined in the Main Announcement and Registration brochure is preliminary and is subject to change. VALA reserves the right to alter this programme as planning progresses. Information will be updated regularly on the Conference web site.

 

VALAtech Boot Camp

Monday |  Tuesday |  Thursday 

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In February we are launching the inaugural VALAtech Boot Camp at the 2010 conference. The VALAtech Boot Camp is our new series of high-end technical and practical sessions. Book into these interactive sessions (no passive participation here) and expand your knowledge of some of the key and emerging technologies used today. As a high-end and practical stream, a core level of technical knowledge is required. Participants are also asked to bring their notebooks / netbooks. All Boot Camp sessions are Macintosh and PC-friendly.

The VALAtech Boot camp is FREE to conference delegates, but spaces are limited and conditions apply. To attend the Boot Camp you must first complete the online application form. Applicants will be advised whether they have been successful before 22 January.

To apply for any of the following sessions please CLICK HERE.

Monday 8 February 2010
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VALAtech Boot Camp Session A
0900 - 1730 session for up to 50 delegates

OCLC API Mashathon

Room: 212
Facilitator: Roy Tennant, OCLC

This all-day workshop will give participants a firm grounding in a variety of OCLC-provided APIs, including the WorldCat Search API. All of these services are free to OCLC cataloguing institutions. Besides learning about these services, you will have time to use them while having experts in the room to answer questions and assist. You will emerge well prepared to use a rich array of library APIs to enhance your local services. See www.oclc.org/au/en/worldcatapi/default.htm for details.

Requirements: Attendees should bring laptops and be ready to code.

Software used in this Boot Camp will be supplied via a flash drive on the day of the session.
The OCLC Web Services are completely agnostic about the platform or hardware, so this is a Macintosh and PC friendly Boot Camp session.

0830 - 1745 Registration
0900 - 1030 OCLC API Mashathon - Part 1
1030 - 1100 Morning Tea - Room 212 Foyer
1100 - 1300 OCLC API Mashathon - Part 2
1300 - 1400 Lunch - Please provide your own
1400 - 1530 OCLC API Mashathon - Part 3
1530 - 1600 Afternoon Tea - Room 212 Foyer
1600 - 1730 OCLC API Mashathon - Part 4
Tuesday 9 February 2010
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VALAtech Boot Camp Session B
1050 to 1230 session for up to 40 delegates

Video: Negotiating the Online and Mobile Space

Room: VALA showcase space
Facilitators: Simon Goodrich and Al Cossar, from the Portable Film Festival, Melbourne Victoria

The Portable team will take you through a variety of web tools and technical processes to ensure you are getting the best from your video content, and ensure you're connecting content to your audience online and on mobile. The studio session will include: Encoding for web and mobile and enabling for streaming, transcoding and problem solving, and optimizing video standards for web and mobile presentation across a variety of popular transcoding tools. We will also look at changing distribution models, and a variety of case studies around forward-thinking video content solutions for web that you can make use of, from Tubemogul to Kaltura, Boxee to Vivaty. We will talk online content strategy, and how you can meaningfully connect your video to communities of interest around the internet.

Requirements: Attendees should bring their laptops / notebooks.

Software used in this Boot Camp will be supplied via a flash drive on the day of the session.
This is a Macintosh and PC friendly Boot Camp session.


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VALAtech Boot Camp Session C
1405 to 1545 session for up to 40 delegates

Semantic Web APIs

Room: VALA showcase space
Facilitator: Thomas (Tom) Tague, OpenCalais, USA

Tom Tague will cover how streamlining content operations can help contain costs, and the top 10 ways to add value with the free OpenCalais service. OpenCalais offers free metadata generation services, developer tools and an automatic connection to the Linked Data cloud. The free OpenCalais service and open API makes it easy to automate content operations, enhance content, increase audience engagement and extend distribution across the content ecosystem. OpenCalais has been recognised by ReadWriteWeb as being one of the top 10 Semantic Web products for 2009. Tom Tague leads the Thomson Reuters OpenCalais initiative, and the OpenCalais developer community. He is an internationally recognised expert and keynote speaker on top trends in the semantic web, and is a regular on Paul Miller's Semantic Web Gang.

Requirements: Attendees should bring their laptops / notebooks and prior to attending this Boot Camp session must have registered and loaded their free Open Calais API Key. See www.opencalais.com/APIkey for details.

Thursday 11 February 2010
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VALAtech Boot Camp Session D
1030 to 1210 session for up to 40 delegates

Open Source Content Management Systems - Joomla!

Room: VALA showcase space
Facilitator: Representative from the Melbourne Joomla Day, Melbourne Victoria

Attendees will receive an introduction to the open source content management package Joomla! The session will include a hands-on introduction to the basic package, as well as some of the more popular modules, styles, and extensions. In addition there will be some insights into the Joomla 1.6 upgrade which is being released in 2010.

Requirements: Attendees should bring their laptops. The LAMP software bundle and the latest version of Joomla! will be supplied via a flash drive on the day of the session. See also www.joomla.org for details.


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VALAtech Boot Camp Session E
1345 to 1525 session for up to 40 delegates

Open Source Content Management Systems - Drupal

Room: VALA showcase space
Facilitator: Tom Denison, Melbourne, Australia

Tom Denison will provide an introduction to the open source content management package Drupal. The session will include an overview of the package, its conceptual framework and its capabilities, a hands-on introduction to the basic package, and a guide to additional modules and styles.

Requirements: Attendees should bring their laptops. The LAMP software bundle and the latest version of Drupal will be supplied via a flash drive on the day of the session. See also drupal.org for details.