VALA2016 Boot Camp Session 1

Wednesday 10 February 2016

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Hands on with the ORCID API

1050 – 1230 Room: 218

Facilitator: Laura Paglione, ORCID

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This bootcamp provides a hands-on tutorial for using the ORCID Member and Public APIs. After a brief introduction to ORCID and how to encourage your researchers to get and use an ORCID iD, the workshop will be divided into two sections:

Section 1: What is the ORCID API? Using the ORCID Public API

  • About the ORCID APIs
  • Accessing the Public API
  • Using the Public API (searching ORCID records, getting an authenticated ORCID iD)

Section 2: Getting started with the ORCID member API

  • Accessing the Member API
  • Getting permission to edit users’ ORCID records via OAuth
  • Reading from/writing to users’ ORDCID records via the Member API

This workshop requires a laptop. All skill levels are welcome; software development experience is not required.



VALA2016 Boot Camp Session 2

Wednesday 10 February 2016

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Free range RDA

1345 – 1550 Room: 218

Facilitators: Ebe Kartus, Australian Catholic University, Sun Young Baik, RMIT

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This is not an RDA training session – sort of.

RDA is a content standard and as such does not rely on any particular encoding. This session will be working with RIMMF (RDA In Multiple Metadata Formats). We will learn how to use RIMMF to enter RDA data as per the guidelines, free from MARC. RIMMF will also help you “see” the resource in a WEMI (Work, Expression, Manifestation, Item) tree.

This hands-on session requires a laptop with RIMMF 3 (go to and MarcEdit (go to pre-loaded plus access to a USB2 port; flash drives will be provided. Pen, paper, an enquiring mind and a willingness to learn.



VALA2016 Boot Camp Session 3

Thursday 11 February 2016

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WkikData hands-on

1050 – 1230 Room: 218

Facilitator: Andy Mabbett, Wikimedian-in-Residence

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As Wikipedia is to encyclopedic prose, and Wikimedia Commons is to media files, Wikidata is all about structured data – a free linked database that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. Wikidata supports an increasing range of sites and services and benefits from a global community of editors and contributors.

In this Boot Camp you will learn about Wikidata and its notability guideline, and explore and edit elements of Wikidata items, including labels, aliases, properties qualifiers. Explore how GLAM professionals are using and contributing to Wikidata projects.

This workshop requires a laptop, and a Wikipedia user account – please sign up at before the conference.



VALA2016 Boot Camp Session 4

Thursday 11 February 2016

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GLAM WikiBomb

1445 – 1550 Room: 218

Andy Mabbett, Wikimedian-in-Residence
Pru Mitchell, Wikimedia Australia

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Does your organisation have unique content or metadata? Do you share a passion for improving the coverage of Australian subjects in Wikipedia? Do you wish your staff and clients knew more about how Wikipedia and its sister projects work? GLAM-Wiki is how Wikipedia and its related projects work with the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums sector to improve global access to collections and services. Join in this session and learn how to organise and run a WikiBomb, editathon, or a Wikipedian-in-Residence program. This is a hands-on session requiring a laptop and Wikipedia user account – please sign up at before the conference. Observers are welcome.



VALA2016 IT Futures Workshop

Thursday 11 February 2016

Concurrent Session 18: IT Futures Workshop

1445 – 1550 Room: 219 & 220

Michelle McLean, Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation
Tania Barry, Hume Libraries
Felicity Gilbert, Yarra Plenty Regional Library

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To view the video of the workshop on the VALA2016 GigTV channel and view the workshop slides go to the VALA2016 Proceedings article for Session 18: IT Futures.

This workshop requires a pen (Workbook provided) and your great ideas.

This session will work as part presentation, part workshop with the expectation that attendees will participate in the majority of the session, with discussion and feedback. The session will comprise three parts:

  1. Existing technology innovation in libraries around the world
    This will be a presentation on existing programs and services that are leading the way in the library world. It will include examples from Australia as well as around the world, giving an outline of their form and target audience, as these two elements feed into each other during planning phases. Where possible, rationale for implementation, as well as success factors in the local community, will be included.
  2. Incorporating technology in a current setup
    This would be the first part of engaging with the audience. Asking questions and seeking feedback on a variety of questions. How do participants define “technology”? ICT? Devices? PCs? Software? What are the current programs that are in participants’ libraries? How can technology (as defined by working groups) be incorporated in these programs/service delivery? What role does emerging technology play here? Could that future be in libraries? In my library? Why/why not?
  3. Planning for the future
    This would continue with audience engagement. Asking questions and seeking feedback again on more specific questions. To be successful, what are the indicators to look out for? What technology would be required? What are the implications for library spaces, staffing, hours, accessibility, training and budget? Is there potential for partnerships? How do you achieve quality of service without compromising on anything already in existence?

Attendees will be encouraged to share their thoughts, experiences and opinions with the wider audience in the second and third parts, with the presenters working as facilitators, keeping the discussion moving and relevant. The facilitators will also aim at achieving consensus across the different aspects of the questions (where applicable) and present this back to participants, for consideration to take back to their workplace and incorporate in future planning.

The results from this workshop can be gathered into a summary paper and made available to VALA conference attendees, making for a well-rounded presentation of the issues and opportunities surrounding this topic.