The RIPS Executive Board recently voted to lend financial support to the second annual AALL Hackathon: Connecting Legal Information. The full-day event will be held as a pre-conference workshop on Saturday, July 18, at the 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference in Philadelphia. At the event, programmers will collaborate with AALL members to transform government datasets into new resources that will increase the data’s accessibility and discoverability.
A hackathon is a collaboration of those with knowledge of needs and data (in this case, librarians) with computer programmers and others involved in software development in order to build a new information resource. The goal is to create usable software. A lengthy explanatory FAQ may be found on the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference website. Michelle Sun’s “Survival Guide to Your First Hackathon” is a quick read with tips for hackathon novices. See RIPS Law Librarian Blog post, AALL Hackathon – July 2014, for information on the projects that were developed at last year’s AALL Hackathon.
Similar to the other preconference workshops, a separate advance registration is required. There is a $25 registration fee for AALL Members. Full details about the event are found on the registration page. Tech professionals can attend for free by registering at the Eventbrite.
Other AALL SIS sponsors include the Computing SIS and Government Documents SIS.
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