Register for Hackfest Workshops *Deadline Fri Sept 8*

Planning on attending the Access 2017 hackfest on Wed. Sept 27th?

The hackfest is included in your conference registration fee and we hope you will be able to make it. For those new to hackfests, we understand that jumping in can be a bit intimidating (particularly if you aren’t a programmer), so we are offering a few options that will allow everyone to learn something new and use these skills to hack on a real project.

We will still have the traditional Access hackfest where attendees can form a team and work on a problem or project together, but we are also offering the following four workshops. Most of the workshops have limited space, so we are asking you to rank the hackfest options in order of preference using this online registration form by midnight, Fri Sept. 8th

We will do our best to accommodate everyone in their first choice, but if a section fills up we will take people on a first-response, first-served basis. Please take a minute to fill out our short form and let us know if you are planning to be there and what your preference is. We will let everyone who has registered know which workshops they have been placed in by Mon, Sept 11th.


DIY/Open Source File Scanner (Kinograph) – Curt Campbell & Donald Johnson, Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan (PAS)
Half day – pm only

The Kinograph is a prototype Maker/Open Source film scanner. It is an inexpensive hardware and software platform for the digitization of film. In this workshop, we will use the PAS Kinograph to introduce the concepts and issues of film scanning. Then we will experiment with the control and processing software for demonstration and discussion. The goal for the afternoon is to scan a film or two and come away with a ready-to-use video.  PAS will be bringing some films, but if you have a short 16mm film you’d like to scan, please bring it.

  • Expertise: Familiarity and understanding of digital imaging for still and moving images
  • Required: A laptop is recommended but not required
  • Programming experience: Experience with media/image processing tools and software development
  • Maximum registrants: 15

FOLIO – Andrew Nagy, EBSCO
Full day 

FOLIO is a library services platform – infrastructure that allows cooperating library apps to share data. This hackfest session is a hands-on introduction to FOLIO for developers. In this tutorial you will work with your own FOLIO setup through a series of exercises designed to demonstrate how to install an app on the platform and use the data sources and design elements the platform provides.

  • Expertise: Basic Mac/Windows/Linux administration
  • Required: Laptop with curriculum prerequisites (to be emailed to attendees ahead of time)
  • Programming experience: Familiarity with RESTful APIs recommended.
  • Maximum registrants: unlimited

Getting Started with Drupal 8 – John Yobb, U Sask Library
Full day

Getting started with Drupal 8 will give participants the opportunity to develop a website by installing and configuring modules. Preconfigured Drupal environments will be available to all participants and we will start the day by diving right into developing a simple module to gain an understanding of how the Drupal 8 module system works. Once their module is completed, participants will have time to build and theme a website of of their choosing (Blog, Image hosting, Intranet) by downloading and configuring Drupal modules.

  • Expertise: A familiarity with the Linux command line is helpful but not required.  A basic command line reference will be available.
  • Required: Laptop with Putty or Mac terminal
  • Programming experience: None
  • Maximum registrants: 15

Raspberry Spy – Darryl Friesen, U Sask Library
Full day

Raspberry Pi devices are inexpensive mini-computers that can be used with multiple sensors and add-ons to build all manner of projects. In this session, we will explore some nefarious and non-nefarious uses for the Raspberry Pi and its external sensors. The morning will consist of an informal presentation and discussion where we will examine how the camera, PIR sensor, and beam break sensor can be used to create a gate counter, traffic monitor, or automated In-Out board. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to go hands-on with the Raspberry Pi devices and sensors to create their own projects. All materials will be supplied.

  • Expertise: A familiarity with the Linux command line is helpful but not required.
  • Required: Laptop with Putty or Mac terminal
  • Programming experience: Experience with Python or similar languages is helpful but not required
  • Maximum registrants: 12
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