Last week we took Islandora Camp to Vancouver, BC for the first time, and it was pretty awesome. 40 attendees and instructors came together for three days to talk about, use, and generally show off what's new with Islandora. We were joined mostly by folks from around BC itself, with attendees from Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Vancouver Public Library, Prince Rupert Library (one of the very first Islandora sites in the world!), Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the University of British Colombia.
iCampBC featured the largest-ever Admin Track, with 29 of us coming together to build our own demo islandora sites on a camp Virtual Machine. With the help of my co-instructor, Erin Tripp from discoverygarden, we made collections, played with forms, and built some very nice Solr displays for cat pictures (and the occasional dog). While we were sorting out the front-end of Islandora, the Developer Track and instructors Mark Jordan and Mitch MacKenzie, were digging into the code and ended up developing a new demo module, Islandora Weather, which you can use to display the current weather for locations described in the metadata of an Islandora object (should you ever need to do that...)
For sessions, we had a great panel on Digital Humanties, within and outside of Islandora, featuring Mark Leggott (UPEI), Karyn Huenemann (SFU), Mimi Lam (UBC), and Rebecca Dowson (SFU). SFU's Alex Garnett and Carla Graebner took us on a tour of the tools that SFU has built to manage research data in Islandora. Justin Simpson from Artefactual showed us how Islandora and Archivemitca can play together in Archidora. Slides for these and most other presentations are available via the conference schedule.
Camp Awards were handed out on the last day (and tuques were earned via trivia. Can you name three Interest Groups without looking it up?). A few highlights:
- So Many Lizards Award: Ashok Modi for all of his rescues in the Dev track
- Camp Kaleidoscope Award: Kay Cahill, for rocking at least three laptops at one point
- Camo Mojo Award: Karyn Huenemann, for infectious enthusiasm
Thank you to all of our attendees for making this camp such a success. We hope some of you will join us for our next big event, the first Islandora Conference, this summer in PEI.
We had a feeling it was going to be a good week when us east-coast camp instructors got to leave behind this:
And were greeted by this:
Seriously, Vancouver. You know you're supposed to be in Canada too, right?