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Learning Registry Plugfest 2

Join us for the second Learning Registry Plugfest, a multi-day hands-on event focused on collaborative work to connect your repositories, content collections and communities to the Learning Registry; to build tools, to explore the data we have; and to work on the Learning Registry code to add new features. Plugfest 2 will start with a reception the night of December 12, 2011 and continue with all day meetings on December 13 and 14.

Registration is still open: http://learningregistryplugfest2.eventbrite.com


Draft Agenda as of 11/30/11 -- Subject to Change

General Schedule (Mountain Standard Time)

December 12, 2011 (Monday)

4:30 - 7:30 pm:            Informal Happy Hour at Backcountry Pizza and Tap House 

2319 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302, (303) 449-4285

Map:  http://goo.gl/iYqXC

Dinner on your own

December 13, 2011 (Tuesday)

   8:15 am Shuttle to UCAR leaves from the Millennium Hotel

9:00 am - 6:30 pm:      Demos and Working Groups

   6:30 pm Shuttle to the Millennium Hotel leaves UCAR

Dinner on your own

December 14, 2011 (Wednesday)

   8:15 am Shuttle to UCAR leaves from the Millennium Hotel

9:00 am - 5:00 pm:      Demos and Working Groups

   5:15 pm Shuttle to the Millennium Hotel leaves UCAR

Conclusion of Plugfest 2

   December 15, 2011 (Thursday)

   Technical Working Group / Development Team Meeting

Who Should Attend

This Plugfest is an open hands-on technical event.  Do you have metadata or paradata that describes your learning resources that you want to get into the Learning Registry (you have access to the data and you know what format you have)?  Do you want to operate a node in the Learning Registry network?  Are there additional features that you would like to help implement?  Do you want to create mashups with the Learning Registry?  Do you want to build value-added services on top of the Learning Registry?  If any of these describe you and your goals, you are a member of our target audience.  While programming experience and abilities are desired, we may be able to work with you and your data and tools if you can provide our developers with the technical details they require to link your world to the Learning Registry.

We will assume that you know what the Learning Registry is and why we are building it.  You should have programming/software engineering/development skills and plan to come to write code along with us.  If you just want to find out more about the Learning Registry, you probably won't find this event useful -- look at the agenda to see why.


Hosted by the National Science Digital Library


University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

Center Green Campus, Building CG1

3080 Center Green Drive

Boulder, Colorado, USA  80301


Google Map including meeting locations, and hotel and restaurant recommendations. Participants may add their suggestions and comments.



Additional map of UCAR building locations



Note: Technical Working Group Meeting will take place at UCAR's Foothills Laboratory Campus, Building FL-A

3375 Mitchell Lane
Boulder, Colorado, USA 80301


Online registration is now open at http://learningregistryplugfest2.eventbrite.com. Registration is required, as spaces are limited. If you are unable to attend in person, please use the registration form to express your interest in virtual participation as a means to help us gauge feasibility of online connections to the live event.

Cancellation policy.  If you cannot attend, please let us know so we can release your space as we expect to be oversubscribed.  Because of security, everyone must register; if someone is coming in your place, you must cancel and they must register.


Attendees must make their own arrangements for accommodations.  

Special rates are available the Millennium Hotel Harvest House Boulder (303-443-3850). Shuttle service will be provided from the Millennium Hotel to UCAR every morning/evening. The Millennium is withing walking distance of the restaurants in and around the 29th Street Shopping District.

Reservations under the Learning Registry room block may be made:

- Via the event registration site.
-  Via the Millennium website: http://www.millenniumhotels.com/boulder  >>Select Group Code, located under the     Corp/Promo Code and use code: 1112LEARNI
-  E-Mail: 
-  Telephone: Guests may call the hotel toll free at (800) 545-6285 and refer to the group code.

An additional map of Boulder area hotels can be found at http://www.boulderlodging.com/map.asp. 

Note: the only hotel within easy walking distance of the meeting location is:

Residence Inn Boulder 3030 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301. (303-449-5545)


No special rates have been negotiated with the Residence Inn.



Breakfasts and dinners are on your own. Lunch will be provided at meeting locations.  Please indicate any food restrictions in the appropriate area of the registration form.


Transportation and Parking

The Denver/Boulder area is serviced by Denver International Airport (airport code DEN). Participants will be responsible for their own transportation between Denver International Airport and Boulder.  Once in Boulder, having a rental car will add convenience to getting to and from the meeting location and in exploring dining and hiking options.  Free parking is available at the meeting location on the UCAR Center Green Campus.

Free morning/evening shuttle service between the meeting location at UCAR and the Millennium Harvest House hotel will be available.

Information regarding transportation to Boulder from Denver International Airport: http://www.flydenver.com/parkinggt


What to Bring

Bring your own laptop or tablet; open network connectivity will be provided.  Bring any technical data and documentation (softcopy on your machine) that you need. Be sure to bring photo ID to access the venue.  You should be signed up to the Learning Registry Developers Google Group.


Open Meeting

Consistent with the Learning Registry's openness principles, this is an open meeting.  Our code and data are all available under open licenses and work that you do will need to fit into this scheme.  We will be taking photos and recording audio and video.  People will be tweeting in real time.  We will release the list of attendee names and information about their interests in November.

We encourage all participants to tweet, blog and let others know about the event in real time.  Our hash tag is #learningreg.

Remote Participation

Remote participation will be coordinated on the day of the event via the Learning Registry-Collaborate Google Group. Remote participants will be able to follow the conversation and interact with working groups via an assortment of social media. Please use the registration form to express your interest in virtual participation as a means to help us gauge the needs for online connections to the live event.  

1)  The Learning Registry Collaborate Google Group will be the quickest way to get connected to the event and get attention from people on-site.

2)  Anything related to code being authored during Plugfest will be posted collaboratively to our Primary Pad -- this is a realtime wiki-style document editor with live chat. No password is required. Log onto the Plugfest Pad at http://nsdl.primarypad.com/1 As groups form, other pads can be formed for each project.

3)  For the opening remarks and introductions, we will provide audio via phone using ReadyTalk. Dial in via 1-866-740-1260 and use passcode 4972946.

4) We'll use the Learning Registry Twitter account @learningreg and we encourage you to post pictures, comments, questions and answers with the #learningreg hashtag.

Reminder that start time for Tuesday, December 13 is 9:00 Mountain Time.
We will start checking systems and open the conference call line around 8:45 am.



For more information please contact Susan Van Gundy from NSDL (vangundy AT ucar DOT edu).