LCF PlugFests

BIC’s Library Communication Framework (LCF)
PlugFest #4 / Hackathon Sessions 2020

Following the release of LCF Version 1.2.0 (find out more on BIC's LCF GitHub webpage, here), BIC invites all BIC Member organisations and/or organisations which belong to the BIC LCF Consortium to attend the fourth BIC LCF PlugFest. 

Given the current situation with regards to COVID-19, we are not able to offer this event as a face-to-face, full-day, hands-on session but rather a series of 12 weekly, online, mini-PlugFests / hackathons. 

Start date
This series of 12 weekly mini-PlugFests / hackathons starts on Tuesday 12th May 2020 (11.30am – 12.30pm) and will allow developers to engage with the BIC LCF standard and begin / continue implementation. 

What is BIC’s LCF? 
Further information about BIC’s LCF can be found here.

Event format and challenges
For obvious reasons, the format of this event will be different to previous BIC LCF PlugFests. Online presentations and discussions will take place every Tuesday morning (11.30am – 12.30pm) via GoToMeetings, over the course of 12 weeks, with attendees carrying out testing/development work on the assigned challenge during the week. 

Communications outside of the weekly online meetings will be via GitHub (see above).

In summary, the three challenges covered will be: 

  1. Topic confirmed: Ability to specify which attributes of entity and its sub-entities to retrieve (Github Issue #218) - for 4 weeks starting 12th May 2020
  2. Topic confirmed: Inter Library Loans  (GitHub Issue #243) - for 4 weeks starting 9th June 2020
  3. Topic proposed: Selection Query Language (GitHub Issue #113) - for 4 weeks starting 7th July 2020

Once you have registered, we will send you a pack containing more detailed information about the 3 challenges for you to digest ahead of time. 

Estimated schedule
Please note this schedule may be subject to change: the Tuesday timeslot itself will not change, but the challenge covered might progress to the next one more quickly than the 4 weeks initially planned. We will of course keep all registered attendees updated on progress. 

Who should attend?
Developers from BIC Member and/or BIC LCF Consortium organisations only, who are looking to find out more and/or implement the BIC LCF standard will benefit from attending this event. 

NB: Attendees will be expected to use their own laptops; they will be given the opportunity to test code against sandbox applications and servers will be provided. Attendees will be expected to be able to develop code.

Length of the event
The 3 challenges will be addressed over a 12 weeks period. At the time of writing we have estimated each challenge to take 4 weeks. 

Event Location
Remote/online only.

Capacity
30 people maximum. 

Attendance and eligible delegates 
Please note: only BIC Member organisations and/or BIC LCF Consortium Members are eligible to attend this event. All other registrants will not be permitted access on the day, so please do not register if your organisation is not a BIC Member or a BIC LCF Consortium Member.

Only individuals that have registered via the Eventbrite page (here) will be permitted to participate. 

Please ensure that you register your attendance by Tuesday 5th May 2020 if you would like to attend.

Not sure if you are a BIC member? Check our list of member organisations here.

Not sure if your organisation belongs to the BIC LCF Consortium? Information about the Consortium, its membership and how to join can be found here.

Cost
Attendance is free of charge however individuals MUST register in advance.

We look forward to “seeing” you! 

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LCF PlugFest #3
Wednesday 15th May 2019
10am-4pm

This event is kindly hosted by:  

Following the release of LCF Version 1.1.0 (find out more on BIC's LCF GitHub webpage, here), BIC invites all BIC Member organisations and/or organisations which belong to the BIC LCF Consortium to attend the third BIC LCF PlugFest. A full-day, hands-on event, this PlugFest will allow developers to engage first-hand with the BIC LCF standard and begin / continue implementation.

What is BIC LCF?
BIC LCF is a set of library interoperability standards which defines a framework for the communication of data between self-service and other library terminal applications to and from library management systems. The LCF standard is recommended by BIC as the best way to implement communications between systems within a library, for example between a Library Management System (LMS/ILS) and an RFID Self-Service Solution. Find out more,
here.

Event outline and the topics which will be covered
The format of this event will follow the same structure as previous BIC LCF PlugFests, with presentations and discussion taking place in the morning and one or more practical coding sessions (with testing) taking place in the afternoon. 

The morning presentations will discuss the LCF roadmap for 2019 including an update on LCF version numbers and their meaning, what's in the current LCF release, and how to officially add your organisation's developments to LCF as extensions. General discussions on Compliance and Authentication – broken down into two aspects: terminal/device authentication and patron/user authentication – will lay the foundations for the afternoon’s practical session(s). 

To ensure that delegates get as much as possible from this PlugFest, BIC asks that each attendee should - as part of the registration process (which should be carried out via this Eventbrite webpage) - vote on which of the following 3 prospective practical coding sessions should take place during the event. The options are as follows:  

  • Authentication (a demonstration of Patron authentication)
  • Standards Compliance Assertions (a workshop to build / test compliance with the LCF versions, using automated tools that LMS vendors and/or self-service vendors can use themselves)
  • Two-Phase Payment Confirmations (practical) 

Your preference will be collated alongside the other attendees of this event and the most popular will be covered during the PlugFest on Wednesday 15th May 2019. NB: If your preferred practical is not chosen on this occasion, it will likely be covered at a future BIC LCF PlugFest.

Who should attend?
Developers from BIC Member and/or BIC LCF Consortium organisations only, who are looking to find out more and/or implement the BIC LCF standard will benefit from attending this event. NB: Attendees will be expected to bring their laptops to this event in order to develop code on the day; they will be given the opportunity to test the code against sandbox applications that will be provided.

Please note: only BIC Member organisations and/or BIC LCF Consortium Members are eligible to attend this event. All other registrants will not be permitted access on the day, so please do not register if your organisation is not a BIC Member or a BIC LCF Consortium Member.

Capacity
20 people maximum. 

Due to this event being catered for, only individuals that have registered themselves via the designated Eventbrite page will be permitted to enter the venue on the day. Please ensure that you register your attendace by Tuesday 7th May 2019 if you would like to attend.

Attendance is free of charge however individuals MUST register there attendance, as specified above.

 

Not sure if you are a BIC member? Check our list of member organisations here.

Not sure if your organisation belongs to the BIC LCF Consortium? Information about the Consortium, its membership and how to join can be found here.

Registration
Register to attend this event,
here

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 15th May 2019!

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LCF PlugFest #2
Tuesday 1st November 2016

This event is kindly hosted by:  

On Tuesday 1st November, BIC will be holding its second, full-day LCF PlugFest. PlugFests are intended to be hands-on events that allow developers from interested communities to engage with BIC's LCF standard and see what implementations can be achieved within the day. 

Please note: delegates that register to attend this event will be expected to be able to develop code. Please can all delegates ensure that their laptop is capable of connecting to WIFI and is suitably tooled for the task on the day!

A full agenda and briefing document will be distributed to registered delegates prior to the event.

Further information about LCF can be found on BIC's website here, and on GitHub here.

DELEGATES
Please note: only BIC Member organisations and/or LCF Consortium Members are eligible to attend this event. All other registrants will not be permitted access on the day, so please do not register if your organisation is not a BIC member or an LCF Consortium Member.

DUE TO CATERING, ONLY REGISTERED DELEGATES WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE VENUE ON THE DAY SO PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE ON EVENTBRITE BY MONDAY 24th OCTOBER 2016.

Not sure if you are a BIC member? Check our list of member organisations here.
Further information about the LCF Consortium, its members and how to join can be found here.

Register to attend this event, here.

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LCF PlugFest #1
Tuesday 12th January 2016

This event is kindly hosted by:  

A full day, hands-on event, the BIC LCF PlugFest will allow developers from interested communities to engage first-hand with the LCF standard and see what can be achieved within the day.

Attendees will be expected to be able to develop code on the day and in the room. As such, all attendees should ensure their laptop is capable of connecting to WIFI.

Each attendee, working either individually or as part of a small team, should expect to complete a simple software application that emulates either a client or a server for a web service based upon the LCF web service specification, and demonstrate that it will communicate, in conformance with the LCF specifications, with other software applications similarly completed at the PlugFest or made available by the organisers for testing and demonstration purposes.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to show and tell their successes and challenges with LCF and potentially suggest amendments which may be incorporated in LCF.

Lunch will be provided so please let us know, when prompted in the registration process, if you have any dietary requirements.

We want the developer / attendee to come away from the day enthused about LCF and equipped to report back to their respective organisations that it is do-able, it works, and it should be implemented. At the end of the session, attendees should feel sufficiently informed that they feel able to influence their organisation’s commercial decision makers to implement this framework. 

Attendees will be invited from the following groups:
i) LMS vendors with developers in the UK
ii) RFID self-issue client vendors

To see the agenda for the PlugFest, please click here.

To see the LCF PlugFest Preparation document, please click here. 

Last day for registration is Wednesay 6th January, 5pm.
If you would like to attend this event, please contact Karina Luke directly or email: info@bic.org.uk