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Internet Librarian Topics 1997-2009

As suggested by Kathy Dempsey, author of The Accidental Library Marketer and one of the fine bloggers at The ‘M’ Word – Marketing Libraries blog, here is a collection of Wordles based on the final program for each of the Internet Librarian conferences from 1997 to 2009.

In the course of compiling this information I was struck, once again, by how far we have come. Currently the Internet Librarian and Computers in Libraries conference programs are published using XML and XLST so if we make a change to a session title or description or a speaker’s bio, its pushed out in the XML file and instantly the site s up to date everywhere that information is used. Going back in time for this information was like an archeological dig through the the history of web development all the way back to the days before CSS and to when ITI hand coded the entire program in plain HTML.

When it comes to working with data on the web, there were no “good old days” to look back on with fondness in my opinion.

As requested, here are the source files I used – minus the year seedings: ILWordleSourcefiles.zip

For a full size animation of the sort below, visit Internet Librarian Through the Years.

Year by Year

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6 Responses to Internet Librarian Topics 1997-2009

  1. Paul R. Pival September 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    That’s really neat! Can you make the source files available? i’d love to look at them w/o the year, or the word Librar* included; I think that might make the hot topics show up a little better…

    • JD Thomas September 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

      You bet. I will remove the years from the files.. I “seeded” the text files I used to ensure it would be obvious what year it was.

    • JD Thomas September 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

      Here you go: ILWordleSourcefiles.zip

      • Paul R. Pival September 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

        Thanks! Will post a link if mine seem to uncover anything interesting.

  2. Kathy Dempsey September 7, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    This is really fascinating, JD. Thanks for doing it; I know the data retrieval must’ve been a bear. But it’s so cool to see the industry changes in a great visual format!!

    • JD Thomas September 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

      I ended up using a lot of native Linux command line tools to extract the data … I can’t imagine how I would have done it in Windows.