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SALT Recommender API at Manchester

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## Hackfest on Friday 17 February 2012 at Ryerson University
-There will be a one-day SPLURGE hackfest on Friday 17 February 2012 on the seventh floor of Heaslip House at Ryerson University in Toronto. It is open to anyone in an [OCUL](http://www.ocul.on.ca/) library. No breakfast or lunch will be provided, but there are many coffee shops, restaurants and pubs nearby. The night before the hackfest there will be a dinner in Toronto for everyone in town.
+There will be a one-day SPLURGE hackfest on Friday 17 February 2012 on the seventh floor of Heaslip House at Ryerson University in Toronto. It is open to anyone in an [OCUL](http://www.ocul.on.ca/) library. No breakfast or lunch will be provided, but there are many coffee shops, restaurants and pubs nearby. The night before the hackfest there will be a dinner in Toronto at a pub. (Email for details.)
__Everyone coming to the hackfest should bring at least six months of usage data from their library.__ See Data Collection below for more details.
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* [Data](http://library.hud.ac.uk/data/usagedata/)
* [README](http://library.hud.ac.uk/data/usagedata/_readme.html)
* Pattern explains things in [Free book usage data from the University of Huddersfield](http://www.daveyp.com/blog/archives/528)
+* Pattern summarized it all in March 2011 in [Sliding Down the Long Tail](http://www.daveyp.com/blog/archives/1453).
-In March 2011 Dave Pattern's summarized it all in [Sliding Down the Long Tail](http://www.daveyp.com/blog/archives/1453).
+Updated 13 Feb: The SALT Recommender API is doing what we want to do, and JISC's planned SALT 2 project is a consortial approach like OCUL would do:
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+* [SALT Recommender API at Manchester](https://salt11.wordpress.com/salt-recommender-api/)
+* [Copac Activity Data Project aka SALT 2](http://copac.ac.uk/innovations/activity-data/)
+* [JISC's Activity Data](http://www.activitydata.org/)
# Data gathering
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### items.txt
-Fields:
+Tab-delimited file. Fields:
item ID (mandatory)
ISBN(s) (mandatory)
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### transactions.YYYY.txt
-Fields:
+Tab-delimited file. Fields:
timestamp (mandatory)
item ID (mandatory)
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1225756800 → 62580 → 76543
* The timestamp is in Unix time format (i.e. the number of seconds since 1st Jan 1970 UTC). It is used to calculate the day the transaction occurred on.
-* The user ID is whatever ID you want to use to identify an individual library user. It will be converted to a MD5 hash value before the data is submitted to MOSAIC. It must match the user ID contained in the user file.
+* The user ID is whatever ID you want to use to identify an individual library user. It will be converted to a MD5 hash value before the data is submitted. It must match the user ID contained in the user file.
* The item ID is whatever ID you want to use to identify a library book. It must match the item ID contained in the item file.
# Data storage
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