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I attended CAIS 2022 conference online 8-11/6/22 which was very good and had papers from all over Canada in information science.
I joined CAIS and hope to volunteer to help them for a year.
I found CAIS via obituary of Tim Craven professor of Library and Information Science at Western University FIMS London Ontario Canada who passed away in August 2020. I knew him from when he wrote Web indexing software for Australian and NZ Society of Indexers Web Indexing which I was pioneering back in 1998 as Webmaster and judge of Web Indexing Prize which later ended.
In 28-30 May 2021, Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) are holding their annual conference online which I attended in middle of night as it is much easier than flying over from Australia. It had many very interesting and stimulating talks on indexing including resident Wikipedian, interviewing indexing prize winner, ebook indexing and new indexing software and was attended online by indexers all round the world in different time zones. It was a great meetup of indexers online from many countries!
In January 2014, Web index of Hansard of Legislative Assembly of Ontario won Web Indexing Award. Since 2014, many Canadian indexers are joining or contributing to Digital Publications Indexing SIG of American Society for Indexing (archive) of which Dwight Walker was Webmaster 2011-2017.
In May 1998, I visited Vancouver and Toronto en route to the American Society for Indexing conference in Seattle. Victoria on Vancouver Island was very beautiful and had a statue of Captain Cook which made me feel very at home. Not many places honour Captain Cook who discovered Australia in 1770.
In 1998, I had one Canadian customer from University of British Columbia who was interested in Web indexing.
I enjoy Canadian hospitality and great sense of humour. Canadians are a lot like Australians compared to Americans who are often loud and brash.
The Canadian dollar is on par with the Australian dollar so in 1998 it was cheaper to visit Canada than USA (1AUD=0.60USD vs 1AUD=1CAD).
I worked with Pam Mann (nee Nash) in British Columbia on UAM church history from 1950-1990 in West Australia as the Walkers and Nashes were together in UAM Fitzroy Crossing WA in 1950s:
In 2010 I started using ResourceMate library software from Ontario Canada to catalogue my father's library for research into aboriginal missions book "Enriching Australia through educating indigenous people" (above) I was editing to publish. They provided tech support for me re upgrading or importing data into their system as MARC records. Resourcemate was a tuck-in acquisition of (became a division of) Harris Computer Systems who acquired 150 software companies over past 10 years and are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange under Constellation Software Inc.
In 1998, when I visited Toronto I found software company right out near the airport and was surprised as there are so few software companies in Australia compared to Canada and Canada seems more entrepreneurial than Australia being so close to USA its neighbour.
We are interested in Telerik .NET and Agile developer tools including TeamPulse. We heard Joel Semeniuk of Telerik speak at Sydney .NET User Group in 16 March 2011.
In 3/2010, I studied developing BlackBerry apps but now in 2/2022 BlackBerry no longer sell mobile phones only embedded systems with QNX RTOS and networking solutions (backend).
In 2000, I enjoyed the Canadian wheelchair basketball team watching them play in the Sydney Paralympics in which they dominated.
Created 7 March 2012 19:50
Updated 11 June 2022 5:59