About

This page is about software and a potential service for aggregating details of social events, meetings and conferences from different sources. The DebianEvents page provides details about specific events in the Debian community.

Why?

There are already a number of calendar sites, why is something more useful?

Sources of data about events

Useful attributes for events

Attribute

Details

Call for papers deadline

Bursary deadline

Type of bursary offered

e.g. general, diversity, speaker, volunteer, ...

Entrance fees

Booths/table/exhibition space exists

Booths/table/exhibition space deadline

Streaming URL

Post-event video archive URL

URL of detailed event calendar (list of talks, workshops)

Scraping data about events

What tools exist for scraping event data from sites like Meetup and Facebook?

Are there browser plugins for this purpose?

Are there web crawlers that can do this?

Are there web crawlers for finding events through search engines?

How can third parties annotate event data?

Assuming that some sites don't provide a mechanism for third-parties to edit or improve their data, complementary systems can be developed to store meta-data submitted by third parties unrelated to the event organizer.

Outputs from the event data aggregation project

Making it happen

Potential work items for volunteers