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Upcoming Meetings and Events

OCLUG usually meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm
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December Meeting: PDF data extraction & What do we use Linux for?

Date: December 1, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus), room B185

Note - Room Change This meeting is at the Woodroffe campus of Algonquin in Building B, room B-185 at 7:00pm

This month we will be having a talk on extracting data from PDFs and a community discussion on Linux and what we use it for coordinated by John.


There will be a one hour pre-meeting item from 18:00 to 19:00 for people who are new to Linux, have general questions, or wish to help out with people who are just getting started.

After Meeting Social:

After the meeting, there will be a social event at one of the nearby pubs or restaurants. A short discussion and vote as to location will be taken then.

GPG Keysigning:

After the main talk there will be the opportunity for a GPG key signing. This is a monthly offering, just look for Scott after the talk and we can go from there. Bring some kind of photo ID and some keyslips if you expect people to sign your key.If you need some method of creating pages of keyslips, there is an online slip generator available.

PDF extraction

Getting Usable Data from a collection of PDF Files

Speaker: Ian Gorman

Analysis of data from some monthly financial reports over a seven-year period was needed and the reports were only available as PDF. The structure of the PDF files permitted cutting and pasting the data into rough text that, with a few manual changes, could be fed through an automated process to get data that could be pasted into a spreadsheet. GNU Make was used to build an integrated process from a number of scripts that were easy to build and verify.

Linux distros

Community Linux Use

Speaker: John C. Nash

A group chat on who uses Linux and what they use it for. The purp[ose is to build up a list of people who have expertise in various areas so that we have some go-to people for the community. You can ask to not be included in the listing. Moderated by John Nash.



Promote Linux in Ottawa

Do you have an idea about how to promote Linux and Open Source Software in Ottawa? OCLUG may be able to help with up to $500 towards your expenses.

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Meeting Location

For the months of October, November and December in 2016, we will be meeting at Algonquin College (Woodroffe Campus) in Building B, room B242.

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