Grab a bucket! Introduction

This talk was originally given for Canada’s Access Conference in 2009. I horribly overwrote it, such that I had to skip past a good fifth of it. This reconstruction includes the section I had to gloss over. I made myself stop overwriting talks after this!

In 2009, what I had to say here came across as a daring challenge to conventional wisdom. That nearly all of it is essentially commonplace in 2015 is not my doing, but I am not at all displeased at it.

This talk was distilled into the Ariadne article “Retooling Libraries for the Data Challenge.” Unfortunately, I did the distillation in rather a hurry, so the article does not hold together as well as I think the talk does. It’s for that reason I present revised talk notes here, rather than the article.