pyvideo status: August 31st, 2012

Note: This is an old post in a blog with a lot of posts. The world has changed, technologies have changed, and I've changed. It's likely this is out of date and not representative. Let me know if you think this is something that needs updating.

What is is an index of Python-related videos on the Internet. For the most part, it's a collection of videos from Python-related conferences. Saw a session you liked and want to share it? It's likely you can find it, watch it, and share it with


I posted the videos for EuroPython 2011 last night. Many thanks to N who pulled together metadata for the conference. That saved me gobs of time.

I want to work on EuroPython 2012 next. I've pulled all the data in the YouTube channel, however, the description and speaker data isn't easily available. Best I can find is which isn't in a form I can do much with.

I could really use some help! I need someone to either find a conference organizer and ask them for the data in some easy-to-parse format or scrape it. If possible, a JSON format would be great, but I can do any format that has a parser in the Python stdlib, database dumps, and probably other formats as well.

The key pieces of information I need are these:

  • title (this lets me match it up to the YouTube data I already have)

  • list of speakers

  • summary (short summary about the talk---sometimes called abstract)

  • description (longer-form description of the talk)

  • language the talk is in (English? Italian? ...)

Bonus points:

  • everything is in utf-8

  • summary and description are marked up in HTML

If you can help, please email me at willkg at bluesock dot org.

Thank you!

Update: Omar sent me an XML file with all the EuroPython 2012 metadata. I'm pretty sure I'm all set now. Thank you Omar!

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