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It’s Not Too Late to Register for BibleTech:2011!

BibleTechWe are about a month away from another exciting BibleTech event. But don’t worry, there is still time to register! You don’t need to miss a moment of the informative sessions we have planned.

There has been an exciting last minute addition to the BibleTech line up. Scott Magdalein, the product manager for YouVersion, will be talking to us about how YouVersion has reached almost 15 million people with a full time staff of only 10—and over 150 actively engaged volunteers!

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Washinton's Best Workplaces 2010

The number one obstacle to improving Logos Bible Software is a shortage of awesome software developers. We have desks, chairs, computers, and money to meet payroll. We have a list of projects longer than your arm. We have free coffee and a new employee outdoor center. What we don’t have is enough people.

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The Schedule for BibleTech:2011 Is Live!

BibleTech:2011

BibleTech:2011 is shaping up to be an incredible event for anyone passionate about the latest developments in Bible and technology! If you don’t believe me, check out the newly posted schedule for yourself!

Curious about the hows and whys of the The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition? Do you want to know how ProjectEbenezer.com is using the internet to connect the Church to theologians? Have you wondered what the Scriptures teach about technology and its appropriate use? Maybe you’re more interested in mobile Bible study or what’s in store for the next generation of mobile technologies.

Wherever your interests lie, be sure to secure your seat at BibleTech:2011, where you’ll learn from the experts! Registration is only $159.95 and gets you access to twenty-eight presentations, three catered meals, a conference T-shirt, and the chance get to know fellow Bible and technology geeks!

BibleTech:2011 will consist of fourteen sessions split between March 25 and 26. Each session will give you the option of a high-tech presentation or a low-tech presentation. The high-tech presentations will discuss the latest developments in Bible software platforms and the use of computer-based technologies for Bible translation and Bible study. The low-tech presentations will handle issues of design sensitivity, current trends in Bible technologies, and the integration of the Bible with internet-based communities.

A list of conference speakers is available on the conference website. Get acquainted with the speakers and catch up on their preparations for BibleTech:2011 by checking out their personal links. You can also view the official BibleTech:2011 schedule and plan ahead for your BibleTech experience.

Register today! BibleTech:2011 and experience a fresh look into the exciting ways that technology is affecting the way we study, visualize, and communicate the Scriptures.

You Do Not Want to Miss Out on BibleTech:2011!

BibleTech:2011

The speakers have been chosen for BibleTech:2011. This year’s conference—March 25-26 in Seattle, WA— is shaping up to be another landmark event that you will not want to miss!

BibleTech’s presenters come from a diverse background of educators, programmers, developers, publishers, executives and ministry leaders. This diversity provides a well-rounded platform from which to speak about the number of ways that technology is influencing how we approach and study the Scriptures.

There are over 25 sessions including:

  • Why Another Greek New Testament?Rick Brannan, Information Architect at Logos Bible Software, discusses the The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition (SBLGNT, also known as the SBL Greek New Testament), edited by Michael W. Holmes. Where did this new edition of the Greek New Testament come from? Why was it done? And more importantly for the BibleTech audience, how was it done?
  • The Convergence of Technology and Prayer
    David Gagne, the Media Post Production System Administrator for the Kansas City International House of Prayer, will talk about how the prayer movement globally is being strengthened through use of technology and the benefits and challenges of maintaining a life of prayer while working long hours on technology.
  • Making Bible Search Results RelevantZondervan’s
    Internet Systems Architect, Stephen Smith, discusses how, as an industry, we tune our search engines to handle specialized queries while ignoring common obstacles that people face when searching the Bible. Our goal should be to interpret the intent of everyone—from the scholar to the casual user of a mobile Bible app—and connect them with the biblical text they’re seeking.
  • Educating the 21st Century Pastor: The Intersection of Theology and Technology
    Knox Theological Seminary’s Dean of Distance Education, Jonathan Smith, will look at what theological education looks like in the 21st century. This talk will focus on the intersection between emerging technologies and theological application and will discuss the over impact on theological education.

When you register today you will receive access to more than 25 sessions, three catered meals, and a conference T-shirt. But perhaps even more importantly, you will build a network of friends and contacts with others who share your interests.

BibleTech:2011 will be held at The Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Located directly across from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, this hotel is rated as one of Hilton’s Top Performing Hotels for delivering outstanding customer service. Special room rates are available for those who will be attending the conference.

Don’t wait, register today and experience what is happening at the intersection of Bible study and technology. You won’t want to miss it.

Announcing BibleTech 2011!

BibleTech

We are gearing up for BibleTech 2011, which will be held in Seattle, WA, March 25–26. This will be our fourth annual conference focusing on the many ways technology is affecting and being affected by how we translate, interpret, communicate and transmit the Scriptures. BibleTech isn’t just a great opportunity to hear speakers address many of the tech savvy issues that are important to you, but also a chance to interact and network with industry leaders and others who share your interests. Stories abound of the working relationships and friendships initiated at BibleTech conferences.

Calling all presenters!

We are putting out a call for programmers, publishers, tagging experts, information/library scientists, technologists, thought leaders, design gurus, information architects, webmasters, or anyone working at the intersection of the Bible and technology to lead conference sessions and round-table discussions! It is as easy as clicking on entry link filling out the participation form.

We get a lot of entries and we encourage you to be as descriptive as possible when sharing your ideas for topics and content. And, if you have multiple ideas for sessions, feel free to fill out multiple entries.

We will close the call for participation on November 30 so that we can choose the best session speakers for next year. Please have your entry in by then!

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Logos Bible Software: A Washington’s Best Workplaces Finalist

Washinton's Best Workplaces 2010Not many people can say they work for one of the best workplaces in their state, but the 200 or so Logos Bible Software employees can say that very thing.

After an extensive and rigorous process, which included the completion of surveys by nominee-company employees across the state, Logos has been recognized as a finalist for Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Best Workplaces. To celebrate this accomplishment, companies that were identified as Washington’s best, based on various employee benefit offerings, leadership culture, and work/life balance philosophies were invited to a special awards event at Safeco Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners.

When asked about this recognition, here is what Bob Pritchett, President/CEO of Logos, had to say:

“I consider it a blessing to get to work with so many wonderful people at Logos Bible Software, and am glad to see our team recognized. Hopefully this will lead even more great people to join us!”

Bob generously offered to cover the costs for all employees and their spouses who wanted to attend. Once a final head-count was set, he announced that two limousines were set to take us down to Seattle for the event. [Thanks Bob!]

Once we entered the ballpark, we were greeted by Puget Sound Business Journal‘s staff and ushered toward tables and tables of food, drinks, and concession snacks. After all, we were at a baseball park! You can be sure we had our share of peanuts and crackerjacks, hotdogs, soda, popcorn, and so much more.

Awards were presented to finalists in the small, medium, large, extra large, and non-profit categories, with special recognition— including a custom Mariners jersey—going to the #1 company in each of the five categories. Although Logos was not selected as the top workplace in our category (large), it was a huge honor to be recognized amongst so many great companies who are doing great things for their employees.

Making the evening even better was the opportunity before and after the awards presentation for attendees to go onto the field to throw baseballs while being clocked for speed and to “walk the bases.” But when presented with the opportunity to go onto a Major League baseball diamond, would you just walk, or would you run? Run!

Here is a short video of Adam Navarrete, from our marketing department doing just that.

Now doesn’t that look fun? Why not check out our jobs page for current opportunities? Maybe next year that could be you!

The “Network Effect”

AlexanderGrahamBellI would love to have been there when Alexander Graham Bell experienced his great “a-ha” moments. His first “a-ha” might have gone something like this, “Oh no. . . I gotta make two of these things!” Can you then picture Al showing off the first pair of telephones to friends and dignitaries who ask the questions, “Do you have to have two phones and a different set of wires for each person you speak to? Where are you going to run the wires? What do you mean, ‘switchboard’?”

Recently I was speaking with a friend who likened Logos Bible Software to the Amazon Kindle and the Sony e-Reader. His point was that we all represented similar abilities to read digital books. Our new iPhone app reinforced his analogy. I pointed out that his perspective was only true to a point. E-book readers have much in common with printed books: They are convenient, hand-held, self-contained, and portable. They are little more than a book that runs on batteries. They go beyond the printed book by serving as vending machines for additional books. But while they have some endearing features, they still only represent basic paper book utility: reading words on pages. With Logos Bible Software, reading words on pages is just the beginning.

Just as the utility of a telephone increases relative to the number of other telephones it is connected to, the value of each Logos book increases relative to the number of books and data sets it references. Logos books are worth more than 100% of the paper book utility. The quantity and quality of explicitly “tagged” links along with word, phrase, topic, and reference links and the sheer size of the Logos Bible Software formatted book count create a network effect dramatically superior to the utility of any individual or collection of stand-alone digital books. Stand-alone digital books are the raw ingredients of Logos Bible Software, not the end product.

A commentary linked to a Bible, linked to a dictionary, linked to an atlas, linked to each of the other books in the library offers a multiplier network effect to the value of every single book. Every combination of books is greater than the sum of the books. The network effect is seen clearly in telephones, radio, TV, Facebook, the human genome, and yes, Logos Bible Software.

One way of measuring this network effect is Metcalfe’s law:

Metcalfe’s law states that the value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2). . . . Metcalfe’s law characterizes many of the network effects of communication technologies and networks such as the Internet, social networking, and the World Wide Web.

And I would suggest it also applies to linked books in the Logos Bible Software.

Let x equal the value of one book. Linked together in a network,

  • Two books = 4x
  • Three books = 9x
  • Four books = 16x

A thousand–volume Logos Bible Software Library has the utility of a million stand-alone resources and the convenience of your desktop, laptop, or your iPhone/iPad!

ETD: Where Your Books Come From

Today’s guest post is from Brittany Young, a member of our Electronic Text Development team.

As one of Electronic Text Development’s Book Designers, the most common question I hear is, “Wait . . . do you have to type out the whole book by HAND!?” That’s when I get to give them a little insight into the text development process.

ETD is a vital part of Logos’ structure. Without us, there wouldn’t be any books to ship to your digital library. Those books also wouldn’t have hyperlinks, Greek, Hebrew or Transliterated language tags, images or any of the number of things that make Logos’ software unique.

How texts are developed

Usually, we’ll receive text files from the publisher of the book and format those files to match the print version. The book goes through many stages, first to a group of people called Reference Taggers. They add Bible tags and other data tags to our—over 100 different—data types (like the Works of Josephus, Strong’s Numbering, or The Laws of Hammurabi), and jump tags both to internal references and to other existing Logos resources. Then, the book heads to the Book Designer who does work on overall edits, final tagging, formats like indentation, font size or style, image insertion, and the list goes on. We use XML code and internal tools to help with the bulk of work, which are imagined and built by our talented Book Developers. The book then goes through an in depth series of final checks and corrections by our Team Leaders before it’s sent off to the boss to be shipped. After that, your book is ready for use in Logos 4!

Is ETD the best department at Logos?!

In my opinion—biased as it may be—ETD is by far the best department to work for at Logos. We are the undefeated champion of the annual departmental Christmas Decorating Contest, we have a history of Top 3 contenders for the many Cook and Bake-offs (yours truly placed third in last year’s Pie Bake-Off), and we’re often found spending time together in book clubs, bible studies and softball leagues. This might sound like a great time, but now you know that there’s more to Text Development than just fun, games and candy.

So, the next time you’re opening up a new title in Logos 4, think about the different steps it takes to get there. Depending on the size of the book, each one requires special attention and takes a different amount of time to complete. For example, consider your best friend, The Anchor Yale Bible Commentary set. This enormous series required a colossal amount of work and took over a year to complete. Sometimes we fly through the books, sometimes they take a bit longer, but either way we are committed to delivering Logos users the most detailed, accurate and exciting product possible.

Introducing Deborah Mickens

Marketing has been very happy to incorporate some new talent from within the company. Deborah Mickens joins the marketing team after being an important part of our Customer Support team for two-and-a-half years.

When asked to write a blog to introduce myself, I thought, “where do I start”? I figured the best way to start would be to give a bit of history as to how I started working for Logos. In August of 2007, I decided to take a “leap of faith” and move from California where I had lived all my life and move to Bellingham, Washington to start working for Logos. For the first two and a half years, I worked for the Customer Support department and I am sure that I spoke to many of you while I worked in Customer Support. While in Customer Support, I was one of the ”People Behind the Product” interviewees. When the opportunity came up to work in the Marketing department, I figured this would be a good opportunity to try my hand at something new. My responsibilities include gathering and compiling information for the various Pre-Pubs that we post. The most recent Pre-Pubs I have worked on are

One of the best parts for working for Logos is the various cook-offs that occur at least 4 times a year. A couple months after I started working here, it was time for the Annual “Dessert Cook-off”. I decided it would be a fun opportunity to enter with my Butterscotch Eggnog Stars and see what it was like to participate in a Logos Cook-off. In preparation I baked somewhere around 150 cookies, it was a lot of work—but well worth it as my hard work paid off by being rewarded with a 3rd place finish. I have also participated in the 2008 & 2009 Chili Cook-off, the 2008 Bake-off and the 2010 Soup Cook-off. Another memorable part of my time at Logos was the summer of 2009 when four of my coworkers and I traveled to Eastern Washington to set up a fireworks show for the 4th of July. We had a great time setting up the show, and seeing how many people enjoyed the work we did. We are all looking forward to this year’s show!

The Logos Pre-Pub feature is a great way to get in on the “ground floor” of pricing for your favorite products! Be sure to take a look at what we have available!

Software Developers Walking

Today’s guest post is from Ed Ball, Software Architect here at Logos. Ed has been with Logos since 1995. From time to time he blogs at the Logos Code Blog.

For more than a decade, a small group of Logos software developers has been taking daily walks near the office, just before lunch, rain or shine. Back in Oak Harbor, the standard walk was to the City Beach Park. Here in Bellingham, we have many roads and trails to choose from, and can be spotted just about anywhere within a mile of the office. We frequently walk along the beautiful Whatcom Creek Trail.

Our most infamous walk, however, is what we call the Death March, a three-mile hike to and from the observation tower in the Sehome Hill Arboretum. The entire walk takes about 45 minutes on a good day, which is a pace of nearly 4 miles per hour, climbing (and descending) over 500 feet.

(If you have Google Earth installed, you can see the hike in 3D.)

Just getting to the entrance is more of a hike than our typical walks.

The stairs up the observation tower provide the final ascent.

The payoff of the long walk is the stunning view of Bellingham and the bay.

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