This weekend I was trying to build a useful search tool to help my wife find interesting events on at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. One problem was that the dataset was poor, and the descriptions did not always give a lot of detail. I attempted to rectify this by hooking up the events to bibliographica.
Now, you can filter events then select “more” to see further details and a list of relevant publications based on the event speakers and the event theme; this can give a slightly better idea of what might be going on, as you can review the published work of those involved.
Unfortunately, the data does still have quite a few errors, and I have not ensured that names tie up properly, so the results are not always perfect. But still, it is quite a good demonstration. It would be even better with journal articles to search across.