“ Widgets bring the Libraries Web services to you. They include Web applications , simple add-ons for your Web browser, and other shortcuts that make researching a little easier.” – University of Texas Libraries
Custom toolbars I Custom toolbars are packages of toolbars designed to be customized for specific websites or organizations. Most of these custom toolbars require no programming or scripting skill to configure. Example 1 : Conduit toolbar
“ A bookmarklet is an applet , a small computer application, stored as the URL of a bookmark in a web browser or as a hyperlink on a web page . The term is a portmanteau of the terms bookmark and applet . Whether bookmarklet utilities are stored as bookmarks or hyperlinks, they are designed to add one-click functionality to a browser or web page. When clicked, a bookmarklet performs some function, one of a wide variety such as a search query or data extraction.” -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookmarklet
NUS Proxy bookmarklet
Jon Udell’s Librarylookup bookmarklet
OCLC’s xisbn bookmarklet (NUS Library version available)
Allows users who like the page to quickly email, bookmark locally, send to social networks (facebook, Friendster etc), social bookmarking /news sites (Digg, Delicious, Furl) , blogs (blogger , livejournal, etc), IM (icq, msn etc)
Allows tracking to see how often page is being emailed, bookmarked, blogged etc.
Provides a better measure of “impact” as opposed to simply page views/hits.
SELF MADE WIDGET BLOGS e.g. Blogger, Wordpress WEBSITE iGoogle Netvibes MyYahoo Facebook MySpace Opera Windows Live Apple Dashboard Vista Sharepoint Pageflakes Nexus Google desktop Bebo Wiki.nus (Confluence) Adapted from Guus van den Brekel
Start Put RSS feed into widget maker e.g. Widgetbox Content available in RSS? Use screen scraper e.g. Dapper Further processing (aggregation, filtering, ranking) required? Use yahoopipes, postrank etc End No No Yes Yes
Step 1 : Obtain data/content - Needs to be in RSS format to be dynamic.
Content available in RSS/ATOM/JSON etc ? If No go to step 2 , otherwise go to Step 3
Step 2 : Do screenscaping of required data.
Use Dapper or feedity to convert htm page to RSS feed.
Step 3 : Aggregate, filter, manipulate, rank, RSS feeds – You might want to combine different feeds from different sources (e.g. results from Google scholar, Scopus, web of science), filter/de-dupe etc.
Use Yahoopipes , Postrank etc.
Step 4 : Enter RSS feed into one of the following widget generators Widgetbox , Netvibes , Iwidget Dapper , Popfly . (advanced, requires Microsoft Silverlight)
Step 5 : Do some minor adjustment s to color, font and you are done.