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  • Good afternoon, my name is Ed Metz and I work at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. Now to answer the questions foremost in most of your minds no I don’t work at the disciplinary barracks or prison there, no I’m not an inmate and last but not least I’m not a computer programmer by profession or inclination and nothing I’m going to talk about today requires anything like those skills. Familiarity with HTML and a penchant for trying out new things is all you’ll need to really take off and have some fun with what I’m about to show you. I’ve been the head of the systems division at the Combined Arms Research Library, US Army Command and General Staff College for the past two years.
  • iGoogle Gadgets @ Your Library

    1. 1. iGoogle Gadgets @ Your Library Presenter: Ed Metz Systems Librarian, USACGSC [email_address] 913-758-3027
    2. 2. Intro – What is iGoogle <ul><li>What is iGoogle? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal information portal and virtual workspace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iGoogle offers more than 25000 modules or “gadgets” to choose from. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Intro – What are Gadgets <ul><li>What are these gadget things? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A gadget is a mini web application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>XML document residing on any public webserver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At most basic level it is simply your HTML (and/or JavaScript, Flash) content nested inside an XML wrapper. </li></ul></ul>A gadget…. … and it’s underlying XMLdocument
    4. 4. Intro – Library Gadgets <ul><li>What have some libraries done with gadgets? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hennepin County Library Catalog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WorldCat Open Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington State Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CARL HIP, CARL DigLib , CARL RSS Feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BYU Idaho Library Search </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Intro – Library Gadgets
    6. 6. So how do you make one? <ul><li>Step 1 . Do your homework. Some essential reads: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Gadget API Developer’s Toolkit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Getting started </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing your own gadgets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development Fundamentals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a user interface </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Publishing your gadget </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. So how do you make one? <ul><li>Step 2 . Login to or create your free Google account </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3 . Find a gadget that has a similar aim to what you want to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4 Open it in the Google Gadget Editor (GGE), study the source code and adapt it to your own needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Step 5 Edit, preview, save, test and publish your gadget in the Google Gadget Editor (GGE) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Google Gadget Editor (GGE) <ul><li>Google Gadget Editor . (GGE) Use it for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating, editing, previewing, saving, publishing your gadget. </li></ul></ul>Edit/create your gadget Open any gadget Preview your gadget
    9. 9. Getting started <ul><li>Go to the GGE </li></ul><ul><li>Select File - Open by url - my catalog template </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/116444596163220004073/catalog1.xml </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next, select File – Save as and give it a new name </li></ul><ul><li>Begin editing </li></ul>
    10. 10. Getting started – Log-in <ul><li>Log-in to your Google account. </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t already have your iGoogle page as your default display click on the iGoogle link here as shown. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Getting started Find some source code <ul><li>Now go to the content directory by selecting the Add stuff link </li></ul>
    12. 12. Getting started Find some source code <ul><li>Now you can search or browse the Homepage (iGoogle) content directory </li></ul>
    13. 13. Getting started Find some source code select View source
    14. 14. Opening a Gadget in the GGE <ul><li>At the next page copy the url from the browser address bar </li></ul>
    15. 15. Opening a Gadget in the GGE <ul><li>Now return to the GGE </li></ul><ul><li>Select File – Open from url </li></ul>
    16. 16. Opening a Gadget in the GGE <ul><li>At next window paste the URL you copied for our XML document </li></ul>
    17. 17. Opening a Gadget in the GGE <ul><li>This populates your GGE with the XML source code </li></ul><ul><li>Before you begin editing, select File –Save as - give the document a new name </li></ul>Note: you MUST be logged into your Google account to take advantage of all the GGE features
    18. 18. Creating your gadget Defining the document <ul><li><?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;UTF-8&quot; ?> </li></ul><ul><li><Module> </li></ul>
    19. 19. Creating your gadget Module Settings <ModulePrefs> <ul><li><ModulePrefs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>attribute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attribute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attribute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attribute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>height=“220” > </li></ul></ul></ModulePrefs>
    20. 20. <ul><li>title : required. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title of the gadget. Displays in the gadget title bar on iGoogle. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>title_url: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>make my gadget title a hyperlink to your library or institution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>directory_title : optional. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t really need this here since I don’t have any user preferences. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>author : required. </li></ul><ul><li>author_email : required. </li></ul>Creating your gadget Module Settings <ModulePrefs>
    21. 21. <ul><li>author_affiliation  (suggested) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who’s to blame? Your library or college </li></ul></ul><ul><li>author_location  (suggested) </li></ul><ul><li>author_link (suggested) </li></ul><ul><li>description - required. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide 1-2 sentences that tell something about your gadget. </li></ul></ul>Creating your gadget Module Settings <ModulePrefs>
    22. 22. <ul><li>screenshot  (suggested) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>url address of image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>png, gif, jpeg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>width = 280 pixels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thumbnail – (required) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>url address of image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>120 x 60 pixels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Width – Required in GGE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Normally the default is 320. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Height – optional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Default is 200. </li></ul></ul>Creating your gadget Module Settings <ModulePrefs> Screenshot image Thumbnail image
    23. 23. Creating your gadget Content <Content type=“html”> <ul><li><Content type=&quot;html&quot;> <![CDATA[ </li></ul><ul><li>Place your content in this section. Can include HTML, JavaScript, Flash. </li></ul><ul><li>In the following example I’ve created a simple table <table> containing two rows <tr> with a total of four cells <td>. The html search form, related hyperlinks, some JavaScript and an image are nested inside their respective cells. </td> </li></ul>
    24. 24. <ul><li><table style=&quot;WIDTH: 99%&quot; borderColorDark=&quot;#333333&quot; borderColorLight=&quot;#666666&quot; border=&quot;2&quot; FONT color=&quot;#2B1500&quot;><center><b> Search the CARL Catalog </b></font></center><tbody> </li></ul>Creating your gadget Content : HIP Search Form <table>
    25. 25. <ul><li>The HIP Search Form </li></ul>Creating your gadget Content : HIP Search <form> <tr><td> <form id=&quot;catalog_form&quot; action=&quot;http://comarms.ipac.dynixasp.com/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=carlcgsc&quot; method=&quot;get&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot; reloadxsl=&quot; true #focus&quot;> <font color=&quot;#2B1500&quot;><b> for </b></font> <input name=&quot;term&quot;> <font color=&quot;#2B1500&quot;><b> in </b></font> <select name=&quot;index&quot;> <option value=&quot;.GW&quot; selected> Keyword anywhere </option> <option value=&quot;.TW&quot;> Title keyword </option> <option value=&quot;.AW&quot;> Author keyword </option> <option value=&quot;.SK&quot;> Fulltext items </option> </select> <input type=&quot;image&quot; src=&quot;http://cgsc.leavenworth.army.mil/carl/images/b-go-red-full.jpg&quot; value=&quot;Submit Query&quot;> </form></td> Note: Option values come from the word_index table in Horizon HIP url
    26. 26. <ul><li>Library Thing bookcovers widget </li></ul><ul><li><td> </li></ul><ul><li><script language=&quot;javascript&quot; type=&quot;text/javascript&quot; src=&quot;http://www.librarything.com/jswidget.php?reporton=metzejr&show=random&header=&num=1&covers=small&text=none&onlycovers=1&tag=alltags&css=1&style=1&version=1&quot;> </script> </li></ul><ul><li></td></tr> </li></ul>Creating your gadget <Content> : Adding dynamic content Library Thing Widget
    27. 27. <ul><li>Other links of interest. </li></ul><ul><li><tr><td> </li></ul><ul><li><center><a href=&quot;http://comarms.ipac.dynixasp.com/ipac20/ipac.jsp?&amp;profile=carlcgsc&amp;menu=account&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;> <font size=&quot;3&quot;> </li></ul><ul><li><b> My Account </b></a></center> </li></ul><ul><li><center><a href=&quot;http://cgsc.leavenworth.army.mil/carl/new_titles.asp&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;> </li></ul><ul><li><b> New Titles </b></a></center> </li></ul><ul><li><center><a href=&quot;http://cgsc.leavenworth.army.mil/CARL/c_ya.asp&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot; > </li></ul><ul><li><b> New Youth Titles </b></a></center> </li></ul><ul><li></font> </li></ul><ul><li></td> </li></ul>Creating your gadget <Content> : Adding links
    28. 28. <ul><li>Add your logo and close the table </li></ul><ul><li><td> </li></ul><ul><li><center> </li></ul><ul><li><img src=&quot;http://pages.google.com/edit/edmetz1/cgsc2.jpg/cgsc2-full.jpg&quot;> </li></ul><ul><li></center> </li></ul><ul><li></td> </li></ul><ul><li></tr> </li></ul><ul><li></tbody> </li></ul><ul><li></table> </li></ul>Creating your gadget <Content> : Add your branding
    29. 29. <ul><li>Now we close our </li></ul><ul><li>Content section </Content> and our XML wrapper </Module> </li></ul>Creating your gadget Let’s wrap it up
    30. 30. Testing, testing 1,2,3 <ul><li>Test your gadget in different browsers </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox, Internet Explorer, (Safari, and Opera). </li></ul><ul><li>This can be easily done via the GGE . Open a web browser of your choice, Select File – Publish – Add to a web page. </li></ul><ul><li>Creator page opens and gives you a preview. </li></ul>
    31. 31. Publishing your gadget <ul><li>http://www.google.com/apis/gadgets/publish.html#Submitting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iGoogle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Directory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syndication Example: CARL Blog </li></ul></ul>
    32. 32. Publishing to the Content Directory <ul><li>On the GGE select File – Publish </li></ul><ul><li>At the next screen you’ll see this prompt. Click on the Publish to iGoogle Directory link. </li></ul>
    33. 33. Publish to the Content Directory Make sure you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s, read the fine print, and then click the Send button.
    34. 34. Syndicate your gadget <ul><li>On the GGE select File – Publish </li></ul><ul><li>At the next screen you’ll see this prompt. Click on the Add to a webpage link. </li></ul>
    35. 35. Syndicate your gadget <ul><li>Customize your gadget </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Get Code button </li></ul>
    36. 36. Syndicate your gadget <ul><li>Now simply copy the code generated in the box below and paste it as appropriate into your website. </li></ul>
    37. 37. Syndicated gadget <ul><li>Here’s how our gadget appears on our library’s blog. </li></ul>
    38. 38. Review <ul><li>Do your background reading (Google Gadget Developer Toolkit) </li></ul><ul><li>Open a gadget in the GGE </li></ul><ul><li>Edit, Preview, and Test in the GGE </li></ul><ul><li>Publish to the Content Directory and/or syndicate it for third party website(s). </li></ul><ul><li>Publicize it (newsletters, brownbags, blog, RSS) </li></ul>
    39. 39. iGoogle Gadgets @ Your Library <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>Contact Info: Ed Metz Systems Librarian, USACGSC [email_address] 913-758-3027