ELAG - Mashing Up and Remixing the Library Website


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  • Libraries website has content which is created and updated by a number of different people
    Wikis and blogs
    Libraries website allows any staff to update any content

    Libraries website is a combination of different technologies
    Wikis, blogs, content management system
    Libraries CMS made up a different modules for different content types
    Content is reusable throughout the site
    Any piece of the CMS can be replaced as needed

    Deploy systems early and make constant improvements
    Users are part of the development process
    Deploy new systems to a small group of staff to test and help us refine
    Gather constant input and make continuous improvements

    APIs to allow content to be incorporated into other systems
    Libraries website can incorporate content from external sources
    Content which is part of the Libraries site can be used on multiple pages
    AJAX to add a database link to any page, blog, wiki

    Allow users to add and update content on the Libraries site
    Class wikis
    Wiki model for CMS
    Institutional repositories for scholarly content from faculty, students and staff
    Library hosts blogs (ie. UThink project at U. Minnesota)
    User tagging and review content in catalog

    Multimedia, interactivity, GUI-style application experiences
    video, sound, screencasts
    Personalization and customization
    Space for collaboration and interaction
    chat, VoIP
  • Decentralization of content creation, decision making, information

  • Flexible, nimble
    Cross function teams and works groups
    Plugin architecture
    Loose confederations
    Working collaboratively to achieve greater success

  • Let others use the content you have in meaningful ways.
    Exposes your content to a wider audience
    Syndication RSS
    Read/write web - the web isn’t just about consuming content anymore it is about creating content
    Creative Commons model for copyright

  • ELAG - Mashing Up and Remixing the Library Website

    1. 1. Mashing Up and Remixing the Library Website Karen A. Coombs University of Houston Libraries
    2. 2. The problems • Information on the library website is maintained by a disparate group of people with varying skill levels • Library websites incorporate (or should) information from many different systems • Same information repeated several places throughout the library website • Users want library information at their finger tips and where they are • Library information should be integrated the curriculum
    3. 3. Traditional Solutions • Use database-driven web pages • Install a content management system • Distribute responsibility for content creation and maintenance throughout the library • Make other library systems look as much like library site as possible
    4. 4. The Road not Taken • Easy to use system; little Web Services interference in content creation • Remixable blocks of content, objects, metadata • Ability to incorporate content from other systems easily • Website content easily sharable with other systems Photo by John Linwood @ Flickr
    5. 5. Our Inspirations
    6. 6. Web 2.0 Six Pillars •Radical Decentralization •Remixable Content •Small pieces loosely joined •User as Contributor •Perpetual beta •Rich User Experience Photo by steve.wilde @ Flickr
    7. 7. Map of the Internet, The Opte Project, www.opte.org Radical Decentralization
    8. 8. Decentralization of Content Management
    9. 9. Content Owners Control Their Pages
    10. 10. Small pieces loosely joined Photo by wilhei55 @ Flickr
    11. 11. Different Systems for Different Functions
    12. 12. WorldCat Search API WYSIWYG Plugin
    13. 13. Modules
    14. 14. Feed Module
    15. 15. Virtual Subject Library • Federated Search • New Books from Catalog • List of Relevant Databases • Subject Liaison Contact Information • News Feed from Relevant Professional Associations or Websites • Relevant Websites
    16. 16. wilhei55 Remixable content Photo by cv47al @ Flickr
    17. 17. Microformats
    18. 18. Our Own API for the Site
    19. 19. Media from other sites
    20. 20. Next Steps • Complete functionality to add media to pages • Personalization • User contributed content • Integrate with other library systems • Digital Library Software • Better integration with federated search