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  • 1. Mashing Up and Remixing the Library Website Karen A. Coombs Rachel Vacek University of Houston Libraries
  • 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. 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. 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. Our Inspirations
  • 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. Map of the Internet, The Opte Project, Radical Decentralization
  • 8. Decentralization of Content Management
  • 9. Content Owners Control Their Pages
  • 10. Small pieces loosely joined Photo by wilhei55 @ Flickr
  • 11. Different Systems for Different Functions
  • 12. Modules
  • 13. Feed Module
  • 14. wilhei55 Remixable content Photo by cv47al @ Flickr
  • 15. Microformats
  • 16. Tutorials
  • 17. API for Library Website • Object Metadata • Leverage existing metadata standards • Dublin Core, MODS, METS, MIX • Search • Open Search • Output formats • XML • Atom • RSS • JSON • HTML
  • 18. 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
  • 19. Next Steps • Complete the API • Complete functionality to add media to pages • Integrated WorldCat API • Personalization • User contributed content • Integrate with other library systems • Digital Library Software • Better integration with federated search
  • 20. Our Contact Info Karen Coombs Rachel Vacek Slides available at -