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  • 1. Library Mashups Exploring new ways to deliver library data Nicole C. Engard, Book Editor
  • 2.
    • A web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool
      • an example is the use of data from Google Maps to add location information to real-estate data, thereby creating a new and distinct web service that was not originally provided by either source What is a Mashup?
  • 3.
    • Web Service
      • a technology that enables information and communication exchange between different applications
      • Application Programming Interface (API)
      • a set of functions, procedures or classes for accessing a web service that allow a computer program to access and manipulate data on a web service the same way that a website interface lets the human user surf and dive into its content
    More: Mashup Terminology
  • 4. Types of Mashups
  • 5.
    • Provide better services to our patrons
    • Added value to our websites and catalogs
    • Promoting library services where the patrons are
    • It’s a learning experience – and we never turn down learning experiences!
    Mashups & Libraries: Why?
  • 6.
    • Ask vendors for APIs
    • Mashup library data with popular web services
    • Put your library (and your library data) out there
    • Create RSS feeds for library content
    Mashups & Libraries: How?
  • 7. Mashup Tools
  • 8.
    • Allows you to pull in many sources of data and mash it up into one source
    • Provides a simple flow chart like interface
    Yahoo! Pipes
  • 9.
    • Use Dapper to create new means for people to access your content.
    • Create RSS feeds, widgets, and APIs with your content and links.
  • 10. Mashups for Fun & Function
  • 11.
    • Mashups like WiiNearby help you find this year’s hot gifts by merging together ads from several sources on a Google Map
  • 12.
    • Mash up your Flickr ( ) images and create badges, posters, games and so much more
    Fun With Images
  • 13.
    • Need help finding someplace to go for lunch? Try Lunchbox
    • Powered by Yelp ( ) & includes reviews
    Find Me Lunch
  • 14.
    • Trulia mashes up MLS data with a Google Map
    • Zillow mashes up MLS data with Microsoft Maps
    Real Estate
  • 15.
    • Weather Bonk mashes up weather forecasts and live webcams on a Google Map
  • 16.
    • Reading Radar takes the NY Bestseller Lists and merges it with data from
    New York Times
  • 17.
    • You can find more popular mashups by browsing at the ProgrammableWeb
    Find More
  • 18. Mashups for Libraries
  • 19.
    • Simplest mashup – location mashup
    Map Library Locations
  • 20.
    • Combine data about repositories from different data providers, and mash it up on a Google Map in order to visually display information about the repositories.
    Repository Map
  • 21.
    • Share your collection on Flickr and then bring it into your website (now it’s accessible from multiple places and re-mashable)
    Collections on Flickr
  • 22.
    • C reate a map with pictures from your collection or your library/librarians
    Mapping Pictures
  • 23.
    • Join any service with an RSS feed
      • Blogs, Wikis, Flickr, Calendars, Bookmarks, etc
    • Delicious
      • (w/out)
    • Flickr and Blog
    Website Mashups
  • 24.
    • Can be harder than most others because of the proprietary nature of our systems
      • What to do?
        • Work with vendors to get APIs to your data so you can re-mash it
        • Find APIs that generate JavaScript because they can easily be integrated
        • Hire an expert programmer (or developer service) to help you
    OPAC Mashups
  • 25.
    • Not free – available to members of OCLC
    • Facebook WorldCat Application
    WorldCat Search API
  • 26.
    • Search the ‡ database from your own website
    • Freely Available
    ‡ API
  • 27.
    • If your services offer APIs and/or RSS feeds you can often send your content out to sites where patrons are
      • Facebook Pages
    Where Patrons Are
  • 28. Mashup Tools Play Time
  • 29.
    • Let’s create some content mashes to use on our websites or other pages on the web
    Yahoo! Pipes: Demo
  • 30. Learn More Learn More Library Mashups Exploring new ways to deliver library data Edited by Nicole C. Engard Published by Information Today, Inc., 2009
  • 31. Thank You
    • Nicole C. Engard
    • Open Source Evangelist,
    • LibLime
    • [email_address]
    • The Book: