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Library Mashups

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