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Mashups for Libraries


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  • 1. Library Mashups Exploring new ways to deliver library data Nicole C. Engard, Book Editor
  • 2. What is a Mashup?
    • 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
  • 3. Mashup Terminology
    • 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
  • 4. Mashup Terminology
    • REpresentational State Transfer (REST)
      • the simplest and thus by far the most used protocol in the creation of mashups
      • requests employ a URL containing the API parameters, and is transmitted using GET or POST over HTTP
    • SOAP
      • relies on international standards and protocols and has been adopted primarily in the enterprise world
      • requires that both the requests sent by the service consumer and the answers returned by the service provider be wrapped in XML
  • 5. Types of Mashups
  • 6. Mashups and Libraries: Why?
    • Provide better services to our patrons
    • Added value to our websites and catalogs
    • Promoting library services where the patrons are
  • 7. Mashups and Libraries: How?
    • Ask vendors for APIs
    • Mashup library data with popular services
    • Put your library out there
    • Create RSS feeds for library content
  • 8. Mashup Tools
  • 9. Yahoo! Pipes
    • Allows you to pull in many sources of data and mash it up into one source
  • 10. Dapper
    • Use Dapper to create new means for people to access your content. Create RSS feeds, widgets, and APIs with your content and links.
  • 11. Mashups for Fun & Function
  • 12. Shopping
    • Mashups like WiiNearby help you find this year’s hot gifts by merging together ads from several sources on a Google Map
  • 13. Fun with Images
    • Mash up your Flickr ( ) images and create badges, posters, games and so much more
  • 14. Find me Lunch
    • Need help finding someplace to go for lunch? Try Lunchbox
    • Powered by Yelp & includes reviews
  • 15. Real Estate
    • Trulia mashes up MLS data with a Google Map
    • Zillow mashes up MLS data with Microsoft Maps
  • 16. Weather
    • Weather Bonk mashes up weather forecasts and live webcams on a Google Map
  • 17. Favorite Links
      • digg, slashdot, and delicious/popular all show favorite links - So why not combine them into a unified format? View all of the recent links in one place
  • 18. Ubiquity
  • 19. Find More
    • You can find more popular mashups by browsing at the ProgrammableWeb
  • 20. Mashups for Libraries
  • 21. Map Library Locations
    • Simplest mashup – location mashup
  • 22. Repository Map
    • 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.
  • 23. Collections on Flickr
    • Share your collection on Flickr and then bring it into your website (now it’s accessible from multiple places and re-mashable)
  • 24. Mapping Pictures
    • C reate a map with pictures from your collection or your library/librarians
  • 25. Find Books by Setting
    • Using several APIs CodexMap lists books on a map based on where they’re set or the location they cover
  • 26. Website Mashups
    • Join any service with an RSS feed
      • Blogs, Wikis, Flickr, Calendars, Bookmarks, etc
    • Delicious
      • (w/out)
    • Flickr and Blog
  • 27. OPAC Mashups
    • 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
  • 28. WorldCat Search API
    • Not free – available to members of OCLC
    • Facebook WorldCat Application
  • 29. Where the Patrons Are
    • If your services offer APIs and/or RSS feeds you can often send your content out to sites where patrons are
      • Facebook Pages
  • 30. Mashup Tools
    • Play Time
  • 31. Yahoo! Pipes
    • Let’s create some content mashes to use on our websites or other pages on the web
  • 32. Learn More
    • Library Mashups:
    • Exploring new ways to deliver library data
    • Edited by Nicole C. Engard
    • Published by Information Today, Inc., 2009
  • 33. Thank You
    • Nicole C. Engard
    • Open Source Evangelist, LibLime
    • [email_address]
    • The Book:
    • Published by Information Today in 2009