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Colibrary: A Web Mashup for Social Libraries

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Abstract: User-generated content on the Social Web is often locked within information silos. Inadequate APIs or, worst, the lack of APIs obstruct reuse and prevent the opportunity to integrate similar content from different communities. In this paper we present a Web mashup which combines information from different social libraries. Aggregated information, including both classic book metadata and user-generated content, is represented as linked data in RDF to allow machine computation and foster reuse among different applications.

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Colibrary: A Web Mashup for Social Libraries

  1. 1. Colibrary: A Web Mashup for Social Libraries Domenico Gendarmi, Filippo Lanubile University of Bari, Italy Workshop on Mashups, Enterprise 20/04/2009 Mashups and Lightweight Composition on the Web (MEM 2009)
  2. 2. Motivations Social Web Plenty of user generated content available for web mashups (Almost) No API for retrieving social information Content generated by users is locked in every single social application
  3. 3. The Social Libraries Context Digital libraries on the web that exploit the role of users by Fostering active participation Encouraging feedback among participants Some Examples LibraryThing Anobii Bibsonomy CiteULike
  4. 4. Goal of our mashup Provide a Web API to reuse content in the digital library domain Other applications can exploit different types of information about books and publications Users of social libraries can share information beyond a single web site
  5. 5. System Overview Colibrary Interhash ISBN Web API Publication Book Description Description Digital Library
  6. 6. Main features RESTful Web API Unique identifier for a resource ISBN for books Interhash for publications Combination of bibliographic and social information Linked data as output of the service Web client Browsing output of the mashup through a classic web-based interface
  7. 7. Architecture
  8. 8. Live Demo
  9. 9. Current Direction Web API available @ http://collab.di.uniba.it/Colibrary/books/doc.html http://collab.di.uniba.it/Colibrary/books/doc_pubs.html Web client @ http://collab.di.uniba.it/ColibraryClient/ Exploratory case study using semi-structured interviews conducted with seven users of the Anobii community
  10. 10. Future Direction Providing a scalable service that enables third- party applications to make reference to our RDF data Interlinking output of Colibrary with other Linked Data sets Conducting a controlled experiment with real users of social libraries
  11. 11. Thank you Domenico Gendarmi gendarmi@di.uniba.it PhD Student – Dipartimento di Informatica – University of Bari Collaborative Development Group http://cdg.di.uniba.it/

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