I want to make a mashup, but I don't know where to start


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A presentation for librarians new to mashups and are not sure how to make a start. (Presented at 'Chips and Mash' Mashed Libraries event, July 2010.

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  • Thought about doing this presentation because a few people have said to me they want to create a mashup, but I don’t know where to start. As I come from public library background emphasis is on this area, but not only... It’s theoretical – not about using specific tool, but about spotting links between information.
  • Probably can build on it, if it’s presented in a structured way eg spreadsheet, RSS, XML
  • Outside your system (Book sites / catalogues; Author sites; Event sites) & link back into your system Inside your system (Catalogue; Reading lists; Organisational events) & link out Set of records – eg spreadsheet, xml file – small set is easy. Brief information
  • How can you build on it? Look for connections Connections – ISBN, Author, Title, Person, Place, Subject Web site/resource inc. spreadsheet, list of data
  • Simplest things you can do (for example, if you use Yahoo pipes) Create feed for others to access, or that you can put on your sites, blog, Twitter, or use use later Map - Is there a location linked to this information?
  • If you’ve got access to ISBNs you can pull in data from other sites that use ISBNs.
  • Often author based sites will allow you to search by author
  • I want to make a mashup, but I don't know where to start

    1. 1. &quot;I want to make a mashup, but I don't know where to start.&quot; <ul><li>Gary Green, Technical Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>(Surrey County Council) </li></ul>
    2. 2. Why make a mashup? <ul><li>Don’t just accept the information that’s presented to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Can I build on it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: The Library of Congress, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What can you do? <ul><li>Combine related information </li></ul><ul><li>Provide new services </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: The Library of Congress, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Where do you start? <ul><li>Outside your system </li></ul><ul><li>Inside your system </li></ul><ul><li>Set of basic records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: LSE Library, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. How can you build on it? <ul><li>Look for connections going out </li></ul><ul><li>Look for information / web site/ resources that connect in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: National Archief, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. What can you do with this data? <ul><li>Create RSS feed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Others can access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can add to your own sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Put it on a map </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: George Eastman House, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Got an ISBN? <ul><li>Link to other book sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More information (genre/subject) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: Smithsonian Institution, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Got an author? <ul><li>Link to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: Smithsonian Institution, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Got a subject/genre? <ul><li>Link to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other items with same subject/genre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other sites covering that subject/genre area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: Powerhouse Museum collection, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Got any text? <ul><li>Pull out keywords with clever software </li></ul><ul><li>Link out using those keywords </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: Tagxedo.com) </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. For example <ul><li>English literature curriculum novels </li></ul><ul><li>Link to your catalogue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISBN, Author, Title </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link to study guides (bookrags.com?) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISBN, Author, Title </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link to film adaptations (imdb.com; your catalogue) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author, Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: The National Archives UK, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. For example <ul><li>Popular author list </li></ul><ul><li>Link to author profile site (fantasticfiction.co.uk) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pull out info inc. location </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get picture from Flickr </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use name </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Put it on a map </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: State Library of New South Wales Collection, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. For example <ul><li>Amazon bestseller feed </li></ul><ul><li>Feed into your catalogue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ISBN, Author, Title </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide RSS feed for your customers </li></ul><ul><li>Stock purchase alert </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: Cornell University Library, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. For example <ul><li>List of academic courses </li></ul><ul><li>List of books </li></ul><ul><li>Both contain subjects </li></ul><ul><li>List of books you’ve borrowed </li></ul><ul><li>Link all together to show academic courses that might be of interest to you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: Cornell University Library, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. For example <ul><li>Olympic sports books on catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Link to local sports clubs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link to relevant part of Olympic site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Map info according to where events are held in UK </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Image: LSE Library, Flickr) </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. A quote from a satisfied customer <ul><li>“ I was a lonely catalogue record & I spent most of my time sitting idly in a library database. But since I’ve been involved in data mashups it has given me a whole new lease of life & people think I’m so much more interesting.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( 0872871347, A 33 year old hardback) </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Thank you Gary Green (Surrey Libraries)