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ELAG - Mashing Up and Remixing the Library Website


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Presentation given at ELAG 2009

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ELAG - Mashing Up and Remixing the Library Website

  1. 1. Mashing Up and Remixing the Library Website Karen A. Coombs University of Houston Libraries
  2. 2. The problems • Information on the library website is maintained by a disparate group of people with varying skill levels • Library websites incorporate (or should) information from many different systems • Same information repeated several places throughout the library website • Users want library information at their finger tips and where they are • Library information should be integrated the curriculum
  3. 3. Traditional Solutions • Use database-driven web pages • Install a content management system • Distribute responsibility for content creation and maintenance throughout the library • Make other library systems look as much like library site as possible
  4. 4. The Road not Taken • Easy to use system; little Web Services interference in content creation • Remixable blocks of content, objects, metadata • Ability to incorporate content from other systems easily • Website content easily sharable with other systems Photo by John Linwood @ Flickr
  5. 5. Our Inspirations
  6. 6. Web 2.0 Six Pillars •Radical Decentralization •Remixable Content •Small pieces loosely joined •User as Contributor •Perpetual beta •Rich User Experience Photo by steve.wilde @ Flickr
  7. 7. Map of the Internet, The Opte Project, Radical Decentralization
  8. 8. Decentralization of Content Management
  9. 9. Content Owners Control Their Pages
  10. 10. Small pieces loosely joined Photo by wilhei55 @ Flickr
  11. 11. Different Systems for Different Functions
  12. 12. WorldCat Search API WYSIWYG Plugin
  13. 13. Modules
  14. 14. Feed Module
  15. 15. Virtual Subject Library • Federated Search • New Books from Catalog • List of Relevant Databases • Subject Liaison Contact Information • News Feed from Relevant Professional Associations or Websites • Relevant Websites
  16. 16. wilhei55 Remixable content Photo by cv47al @ Flickr
  17. 17. Microformats
  18. 18. Our Own API for the Site
  19. 19. Media from other sites
  20. 20. Next Steps • Complete functionality to add media to pages • Personalization • User contributed content • Integrate with other library systems • Digital Library Software • Better integration with federated search