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Mashing libraries to build communities - CILIPS 2011

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Mashing libraries to build communities - CILIPS 2011

  1. 1. Mashing Libraries to Build Communities Owen Stephens CILIPS Annual Conference June 2011Tuesday, 7 June 2011
  2. 2. Tuesday, 7 June 2011What is a mashup? “a digital media file containing any or all of text, graphics, audio, video, and animation, which recombines and modifiesexisting digital works to create a derivative work.”For me - creativity meets technology. While I think it is arguable that technology is not an essential part of this, I believe it is theease with which digital content can be repurposedlatter not essential but enables?Probably earliest ʻmashupsʼ were musical (term coined around 2001 as far as I can tell) - the Grey Album being a high profile example (2004)- remixing JayZeeʼs Black Album with samples from the Beatles White Album.With the increasing availability of video in digital form, as well as ways to share the results easily (i.e. YouTube), video mashups also becamecommonHowever the mashups Iʼll be talking about today mashup not music or video, but information
  3. 3. Tuesday, 7 June 2011So much data has a geographic aspect - when you combine that with map data, powerful way tovisualise thingsGoogle Maps has clearly led the way here, but with the Ordnance Survey opening up their data, thisopens new opportunities in the UK
  4. 4. Powered by craigslist and Google Maps (this site is in no way affiliated with craigslist or Google)Tuesday, 7 June 2011So much data has a geographic aspect - when you combine that with map data, powerful way tovisualise thingsGoogle Maps has clearly led the way here, but with the Ordnance Survey opening up their data, thisopens new opportunities in the UK
  5. 5. Tuesday, 7 June 2011US Government produced catalogue of available data at data.gov
  6. 6. Tuesday, 7 June 2011UK Government data.gov.uk
  7. 7. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Now other organisations doing similar - Universities like data.open.ac.uk (and others)
  8. 8. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Local Government - eg Warwickshire
  9. 9. Tuesday, 7 June 2011What happens? My local council (Warwickshire) released a number of data sets and ran acompetition to encourage local developers to build applications on top of this data. One set ofdata with a list of new books in the library - and a local developer (nothing to do withlibraries) built this - shows books, covers (from Amazon) and links to previews in Googlebooks. This WON the competition.Not the only example. Rewired State is an organisation which “runs hackdays wheredevelopers show government what is possible”, recently ran a ‘Youth’ event - and one of thewinners was based around integrating library services into FacebookBelieve it or not Library Data is SEXY!
  10. 10. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Australian initiative to encourage Library mashups - http://libraryhack.org/
  11. 11. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Libraryhack entry ‘Queensland Churches’http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/qld/default.aspx
  12. 12. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Not just about pretty things for library customers thoughThe Getting It System Toolkit (GIST) is a customizable set of tools and workflows that will enhanceinterlibrary loan and just-in-time acquisitions services; purchase request processing; and cooperativecollection development efforts.Developed at the State University of New York College at GeneseoBrings together disparate information sources with key data, such as: uniqueness; free online sources;reviews and rankings; and purchasing options and prices
  13. 13. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Discovery - UK initiative from JISC & others - create resource discovery services based on arich set of open metadata published using a clear set of principles and practices.
  14. 14. http://discovery.ac.ukTuesday, 7 June 2011Discovery - UK initiative from JISC & others - create resource discovery services based on arich set of open metadata published using a clear set of principles and practices.
  15. 15. How to Mash Putting Warwickshire Libraries on the MapTuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  16. 16. <libraries> <library> <name>Alcester Library & Information Centre</name> <address> <street>Priory Road</street> <area>Alcester</area> <town_city/> <county>Warwickshire</county> <postcode>B49 5DZ</postcode> </address> <telno>01789 762 430</telno> <faxno>01789 762 430</faxno> <email>alcesterlibrary@warwickshire.gov.uk</email> <link>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/ 53567CD897E0920880256A170054DA1E</link> <coordinates>52.21433367801476,-1.8734559416770935</coordinates> <image>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/graphics/Graphics.nsf/ graphics/AlcesterExterior20Other/$file/AlcesterExterior20Other.jpg</ image> </library> <library> <name>Atherstone Library & Information Centre</name> <address> ...Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  17. 17. Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  18. 18. Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  19. 19. <libraries> <library> <name>Alcester Library & Information Centre</name> <address> <street>Priory Road</street> <area>Alcester</area> <town_city/> <county>Warwickshire</county> <postcode>B49 5DZ</postcode> </address> <telno>01789 762 430</telno> <faxno>01789 762 430</faxno> <email>alcesterlibrary@warwickshire.gov.uk</email> <link>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/ 53567CD897E0920880256A170054DA1E</link> <coordinates>52.21433367801476,-1.8734559416770935</coordinates> <image>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/graphics/Graphics.nsf/ graphics/AlcesterExterior20Other/$file/AlcesterExterior20Other.jpg</ image> </library> <library> <name>Atherstone Library & Information Centre</name> <address> ...Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  20. 20. <libraries> <library> <name>Alcester Library & Information Centre</name> <address> <street>Priory Road</street> <area>Alcester</area> <town_city/> <county>Warwickshire</county> <postcode>B49 5DZ</postcode> </address> <telno>01789 762 430</telno> <faxno>01789 762 430</faxno> <email>alcesterlibrary@warwickshire.gov.uk</email> <link>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/ 53567CD897E0920880256A170054DA1E</link> <coordinates>52.21433367801476,-1.8734559416770935</coordinates> <image>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/graphics/Graphics.nsf/ graphics/AlcesterExterior20Other/$file/AlcesterExterior20Other.jpg</ image> </library> <library> <name>Atherstone Library & Information Centre</name> <address> ...Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  21. 21. <libraries> <library> <name>Alcester Library & Information Centre</name> <address> <street>Priory Road</street> <area>Alcester</area> <town_city/> <county>Warwickshire</county> <postcode>B49 5DZ</postcode> </address> <telno>01789 762 430</telno> <faxno>01789 762 430</faxno> <email>alcesterlibrary@warwickshire.gov.uk</email> <link>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/ 53567CD897E0920880256A170054DA1E</link> <coordinates>52.21433367801476,-1.8734559416770935</coordinates> <image>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/graphics/Graphics.nsf/ graphics/AlcesterExterior20Other/$file/AlcesterExterior20Other.jpg</ image> </library> <library> <name>Atherstone Library & Information Centre</name> <address> ...Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  22. 22. <libraries> <library> <name>Alcester Library & Information Centre</name> <address> <street>Priory Road</street> <area>Alcester</area> <town_city/> <county>Warwickshire</county> <postcode>B49 5DZ</postcode> </address> <telno>01789 762 430</telno> <faxno>01789 762 430</faxno> <email>alcesterlibrary@warwickshire.gov.uk</email> <link>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/ 53567CD897E0920880256A170054DA1E</link> <coordinates>52.21433367801476,-1.8734559416770935</coordinates> <image>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/graphics/Graphics.nsf/ graphics/AlcesterExterior20Other/$file/AlcesterExterior20Other.jpg</ image> </library> <library> <name>Atherstone Library & Information Centre</name> <address> ...Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  23. 23. <libraries> <library> <name>Alcester Library & Information Centre</name> <address> <street>Priory Road</street> <area>Alcester</area> <town_city/> <county>Warwickshire</county> <postcode>B49 5DZ</postcode> </address> <telno>01789 762 430</telno> <faxno>01789 762 430</faxno> <email>alcesterlibrary@warwickshire.gov.uk</email> <link>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/ 53567CD897E0920880256A170054DA1E</link> <coordinates>52.21433367801476,-1.8734559416770935</coordinates> <image>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/graphics/Graphics.nsf/ graphics/AlcesterExterior20Other/$file/AlcesterExterior20Other.jpg</ image> </library> <library> <name>Atherstone Library & Information Centre</name> <address> ...Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  24. 24. <libraries> <library> <name>Alcester Library & Information Centre</name> <address> <street>Priory Road</street> <area>Alcester</area> <town_city/> <county>Warwickshire</county> <postcode>B49 5DZ</postcode> </address> <telno>01789 762 430</telno> <faxno>01789 762 430</faxno> <email>alcesterlibrary@warwickshire.gov.uk</email> <link>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/ 53567CD897E0920880256A170054DA1E</link> <coordinates>52.21433367801476,-1.8734559416770935</coordinates> <image>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/graphics/Graphics.nsf/ graphics/AlcesterExterior20Other/$file/AlcesterExterior20Other.jpg</ image> </library> <library> <name>Atherstone Library & Information Centre</name> <address> ...Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  25. 25. <libraries> <library> <name>Alcester Library & Information Centre</name> <address> <street>Priory Road</street> <area>Alcester</area> <town_city/> <county>Warwickshire</county> <postcode>B49 5DZ</postcode> </address> <telno>01789 762 430</telno> <faxno>01789 762 430</faxno> <email>alcesterlibrary@warwickshire.gov.uk</email> <link>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/ 53567CD897E0920880256A170054DA1E</link> <coordinates>52.21433367801476,-1.8734559416770935</coordinates> <image>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/graphics/Graphics.nsf/ graphics/AlcesterExterior20Other/$file/AlcesterExterior20Other.jpg</ image> </library> <library> <name>Atherstone Library & Information Centre</name> <address> ...Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  26. 26. <libraries> <library> <name>Alcester Library & Information Centre</name> <address> <street>Priory Road</street> <area>Alcester</area> <town_city/> <county>Warwickshire</county> <postcode>B49 5DZ</postcode> </address> <telno>01789 762 430</telno> <faxno>01789 762 430</faxno> <email>alcesterlibrary@warwickshire.gov.uk</email> <link>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.nsf/Links/ 53567CD897E0920880256A170054DA1E</link> <coordinates>52.21433367801476,-1.8734559416770935</coordinates> <image>http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/graphics/Graphics.nsf/ graphics/AlcesterExterior20Other/$file/AlcesterExterior20Other.jpg</ image> </library> <library> <name>Atherstone Library & Information Centre</name> <address> ...Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  27. 27. Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  28. 28. Tuesday, 7 June 2011The mashup described in this presentation is documented in more detail at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/
  29. 29. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Have a look at http://blog.ouseful.info/2011/04/04/just-do-it-yourself-my-uksg-presentation/ or basically the whole of http://blog.ouseful.info for useful tips and tricks forgetting started (and getting more complex) with mashups. Suggest UKSG presentation goodstarting place
  30. 30. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Gary Green (@ggnewed) said via twitter - it’s all about looking at Information from a different point of view.This struck a chord with me. When you see the best mashups, you wonder why you didn’t think of it first! Thenyou wish you could do itYou can! Stop thinking of information as a body of work, but something that you can disaggregate and recombine.Look for the sources and tools that help you do this.Librarians always manipulated information - it is a key skill set. The difficult part of mashups is not the tech stuff- it is about identifying information that can be sensibly mashed and presenting it in a compelling and accessibleway. Have to assess provenance of information. Have to know the boundaries of what we are doing.
  31. 31. Tuesday, 7 June 2011How can we find the resource to do this type of innovation? Doesn’t have to be ££££ Barcamps and UnconferencesThe final push to do something was an event organised by Mike Ellis - previously at the ScienceMuseum, now at Eduserve - the ‘Mashed Museums’ event. So I shamelessly reappropriated the nameand so...Mashed LibrariesAfter I got back from ALA, I wrote a speculative post for my blog suggesting the idea, and got a reallyenthusiastic response. Luckily I was at a meeting with Paul Walk from UKOLN that same week, and heencouraged me to press ahead and offered support from UKOLN to make the first event happen.I setup a ning to enable discussions and get some idea of who might come along and what they’d like to seeon the day.We got a venue provided for free (by David Flanders, then at Birkbeck, now at JISC) , the catering costscovered by UKOLN, and speakers who all gave their time for free - and about 30 people came along.There were problems (not enough power, and me failing to organise vegan options on the catering) - butoverall it was fun, and the response was positive, and Dave Pattern quickly volunteered to run a 2nd event inHuddersfield - Mash Oop North. This was quickly followed by Middlemash at Birmingham City University inthe same year, followed by ‘Liver and Mash’ (Liverpool). The next event is at the end of this month (MashSpain Bath - still time to sign up), and currently Haggis and Mash in Edinburgh in January 2011 being planned,with a further one being hosted at the University of Lincoln at some point in 2011For me as much as the events is the ongoing sense of community - I think we are starting to build acommunity of tech interested and able librarians - and others (not just about librarians!) - twitter key forme.
  32. 32. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Mashedlibrary.comLists of tools on the wiki at mashedlibrary.com in the cookbookIdeas and examples:Enid, Paul, Tony, Dave, Chris, Gary, others, meEnhancing Reading Lists with Yahoo PipesHorror mashupF1/Election visualisations
  33. 33. http://www.mashedlibrary.comTuesday, 7 June 2011Mashedlibrary.comLists of tools on the wiki at mashedlibrary.com in the cookbookIdeas and examples:Enid, Paul, Tony, Dave, Chris, Gary, others, meEnhancing Reading Lists with Yahoo PipesHorror mashupF1/Election visualisations
  34. 34. Step 1: Find a venue, get a dateTuesday, 7 June 2011Organising a Mashed Library event is simple. 6 Steps described here, see also http://mashedlibrary.com/wiki/index.php?title=Organise_a_Mashed_Library_event
  35. 35. Step 1: Find a venue, get a date (this gives you a deadline!)Tuesday, 7 June 2011Organising a Mashed Library event is simple. 6 Steps described here, see also http://mashedlibrary.com/wiki/index.php?title=Organise_a_Mashed_Library_event
  36. 36. Step 2: Put it on the Mashed Library wikiTuesday, 7 June 2011
  37. 37. Step 2: Put it on the Mashed Library wiki (or advertise elsewhere)Tuesday, 7 June 2011
  38. 38. Step 3: Find speakersTuesday, 7 June 2011
  39. 39. Step 3: Find speakers (if you want)Tuesday, 7 June 2011
  40. 40. Step 4: Look for sponsorshipTuesday, 7 June 2011Don’t need much money, best sponsorship may be getting the venue donated!
  41. 41. Step 4: Look for sponsorship (companies, publishers, data providers, Universities, etc.)Tuesday, 7 June 2011Don’t need much money, best sponsorship may be getting the venue donated!
  42. 42. Step 5: CateringTuesday, 7 June 2011Cake is very important
  43. 43. Step 5: Catering (but can tell people to bring their own, or have near/in a cafe if you want)Tuesday, 7 June 2011Cake is very important
  44. 44. Step 6: Let people registerTuesday, 7 June 2011Charging? Maybe good to have nominal charge - makes people commit. But not necessary.
  45. 45. Step 6: Let people register (and pay if you are charging)Tuesday, 7 June 2011Charging? Maybe good to have nominal charge - makes people commit. But not necessary.
  46. 46. What’s the worst that can happen?Tuesday, 7 June 2011
  47. 47. Tuesday, 7 June 2011Remember - Doesn’t have to be a big all day event - DMU MashedLibrary - lunchtimesessions run at De Montford University in Leicester
  48. 48. Acknowledgements Grey Album promotional art Justin Hampton (originally posted on http://www.dangermousesite.com/) Housing Maps http://www.housingmaps.com/ data.gov http://www.data.gov/ data.gov.uk http://data.gov.uk/ data.open.ac.uk http://data.open.ac.uk opendata.warwickshire.gov.uk opendata.warwickshire.gov.ukTuesday, 7 June 2011Acknowledgements
  49. 49. Acknowledgements Warwickshire Libraries: New Releases Lewis Wagner, http://www.lewiswagner.me/ Library:/hack/ http://libraryhack.org Queensland Churches http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/qld/default.aspx GIST State University of New York College at Geneseo discovery.ac.uk http://discovery.ac.uk ouseful.info http://ouseful.infoTuesday, 7 June 2011Acknowledgements
  50. 50. Acknowledgements I http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/6338027/ N http://www.flickr.com/photos/evaekeblad/2450068078/ F http://www.flickr.com/photos/takomabibelot/2660603215/ O http://www.flickr.com/photos/16324044@N00/2199141162/ R http://www.flickr.com/photos/16324044@N00/2693739622/ M http://www.flickr.com/photos/16324044@N00/2449152095/Tuesday, 7 June 2011Acknowledgements
  51. 51. Acknowledgements I http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/38837032/ O http://www.flickr.com/photos/16324044@N00/2083198868/ N http://www.flickr.com/photos/16324044@N00/2168891945/ Mashed Museums Mike Ellis, http://electronicmuseum.org.uk/2008/06/27/mashed-museum-2008/ Mashed Libraries/OʼReilly Cover @daveyp Volley Match mauspray, http://www.flickr.com/photos/mauspray/3683885650/in/photostream/ DMU Mashed Library http://librarymashups.our.dmu.ac.uk/Tuesday, 7 June 2011Acknowledgements

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