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Christina's LIS Rant
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
  CIL2007: Mashups and Why Would I Want One?
Darlene Fichter

(before we started we watched: I bought it on ebay video, standup economist video, monster mash)

We’re at the beginning of this so don’t think – is that all there is – because we’re still on the playground and figuring out what we’re doing

Like how programmers don’t write everything from scratch but call routines to draw windows, etc., Programmers pull information from Technorati, Google Maps, EVDB..
Mashup ecosystem (read/write/program)
- open data
- open set of services
- small pieces loosely joined
- you

Instead of going to IT – “can you do this for me?” – do it yourself with 5 minute customization of applications. Frees up IT people for big problems, big needs, big gains…

News mashup (that’s a University of Maryland HCIL treemap thingy, I don’t think it’s a mashup, but maybe)

Pittsburgh University Library
using yahoo pipes
scopus and WoS feeds, publications by their faculty
output one feed

Easy things to try:
Google Maps, myMaps (but can’t republish on your own web page)
Get started
1) Think of something you want to do
2) sign up for a developer token
3) read the fine print about use

Community Walk

Learn from other libraries or other sites – see what they’ve done.
marker lat=" lng=""
Get lat and long from google maps – click where you want and read it out of the url
Marshall Breeding’s listing of catalogs (?)
Uses a service to convert address in database to lat and long, then uses Google api and lat long markers.

Issues
-In infancy
-Need a better way of finding APIs
-Scale and dependencies (will these be around in a few years and can they support all of the traffic, will API change and require re-do)
-How much to invest
-Right to remix? Rights to reuse data?
-Authority?
-Client side scripts – can’t guarantee what users see

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Comments:
Christina

Good point about Newsmap (http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm)
- it's probably more accurately called a data visualization rather than a mashup. Mashups typically combine 2 sources of data together to make something new and this is just mining Google news feeds (one source).

I managed to hear some of your presentation with Jill on Innovative Libraries - great study.

Cheers
Darlene
 
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