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Mashups and Libraries: Resources, Articles and Links
Compiled by Darlene Fichter
What's a Mashup?
A “mashup” mixes content from independent sources to create something new. Some of the most well-known mashups use Google or Yahoo maps to
display information such as crime, photos, hospitals, Starbuck coffee shops etc.
Many mashups are simple to create and require little technical know-how,
allowing Webmasters of all sorts to put on their creative thinking cap. Web sites offering online tools
to create mashups are getting easier to use by non-programmers all the time.
This resource page will provide a list of some interesting library and informational mashups. It will provide
links to presentations and articles and examples that highlight how libraries can remix(mashup) library content with other services
to create new and innovative services.
Find some very simple mashup tools that you can use to build mashups that you can use online as well as some more sophisticated
applications that require a bit of technical know-how. Find out about software and toolkits that you can install on your web server to create mashups, too.
Jump start your thinking on the new Web 2.0 ecosystem that relies on symbiotic relationships and communities rather than "monolithic systems".
Where to Start: Getting an Overview of Mashups and Libraries
Watch the presentation: Mashups : A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That,
for a good introduction to mashups peppered with library examples and ideas.
Mashups Created by Libraries
- Branch Locations, Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, Ontario. Library Addresses + Google Maps
Book/Library Resources Mashups
Gadgets and Widgets
- Go-Go Google Gadget shows holds, popular items, items due, etc on Google Personalized
Home page - Library catalogue system data + Google Personal Home Page
- Newsmap -using Google News and visualization to show news coverage by topic by country
Email me about other library mashups to list here.
Patron Created Mashups
Library Data Sources - Steal This Library Data
- LibraryThing API includes Common Knowledge, a LibraryThing technology that lets you contribute interesting facts and data about books, authors, editions, and other items within the LibraryThing univers
- Library APIs compilied by Roy Tennant
- Steal This Library - ists and RSS feeds of new acquisitions at
Multnomah County Library - Portland, OR, Peninsula Library System - CA, and San Francisco Public Library - San Francisco, CA. (NO LONGER WORKING)
Useful Mashups on the Reference Desk
Create Your Own Mashup
Mashup Builders and Tools (Hosted)
Very Simple to use
- Google My Maps - click on My Maps and then click to add a pushpin
- frappr - people + Google Maps
- Community Walk - Create walking tours of historic buildings/photos, setting for works of fiction, etc.
Map + Points of Interest
A Little More Know-How
- Yahoo Pipes - merge several different XML information sources together
Mashup Toolkits (Local Installations)
- Google Maps API - Request a Maps API key and host Google maps/mashups on your own web site
- Yahoo Map API
- Amazon API
June 28, 2008 - The Mashed-Up Library (OCLC Symposium) - Video (requires IE)
- February 16, 2008 - Information Visualization Using Mashups and Web 2.0 Tools - Jill Tinsley presenting at New Media Consortium (NMC)
- May 30, 2008 - Raymond Yee - Web 2.0 Mashups: Making the Web Your Own
(80 min) Library of Congress Education Webcasts
- October 31, 2007 - Darlene Fichter. Mashups & Data Visualizations: New Breed of Web Applications.
[ Slides on slideshare.net ]
- October 2007 - Paul Dempsey, Dickinson College. Adding Google Maps to Your College Website (The winner of the best conference
presentation award). Listen to the archived talk, part of the HighEdWebDev 2007 Webinar
Series (Requires signup for free membership to HigherEdExperts)
- March 6, 2007 - Fichter, Darlene. Mashups:
A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That (Webcast, PPT) SIRSI Dynix Institute
- October 24, 2006 - Fichter, Darlene. What’s a Mashup &
Why Would I Want One? (PDF Slides) Internet Librarian Conference
- October 23, 2006 - Fichter, Darlene & Frank Cervone. Cool
Tools and Mashups for Webmasters (PDF Slides) Internet Librarian Conference
Do you know of an article to add to the list? Email me.
Other Resources on Mashups
Related Resources on Libraries and Web 2.0 Tools
Mashups News and Links from My Furl Bookmarks
Last Updated: September 25, 2008