Week 10: Mashups

Mashups are hybrid web applications that take features from one application (like Flickr) and mash it up with another (like a mapping program). With this combination, for example, you get Mappr.Wikipedia offers a slightly more detailed explanation.New mashups come out, literally, every day.

Some examples include image generators. Here are a couple of examples we created using big huge labs.
Another popular mashup tool is Google maps. Have a look at this example from the British Library called London: a life in Google maps or this public library finder from North America. Voicethread is another type of mashup tool which could be really useful for adding information to digital objects from your local studies collection.


Explore: Keir Clarke has developed Star Viewer using the new 'sky' option in the Google Maps API

Discover: Using Big huge labs, create a mashup and add it to your blog. Hint it will save the image to your desktop so you will need to upload it to your blog from there. Blog about how you could use mashups at your library.



Adventure: Find another example of a mashup. Blog about how appropriate it would be for your work.

25 comments:

net_goody said...

The Keir Clarke link goes to a virtual tourism website, not the star viewer site, not sure if it was meant to or not!

Bambino said...

Hi net_goody! The Keir Clarke link goes to his blogspot and there is a link at the bottom of his page to the Star Viewer under the heading " Google Sky vs Star Viewer".

Jalen said...

I find Google Maps to be very, very interesting, especially that "Street View" feature. We can add historical buildings or places of interest and tourist attractions on our city map and allow our customers to have a virtual tour of the city. With Google Maps, it will be a lot easier (for those without GPS and for those taking public transport) to find these places using Google Map's "driving instructions" and "transit" features. I also like Bighugelabs heaps. Now we can be more creative with our library projects and activities using the tools from this website.

annieshomework said...

I think we could make a wonderful Now and Then resource using google maps, local history photos and tourist information.

Keir Clarke said...

Thanks for the link - and sorry if my blog is causing confusion.

Virtual Tourism is my blog. There is a link to the Star Viewer page towards the top of the page on the right.

I also write for a blog called Google Maps Mania which has links to hundreds of Google Maps mash-ups.

A popular page on that blog is 100
things to do with Google Maps
which links to a hundred good examples.

JoDee said...

Can anyone offer a suggestion for the mashup I did with Big Huge Labs on my New Life for Libraries blog. I pasted the html from Flickr for it, and have the space and link but not the photo. I've obviously missed something here, any ideas?

JoDee said...

It's OK everyone. I discovered the problem. I needed to have my blog and flickr talking, which meant I needed to remember my google ID and password. Not a hope of that, so I just saved it to the computer desktop and posted it from there.

Thanks in advance for anyone who was going to help.

Atticus Mockingbird said...

Foiled by IT department again!! I really want to look at the Voice Thread mashup and see what that's all about, but I guess I'll have to wait till I get to a proper internet connection!

lovetolearn said...

I am truly lost!!Help!!! I have tried to get an image from google images to use but it seems to connect but I cannot find what I have done!

pls@slnsw said...

Hi "lovetolearn"
please email us at nswpln@gmail.com or phone with details of the problem so we can help.
regards, Mylee (PLS)

Annetta said...

Mashups were such a good fun and I really enjoyed designing ideas provided by the Big Huge Labs! I see quite a lot possibilities for mashups in the library, especially for local studies and promotional ventures.
Annetta.

Gayatri said...

I like the mashup. Wonderful way to showcase libraries. I think some one should create a map of all public libraries similar to the national anthem on google maps when you click the particular library, there can be video introducing the library.

Kim said...

You need to have the image you are wanting to use somewhere on your computer. Once you have completed your mashup you can choose to post it straight to Flikr, this requires an extra step of linking your Flikr account to Bighugelabs but I found this to make it a lot easier.

Kim said...

Furthermore to my above post if you link your flikr to bighugelabs you can select your images directly from flikr using the flikr tab just along from the Choose Photo text. Makes it even easier.

Louise said...

Its nice to find out that other people have had IT blockage issues - its extremely annoying to not be able to see the things you want to train in...

Marg Trundle said...

Not sure that Im doing this properly. Will have to look further into it .

PamL said...

Just to throw cold water on everyone's excitement, I went to a Copyright workshop in Armidale last week where the topic of mashups was raised. The presenter, Laura Simes (Copyright Advisor to the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee), said that most mashups would be considered illegal.
This is a shame really, as it can stifle creativity, but I guess the point of it is to make sure we properly attribute someone else's work and not just appropriate it for our own gain.

a said...

I found this great site with mashup awards:
http://mashupawards.com/
Lots of great stuff to explore

Corplib said...

I found Mashups great fun experimenting with images. The idea of maps & images is also very useful, however I could not really find a use for public libraries.

However as I have never seen before it is something to keep in mind for future possibilities.

Linda said...

Mashups are fun. My children are going to love the calendar I made with their photos. They will want to get on and do it themselves.

Library applications? Well, how about promotional bookmarks? And posters?

monica.swrl said...

"Library applications? Well, how about promotional bookmarks? And posters?."

That's a great idea !
Very interesting tutorial.

hippiechick said...

The applications are endless. First thing will be "Library Week Breakfast" badges for everyone. I may have to be inventive with the images!

Maria said...

Mashups could be a lot of fun to create and use. I touched on some of the funcions offered by mashups when doing the exercises at Learning 2.0. I tried mapping the places in the world that I have visited. I also had a go at making a jigsay puzzle from an image. It would take a long time to experiment with every possiblity. Mashups have a lot of potential for communication and instruction.

newtechgirl said...

Had a lot of fun with the image generators. Voicethread has a lot of potential for user-edcuation.

bloggersbeware said...

I love reading everyone's comments. So many people looking at the same thing and finding different aspects to the learning.

Lots of great ideas with mashups. It would be a great one to use with teens, they can use their prefered medium and create something wicked at the same time, and they learn something new.