Middlemash tweets

December 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Middlemash | Leave a comment

An archive of the tweets about #middlemash is available at http://twapperkeeper.com/middlemash/

Middlemash – presentations

December 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Middlemash | Leave a comment

A number of the presentations from yesterdays Middlemash are available on slideshare . There are also some photos from the day.


Image attibuted to Dave

Paul Stainthorp – using Refworks to create embeddable lists

December 1, 2009 at 8:57 am | Posted in Middlemash | Leave a comment
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Paul talking about how at University Lincoln they have created lists of new items using RefWorks. Using paper slips that came back from library acquisitions department to create lists of new books on RefWorks RSS feeds – shared folder with an RSS output.

Then used Yahoo Pipes to take the RSS feed from RefWorks – use Regex expressions to identify and ISBN within the RefWorks ISBN, then build HTML from lookups on OPAC,Amazon,Library Thing  – http://pipes.yahoo.com/lincoln/books. Then put it through Google Feedburner to get a short URL, and set up email subscriptions (better for academic staff – easier for them to use than RSS, get an email from the library everytime).

Can then use Feed  2 JS to add code to web page of the RSS feed.

Chris Keene – next generation, discovery catalogue

December 1, 2009 at 8:56 am | Posted in Middlemash | 2 Comments

Chris talking about discovery layer – sits on top, next generation catalogue is OPAC ‘done right’. Requirements : more human metadata, tagging – potential for users,comments/reviews,links to other services. Permanent links – need to be readablelinks.  Can have one search but also needs to be flexible – eg to have catalogue subsets.  Examples are: Primo, Prism, Blacklight, Scriblio (blogging tool as a catalogue base), Bibliocommons,VuFind.

Aquabrowser – now implemented at Sussex : http://beta.lib.sussex.ac.uk/ABL/ – some issues eg get taken through to interface of old catalogue, users may need to login twice for My Account. Also two worlds of LMS Catalogue and E-resources Articles can often collide though.

Edith Speller – Mashable Reading Lists

December 1, 2009 at 8:55 am | Posted in Middlemash | Leave a comment

Edith described problems with existing reading lists-  often out of date – needed updating. Using Yahoo Pipes to examine current reading lists items and extract for searches on RILM database, using RSS feeds. – giving the user a list of suggested searches.  Gets feed from RSS and pull out bits of data from the feed – eg just the subject terms from the RSS feed, filter the feed for one entry per subject.

Other possibilities of using reading list  – use the ISBN to look up an Amazon style ‘ people who borrowed this book also borrowed that’, and Dave Pattern’s Mosaic API .

Mark van Harmelen – working with users and with drawings, paper and other rapid prototyping media

November 30, 2009 at 11:18 am | Posted in Middlemash | Leave a comment

Mark talking about the problems of designing systems – using paper is a suitable media for solving user-centric problems. Meaningful contact with users earlier in the process before you start to code, helps to bridge world between developers and users.

Sketches  -‘rich pictures situate the design’  for example the layout of a library search system.Can use them to show page/screen transitions. Can use whiteboard and camera – using Balsamiq protoyping tool http://www.balsamiq.com/ or The Bridge design process (for an example of this see  http://www.participatorydesign.com/BridgeIntro.pdf).

Brainstorming: can generate and broaden design ideas; helps with task analysis to break the task down into its components,sub-tasks and also to identify problems. Can use paper flowcharts to test and re-evaluate ideas with users.  Can extract objects from taskflow that have attributes and data attached to them.

Build paper prototype to show what the objects are like on the screen.eg dialogue boxes,and  identify particular tasks.Example of using students to test prototype of interface- along with a faclilitator – in a workshop scenario. By the endof the workshop, stick the ideas to the wall.

Machine prototypes also useful though : can pick up on problems due to number of clicks. Use Photoshop,Illustrator,as welll as open source tools like Inkscape and Gimp to manipulate images.

Tamar Sadeh – ExLibris’ open-platform program

November 30, 2009 at 10:32 am | Posted in Middlemash | Leave a comment

Tamar talking about a ‘take- it-and-build-it yourself ‘ attitude from Ex-Libris- using open source http://www.exlibrisgroup.org/display/ElCommons/Home . Ex-Libris launched open platform strategy about a year and half ago -to facilitate collaboration using software built from independent software components using ‘open interfaces’ eg API,(SOAP,X-Services, RESTful Web Services), Plug-ins, Adapters, Deep-links.  A recent example is in version 3 of Primo – using OPAC functionality.

As part of  sharing of code amongst the developer community, ExLibris have also announced a competition f or developers called ELympics http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/category/ELympics .

Campus Map

November 16, 2009 at 9:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Middlemash campus mapHere is  a plan of City North campus, highlighting Baker Building where Middlemash will be taking place and also the visitor carpark.

Library Mash ups

October 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Middlemash | 2 Comments
Alice In Wonderland

Of all the silly nonsense, this is the stupidest tea party I've ever been to in all my life

I see mash ups as the opportunity to combine different data sets to create a new service. There is  potential to exploit the valuable data available and a couple of sites I have looked at for inspiration is the 30 ideas for mash ups – from Mash Opp North and Library Mashups.

There is also a good list of useful datasets on the Mashed Library ning site and the ELAG09 site.

Let me know if you have any examples of mash ups or data sources.


October 20, 2009 at 8:31 am | Posted in Registration | 1 Comment

I am pleased to announce our online registration form is now available, there is a small fee of £15 (ex VAT) and the day will start at approx 9.30 and finish around 16.00.

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