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.

Edith Speller – Mashable Reading Lists

December 1, 2009 at 8:55 am | Posted in Middlemash | Leave a comment
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Edith described problems with existing reading lists-  often out of date – needed updating.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 .

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