Mashups and open data in libraries

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The ever increasing amount of digital information available on the web offers the opportunity to create new services and applications by combining, or 'mashing up', information from multiple sources. This paper describes the origins of mashups and how the concept spread from music and video to online data. The paper goes on to describe how data formats, licensing and retrieval mechanisms affect the reusability of data published online. It also examines how libraries act as both data publishers and mashup creators. Finally, the paper highlights the latest developments in the publication of open data by the library community, and resources available to those wishing to either publish or consume data online.




Stephens, O. (2011). Mashups and open data in libraries. Serials, 24(3), 245–250.

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