As is the general practice at Mashed Libraries events, there are prizes for the most imaginative ideas related to mash ups.

There are four themes which will each attract a £50 amazon voucher, kindly donated by UKOLN;

  • The best mash up idea related to libraries
  • The best mash up idea related to maps
  • The best mash up idea related to non-library activity
  • The judges prize

Ideas should be entered as a comment on this blog post, and the judges (Mandy, Brian Kelly and Owen Stephens) will select and announce the competition winners at the end of today’s Liver and Mash event.


~ by Mandy Phillips on May 14, 2010.

24 Responses to “Competition”

  1. Who’s Reading where: show on loan fiction by postcode on a map of manchester. Does that make sense?

  2. Chat box for a library website that, as well as offering chat, sends out the questions asked to aardvark, tweets the questions with a hash tag lots of librarians know about, posts to a facebook group, etc.

    • Adding on to that, return the responses from aardvark and twitter to the user asking the question. The create an archive of questions using some of the automatic subject headings aardvark applies as categories

  3. Location for the locations Everton will be playing at next year, linked to Twitter tag #coyb and filtered with 🙂 for the clubs many victories next season.

    Maps mash up for which libraries use which Web 2.0 tools & conversely by tool.

  4. How about using library shelving/classification info fed through to a map and gps / augmented reality smart phone application. When the user walks around the library with their smart phone & holds it up in front of a shelf a word cloud is generated based on classification of books at that particular shelf location. Users can then browse shelves by looking at the word cloud. Or maybe word clouds could be displayed above blocks of shelves. (P. Stainthorp & Chris ? at Lincs also sparked these ideas)

  5. for libraries – perhaps public, has anyone done a Stumble-type app for the library catalogue? To pick items arbitarily from your catalogue (isbn output) (show book jacket etc). Then have a thumbs up/down that subsequently filters your choices. Maybe its rubbish or maybe its been done! New to mashups, me.

  6. Here’s my mashup-type-thingy.

    I’m 1/2 way to having it working!

    Price of Currency
    Preparation time 2 hours

    1 Medium sized reading list
    2 APIs (I find JSONP to be a most effective)
    1.4 of jQuery (1.3.2 will do)

    1. Take one reading list
    2. Add a dash of jQuery
    2. Somehow grab the ISBNs (for Leeds, that means following the links to the catalogue, getting the marc records, extracting the ISBNs, returning them to the page)
    3. Fire ISBNs at OCLC xISBN service to see what other editions are available.
    4. Find out which the latest edition is.
    5. If the newest is newer thanthe one you hold, get the selling price of the existing edition, and the buying price of the new edition (your book supplier may offer you a discount… if so, apply this now.)
    6. Subtract one for the other.
    7. Add them all up – this is how much it’d cost to make your reading list up-to-date.

    Bake in the oven on Gas MARC21 ;o)

  7. My idea for a mashup is to take a number of digital resource which provide RSS feeds, such as my blo0g, my RS feeds, my contributions to Wikipedia, etc. and mash them up via the service. I will use this to create a physical manifestation of my digital resources – ie. a hardback book. This is being proposed in the context of cutbacks in public sector funding in the UK which will mean that online resources may not e sustainable. The physical manifestation of the resources is environmentally friendly as, unlike digital resources, there are no significant carbon costs for ongoing hosting of the resource. Go analogue, you know it makes sense!

  8. my ideas –

    we use openstreetmap to show faq answers for student admin-type comments – so give location of LRC – aldham/avril/marsh – then show nearest bank, nearest police station, nearest post office with opening hours.

    joint project with LSU – openstreet map showing student pubs and clubs with ratings, comments to show student favorites – could use twitter data to build tag cloud of favorites

    for placement students we could build collaboratively with them, maps of placments, ratings

    we could mine resource use data – and show amazon-style, others who used this book, also used…. and got a this class of degree

    we could ask students to rate individual books by course they are studying – so all business students who use book A rate it as pants for their course but all international banking students rate the same book as essential reading for their course.

    wondered if we could use rfid tags and tag readers among our paper journals so that we could gain useage data – we currently ask them to initial a label and have no idea of useage.

    it would be great if we could award students “freedom of the LJMU library” if they successfully manage to login to an electronic journal article from off-campus (yes, it is currently THAT difficult!)

    We could use worldcat data – basic search – to offer to teaching staff a wide range of resources they may like to order and base their judgements on what other libraries have used and not just on publisher data – we could then link that order with a student rating and share that back with the wider community

  9. Libraries – Use return transaction/reshelving stauses to create a feed of items as they are returned and available for re-loan. Use yahoo pipres to create covers & a feed which can be displayed in the library or on the web (where users can link through and reserve)

  10. Have a map showing the local history collection of the library, include things like books and map the area they are related to, also any sound recordings made from the various areas within the town – links to flickr for photos of the area maybe before and now.

  11. What about a LZStudent OPAC enhancement – when you find a book, it also searches Amazon/iPlayer/Hulu/Youtube etc and lets the student know if they have already made a film out of it, saving them the effort of reading!

  12. Idea:

    Link library book checkout systems with Facebook (or build an app which checks in/out books), so when I take out a book from a library (physical or ebook) it tracks it through Facebook (and other online profiles you link to from facebook, eg google, lastfm, twitter). Use Facebook to gather personal data on who checked the book out, ie interests, hobbies, activities etc and start to bulid a profile on what type of person checks out specific books. Eg, a web designer, mid-20s, male, checks out a William Gibson book.

    Data for each book will be a culmination of everyone’s profile information that checked out the same book. Using this we can form an opinion and recommendations for related books for similar groups of people. Eg, male, tech focused young people will be interested in more Gibson books, Neal Stephenson, etc.

    Then build elements of game theory into the application, which encourages more people to check out more books and rewards people based on multiple factors, eg most diverse reading collection, most read in sci-fi, quickest read, slowest read, total checkouts, etc.

    Needs to be refined a little but that’s a quickie idea.

  13. Competition – mash up idea related to maps.

    Not sure if this is appropriate as a mash-up, but I would have found this sort of application useful in planning cycling holidays in the past….

    Green Island Hopping in Scotland by Bike (or boat or bus or train but not by car or plane).
    Cycle friendly routes for Island Hopping in Scotland could be mapped along with parts of the journey that can be covered by bus, ferry or train). Locations (and other details) of suitable accomodation along the way could be indicated on the maps. Info on Tinings and Distance could be calculated. Links to train, ferry and bus timtables could be provided at relevant points on the maps. Commentary, photos and videos of interesting sights along the routes could be set up on the maps initially, with facilities for people following the routes to add their own later. Participant progress along routes could be followed / monitored.

  14. NOt sure they would like this but what about using RFID/GPS device to track the movements of roving support staff through the library, updating a map in realtime so that anyone checking knows where they are and where they need to go to speak to them.

  15. a map to show how much money rafa benitez has wasted in getting 7th in the premier league.

    • to explain this further it would be a map which shows where rafa has been and how much he has spent on players. a bit like the map john showed earlier of his travels around the world.

  16. When I was an English Literature undergraduate, I was really interested in how stories develop through retellings, adaptations, reinterpretations, etc… I would have found it really useful to be able to search for a particular novel or story and find out which novels/plays/films, etc have been based upon it. Whilst some of these would be obvious (i.e. where a film retains the same title as its source material), some could be more difficult (think: Jane Eyre >>> Wide Sargasso Sea, Hamlet>>>My Own Private Idaho). Maybe combining information from Amazon, Wikipedia, IMDB, LibraryThing, etc…

    • Whoops! Meant Hamlet >>> The Lion King, ‘Henry’ plays >>> My Own Private Idaho.

  17. Interactive map/location-based quiz for Freshers. Pre-design quiz with ‘must visit’ locations so students learn layout of city but also important locations eg Uni libraries, student bars, etc. Also cultural/historical landmarks (theatres, clubs, monuments) that help them understand the city, plus any subject specific locations. Groups of students have to check in at a number of sites from each category using Foursquare/Gowalla etc, have to Twitpic something interesting/important, have to make short film of experience & post to YouTube, post photos to FaceBook etc. Is there a site that could aggregate this effort? Anyway a mashup that uses social media to integrate with each other & understand the location they’re studying in (and get out of the Cooler for a day!)
    sorry to go on, got excited 😉

  18. Lazy book returns. Don’t want to make a special trip into the Library to return books? Mash loan information with location data to find people (possibly just friends / people on your course) who need to return books at the same time as you so they can return a book on your behalf.

    * Save money
    * Save the environment
    * Stay in bed all day!

  19. OPAC Browse Augmentation

    Allow user to specify list of keywords to help browse for items.
    App (or preferably website) on user’s mobile phone to direct them to the correct area in the library. Then for them to waft shelves with mobile phone (containing rfid reader) to highlight books of interest. Maybe take this further by bringing up reviews from Amazon/WorldCat.

  20. map of scotland highlighting distilleries with links to data for visitors; opening times, tasting notes etc, maybe tripadvisor type data for local places to stay

  21. […] Price of Currency – John Salter – (library mashup winner) […]

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