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Make a Scholarly Mashup

Keywords:  Aggregate

Activity Definition(s)

A very wide variety of efforts involving aggregation of scholarly or creative tools and content may be considered under the term of "a Scholarly Mashup."  This activity may also fit under other theme groups than Aggregate, but is defined here for now (e.g., the Share and Publish theme group may be another home for Mashups).  Mashups in this context imply the combining a variety of individual resources into an innovative new resource that may be of interest to other scholars or artists, or the broader public.  An example provided by Quinn Dombrowski is "I'm thinking things like using Google Maps plus a timeline tool plus Wikipedia or something like that to create a geographical, historical atlas. I've been seeing more of this kind of thing lately."

Since this activity is potentially so broad ranging, concrete steps are open to wide interpretation.  One might generically suggest the following:

  • Determine an overall goal or objective for the mashup.
  • Discover and understand those resources (tools, content, web applications, etc.) that may contribute to the mashup.
  • Prototype, experiment, seek to make the individual resources play together in a way that meets the goal or objective.
  • Evaluate, iterate as needed ("perpetual beta" may apply here).
  • Release to others when deemed appropriate.

Another original activity title provided the idea of this activity, namely "Create a self-edited, multimedia-rich profile with the ability
to ingest a variety of scholar-friendly sets of material (e.g., BibTeX citations)."  While that activity is now defined as Create a Scholarly Profile, it reflects another example of a mashup activity.

Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

Tools (examples)

----Optional: examples of tools that perform some part or all of the defined activity, ideally with links to relevant project or vendor web sites

Tool name

What it does

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Related Collections/Content (examples)

----Optional: examples of collections / digital content / digital resources that could be involved in part or all of the defined activity, with links to relevant repository or site where available

Collection/content name

Collection/content description

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Applicable Standards or Standards Bodies

----Optional: examples of standards or standards-bodies applicable to the defined activity

Standard name / body

What it governs/regulates/standardizes - What it's for

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Notes, comments, related activities, concerns