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More fun with mashups

October 23, 2009
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After doing last week’s assignment which I thought was fun, my interest in Mashups has piqued. Plus, I like the whole concept of “mashing things up” like the name implies. Although, I understand the general concept I wasn’t sure what the technical definition of a mashup is so I wanted to find more about it. Also, there was no reading last week. Thus, this article:

Mashups: An Easy, Free Way to Create Custom Web Apps by Brian Satterfield

http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/webbuilding/archives/page9338.cfm

Basically a mashup is combining online data from multiple sources to create a customized, interactive Web application. Mashups are user-centric – they are often created by users for the end-user. Mashups use APIs (application programming interface) provided by different content sites to aggregate and reuse the content in another way. Individual content may be combined in any manner, resulting in arbitrarily structured hybrid content.

This is also an example of how technology borrows from pop culture or vice versa. The first time I heard of a mashup was in reference to a music mashup which follows the same concept of combining two [artists’] works into one new work. Just for fun check out www.bootiela.com for samples (under Bootie Top 10, click on title) of the Vitamin D episode of Glee. While this raises copyright issues, it also demonstrates how people can use their creativity plus technology  to come up with new creations.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy Sullivan permalink
    November 2, 2009 4:59 am

    Great “Mashups” info! Now, I have a better understanding about this concept, too. Thanks!

  2. clementmunns permalink
    November 2, 2009 3:36 pm

    nice.

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