5) Programme

The is the latest version of what’s going to happen at “Mash Oop North”…


For those of you staying in Huddersfield overnight…

6:00pm-6:30pm → Meet outside the entrance to the Creative Arts Building at the University
6:30pm onwards → Go for food at the 88 Noodle Bar (view menu) and then drinks at local pubs


“Mash Oop North” will take place in the Creative Arts Building at the University of Huddersfield


9:00am-10:00am → Registration, tea/coffee, log onto the wi-fi network, etc
10:00am – 10:15am → Welcome and overview of the event
10:15am – 10:45am → Opening Sessions 1a and 1b
10:45am – 11:15am → Opening Sessions 2a and 2b
11:15am – 11:45am → Opening Sessions 3a and 3b
11:45am – 12:00pm → Comfort break


12:00pm – 12:10pm → Overview of the afternoon, competition rules, etc
12:10pm – 12:30pm → Network and decide what things you’d like to explore (inc. Mashup Runaround)
12:30pm – 3:30pm → More networking, brainstorming, prototyping, coding, etc
12:30pm – 1:30pm → Informal lunch (sponsored by Talis)
1:30pm – 3:30pm → Optional lightning talks
3:30pm – 4:00pm → Award prizes and closing remarks
4:00pm – 5:00pm → More networking, brainstorming, prototyping, coding, etc (and possibly Singstar too!)


5:00pm onwards → Informal buffet (sponsored by JISC) and drinks at The Head of Steam pub

Opening Sessions

In no particular order…

Richard Wallis (Talis)

“Juice Project”

Juice is an Open Source framework to make it easy to build and share extensions to OPACs and other web interfaces. It lowers the barriers to enabling mashups to be added to live interfaces, an ideal way to demonstrate the results of Mashed Libraries on your interface. Richard will be showing how to use it, and add to the range of extensions.

Mike Ellis (Eduserv)

“Scraping, scripting and hacking your way to API-less data (if you don’t have data feeds, we’ll get it anyway)”

Perfectionists need not apply: this session will look at some of the dirty, underhand, uncomfortable ways of extracting data from websites and other sources. From Dappr to Pipes, RegEx to Excel, this’ll be a no-holds-barred digging into the sordid truth of data mining. You’ll come away knowing: 1) how to do it, and 2) that you’ll never build a system without an api again…

Brian Kelly (UKOLN)

“Enthusiastic Amateurs and Overcoming Institutional Inertia”

The Mashed Library event is likely to attract a mixture of ‘hard-core software developers’ and ‘enthusiastic amateurs’. Although the hard-core software developers may be in a position to implement ideas from the event in their day job, there are dangers that the enthusiastic amateurs may be dis-illusioned when they return to work if they feel there aren’t tangible ways of making use of new skills they have learnt, new ideas they have been exposed to and new communities they have started to engage with. This session with provide an opportunity for the enthusiastic amateurs to discuss what should happen when they to work. The session will be facilitated by Brian Kelly, who is happy to describe himself as an enthusiastic amateur!

Brendan Dawes (magneticNorth)

Somewhere I Have Never Travelled

The web. Is this it? Is there anything new from a design point of view to explore? Are we destined to explore information in the “click here” paradigm for the rest of lives? Interactive designer Brendan Dawes says no. In fact we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible using all this wonderful data that’s running around this thing called the internet. Using examples such as DoodeBuzz, a typographic news explorer and the recently launched BBC Memoryshare site, magneticNorth’s creative director explains his process and personal mantra for a more playful, explorative web.

Tony Hirst (Open University)

“Yahoo! Pipes Cookalong”

If you’re anything like me in the kitchen, you probably have a (small) repertoire of recipes that you can repurpose to use with whatever ingredients you have to hand. In this workshop, we’ll look at some simple recipes that demonstrate how to create a wide variety of mashups using just a couple of base ingredients and processes, in particular, RSS feeds and Yahoo pipes mashup patterns, with maybe some ISBNs and DOIs for seasoning. Don’t worry if you don’t have any RSS feeds of your own – we can rustle some up from your website for you; and as for the Pipes, creating them is just a case of click and drag. More Delia than Gary Rhodes, more Jamie than Gordon, come and have a cookalong with RSS and Yahoo pipes.

To save time on the day, participants should grab a Yahoo Pipes account in advance and, if you have any, some RSS feeds of your own.

Dave Pattern and Iman Moradi (University of Huddersfield)

“Making Library Data Work Harder”

As we move towards providing more personalised services to our users, the data-mining of library usage data will become increasingly important. At the same time, Sir Tim Berners-Lee is encouraging public bodies to release data (“raw data now!”). This informal session will look at how raw usage data (e.g. circulation transactions, OpenURL resolver requests, OPAC keyword searches, etc) can be turned into useful services. Dave will talk about the work done at Huddersfield and other libraries, the background to the decision to release some of the data as Open Data, and what the JISC Mosaic Project is hoping to achieve. Iman will talk about data visualisation and showcase some of the work created by his students.


  • We’re hoping to provide somewhere safe to store bags, etc, at the event but please note that we cannot be held liable for any losses

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