Using Web Services and Building Mashups: Adding Value to Library Apps and Services

Date(s) - 09/11/2013
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm



Are you a solo web developer with an interest in learning basic web scripting? A newbie thrown into your library web programming role because nobody else raised their hand? Somebody with a little more experience, but always looking to improve your knowledge of web services? This class is for you. We’ll work through the basics of web services and APIs, simple to use embed code, and highlight resources to continue learning. Our emphasis will be on mashups and web services as a means to practice these skills. Come learn how to incorporate the “web of data” into your library applications and services.

Topics covered include:

  • Why web services for libraries?
  • What do we gain in the move to “mashup”?
  • Define the major terms of web services
  • Resources for learning: wizard and tools (Yahoo Pipes, Google Code Playground)
  • Code samples for downloading and practicing

About the Instructor:
Jason A. Clark is Head of Digital Access and Web Services at Montana State University Libraries where he builds digital library applications and sets digital content strategies. He writes and presents on a broad range of topics including mobile design & development, web services & mashups, metadata & digitization, Javascript, interface design, and application development. Before coming to MSU in 2005, Jason became interested in the intersection between libraries and technology while working as a web developer for the Division of Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin. After two years, he moved on to the web services department at Williams College Libraries.When he doesn’t have metadata on the brain, Jason likes to hike the mountains of Montana with his wife, Jennifer, their daughter, Piper and their dog, Oakley. You can find Jason online by following him on twitter at twitter.com/jaclark, catching up with him on Facebook at facebook.com/jasclark, or checking out his occasional thoughts and code samples on his site at www.jasonclark.info.


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