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Will’s World Online Hack event

Will’s World is a registry that lets you discover the world of Shakespeare From  5-12 December 2012, Shakespeare enthusiasts and coding enthusiasts will work together to create a Shakespeare Registry of metadata of digital resources relating to Shakespeare – covering … Continue reading

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December meeting: Tuesday 4th

After a busy autumn term, #MashDMU returns in December!  The next meeting will be on Tuesday 4th December from 1-2pm (note later time) in the Kimberlin Lecture Theatre (KL00.11).  Further details of contributors will be posted on this blog nearer … Continue reading

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#MashDMU: informal learning in the library workplace

I mentioned, over on Eclectic E-stuff, that I was attending  Internet Librarian International 2012.  I spoke in track C202 – New skills, new learning, on the topic of Informal learning in the library workplace: the role of unconferences.   There was considerable … Continue reading

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September MashDMU meeting

The September MashDMU meeting took place on Monday 17th September when a select number of colleagues gathered. Lynne provided an overview of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group conference (CIG12) (reported in more detail on her blog). After the alphabet soup … Continue reading

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Linked Data for libraries video

A new 15-minute video (from OCLC) introduces the concepts and technology behind linked data, how it works and some benefits it brings to libraries:  Linked Data for Libraries Tweet

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Mashing up Olympic data

Slightly surprised that there have been no Olympics-related posts yet, given so many Library colleagues are following the Olympics at home and at breaktime; Mitchell even booked annual leave to watch them!  The Guardian notes Lessons to be learned from … Continue reading

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current awareness, concept mapping and usage statistics

This week’s #MashDMU meeting featured Phil talking about creating a current awareness newsletter using social media using Paper.li; Alison introducing a range of concept mapping apps;  and Mitchell leading an animated discussion on identifying  meaningful usage statistics for e-resources.  For further reading … Continue reading

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MashDMU meeting today

The July #MashDMU meeting will be in the Kimberlin Library Lecture Room (Lower Ground Floor) from 12-1 today (16 July).  Topic will include paper.li for current awareness, open source concept mapping tools and tools for usage statistics to help manage … Continue reading

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Mashing it up over summer 2012

Following a poll of some of the regular speakers, the following dates have been selected for informal Library Mashup meetings (#MashDMU) during the summer:  Mon 16 July 12-1pm Mon 13 Aug 12-1pm Mon 17 Sep 1-2pm  These will all take … Continue reading

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Revisiting Lanyrd

Lanyrd – the social conference directory – was introduced by Mitchell  at the very first #MashDMU meeting. I have been using it quite a lot recently, so I thought it was worth posting a reminder. Lanyrd enables you to: Identify … Continue reading

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Pan OurDMU

This blog is part of Our DMU – or the DMU Commons –  a shared place for the production of learning and research that is personally and socially transformative.  A recent enhancement has been the introduction of Pan OurDMU. This … Continue reading

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Managing Research Data Hack Day

DevCSI, together with the JISC Managing Research Data Programme and the JISC Orbital Project, organised a Managing Research Data hack event in Manchester in early May 2012.  The event was designed to bring together software developers, project managers, data librarians … Continue reading

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Tiki-Toki: web-based timeline software

At yesterday’s mobile libraries information sharing event, Gary Green mentioned Tiki-Toki: web-based timeline software.  Although Gary discussed its use in a public library context, I felt that there might be potential for using it in higher education in displays, student … Continue reading

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The UKSG 2012 conference

I attended this year’s UKSG conference in Glasgow to run a breakout on Mobilising your e-content for maximum impact with Ruth Jenkins from Loughborough University. It was a very stimulating three days – the commitment of the delegates was demonstrated … Continue reading

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How to run an unconference

#Mashlib meetings grew from the unconference movement (even if most of our #mashdmu sessions do have a rough agenda).  There’s beginning to be some discussion, across the Twitterverse, that it is time for another #Mashlib meeting to be organised.  But where do you start? … Continue reading

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eResource troubleshooting – more discussion

Mitchell talked through his current thoughts on eResource troubleshooting – supporting library staff at the last #MashDMU meeting and blogged about it.  Since then, he has been in discussion with eLibrary team  staff at Birmingham City University; they run an active … Continue reading

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Greenview App

Greenview is a research group at De Montfort University, funded by JISC’s Greening ICT programme.  Today the University announced that the Greenview iPhone/iPad application is now available, and an Android version is in development. The App visualises energy use in … Continue reading

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Study on how to make your tweets more trustworthy

Mashable have blogged about a study, conducted by researchers from Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University, which looks at  how to boost the credibility of your tweets and encourage people to take them more seriously.  One factor is whether the author … Continue reading

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Library Mashup Meeting on 22nd March

Join us for an informal #MashDMU meeting in the Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground Floor in the Kimberlin Library, on Thursday 22nd March from 12-1pm.   Feel free to bring your own lunch.  This blog will be updated as the topics of the day … Continue reading

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Phase 2 of the Library Impact Data Project

Huddersfield University Library were awarded further JISC funding to move into phase II of the Library Impact Data Project (#LIDP) project, which runs from January 2012 to July 2012.  The team are continuing to record their progress on the LIDP … Continue reading

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Measure the impact of digital resources

JISC are developing a range of guidelines, tools and use cases to help universities measure the impact of their digital resources.  These include: the Journal Usage Statistics Portal, which DMU is already using; the Raptor system ananlysing log files to … Continue reading

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Zite

In the January #MashDMU meeting I mentioned the news service, Zite.  Zite is discussed in more detail in a ProfHackercolumn (one of my favourite academic tech news sources).  In Meet Zite: an iOS News Reader, Erin E. Templeton provides an … Continue reading

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Twit Amore

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Twit Amore http://twitamore.com/ – a tool to help you identify true love from your Twitter interactions…. Or maybe not! It is less a case of “Who do you love on Twitter?” and more “Who … Continue reading

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Libraries and Pinterest

I talked briefly about Libraries and Pinterest at today’s #MashDMU meeting.  There are links over at my Eclecltic E-stuff blog.  We all had concerns about the copyright implications, given how easy it is to share images.  Are any UK academic … Continue reading

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Libcatcode: Cataloging and coding under one site

Libcatcode  is “a Question & Answer site for coding cataloguers, cataloguing coders, librarians and shambrarians”. The site was created in January 2012, when #catcode took off with over 100 people signing up in a couple of days, and the idea … Continue reading

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Library Mashup Meeting on 3th Feb 2012

Join us for an informal #MashDMU meeting in room 2.04 in the Kimberlin Library on Monday 13 February from 12-1pm.   Feel free to bring your own lunch. Topics are likely to include developing the e-learning research module at DMU and usability studies at the … Continue reading

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Mashing up maps

@Fulup has been blogging about Google Maps mashup ideas using Flickr.  There are a large number of map-related mashup ideas floating round cyberspace. For example mapsmashup: the world’s maps mashups mashed up on a map, and the #uksnow Map, which searches … Continue reading

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So You Want to Learn to Program?

Signed up to Code Year / Codeacademy? Want to learn more? Check out this blog post from The Chronicle of Higher Education for a list (with brief descriptions) of some free online resources for learning computer programming. Tweet

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Making the most of a Kindle

A number of DMU colleagues seem to have received a Kindle for Christmas.  I’ve therefore pulled together links to some Kindle tips & tricks and websites for lowcost / no cost e-books over on my Eclectic E-stuff blog. Tweet

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FOAF – Friend Of a Friend

The third presentation at this week’s #MashDMU meeting was given by @Fulup on FOAF (Friend Of a Friend).  He followed this up with a post over on his own blog: FOAF – Friend Of a Friend data and the library contacts … Continue reading

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New resources via Phil Bradley

At today’s #MashDMU meeting, I presented a selection of resources included in a presentation given by Phil Bradley at Internet Librarian International 2011. The full presentation (with links to all the resources discussed), Phil’s latest discoveries, is available on Slideshare. … Continue reading

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Library Mashup Meeting on 4th Jan 2012

Join us for an informal #MashDMU meeting in the Kimberlin Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 4th January from 12-1pm.   A number of “regulars” will be there and topics may include developing an e-learning module, FOAF, usage statistics and/or e-books.  Or something … Continue reading

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Merry #ChrisMash

#ChrisMash was a half-day Mashed Libraries event held in London on Saturday 3rd December, organised by Gary Green & Richard Hawkins.  Although no DMU Library collegues were able to attend, the #ChrisMash blog documents what happened before, during and after … Continue reading

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Leicester iPhone Apps

Two new Cuttlefish iPhone apps have gone live this week. Both are free and can be found on the Apple iTunes store. The updated Go Leicestershire app provides information about Arts & Culture, Food & Drink and Heritage in Leicester … Continue reading

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Twapper Keeper: going, going….. (almost gone)

Twapper Keeper, a tweet-archiving utility discussed at one of our early meetings, is being shut down. It has been widely used within the UK’s HE sector – particularly for archiving tweets containing event hashtags at events aimed at the developer, … Continue reading

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Be a publisher… daily! – with Paper.li

Back in February Phil demonstrated Paper.li at a #MashDMU meeting – his DigitalPreservation Daily is an excellent example of this tool which enables you to create a customised newspaper, which is compiled automatically using content from a range of sources you select. … Continue reading

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Twitter becomes new frontier for data analytics

Research into measuring the influence of tweets has led to speculation about the use of tweet data analysis to predict the future.  In an article entitled Can watching Twitter trends help predict the future?, Mathew Ingram reports on analysts’ efforts to … Continue reading

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Become Code-Literate with Codecademy

In Become Code-Literate with Codecademy, ProfHacker discusses Codecademy – a new interactive Web site that aims to make becoming conversant with the basics of programming painless. Tweet

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#MashDMU meeting on 19th September

Thes last MashDMU meeting before the autumn term took place on Monday 19th September.  A number of “regulars” were unable to attend but it was good to see new faces.  The topics this time were: Alison introduced ifttt (if this … Continue reading

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Looking for the Link between Library Usage and Student Attainment

The latest issue of Ariadne includes an article by Graham Stone, Bryony Ramsden and Dave Pattern from Huddersfield University,  introducing the JISC-funded Library Impact Data Project (LIDP).  Full text available at: Looking for the Link between Library Usage and Student … Continue reading

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LIDP – final blog post

The Final Blog reflection on the Library Impact Data Project was posted last week. The project aimed to discover if there is a statistically significant correlation across a number of universities between library activity data and student attainment. The answer is … Continue reading

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Use of e-journals and research outcomes

The current Library Connect Newsletter from Elsevier includes an article by Michael Jubb from the RIN entitled Use of e-journals & research outcomes: Are they related?. This reflects on an investigation of relationships between levels of usage and research performance, … Continue reading

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Next #MashDMU meeting: 1st August

The next lunchtime Mashed Library meeting will take place in the Kimberlin Library between 12-1pm on Monday 1st August in room 2.04.   We’re hoping for an update on DMU’s contribution to the JISC Library Impact Data Project and a discussion … Continue reading

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Open Data Powered Location Based Services in UK HE

Tony Hirst has recently published a blog post on Open Data Powered Location Based Services in UK Higher Education on his (always useful and interesting) blog http://blog.ouseful.info/.  He discusses some recent examples of how universities are starting to actually put … Continue reading

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Innovations in Activity Data workshop

The JISC RISE project – Recommendations Improve the Search Experience – is organising an Innovations in Activity Data workshop on 4 July 2011. This will be a one-day workshop aimed at Higher Education library services who are interested in practical … Continue reading

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Linking library catalogue metadata to theatre production/performance metadata and objects

Lorcan Dempsey re-tweeted a link (via @lukask) to a presentation on Linked data across library/theatre domains from the ELAG2011 conference:  Linking libraries to the real world. Tweet

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Seth Godin on libraries and librarians

I enjoyed today’s #MashDMU meeting with contributions from @Mitchley, @Fulup, and @StJerome1st.  My main contribution, apart from tweeting throughout, was an inspirational quote from Seth Godin on The future of the library (do check the whole blog post for context): … Continue reading

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Twitter Tool: TwapperKeeper

Just created an archive of #MashDMU tweets using TwapperKeeper. TwapperKeeper allows users to archive tweets by hashtag, keywords, or person to easily share with others. Tweet

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Topics for #MashDMU meeting on 17 May

The next #MashDMU meeting on Tuesday 17 May from 12-1pm in the Kimberlin Lecture Room).  Mitchell hopes to share more web 2.0 and mashup ideas gleaned from the 2011 UKSG Conference; Phil will provide an update on the data gathering … Continue reading

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Twitter tool: Twilert

Twilert is a Twitter application that enables you to receive regular email alerts of tweets containing your brand, product, service… or any keyword you are interested in.  I’m using it to monitor mentions of @LibraryDMU, @AlisonMcNab, and #MashDMU.  What will you use it … Continue reading

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Article on linked data

The latest issue of Panlibus (the news magazine from Talis) contains an article on Linked Data in Libraries by Sarah Bartlett  – you will find the article on pp16-17 of the PDF version.  Discussing “What place for libraries in a … Continue reading

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May MashDMU meeting

The next #MashDMU meeting will take place on Tuesday 17 May in the Kimberlin Lecture Room. Tweet

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Shelving Made Easy (or Easier)

A computer-science professor is testing a shelf-reading app that can scan an entire shelf’s worth of books and alert workers which ones are out of place. The app he came up with, tentatively called Shelvar, relies on special tags—kind of … Continue reading

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Topics for #MashDMU meeting on 29 March

#MashDMU meeting on Tuesday 29 March from 12-1pm (2.04, Kimberlin Library).  Discussions will include: Wallwisher our participation in  the Library Impact Data Project 25 barriers to web 2.0 implentation ..and how to avoid them (slides courtesy of Phil Bradley) Tweet

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Mash at Lunchtime presentation

My presentation on Mash at Lunchtime from Pancakes and Mash is now online. Tweet

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Report from Pancakes and Mash

I was thinking about posting a blog report on the Pancakes and Mash meeting, but our former colleague Katie Fraser got there before me!  She has blogged about the event at: Pancakes and Mash: Exposing your data, institutional mashing and local … Continue reading

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#MashDMU meeting on 29 March

The next DMU lunchtime MashedLibrary meeting will be held from 12-1pm (aiming to start at 12.05pm and finish at 12.50pm) on Tuesday 29 March in Kimberlin 2.04. Please bring your own lunch. If you would like to attend, please inform … Continue reading

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Pancakes and Mash tomorrow!

The next UK Mashed Library event will take place at the University of Lincoln tomorrow, called Pancakes and Mash as it is being held on Shrove Tuesday.  After our lunchtime mashDMU event last month, I have been invited to speak about … Continue reading

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Hashtags and Lanyrd

At Tuesday’s Lunchtime #MashDMU‘s meeting, after introducing Analogue Twitter, I talked about the use of hashtags, particularly to follow events.  I referred to What Are Hashtags (“#” Symbols)? and http://hashtags.org/. I then logged on to the social conference directory Lanyrd, … Continue reading

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Think Before You Tweet (or Blog or Update a Status)

In Think Before You Tweet (or Blog or Update a Status), Billie Hara provides a useful reminder that “there are some negative aspects to online presences.  It’s important to recognize that whatever we write online is for public consumption, that … Continue reading

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Analogue tweets

And here are the analogue tweets from our analogue Twitter session: 12.00 Thank goodness I am going to learn about hash tags! 12.15 One hashtag to follow #savelibraries 12.20 Gosh, Lanyrd, something I know about already! 12.23 So that’s how … Continue reading

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Analogue Twitter

At yesterday’s Lunchtime #mashDMU, I introduced colleagues to analogue (or paper) tweets.  This is a concept I saw demonstrated at a conference last year by Timothy Collinson of the University of Portsmouth Library.  Using his template, I distributed  strips of … Continue reading

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Background reading about MashedLibraries

MashedLibrary events are “unconference” style events that bring together “interested people [who are] doing interesting stuff with libraries and technology”. Want to find out more? See: UK MashedLibrary website: http://www.mashedlibrary.com/ MashedLibrary wiki: http://bit.ly/gQkd5B Library mashups : exploring new ways to … Continue reading

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