Module 2: Mashups

Mashups are interactive Web 2.0 applications that utilise content retrieved from external data sources to create new and innovative services

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

The API permits web communities to create an open architecture for sharing content and data. As a result content can be dynamically posted and updated in multiple locations on the web.


Photo sharing from Flickr to Facebook and MySpace.

Content embedding, e.g. YouTube clip into a Libguide

Dynamic posting: comments made on Twitter linked to a Facebook account

Creative Commons


Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation (Creative Commons)

The Licenses

Built on copyright law the licenses assist creators retain copyright whilst allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work (non-commercial) with full credit

Attribution (CC BY)

Al-Jazeera Creative Commons Repository

Public Library of Science – open access journals

Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)


Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

Flickr and Google use all the licences.


Libraryhack is a mashup and apps competition using data from Australian and New Zealand libraries and has run throughout May, 2011.

Libraryhack aims to make library collections more accessible by releasing library data in easily mashable formats for re-use by anyone. Participating libraries have created datasets of information available through the Australian government data repository , the New Zealand government data repository and through DigitalNZ.


State Library of Victoria: Port Philip Papers 124 original manuscripts from early European settlement of Victoria.

State Library of South Australia: 81 000 out of copyright photographs including localities across South Australia, houses and buildings, portraits, social and historical events, industry, farming, transport and more.

Ideas Entries

Content on the LibraryHack website is licensed under Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0)

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