I'm SO behind on my blogging Internet Librarian. The conference is almost over, and I haven't posted a thing and I have lots of stuff to share. So I'm going to try live blogging. That seems to be my only hope. Please excuse typos, grammatical errors, etc. I'll fix later. Be forewarned, this will be fairly stream of conciousness.
Luckily, the Steinbeck Forum is the BEST place to blog. Good wireless connection, comfortable seats, and even a little desktop. Can't ask for much more.
Here's a good blog post from the Infotoday blog, including some of the graphics from the presentation, as well as a picture of Darlene in her M&M costume! (No, not S&M, M&M, as in the candy!)
Presenter: Darlene Fichter
Yahoo Maps - example, map of earthquakes, combined maps with information from the geological survey
Flappr - good at bringing a community together http://www.flappr.com/blogginglibrarians/ Uses Google API and community contributed content.
Google Maps - Google My Maps, go to Google maps and there's a new tab. You can add pushpins plus notes to create a map. Embed the code in your library site. Useful for library branches, historical buildings, locations in stories. Chocomap.com - all the different chocolate store locations. McMaster Aerial Photos: Western Springs history - http://www.westernspringshistory.org/map/
Yahoo Pipes - More powerful. There's a lot of logic you can add into it. You can manipulate, refine, filter. You can clone an existing pipe to get started. Adopt one and change it. Book cover mashup - took book cover data and created a slider. Shows top 20 new books.
Unintended consequences - Garbage in, Garbage out. They don't always tell you the source of the data. There are client side mashups that change the pages you look at. Can modify all the words on a page to say different things.
Data Visualization Tools
More news sites are trying to provide information visually.
New tools making it easier to make data visualizations:
Map your web site structure: http://www.aharef.info/2006/05/websites_as_graphs.htm
Facets as Elastic Lists
Social data sites - contributions you make should add value to other people using it. The organization hosting the site should derive aggregate value.
ManyEyes - http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/home; view and discuss visualizations, view and discuss data sets, create visualizations from existing data sets. If you register, you can also rate data sets and visualizations, upload your own data.
Swivel - Hedge Fund Compensation