yahoo pipes

Yahoo! pipes is one of the most interesting things I’ve seen lately. This new tool lets non-programmers create web mashups in a sandbox like environment. The tech barrier to making mashups is being lowered, just like weblogs pretty much smashed the barrier to putting content on the web.

The interface consists of easy to understand modules that are arranged through drag and drop.
lisnews displayed through flickr

I was super impressed when I put in an OPAC URL into the “URL Builder” module and it parsed out all of the URL’s elements:
urlbuilder
No progress on doing anything useful with it yet though.

I did however clone a pipe already made and created a feed of Flickr photos related to keywords coming from LISNews posts.
lisnews displayed in flickr photos
Right now there’s a post on LISNews about Seattle Public Library and the “March of the Penguins” based “March of the Librarians” video, so in the photo stream there are pics of SPL and, well, penguins! The “March…” video, by the way, is entirely well done.

Yahoo! pipes could be an interesting tool in the kit of libraries’ web development folks. Mash away!