OpenLearn ebooks, for free, courtesy of OpenLearn RSS and Feedbooks…

A couple of weeks ago, I popped the Stanza ebook reader application on my iPod Touch (it’s been getting some good reviews, too: Phone Steals Lead Over Kindle ). I didn’t add any ebooks to it, but it did come with a free sample book, so when I was waiting for a boat on my … Continue reading “OpenLearn ebooks, for free, courtesy of OpenLearn RSS and Feedbooks…”

Google Personal Custom Search Engines?

A couple of days ago, I gave a talk about possible future library services, and in passing mentioned the way that my Google search results are increasingly personalised. Martin picked up on this in a conversation over coffee, and then in a blog post (“Your search is valuable to us“): This made me think that … Continue reading “Google Personal Custom Search Engines?”

Data Scraping Wikipedia with Google Spreadsheets

Prompted in part by a presentation I have to give tomorrow as an OU eLearning community session (I hope some folks turn up – the 90 minute session on Mashing Up the PLE – RSS edition is the only reason I’m going in…), and in part by Scott Leslie’s compelling programme for a similar duration … Continue reading “Data Scraping Wikipedia with Google Spreadsheets”

Getting an RSS Feed Out of a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE)

Alan posted me a tweet earlier today asking me to prove my “genius” credentials (heh, heh;-): As far as I know, Google CSEs don’t offer an RSS output (yet: Google websearch doesn’t either, though rumour has it that it will, soon… so maybe CSEs will open up with opensearch too?) So here’s a workaround… If … Continue reading “Getting an RSS Feed Out of a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE)”

Mashup Reuse – Are You Lazy Enough?

Late on Friday night, I picked up a challenge (again on Twitter) from Scott Leslie: After a little more probing, the problem turned out to be to do with pulling a list of URLs from a page on the Guardian blog together into a playlist: The 50 greatest arts videos on YouTube. As Scott suggested, … Continue reading “Mashup Reuse – Are You Lazy Enough?”

Amazon “Edge Services” – Digital Manufacturing

When is a web service not a web service? When it’s an edge service, maybe? Last night I was pondering the Amazon proposition, which at first glance broadly seems to break down into: retail operation; web services. The retail bit splits down further: physical goods and digital downloads, shipped by Amazon; and marketplace goods, where … Continue reading “Amazon “Edge Services” – Digital Manufacturing”

Mashup Mayhem BCS (Glasgow Branch) Young Professionals Talk

On Monday I gave a presentation for the BCS Glasgow branch at the invite of Daniel Livingstone, who I met in the mashup mart session at the CETIS bash last year. I’d prepared some slides – even rehearsed a couple of the mashups I was going to do – and then fell apart somewhat when … Continue reading “Mashup Mayhem BCS (Glasgow Branch) Young Professionals Talk”

Printing Out Online Course Materials With Embedded Movie Links

Although an increasing number of OU courses include the delivery of online course materials, written for online delivery as linked HTML pages, rather than just as print documents viewable online, we know (anecdotally at least, from requests that printing options be made available to print off whole sections of a course with a single click) … Continue reading “Printing Out Online Course Materials With Embedded Movie Links”

Looking Up Alternative Copies of a Book on Amazon, via ThingISBN

As Amazon improves access to the long tail of books through Amazon’s marketplace sellers and maybe even their ownership of Abebooks, it’s increasingly easy to find multiple editions of the same book. So when I followed a link to a book that Mike Ellis recommended last week (to The Victorian Internet in fact) and found … Continue reading “Looking Up Alternative Copies of a Book on Amazon, via ThingISBN”