Discovery 6 – Mashups

June 23, 2009 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

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A music video to get you in the mood!

This is a mashup from Kutiman, a musician / artist from Israel who mashes up unrelated  music videos from YouTube to create new songs and music clips. 

When something like a song, picture, map or piece of text is digitised (copied or scanned so a computer can ‘read’ it), it is relatively easily to mix and mash it together with another digitised thing.  The results can be entertaining and fun, like the music video above, but mashups can also help represent complex and seemingly unrelated data in new and interesting ways.

Some companies like Flickr (which we explored in our last Discovery exercise), offer a service called an API – Application programming interface. This is something like a computer program that can remix and reuse data that is supplied by you.

Play

They best way to learn is to play around with mashing up some of your own data. You’ll need the photos that you have been uploading to your Flickr account to play with these Flickr mashup tools. If you don’t have enough photos uploaded yet, you can easily use other photos available on Flickr.

If you run out of ideas with those tools, there are heaps more available at:

 Connect

Have a play with as many of these mashup tools as you like, and then post the results of at least one of your own mashups to your learning  blog. Most of the mashup services will give easy instructions about how to save results of your mashup or how to upload it to your blog.

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Acknowledgement

Learning 2.0 is a discovery learning program created by Helene Blowers. Content and style for CityLibrariesLearning has been borrowed and duplicated with permission, under a Creative Commons License.
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Content has also been borrowed and duplicated under Creative Commons Licenses, from All together Now by the School Library Journal and Michael Stephens and 23 Things on a Stick
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