Mashups What Happened?
I recently read where the Journal of Biomedical Informatics recently had a call for papers for their special issue on Semantic Biomedical Mashups. I look forward to reading it when it comes out. However, this has me thinking. Where are all the library mashups? Talis had the Mashing up the Library competition last year, but I haven't seen any information on it for this year. The Talis Mashing of the Library competition boards are silent. The last post was made by David Rothman over 27 weeks ago. The Second OCLC Research Software Contest ran from July 1, 2006 through September 2006, however I haven't heard anything about it this year.
Where have all the mashups gone? Of all the Web 2.0 things out there, I honestly thought mashups would be BIG. A mashup combines two or more other applications creating another application that can help you better perform different activities. Some examples are: "A Customizable 'Mash-Up' for Model and Disease Organisms" (presented at MLA 2007), Zillow.com (online real estate valuation guide), Umlaut (OpenURL mashup), Slidecasts (mashup of PowerPoint slides and audio).
So what happened? Are the mashers too busy working on their latest creation to be discussing it online? Are mashups still too technical for the average person to create to be popular in the library world? Are librarians victims of their closed systems, thus limiting the amount of mashups created and used?