What's in a mashup? and why? studying the perceptions of web-active end users

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Abstract

Mashups - web applications that integrate multiple data sources or APIs into one interface - have attracted considerable attention in recent years. The availability of web-based APIs and a growing array of XML data feeds has enabled this novel approach to web applications. However, due to the relatively advanced programming languages needed to integrate the web APIs and data feeds, mashup development still requires considerable programming expertise. In this paper we share the results of an exploratory study of active web users, their perceptions of what mashups could do for them and how they might be created. These users engage in many Internet-based activities but not web programming. Our results show that the technology! initiative present in these users is a predictor of the value they see in mashups and the types of mashups they are interested in creating. While they may lack the programming skills, the users do see benefit in the use and creation of mashups as a tool for sharing and integrating information, as well as a means of effectively searching for information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2008 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2008
Pages31-38
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 24 2008
Event2008 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2008 - Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany
Duration: Sep 15 2008Sep 19 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2008 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2008

Other

Other2008 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2008
CountryGermany
CityHerrsching am Ammersee
Period9/15/089/19/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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