Posts Tagged ‘Mashed Library’

Ain’t here, neither

Posted on July 12th, 2013 by Paul Stainthorp

Gone FishingMore tidying up of accounts & profiles on websites that I no longer use [publicly]. I’ve removed all of the links below from the sidebar of my website. If you can find a profile at any of these addresses, it’s not me.

  • CiteULike (
  • LIS New Professionals Network (
  • Mahara (
  • Mashed Library (
  • Mendeley (
  • RefWorks RefShare (
  • Slideshare (
  • Talis Aspire Reading Lists (
  • Zotero (

Gotta love those profile IDs. Lovely, readable URLs.

Slides on the CLOCK project for #Mashcat (Cambridge mashed library cataloguing event)

Posted on July 5th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

Mashcat logoA whole contingent from Lincoln—Andrew Beeken, Trevor Jones, Elif Varol and I—are at the Cambridge University Clinical School at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, for a mashed library event – Mashcat.

Mashcat is “a mashed library event focussing on cataloguing data. For cataloguers, developers and anyone else with an interest in how library catalogue data can be created, manipulated, used and re-used by computers and software”. It’s being sponsored by DevCSI.

We’re presenting about the CLOCK project to a room full of cataloguers. No pressure. The slides are online at:

Return of the Mash

Posted on April 27th, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

As I write this, there are just 8 tickets left for #Mashcat, the next Mashed Library event taking place on 5 July 2012 in Cambridge (…and the first mashlib since Pancakes and Mash in Lincoln a year ago? – silly me, I forgot about #ChrisMash). Becuse of the topic and the location, this is a particularly interesting one for the CLOCK project. Mashcat is:

A mashed library event focussing on cataloguing data. For cataloguers, developers and anyone else with an interest in how library catalogue data can be created, manipulated, used and re-used by computers and software. It will be an invaluable opportunity for cataloguers, developers and others to meet and share knowledge, thoughts, and ideas. Possible topics participants could explore on the day include the principles behind the data, tools and code for working with it, and real examples of work on bibliographic data.

Mashcat is a free one day event, which is supported by DevCSI. After refreshments, the first session will start at 10am.

For more information, see, email us at, contact @orangeaurochs and follow the hashtag #mashcat on Twitter.

2011 in pictures

Posted on January 1st, 2012 by Paul Stainthorp

This isn’t really a work/library-related blog post.

The past year, for me, has been framed—literally—by a friend’s giving me—on long-term loan—his old digital SLR camera (a Nikon D70s). I’ve now had the camera for a full 12 months, and I’ve been using it to document my year. That’s my interest in photography: not to take particularly better photos (technically or artistically), but to get a better record of the places I go and the things I do.

Here’s my 2011, in photos – an arbitrary five pics per month. Happy new year.


New year’s walks, and a trip to Edinburgh for Haggis and Mash.

Castle, church and river  Gedney Drove End of the World Cathedral afternoon landscape 1 Playfair Library Hall Afternoon at Red Hill


In Cumbria for the RSP Winter School event.

¡ʞɹɐd ɹɐɔ puɐ əəɹʇ Lit up Bassenthwaite morning reflection Weird slime Looking through the glass


Organising Pancakes and Mash and gardening.

Birmingham Central Library, b&w Running around in the woods Nice day in Lincoln Badges? We don't need no... The garden in March


Peeping wol Giraffe's head Coronation Walk Sticky macro Fountain at Fairy Dell


Exploring Silverines #1 Symmetrical North Thoresby #3 Arm



Common lizard Gunby Hall flowers #2 Beachcombers Jumping over waves Kimberlin


Tank cockpit Surfers' beach hut Dune vegetation Danger wreckage: ominous sky [B&W] Which way now?


On holiday in Cornwall / Chris & Donna’s wedding.

Silver band reflected clouds Rocky Valley view Bossiney Cliffs sign Bude outdoor pool 1 Here drums the groom 4


Feeding the goose SMR poster Narrow d/o/f beach and campers Leathers at speed Running home


Trips to Glasgow, the Heights of Abraham, and Skegness.

Big wheel Plesiosaur smile Ray Heights of Abraham Big sky


Hallowe’en, #DevXS, mushrooming…

Pumpkin #2 (mine) Late sun over Lincolnshire #DevXS 6 The river's level drifting breadth began… White mushroom

…a busy month; worth a second batch. Lots of trips out for work.

Big sky reflected Pointyears Bonfire Sleaford station, 6am Clare College


More trips out. Christmas, #ChrisMash, and a Christmouse.

Lovely morning A swing, a swing for a mouse. Stadiwm y Mileniwm a'r afon Taf Winter colour Skegness Pleasure Beach in winter

#ChrisMash Prezi

Posted on December 3rd, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

Vaguely Xmas-themed 10-minute presentation about the recent DevXS student hackathon, thrown together for Mashed Library #ChrisMash in London tomorrow (Saturday, 3 December 2011).

Mash it up, mash it in, let me begin

Posted on April 15th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I went to Goldsmiths, University of London, today, at the invitation of Craigie-Lee Paterson, for a mashlib event of sorts.

While I remembered my camera, I forgot to put its battery in: so unfortunately no photos from me. Here’s one from CLP, though: entitled “Earnest, Pensive and Nonchalant“.

Phone camera photo by Craigie-Lee Paterson

And another one of me pretending to understand open bibliographic data.

Photo by Chris Keene

There were about 17 people there, so it was nice and intimate! Mostly drawn from member institutions of the M25 consortium, but at least one delegate had come from as far away as York St John University.

First speaker in the morning was the University of Sussex’s Chris Keene, who gave a high(ish)-level overview of the principles of mashing up data, and the ways in which the Web is changing.

Next, Gary Green went through some more practical examples of how the ‘standard toolkit’ of Yahoo! Pipes, Google spreadsheets, Firefox extensions, Twitter et al.

Lastly for the morning session, I talked about Jerome before a bit of a group discussion about the difficulties in developing a mashup ‘culture’ in universities.

After a very healthy(!) lunch (surely not a real mashed library event; not with fruit on the table…), we moved into an I.T. lab in Goldsmith’s library for the hands-on afternoon. Gary walked the group through Yahoo! Pipes 101 before people had a go at manipulating their own data and feeds in Pipes (I saw people hacking into EPrints, Google Reader, Twitter and the Guardian, amongst other data sources). Finally, we discussed ways of presenting RSS feeds to users, and I rounded it off with a look at using Google spreadsheets and cheap tools for manipulating and presenting journal information.

Thanks to CLP for the invitation to take part. And thank you for all the positive|feedback|and|nice|comments.

Tweets from the day (hashtag #clp25mash) are saved in Twapper Keeper.

Mañana hack: cold lens spin (Anag.)

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

This is one of those blog posts I’ve been meaning to write for so long, the moment has probably passed. But bearing in mind rule #1, I’ve done it anyway.

We held our first mashed library event in Lincoln on Shrove Tuesday, 8 March 2011.

55 people—from all sorts of library and non-library backgrounds—attended on the day. The keynote address was from Gary Green on how Voices for the Library are using technology to campaign against public library cuts. Other presentations were from Alison McNab, Steph Taylor, Alex Bilbie and Nick Jackson.

There are lots of photos on flickr:

People’s reports from the day at:

So: how did it go? I enjoyed the day, just as I’ve enjoyed every mashlib event… but as organiser (and one with a pessimistic streak), I seem to only be able to remember the things that went wrong! That’s no reflection on the speakers and workshop co-ordinators: without whom the day just couldn’t have happened: but I don’t feel we quite got the balance between conference-style organisation and unconference-anarchy quite right. The afternoon, particularly, I felt lost a bit of focus and left people feeling un-cared-for. Maybe a mashup challenge or group activity would have kept people’s spirits up?

Anyway, it’s given me something to think about as I plan my next mashlib.

Thank you to everyone who attended; a big thankyou to the brilliant speakers; and thanks also to my fellow organisers and all the people at the University of Lincoln who made it work on the day. Finally, thank you to RLUK: without whose generous sponsorship, no pancakes. See you at the next one.

Mashing for the M25 consortium

Posted on February 16th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I’m speaking at a one-day cpd25 event on ‘Mashups And Libraries‘ at Goldsmiths, University of London, on Wednesday, 13 April 2011. cpd25 is a ‘Staff Development and Training Organisation working in association with the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries‘ in the south-east of England.

The event costs £45 for cpd25 members (£65 for non-members). I’ll be talking/demoing/guiding people in using Yahoo! Pipes and Google spreadsheets for library mashups.

From the cpd25 website:

This event will give you an overview of mashups from some of the experts, relating mashups to the Library setting. Then in the afternoon you can have a go at creating your own mashups.

What are Mashups?

They are web applications that combine freely available data from various sources to create something new and potentially more useful into a single tool. They can be a very powerful way to meet our user’s varied expectations and provide excellent web-based services adding value to library websites and library catalogues. They can also allow libraries to promote Library services where the users are.

Venue: Goldmsiths, University of London

Event programme

9.30-10.00 Coffee and registration
10.00-12.45 Presentations including examples of mashups in Libraries
12.45-1.45 Lunch

1.45-4.30 Create your own mashups – hands on session (Paul Stainthorp Electronic Resources Librarian) yahoo pipes/google data 101 session. Parallel session tba.

All day event – you can come for just the morning presentations or stay for the whole event (both options include lunch)


Chris Keene Technical Development Manager(Library, University of Sussex)

Julian Cheal Systems Developer (UKOLN)

Gary Green technical Librarian (Surrey County Council)

Paul Stainthorp Electronic Resources Librarian (University of Lincoln)

to attend the morning session – £35 for cpd25 members (£55 for non-members)
to attend all day – £45 for cpd25 members (£65 for non-members)
Lunch and refreshments included in both prices.

Please note that places are limited.
To book a place please use our online booking form or email the administrator via

Cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, the full fee will be charged.

A Mash’s a Mash for A’ That

Posted on January 28th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I was in Scotland earlier this week for the latest instalment in the Mashed Library programme: Haggis and Mash formed the first part of a two-day event looking at open source and open data in libraries, held at the National e-Science Centre (NeSC) in Edinburgh.

McEwan Hall

Various people spoke throughout the morning about different aspects of open library systems, including products such as VuFind and Blacklight; software toolkits like Juice*; Linked Data and RDA… followed, in the afternoon, by the now-traditional practical mashing workshops.

Julian Cheal

(*An aside: I spent some time talking to Talis’s Matt Machell about Juice and discussing how it might be used to enhance the e-journals A-to-Z; I’ve since installed it on the Learning Lab server and we’re going to give it a go!)

Mashing. Really mashing.

Nicola Osborne, EDINA’s social media officer, blogged the event live (and very comprehensively); you can also see plenty of photos from Haggis and Mash, on flickr, including this one of the cutting of a celebratory ‘Happy Birthday Open Library Systems 1.0‘ cake…

Happy Birthday Open Library Systems 1.0

Next stop: Pancakes and Mash on 8 March 2011 in Lincoln.

Bunch of tossers: Pancakes and Mash

Posted on January 19th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

May I humbly introduce the eighth Mashed Library unconference:

Pancakes and Mash” will take place on Shrove Tuesday, 8 March 2011, 10.00 – 16.30.

The venue will be the University of Lincoln‘s Brayford Pool campus in central Lincoln, LN6 7TS.

Booking form and other mere details to be arranged and disseminated soon, via Twitter, the Mashed Library social networking site and wiki, and on the dedicated Pancakes and Mash blog at:

Screenshot of the Pancakes and Mash website