Types of Mash-upsIn September of last year, one of my favorite trade magazines, Network Computing, published a handy guide to the three types of mashups Web users are creating. It's a quick read only about one page.
The three types are:
Presentation Mashup Brings "information from more than one source together into a common user interface." An example would be a Web portal, such as My Yahoo. "Because presentation mashups involve little real integration, creating them usually means simply dragging and dropping pre-built widgets or choosing among RSS feeds."
Data Mashup Extracts and then combines data from multiple sources. "The goal is easier access: Instead of combing through multiple data-bases, users can query several databases at once, both saving time and enabling more cross-referencing and comparison." An example would be a map-based mashup, such as that shown in the video below.
Logic Mashup Connects "two or more applications, automating certain tasks, and include[s] awareness of workflow." An example would be a comparison shopping site, such as PriceGrabber.com.
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