Yahoo Pipes Retires… | OUseful.Info, the blog…


I’m also not surprised Yahoo Pipes is closing down.

Out of all my uses for Yahoo Pipes I think the key ones I have to work out how to move over somewhere else are the feeds that go into my library jobs, Surrey Mix, Hot Poppi apps and also the combined feed of the library blogs.

Most of this information is centred around combining RSS feeds, filtering them and generating an RSS output.

I might be able to do this with one of the IFTTT alternatives I posted about a while ago, or maybe I’ll actually just end up doing some programming myself to resolve it.

I’ve seen a couple of suggestions for a replacement for Yahoo Pipes, but it looks like they involve some programming themselves and fiddly setups. If that’s the case I’d rather stick to the programming tools I already know and resolve it that way.

Discover Organize Share – A new blog


I’ve created a new information based blog at . The new blog will focus on search tools, content creation, curation, aggregation and discovery ie more online information and less library focus.

To tie in with this I’ve also set up another Twitter account @a_p_8 , which will focus on similar areas as the blog.

I’m avoiding the angle of content creation, curation, aggregation as a money making marketing tool and focusing on it as an information tool. I say this because so many of the articles I’m finding are purely focused on information = money, but if they still have an interesting information angle I’ll share them.

I’ve also set up a Google Play account (AP8), as I’ve created a few low key information based Android apps, which are on there. They are:

Library Jobs U.K. (an aggregated feed of UK based library jobs from a range of sources)

Surrey MIX (an aggregated feed of news, events, photos, videos from Surrey, UK)

Hot Poppi (a search experiment using Yahoo Pipes and social bookmarking services)

I’ll still share techy ideas on this blog, but I’ll also cross-post them on Discover, Organize, Share too.


Setting Up An Online Literary Audio Walk


As a tie-in with the Guildford Book Festival last year my library service created a literary walk of Guildford using an online service, Woices. This service is free to use and with it you can add markers to a map containing audio, tags, images and text containing web links. You can link a series of markers together into a contained walk and you can make it available for people to access via the full Woices website, the mobile website and an app. Users can also download the audio files to any device capable of playing mp3 files.

One of the reasons for creating this tour was to try to creatively promote library resources beyond the limits of our library catalogue, but pulling users back to our library services. So, for example, on location markers focusing on Lewis Carroll we linked back to Alice in Wonderland / Through The Looking Glass and Lewis Carroll biographies on our library catalogue.

It was straightforward to set-up:

  • Create an account on Woices.
  • Take photos of relevant locations.
  • Record some audio about why each location is significant (most of our audio markers were less than 1 minute long).
  • Use that audio as a transcript for the text description.
  • Create markers (known as Echoes) on the in-service map and add the photo, audio file and text to them.
  • Add a link back to the library catalogue search results. eg. P.G. Wodehouse link.
  • Add keyword tags for each marker. eg Alice Wonderland Lewis Carroll
  • Create a Walk and add your Echoes to it. Rearrange them into a logical order to follow.

The walk can be found on the Woices main website; the mobile site; and the app (you’ll need to search for “Guildford literary walk” on the app to find it).