Imagine being able to quickly and easily be able to take information from sites like Google Maps, eBay, Craig’s List, Digg, and others, and join it together in meaningful ways – such as the many different mashups displayed on Programmable Web.
The difficult with creating many of those mashups is that they require some knowledge and programming skills. What if it were easier?
One of the papers published for presentation at SIGMOD’07 in June, was MashMaker: Mashups for the Masses (pdf). The paper was prepared by Rob Ennals of Intel and Minos Garofalakis of Yahoo Research, and presents a tool that makes it easy to create mashups from many sources.
Mashmaker aims at enabling nonexperts to make widgets that combine data from different sites. The paper shows off the interface of Mashmaker, and describes how it works. According to a vnunet.com article, Intel makes mash-ups for the masses, a demo of the program was shown last month, and a closed beta will be released this month to allow people to test and try out the tool.