Web Mash-ups and Patchwork Prototyping: User-driven technological innovation with Web 2.0 and Open Source Software

Ingbert Floyd, M. Jones, Dinesh Rathi, Michael Twidale
2007 2007 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'07)  
The recent emergence of web mash-ups and open source software is driving the development of new practices in software and systems development. In this paper we explore novel practices of user-driven innovation through an examination of several case studies which illustrate how users and developers are exploiting the proliferation of open APIs and open source systems. Developers can rapidly create proofs of concept that are robust enough for actual use by combining preexisting software
more » ... software components. The underlying programming processes involved make use of tried-and-true software development techniques, and may not appear innovative at first. However, the application of these practices and techniques to problem solving by non-programmers shows a high degree of creative innovation, giving rise to new ways of thinking about technology design and production. Web mash-ups The original vision of the web was of a system for academics to share information and data in the form of documents [1]. The parallel development of concepts like the semantic web [2], web services, Web 2.0 [19] , and the architecture of participation, has resulted in a multitude of new services, web sites, technologies, and protocols. Similar to earlier practices of software reuse, these approaches involve sharing and distribution. However, sharing need not be just of documents but also of services, knowledge, resources, and objects. Distribution has also broadened, not just providing access to humans, but also to applications. Web mash-ups, websites which combine data and services from across the web, are an emerging trend. The concept of mash-ups originated in the DJ music culture, where the recent development of inexpensive,
doi:10.1109/hicss.2007.612 dblp:conf/hicss/FloydJRT07 fatcat:uiq6gfnl5vbhrjfykskwmugexm