Intel® Mash Maker: Mashups for the Masses
By bblfish on Sep 18, 2007
Intel® Mash Maker is a new service that make it easy to create screen scrapers to extract data from normal web pages and create mashups. The tag lines on it's front page are:
- "Browse don't program": the mashmaker will suggest mashups as you browse the web
- "View the internet not just a web page": it combines many web pages into one view
- "Enter the semantic Web via the back door": draws on the wisdom of the community to understand the structure and semantics of information on the web
It comes with a Firefox plugin with which one can create screen scrapers using XPath Queries, to extract data which one can then save on their server - and which I think then belongs to Intel® . There are a number of video's that show how this works on their site.
This is clearly very similar to the Piggy Bank Firefox plugin from MIT. Is the novely here that Intel is hosting the mashups, and perhaps even cleaning them up? Or that everything then belongs to them? [ not so: the lisence on the contributions is very light, though without an obligation to share ]
Thanks to Josef Holy for pointing me to this, enthusiastic at the visible spread of the Semantic Web meme.
Danny Ayers, has looked a little further into this: There is a Front Door