Dapper is a web-based service that allows you to map data from a web page/site and use it to create XML/HTML documents, RSS feeds, or place it in other formats.  It’s a great idea.  If you give it a number of pages that have similar data structures (list of brief citations from a search), it will try to figure out which fields/data is consistent throughout the pages and provide a way for you to access or display that information.

The demonstration provided a good feel for how this works.  I thought this might be a way to grab metadata from a digital library or even a library catalog.  Unfortunately, when I used it on a CONTENTdm site, Dapper couldn’t find the structure in the page, even though the page used a table format.

I think this has great possibilities — I just need to figure out where it will work and where it won’t.

[from Web4Lib]


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