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.