Friday, February 04, 2011

Web Hooks and OpenURL: the screencast

Yesterday I posted notes on Web Hooks and OpenURL. That post was written when I was already late (you know, when you say to yourself "yeah, I've got time, it'll just take 5 minutes to finish this..."). The Web Hooks + OpenURL project is still very much a work in progress, but I thought a screen cast would help explain why I think this is going to make my life a lot easier. It shows an example where I look at a bibliographic record in one database (AFD, the Australian Faunal Directory on CouchDB), click on a link that takes me to BioStor — where I can find the reference in BHL — then simply click on a button on the BioStor page to "automagically" update the AFD database. The "magic" is the Web Hook. The link I click on in the AFD database contains the identifier for that entry in the AFD, as well a a URL BioStor can call when it's found the reference (that URL is the "web hook").

Using Web Hooks and OpenURL from Roderic Page on Vimeo.