Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Web Mashups

  • Maristella MateraEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_5019


Composite Web applications


Web mashups are innovative Web applications, which rely on heterogeneous content and functions retrieved from external data sources to create new composite services.

Key Points

Web mashups characterize the second generation of Web applications, known as Web 2.0. They are composite applications, usually generated by combining content, presentation, or application functionality from disparate Web sources.

Typical components that may be mashed up, i.e., composed, are RSS/Atom feeds, Web services, programmable APIs, and also content wrapped from third-party Web sites. Components may have a proper user interface that can be reused to build the interface of the composite application, they may provide computing support, or they may just act as plain data sources. Content, presentation, and functionality, as provided by the different components, are then combined in disparate ways: via JavaScript in the browser, via server-side scripting languages...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Politecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tiziana Catarci
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e GestionaleUniversita di RomaRomaItaly