Mashup…what a word, what a word

You may be variably familiar with the term Mashup.  Wikipedia defines it thusly:

In Web development, a mashup is a Web page or application that uses and combines data, presentation or functionality from two or more sources to create new services. The term implies easy, fast integration, frequently using open APIs and data sources to produce enriched results that were not necessarily the original reason for producing the raw source data.

The main characteristics of the mashup are combination, visualization, and aggregation. It is important to make existing data more useful, moreover for personal and professional use.

As with anything on the Web, they come in varying utilities and quality. Marinetraffic .com has now mashed GRIB wind information into its AIS Displays. (I’ve been distracted, this may have happened some time ago and I just caught it.) So now we have another step in the direction of comprehensive situation awareness. 

With our intention to (at least partially) coast our way to Florida rather than drone the ICW from end to end, this kind of snapshot becomes very attractive — subject to its availability of course. We have our own AIS and can get our own GRIBs, this just provides another layer of situation awareness.

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