Wonderful World of Web Widgets
Widgets, also referred to as gadgets, are a great way to add quick access to outside information or resources to your own website. Widgets are stand-alone applications that can be embedded into other websites by any user. Widgets can be embedded into a web page, blog or any site that uses HTML coding.
For example, you may have used the Health Resources for Haiti page provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) but you may want to provide visitors to your website with a link to these same resources. The NLM created a widget that links back to the resources. To embed the widget on your page, use the provided code to place a graphic link to the resource page on your own website.
Many other government agencies have created widgets that can be added to a website. Embedding widgets on your website allows you to personalize your website while still providing access to resources and information. Another benefit of widgets is that all of the data is managed by the original creator. Little maintenance is necessary once you add the widget to your page. Additionally coding and graphics are supplied so no additional programming skill is needed. The code can be copied and pasted.