NEWSFEEDS AND MORE …. A mini-workshop presented by Ingrid Thomson, UCT Libraries
IS THIS WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE? / http://blog.vecci.org.au/2010/10/20/surviving-the-information-deluge
/ OUTLINE OF WORKSHOP SOME STRATEGIES FOR STAYING ABREAST OF CURRENT INFORMATION (A brief discussion) WHAT ARE NEWSFEEDS? WHY USE NEWSFEEDS? FINDING NEWSFEEDS HOW TO GET STARTED (and getting started) FINDING THE ‘GOOD STUFF’
Use the technology which is available to turn the latest online content into a subscription which can be delivered to one place. SO HOW TO STAY ABREAST
RSS = Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary or Atom or XML or Feeds or Newsfeed or Webfeed or Channel or Blogfeeds or Ready for Some Stories. AND THE TECHNOLOGY IS …
WHAT IS RSS? Technical or Geeky explanation XML-based standard for sending information over the internet Looks something like this … <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?><rss version="2.0"><channel> <title>RSS Title</title> <description>This is an example of an RSS feed</description> <link>http://www.someexamplerssdomain.com/main.html</link> <lastBuildDate>Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:01:00 +0000 </lastBuildDate> <pubDate>Mon, 06 Sep 2009 16:45:00 +0000 </pubDate> <item> <title>Example entry</title> <description>Here is some text containing an interesting description.</description> <link>http://www.wikipedia.org/</link> <guid>unique string per item</guid> <pubDate>Mon, 06 Sep 2009 16:45:00 +0000 </pubDate> </item> </channel></rss>
WHAT INFO CAN I GET VIA FEEDS? Many bookmarked web sites that you check regularly News headlines, weather and any other news – real time news Latest podcasts, videos Web search engines and databases you use provide feeds for your search results Journals in your research fields or areas of interest provide feeds to new issues as they are published .
ADVANTAGES OF USING FEEDS Fewer emails in your email box Users do not disclose their email address when subscribing to a feed and so no spam, viruses, phishing, and identity theft. Users do not have to send an unsubscribe request to stop receiving news. They simply remove the feed from their aggregator. Keep the items you want to keep, share the items you want to share You choose when to look at your feeds.
Have you ever seen icons like these? middlesexjobsearch.wikispaces.com
GET A FEED OR RSS READER OR AGGREGATOR Different types of readers from desktop based, internet based or mobile-phone based. Windows, OS, Linux, mobile phones, and web-based. Browsers like IE can be used as readers as well. Check out the Ultimate RSS Toolbox at http://mashable.com/2007/06/11/rss-toolbox/.
FORMAT OF A FEED Link to story Title Brief descriptive content Updated feeds
OPTIONS FOR WEB-BASED READERS: GOOGLE Login Google Reader
SO WHERE DO I FIND FEEDS? Two places:- Many internet browsers e.g. Firefox, IE, Google Chrome now have the ability to find and subscribe to RSS feeds built right into them. On websites (which could be search engines, directories of feeds [e.g. Syndic8.com], academic databases amongst other places).
Table of Contents Use library resources such as Ulrich’s Periodicals Database or the Journal Portal or individual databases to locate RSS feeds for latest table of contents OR check out TicTocs. OR look up the title on Google and add the words “RSS feed” ACADEMIC JOURNALS