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Presentation given at the Ontario Workplace Tribunals Library to staff on how to subscribe to RSS feeds.

Presentation given at the Ontario Workplace Tribunals Library to staff on how to subscribe to RSS feeds.

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  • 1. RSS FOR CURRENTAWARENESSMartha Murphy, Head Librarian, OWTLMay 18, 2011
  • 2. What Does RSS “STAND” for?Rich Site SummaryReally Simple SyndicationRDF Site Summary
  • 3. What Are RSS Feeds? Family of “webfeeds” xml, atom Feeds send new content to the user – automatic Usually includes headline, link and summary May include table of contents and search results
  • 4. How Do You Read Feeds?
  • 5. OWTL Feeds on Google Reader
  • 6. CBC Toronto News Feed
  • 7. CBC News Story via RSS
  • 8. Source for CBC RSS Feed
  • 9. How Do You Find Feeds? Search engines – general use for narrow search Specialized – Newsisfree, Syndic8 Look for buttons Terms syndicate, feed, RSS, XML, ATOM
  • 10. Customs Google News Search term Subscribe via RSS
  • 11. XML Code behind RSS Button _scoring=r&as_drrb=q&as_qdr=a&as_nsrc=&as_nloc=Canada&as_author=&as_occt=any&q=strike+OR+cont ract+OR+picket+%22canada+post%22+location:Canada&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss Copy URL link
  • 12. Subscribe to Canada Post Feed _scoring=r&as_drrb=q&as_qdr=a&as_nsrc=&as_nloc=Canada&as_author=&as_occt=any&q=strike+OR+cont ract+OR+picket+%22canada+post%22+location:Canada&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rssURL link
  • 13. Organizing Feeds
  • 14. WSIAT Current Awareness Note - Click on Alert Me and email notification will be sent to you – RSS has been disabled
  • 15. Macleans
  • 16. New York Times
  • 17. RSS PRO/CONRSS Advantages RSS Disadvantages Customize content in  Lack of context one place Automatically brings  Not all content content to you available via RSS Reduces spam and  Content not email automatically saved Deliver content to mulitple devices  Advantage and a  Email, web-browser, Disadvantage mobile
  • 18. Podcasting
  • 19. PodcastingWhat is it?“ A podcast is a digital media file (either audio or video) downloaded through web syndication. The word podcasting replaced webcast with the popular iPod.” Wikipedia May 2011
  • 20. Podcast Random Facts
  • 21. How do I find podcasts? iTunes ( Podcast Alley ( ( Bloglines ( Search Engines Friends, Colleagues
  • 22. How do I use podcast?
  • 23. Social Side ofRSS
  • 24. Will RSS Simplify Things for Me?
  • 25. Now Let’s Play …