Case Learns: Understanding RSS Feeds

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July 17, 2008 CaseLearns class on using RSS feeds.

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  • 1. CaseLearns Workshop: Understanding Feeds July 17, 2008 Staying informed without being overwhelmed.
  • 2. Contact Information
    • Brian C. Gray, MLIS
    • Head of Reference
    • Librarian - Engineering, Math, & Statistics
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Blog: http://blog.case.edu/bcg8/
    • Phone: (216) 368-8685
    • Office: Kelvin Smith Library 201-L
    • Office: Nord Hall 510
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 3. Agenda
    • What is RSS?
    • Benefits of Using RSS
    • How to Read & Use RSS
    • KSL & RSS
    • Lets Play
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 4. Video: RSS in Plain English CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english
  • 5. What is RSS?
    • R eally S imple S yndication
    • R ich S ite S ummary
    • R DF S ite S ummary
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds User-initiated subscriptions that provide updates, news headlines, or other content directly to the user for browsing at their convenience.
  • 6. RSS Feeds
    • Recognized by various terminology:
      • XML, ATOM, RSS feed, RSS channel, RSS steam, syndicated feed, & webfeed
    • Several versions are used:
      • RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, Atom
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 7. Recognizing RSS Feeds CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 8. Benefits of Using RSS
    • Receive updates without visiting each web site
    • Can monitor large number of sites very effectively
    • Short summaries or “table of contents”
    • Alternative to email notifications
      • Reduce spam building opportunities
      • Reduce “out of office” messages
      • No rejection of messages by email filters
      • Not “tracked” like an email subscription
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 9. Blogs vs. RSS
    • Blog or weblog is a web site that contains relatively short entries, usually in chronological order
    • A blog can “generate” RSS feeds, depending on the blogging software
    • Content versus Delivery
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 10. RSS Uses
    • Blog entries
    • Photos
    • Podcasts
    • Music
    • Library Circulation Records
    • Table of Contents
    • Any data that is constantly updated or added to
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 11. How do I access RSS?
    • RSS readers, feed readers, feed aggregators or news readers
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_aggregator
    • http://www.ourpla.net/cgi-bin/pikie.cgi?RssReaders
    • Desktop, Web Based, Built-in,
    • or Email Based
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 12. How do I access RSS?
    • Desktop – Requires installation on a computer
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 13. How do I access RSS?
    • Built-in Aggregators (Web browsers, plugins)
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 14. How do I access RSS?
    • Email Based Aggregators
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 15. How do I access RSS?
    • Web Based Access
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 16.
    • www.bloglines.com
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 17. www.rojo.com CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 18. reader.google.com CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 19. KSL Offers RSS Feeds
    • http://library.case.edu/ksl/rss/
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 20. Other Websites
    • www.feedburner.com
    • MyYahoo
    • Google Personalized Homepage
    • Google Reader
    • Google Blog Search
    • www.feedfinder.com
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 21. Examples of Sites the Offer Feeds
    • ESPN
    • Plain Dealer Updates
    • Chemical Abstract Service
    • RefWorks
    • IEEE Journals ( example )
    • OhioLINK EJC ( example )
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 22. Sharing with OPML
    • OPML - Outline Processor Markup Language
    • A collection of RSS feeds can be shared by an OPML file and imported by others into their RSS readers/aggregators
    • Great way to create reading or additional resource lists for classes
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 23. Additional Resources
    • http://wiki.case.edu/RSS
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_%28file_format%29
      • History of RSS, format examples, background information
    • http://www.squidoo.com/library2point0
      • Contains a section on RSS
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds
  • 24. Contact Information
    • Brian C. Gray, MLIS
    • Head of Reference
    • Librarian - Engineering, Math, & Statistics
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Blog: http://blog.case.edu/bcg8/
    • Phone: (216) 368-8685
    • Office: Kelvin Smith Library 201-L
    • Office: Nord Hall 510
    CaseLearns: Understanding RSS Feeds