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Case Learns: Understanding RSS Feeds

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

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