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How to find and use RSS presentation by Nick in IRC/eZ portal workshop

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  • RSS feeds Mini workshop by Nick Dickinson Harry Oosterveen Cor Dietvorst
  • Overview
    • What is a newsfeed? Why a newsfeed?
    • Examples
    • How to use them – Google Reader
    • Practice
    • iGoogle
    • Practice
    • Where to find feeds
  • What is a newsfeed?
    • A newsfeed is a stream of syndicated information
      • Information brought together in one place
    • Usually focused on a particular topic or website
    • Common names: RSS, Atom
    • What it means is less important:
      • Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)
      • RDF Site Summary (RSS 1.0 and RSS 0.90)
      • Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91)
  • RSS in Plain English A simple introduction
  • Why use a (RSS) feed reader? Reduce e-mail Manage and organise your subscriptions
  • What kinds of feeds are available?
    • News feeds [general CNN, BBC, development news, sector news]
    • Blog feeds [nearly all blogs offer an RSS feed]
    • Tag feeds [blog tags, social bookmarking tags like del.ici.ous ]
    • Web site updates [general, by topic/theme]
    • Newsletters/journals (e.g. Waterlines )
    • Searches in Google News , Google Blog Search and Google Video
  • Examples of WASH and development feeds [1]
    • Themes and Resources
    • WASH general:
    • ODI - Theme: Water and Sanitation + Waterlines
    • WASH by theme:
    • WASH News Finance + WASH News Hygiene Promotion + WASH Governance News + Sanitation Updates + WASH Technology
    • General development:
    • ELDIS Newsfeeds + ODI News Feeds + SciDev.Net (topic gateways)
    • Resources
    • WASH Vacancies + WASH Names + WASH Resources + WASH Research
  • Examples of WASH and development feeds [2]
    • Regions
    • General:
    • World Bank RSS Feeds (by region and by country)
    • International:
    • WASH News International
    • Africa:
    • allAfrica.com: Water and Sanitation + The Southern Africa Water Wire + WASH News Africa
    • Asia:
    • WASH News Asia & Pacific
    • Latin America:
    • WASH News Latin America and Caribbean
    • Middle East
    • EMWIS [feeds for latest news, events and uploads] + WASH News Middle East and North Africa
  • Other examples
    • News sites
      • NRC front page, BBC , DutchNews.nl ...
    • Videos
      • YouTube channels
        • WaterAid
    • Music sites
      • World music central
    • Technology
      • MobileActive.org , Tweakers.net
  • Recognising more RSS Feeds - icons
  • Google Reader and iGoogle for RSS
  • Google Reader
    • View and read your feeds
      • Search your feeds
      • Organise your feeds under tags/folders
      • See trends: do you actually read it?
      • Share items/folders of interest with others
    • Other alternatives
      • MyYahoo!
      • Bloglines
      • NewsGator
    • FIRST: Login in to Google Reader
      • http://www.google.com/reader/
    • SECOND: find an RSS feed!
      • Go to a site that you like to visit
      • OR use a link in this presentation
    Google Reader Practice
  • iGoogle
    • Personalised home/search page
    • A collection of ‘gadgets’
    • Uses
      • feed reader (RSS, google reader)
      • organizer (calendar, mail, tasks, notes and bookmarks)
      • weather forecast etc.
    • FIRST: Go to iGoogle
      • http://www.google.com/ig
      • Select content you want on your homepage.
    • SECOND: add your RSS feed!
      • Click on “Add stuff »”
      • Click on “Add feed or gadget”
      • Paste your feed url into this field.
    • THIRD: add Google Reader gadget
      • Search for “Google Reader gadget” from iGoogle
      • OR click here
    • http://fusion.google.com/add?client=reader&moduleurl=reader.xml
    • OR
    • http://www.google.com/ig/directory?url=www.google.com/ig/modules/reader.xml
    iGoogle Practice
  • Search for RSS Feeds
    • 1. Visit a directory of RSS feeds
    • Syndic8.com + RSS Micro
    • 2. Search for RSS feeds on your Google Reader
    • Click on Add Subscription, enter search terms
    • 3. Most blogs have an RSS feed
    • See the Ask IRC overview of WASH blogs
    • Search for blogs via Technorati .or Google Blog Search
    • 4. Look for feed icons on your favourite web site
  • Questions and Feedback