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Rss Feeds

  1. 1. Ms. M K Prasanna, NGO [email_address]
  2. 2. AGENDA Some perspective Some Technical background Debriefing Experience in RSS Readers How to….and applications The spirit of RSS Feeds
  3. 3. <ul><li>What is RSS? </li></ul><ul><li>RSS FEEDS </li></ul><ul><li>R eally S imple S yndication or R ich S ite S ummary </li></ul><ul><li>Commonly conceived of as tool for gathering news items from different sources. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll define “news” broadly to include new content on any Web site. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS is a technical specification for syndicating information (i.e., distributing it to multiple Web sites for online publication). </li></ul><ul><li>The available RSS output from a Web site is called a feed . Atom is another popular feed format. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Technology is simple <ul><li>XML…..OPML </li></ul><ul><li>Markup Languages </li></ul><ul><li>A markup language is a set of codes that determine how Web content looks or how it is structured. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>HTML ; XML (extensible markup language) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>XML viewer = RSS aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators are also called news readers. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Bloglines, Google Reader, Netvibes </li></ul>
  6. 6. <rdf:RDF> − <channel rdf:about=&quot;;> <title>JAMA current issue</title> <link></link> <description> JAMA is a weekly primary science, peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times per year. JAMA publishes original high quality, high impact clinical and research articles on a diverse range of medical topics. </description> <prism:eIssn>1538-3598</prism:eIssn> <prism:coverDisplayDate>February 21, 2007</prism:coverDisplayDate> <prism:publicationName> JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association </prism:publicationName> <prism:issn>0098-7484</prism:issn> <items> <rdf:Seq> <rdf:li rdf:resource=&quot;;/> <rdf:li rdf:resource=&quot;;/> <rdf:li rdf:resource=&quot;;/> <rdf:li rdf:resource=&quot;;/>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The goal: Pull new information from lots of different Web sites you’re interested in and turn it into a single Web page that will organize your reading and help you keep current. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How to gather RSS Feeds <ul><li>Choose aggregator and set up account. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add content (subscribe to RSS feeds). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tables of contents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog postings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alerts (search updates) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manage content. </li></ul><ul><li>Share content if desired. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Some aggregators/ feed readers
  10. 10. Different types <ul><li>Desktop aggregators are applications that must be installed on your computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Web browsers’ built-in RSS tools (Mozilla Firefox’s Live Bookmarks, Internet Explorer Onfolio), may provide only one-at-a-time, instead of all-in-one place, access to feeds. </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based aggregators do not require installation. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Ways to Locate Feeds on Content Web Sites <ul><li>RSS directories such as Feedster ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Look for these icons </li></ul><ul><li>Look for links from these terms: subscribe, syndicate, feed, RSS, XML, Atom </li></ul><ul><li>Try searching the Web site for “RSS.” </li></ul><ul><li>For journals, check Subscribe/Subscription or E-mail/Alerts pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Some sites don’t have RSS. </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Copy URL from Web site address window and paste into reader. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Google Reader : To add content/subscription <ul><li>Search or add feed URL </li></ul><ul><li>Browse options </li></ul><ul><li>Feed bundles (News, Sports, Fun, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Add user name for someone whose work (blog, tags, etc.) you want to follow. </li></ul>
  14. 15. To add content <ul><li>Bloglines: Add (note Search Feeds at top right) </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes: Add a Feed </li></ul>
  15. 16. Creating a Feed for a Search <ul><li>Do a search. </li></ul><ul><li>In Send to dropdown box, choose RSS Feed . </li></ul><ul><li>In next screen, click on Create Feed button. </li></ul><ul><li>New articles retrieved by your search will appear in the aggregator. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Managing feeds <ul><li>Bloglines: Top Level, existing folder, new folder </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader: Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes: Move (can add new category) </li></ul>
  17. 18. Reading and Managing Content <ul><li>Read/unread status </li></ul><ul><li>Bolding generally indicates an unread item or folder containing unread items. </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines “Keep New,” “Mark All Read” </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader “Mark as read” </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes “Read All,” “Unread All” </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboard shortcuts (example: Bloglines hotkeys) </li></ul><ul><li>Saving Content </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines: Clippings </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader: Starred items </li></ul>
  18. 19. Moving Content <ul><li>Once you have added content, you can… </li></ul><ul><li>… save (export) it. File will be in OPML format. </li></ul><ul><li>… switch to a different reader and add content automatically by importing the OPML file. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Sharing <ul><li>Bloglines clip blog (can go public or be kept private) </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes ecosystem </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing on Netvibes ecosystem </li></ul><ul><li>Tab sharing (publishing some or all of your feed list or blogroll) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Shared items </li></ul><ul><li>Add subscriptions, Browse: Enter user name for person whose work you want to follow. </li></ul>
  20. 21. APPLICATIONS- Individual <ul><li>PERSONAL </li></ul><ul><li>PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT </li></ul>
  21. 22. APPLICATIONS- Institution <ul><li>There are enterprise editions of Feed Aggregators….for a fee. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop feeds for specific subject/ objective </li></ul><ul><li>Separate tabs for each subject/ objective. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Some observations <ul><li>Be specific </li></ul><ul><li>Internet is used for INFORMATION and for COMMUNICATION. RSS feeds serve the communication function. That means, opinions, bias, …these are valuable too. </li></ul><ul><li>Esp news- V V Selective. </li></ul>
  23. 24. Some Perspective <ul><li>Internet has its limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Search Engines have their limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Individual users have their limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Not all websites have RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Readers have their limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Esp. Premium content….which represents knowledge based on research & deep thinking are still inaccessible via free resources. </li></ul><ul><li>V V V selective….so shd not be dependent entirely on RSS Feeds. </li></ul><ul><li>Other tools required….one such tool is Delicious. </li></ul>
  24. 25. Thanks, respected listeners <ul><li>Please go ahead and create RSS Feeds on various topics of common interest </li></ul><ul><li>On MyYahoo </li></ul><ul><li>On Bloglines </li></ul><ul><li>On Netvibes </li></ul><ul><li>On Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>(UserID: Password: 99shanthi </li></ul><ul><li>I am sure your Librarian will maintain and add value to them. Various newsletters can be created, say monthly, based on these feeds ; add your perspectives to the news…. for sharing with the CGG stakeholders. </li></ul>