NCompass Live: RSS: Feed Me

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Keeping up will all of the new (such as blogs & Twitter) along with the old (such as search results and news items) information resources can be difficult these days. However, with RSS you can receive feeds of new material from many different locations into one easy-to-use Web site or program. In this NCompass Live session, our Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will give an overview of why and how you can use RSS to receive timely information with a minimum of effort.

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NCompass Live: RSS: Feed Me

  1. 1. RSS: Feed Me<br />Michael Sauers<br />Technology Innovation Librarian<br />Nebraska Library Commission<br />
  2. 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/65768710@N00/2276988258/<br />
  3. 3. What is RSS?<br />Depending on who you ask it stands for either “Really Simple Syndication”, “Rich Site Summary”, or “RDF Site Summary”.<br />“Really Simple Syndication” is the de facto definition today.<br />RSS is an XML language for syndicating items on the Internet.<br />
  4. 4. RSSHistory<br />
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  6. 6. How does RSS work?<br />6<br />Subscribe<br />Read<br />Information Receiver<br />Information Provider<br />
  7. 7. Implications of RSS<br />Information is received in a single location<br />Information is received quickly<br />The need to visit the originating Web site is reduced<br />and…<br />
  8. 8. The possible end of this:<br />The possible end of this!<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/17642817@N00/2660204217/<br />
  9. 9. E-mail model<br />9<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/54806507@N00/143725085/<br />
  10. 10. RSS model<br />10<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/19967853@N00/12496426/<br />
  11. 11. What does RSS look like?<br /> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><rss version="2.0“> <channel> <title>Nebraska Library Commission Blog</title> <link>http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/blogs/NLC/</link> <description>Bringing together people and information</description> <language>en</language> <copyright>Copyright 2007</copyright> <lastBuildDate>Thu, 10 May 2007 07:34:17 -0600</lastBuildDate> <generator>http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype/</generator> <docs>http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss</docs> <item> <title>New depository directories</title> <description> <![CDATA[<p>The directories of Nebraska's federal and state depository libraries got a new look recently. Contact names and emails of library staff will be updated automatically when our comprehensive library directory is updated. The depository directories are located at <a href="http://http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/ docs/nefed.asp">http://http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/docs/nefed.asp</a></p>]]> </description><link>http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/blogs/NLC/2007/05/new_depository_directories.html</link><guid>http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/blogs/NLC/2007/05/new_depository_directories.html</guid> <category domain="http://www.sixapart.com/ns/types#category">Information Resources</category> <pubDate>Wed, 09 May 2007 07:28:43 -0600</pubDate> </item> </channel></rss><br />
  12. 12. How can I find feeds?<br />12<br />
  13. 13. feedmil<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Blogrolls<br />A list ofblogs/feedsread by ablogger<br />
  15. 15. The RSS icon<br />Look for an orange icon:<br />Depending on your aggregator, the subscription procedure may range from copying and pasting the link to right-clicking and selecting “subscribe”.<br />Luckily, a standard icon has emerged. http://www.feedicons.com/<br />
  16. 16. Podcasts<br />Using RSS to syndicate audio content<br />RSS 2.0 <enclosure><br />Like adding an attachment to an e-mail<br />Audio Formats<br />MP3 (Open Source)<br />AAC (Apple Proprietary)<br />iPod not necessary<br />
  17. 17. Podcasts in iTunes<br />
  18. 18. Notable Feeds<br />Librarian.netwww.librarian.net<br />LISNewswww.lisnews.com<br />The Shifted Librariantheshiftedlibrarian.com<br />The Travelin’ Librariantravelinlibrarian.info<br />Tame the Webtametheweb.com/ttwblog<br />Unshelvedwww.overduemedia.com<br />PaperCutspapercuts.tscpl.org<br /><ul><li>Gizmodowww.gizmodo.com
  19. 19. Security Now!www.grc.com/securitynow.htm
  20. 20. Inside The Net &This Week in Tech (TWiT)thisweekintech.com
  21. 21. BoingBoingboingboing.net
  22. 22. Google News
  23. 23. isbn.nu
  24. 24. del.icio.us
  25. 25. Flickr</li></li></ul><li>What is an Aggregator?<br />An aggregator (or news aggregator) is a type of software that retrieves syndicated Web content that is supplied in the form of a web feed (RSS, Atom and other XML formats), and that are published by weblogs, podcasts, vlogs, and mainstream mass media websites.-Wikipedia<br />It’s what you need to retrieve and read RSS feeds.<br />
  26. 26. Why do I need an aggregator?<br />Well, if you don’t use an aggregator RSS files will look like this…<br />
  27. 27. RSS file in IE8<br />
  28. 28. Atom file in IE8<br />
  29. 29. RSS file in Firefox 3<br />
  30. 30. RSS file in Chrome<br />
  31. 31. Why do I need an aggregator?<br />Most importantly it makes the content of the feed readable<br />Gathers the content of multiple feeds in a single location<br />Checks for updates automatically<br />Notifies you of new information<br />Displays only new items for you<br />May allow you to sort and save information<br />
  32. 32. Types of Aggregators<br />Client<br />Built-in<br />Server-based<br />Web-based service<br />
  33. 33. FeedReader (client)<br />
  34. 34. Firefox 3<br />28<br />
  35. 35. InternetExplorer 8<br />
  36. 36. Google Reader (Web-based service)<br />
  37. 37. Go Live<br />
  38. 38. Integrating feed content into your Web site<br />32<br />Grab content from multiple RSS feeds<br />Reduce and/or mash it<br />Republish it on your site<br />
  39. 39. Feed2JS<br />33<br />
  40. 40. Feed2JS<br />34<br />
  41. 41. Feed2JS<br />35<br />
  42. 42. Feed2JS<br />36<br />
  43. 43. Feed2JS<br />37<br />
  44. 44. Nebraska Libraries on the Web<br />Based on WordPress<br />WordPress includes an RSS embedding widget<br />
  45. 45. WordPress RSS Widget<br />
  46. 46. WordPress RSS Widget<br />
  47. 47. WordPress RSS Widget<br />
  48. 48. 42<br />Thank you!<br />Any Questions?<br />Michael Sauers<br />michael.sauers@nebraska.gov<br />delicious.com/travelinlibrarian/rss<br />

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