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  • Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, president of Dublin City University, has been blogging for a year and Diary of a University President, his quirky online take on life, has been drawing a crowd Article in irishtimes.com May 19 th 2009 explains WHY he blogs “ There are plenty of university presidents in the US who keep blogs, but I may be unusual in the frequency of my posts,” says Prondzynski, who has headed up DCU for nine years. “I might freshen up the format soon – bring in a few guest bloggers or conduct some interviews. I’m getting plenty of feedback and I want to keep the readers interested.” Von Prondzynski started the blog to try and draw students and the public into the world of the university. “I try to communicate everything and anything that crosses my path, to give people a better understanding of what a university president actually does,” he says. “I do it in part to counter the growing hostility towards universities that is fuelled by some politicians and the media. The blog gives me a chance to write about why university matters.” It also gives him a chance to talk about the Eurovision Song Contest, his beloved Newcastle United, great bad poetry and trying, unsuccessfully, to pay his electricity bill. WRITING SKILLS  
  • University Libraries in Ireland all have a blog.
  • UCC Philosophy Dept.
  • NUIM Mature Students soc.
  • 23 Things @ UL Introduction to Blogs & RSS

    1. 1. 23 Things @ UL Blogs & RSS Michelle Breen July 23 rd 2009
    2. 3. CONGRATULATIONS! Participants in the 23 Things @ UL a re now part of the “blogosphere” …the collective term encompassing all weblogs or blogs as a community or social network…”
    3. 4. Damien Mulley runs the Irish Blog Awards
    4. 5. Best Use of the Irish Language
    5. 6. Best Newcomer
    6. 8. Ferdinand Von Prondzynski, DCU
    7. 9. What is a blog? <ul><li>A “web log”, mostly referred to as a blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A journal | newsletter | diary online that is frequently updated, with entries displayed in reverse chronological order </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contains information, opinions and links </li></ul><ul><li>Most use free software </li></ul><ul><li>Most have RSS feeds </li></ul>
    8. 10. What is included in a blog <ul><li>The diary entries are called “posts” </li></ul><ul><li>Most recent posts usually appear on the front page of the weblog, with the newest entry at the top, and older entries further down </li></ul><ul><li>Entries are usually fairly short, maybe a sentence or a paragraph, but can be much longer </li></ul><ul><li>Entries might be written about other websites, including links to them, but they might also be the author’s thoughts on events, politics, their own life… anything </li></ul>
    9. 11. Types of Blogs <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial </li></ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Political </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Communication </li></ul>
    10. 13. A good blogger must <ul><li>Communicate clearly </li></ul><ul><li>Be consistent </li></ul><ul><li>Be passionate about something </li></ul><ul><li>Be web savvy </li></ul><ul><li>Have a constant learning attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Devote time each day or week to your blog </li></ul>
    11. 14. Professionally, your blog allows you to . . . <ul><li>Market yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Stand out in the crowd and establish a reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Publish on your own terms </li></ul><ul><li>Write everyday </li></ul><ul><li>Put internet technologies to work for you </li></ul><ul><li>But you can remain anonymous too! </li></ul>
    12. 15. What use is a blog in a university? <ul><li>Students want faster access to information </li></ul><ul><li>When you come across some good information you can share it with a wide audience </li></ul><ul><li>Information is captured for reference queries </li></ul><ul><li>Archive facility allows people to get older material </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion is now possible </li></ul><ul><li>Department news </li></ul><ul><li>Advertise events </li></ul>
    13. 16. Why not to use a blog in your teaching/work <ul><li>Do you have the resources to back up two way/dynamic communication? </li></ul><ul><li>What about your users who don’t go online? </li></ul><ul><li>Team of contributors must keep it fresh </li></ul><ul><li>Information overload </li></ul><ul><li>Have to continuously update, takes time </li></ul><ul><li>Message must be consistent, no ramblings </li></ul><ul><li>It’s your presence on the WWW </li></ul>
    14. 17. <ul><li>Blogs at Irish universities </li></ul>
    15. 24. <ul><li>Celebrity blogs </li></ul>
    16. 25. Wil Wheaton (Star Trek NG, Stand By Me) - http:// www.wilwheaton.net / Dave Barry (Columnist) - http:// weblog.herald.com/column/davebarry / Jeff Bridges (Actor) - http:// www.jeffbridges.com / (Click on Latest Link) ** Artistic Blog Anna Kournikova - http:// www.kournikova.com /journal/ RuPaul (Musician) - http:// www.rupaul.com/weblog.shtml Moby (Musician) - http://www.moby.com/index2.html
    17. 28. <ul><li>Your blogs . . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Sample of 23 Things @ UL blogs </li></ul>
    18. 29. Part 2 – RSS (and how blogs and RSS readers are linked)
    19. 30. What is RSS <ul><li>“… RDF Site Summary, or Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication – A lightweight XML format for distributing news headlines and other content on the Web.” </li></ul><ul><li>and simply put </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS allows you to access information you are interested in from the one place. It is like customizing an online newspaper to only show news you want to read. The owner syndicates the data, and you subscribe to it. The data automatically updates. You use a browser , a browser addon or a program to view the data. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm </li></ul>
    20. 31. This is what RSS looks like <ul><li><?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;UTF-8&quot; ?> </li></ul><ul><li><rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> </li></ul><ul><li><channel> </li></ul><ul><li><title>BCR: The Third Indicator</title> </li></ul><ul><li><link>http://www.bcr.org/publications/thirdind/</link> </li></ul><ul><li><description>The Third Indicator, published monthly, is a technical memo focusing on OCLC products and services. It includes general OCLC news as well as detailed technical information on cataloging, reference and resource sharing. Announcements of new OCLC developments are also included.</description> </li></ul><ul><li><lastBuildDate>Tue, 21 Sep 2004 21:37:39 GMT</lastBuildDate> </li></ul><ul><li><generator>ListGarden Program 1.01</generator> </li></ul><ul><li><docs>http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss</docs> </li></ul><ul><li><item> </li></ul><ul><li><title>WorldCat Resource Sharing Training</title> </li></ul><ul><li><link>http://www.bcr.org/publications/thirdind/2004/august/augsharetrain04.html</link> </li></ul><ul><li><description>If you'd like to see what WorldCat Resource Sharing looks like and learn more about it, visit the OCLC Web site at www.oclc.org/ill/migration/ or view the WorldCat Resource Sharing tutorial at www5.oclc.org/downloads/tutorials/firstsearch/sv/rsbasics/intro/index.html/.</description> </li></ul><ul><li><pubDate>Tue, 21 Sep 2004 19:29:47 GMT</pubDate> </li></ul><ul><li><guid isPermaLink=&quot;false&quot;>thirdind-2004-08-21-19-29-47</guid> </li></ul><ul><li></item> </li></ul><ul><li></channel> </li></ul><ul><li></rss> </li></ul>
    21. 32. So, we already know that <ul><li>Blogs = content </li></ul><ul><li>RSS = technology </li></ul><ul><li>Readers = Aggregators (software to display RSS) </li></ul>
    22. 33. RSS feeds - how to read <ul><li>Special piece of software called a newsreader, feedreader, or aggregator to display rss feeds. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Download one or access online. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gathers all your feeds in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Like a newspaper - more personalized, with all your RSS feeds displayed </li></ul>
    23. 34. RSS Readers/ Aggregators <ul><li>RSS Feeds can be read in: </li></ul><ul><li>Web browser – feeds can be read in Internet Explorer 7 or Mozilla Firefox </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based aggregators – Google Reader, Bloglines, Newsgator, where you need a username and password, but can be read on any PC </li></ul><ul><li>Desk-top readers – software installed on PC and feeds download when connected to the internet e.g. feedreader.com </li></ul><ul><li>Personalised start pages like NetVibes or PageFlakes, iGoogle </li></ul>
    24. 35. To subscribe to an RSS feed from a website look for any of these icons <ul><li>Depending on your aggregator, the subscription procedure may range from copying and pasting the link to right-clicking and selecting “subscribe”. </li></ul>
    25. 38. http://www.rte.ie/rss/news.xml
    26. 41. How you or your students can benefit from using RSS feeds <ul><li>Subscribe once, constant updates then fed to you </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid repeatedly checking websites to see if there is any new content </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids clutter and spam in email inbox </li></ul><ul><li>Handles notifications of changes to multiple websites easily </li></ul><ul><li>Get results of a saved search from internet news sources displayed in one place </li></ul>
    27. 42. Finding Blogs & RSS feeds <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google (blogsearch.google.com) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo (Directory>Computers and Internet>Internet>World Wide Web>Weblogs) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technorati (http://www.technorati.com) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines ( http://www.bloglines.com ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Irish Blogs Directory (http://www.irishblogs.com/) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>PubSub ( http:// www.pubsub.com / ) </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Compendium ( http:// allrss.com/rsssearch.html ) </li></ul>
    28. 43. Thank you Good luck in the blogosphere; go out and start reading other people’s blogs through an RSS aggregator