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  • 1. RSS for Community of Practice Doing More with Less
  • 2. Workshop Objectives
    • Upon completion of this workshop the participants will ….
    • be able to explain the publish and subscribe model used within blogging.
    • be able to identify the key technology components of blogging.
    • be able to list the key administrative options required to maintain a blog.
    • be able to describe two different blogging services.
    • be able to discuss the concept of aggregation as it applies to subscribing to multiple blogs.
  • 3. Blogging: Concepts
    • Publishing and subscription
      • A blogger publishes postings
      • A blog reader subscribes to a blog
    • Notification service
      • A reader polls a blog to be notified of new posts
  • 4. Publish and Subscribe
    • Think
    • Reflect upon the business of magazine publishing.
    • Think about the magazines you have subscriptions.
    • Ink (write down answers to the following questions)
    • What ‘high level’ tasks does a magazine publisher perform?
    • As a subscriber what are your activities in relation to your magazines and their subscriptions?
    • You have 3 minutes to complete this activity
  • 5. Tasks Publisher Subscriber
    • Targets a subject
    • Creates content
    • Creates magazines
    • Distributes magazines
    • Generates revenue
    • Notifies subscribers
    • Keeps things interesting
    • Manages data
      • authors, dates, keywords, titles, references, etc…
    • Seeks new publications
    • Pays for subscriptions
    • Reads magazines
    • Skims magazines for interesting articles
    • Selects magazines from assortment
    • Cancels subscriptions
    • Looks for related information
  • 6. Blogs Blogger Reader
    • Targets a subject
    • Sets up a blog
    • Creates content / posts
    • Publishes posts
    • Attracts subscribers
    • Keeps things interesting
    • Manages data
      • dates, keywords, titles, references, permissions, etc…
    • Searches for blogs
    • Checks for new postings
    • Reads blogs
    • Skims blogs for interesting articles
    • Selects postings from assortment of blogs
    • Cancels blog subscriptions
    • Looks for related information
  • 7. Messaging Technology
    • Blogs are based upon a messaging technology
    • The messages are well formed using a standardized messaging format known as XML
    • The standard for blogging is known as RSS
  • 8. Messaging Technology: XML
    • The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a general-purpose markup language that supports a wide variety of applications.
    • <element attribute=“value”>content</element>
    • <person>
      • <last-name>Rawsthorne</last-name>
      • <first-name>Peter</first-name>
    • </person>
  • 9. <?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;UTF-8&quot;?> <recipe name=&quot;bread&quot; prep_time=&quot;5 mins&quot; cook_time=&quot;3 hours&quot;> <title>Basic bread</title> <ingredient amount=&quot;3&quot; unit=&quot;cups&quot;>Flour</ingredient> <ingredient amount=&quot;0.25&quot; unit=&quot;ounce&quot;>Yeast</ingredient> <ingredient amount=&quot;1.5&quot; unit=&quot;cups&quot; state=&quot;warm&quot;>Water</ingredient> <ingredient amount=&quot;1&quot; unit=&quot;teaspoon&quot;>Salt</ingredient> <instructions> <step>Mix all ingredients together, and knead thoroughly.</step> <step>Cover with a cloth, and leave for one hour in warm room.</step> <step>Knead again, place in a tin, and then bake in the oven.</step> </instructions> </recipe>
  • 10. Messaging Technology: RSS
    • Really Simple Syndication
    • Rich Site Summary
    • RSS is a simple XML-based system that allows users to subscribe to their favorite websites.
  • 11. <rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> <channel> <title>Critical Technology</title> <link></link> <description>Another WordPress weblog</description> <pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:23:47 +0000</pubDate> <language>en</language> <item> <title>Hello world!</title> <pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:23:47 +0000 </pubDate> <dc:creator>criticaltechnology</dc:creator> <description>Welcome to </description> <content>This is your first post. </content> </item> </channel> </rss>
  • 12. DEMO
    • web page vs. RSS
    • Add a post…
  • 13.  
  • 14. Blogger Reader subscribe updates? updates?
  • 15. Puzzle think think pair solve From what you have learned so far; Think about the structure and content of RSS Think about the publisher – subscriber relationship Pair up with someone next to you Solve the problem of how a subscribers software would determine if the blog had new postings? (hint: think about the XML elements present within an RSS file) You have 2 minutes to complete this activity ?
  • 16. <rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> <channel> <title>Critical Technology</title> <link></link> <description>Another WordPress weblog</description> <pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:23:47 +0000</pubDate> <language>en</language> <item> <title>Hello world!</title> <pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:23:47 +0000 </pubDate> <dc:creator>criticaltechnology</dc:creator> <description>Welcome to </description> <content>This is your first post. </content> </item> </channel> </rss>
  • 17. Internet RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS Blog Reader As a blog reader you can subscribe to many blogs. You can have your blog reading software polling many blogs for new posts. It’s like creating your own magazine.
  • 18. Phew!
  • 19. Two Blogging Options
  • 20. Blogger
    • Free
    • Easy to use
    • Web 2.0 savvy
    • Very Popular
    • Owned by Google
    • Proprietary
    • Allows many blogs
    • Limited flexibility
    • “ Slow”
  • 21. DEMO
  • 22. WordPress
    • Free
    • Intermediate to use
    • Web 1.5 savvy
    • Very Popular
    • Owned by Everyone
    • OpenSource
    • Allows many blogs
    • “ Unlimited” flexibility
    • “ Quick”
    Can limit viewer ship to 35 people. Therefore, you can create an internet blog where only subscribed members can view the blog over the internet.
  • 23. DEMO
  • 24. What features do you think are most important?
  • 25. Administrative Options
    • Dashboard
    • Posting / Writing
    • Tagging
    • Media
    • Management
    • Members / Users - Privacy -
    • Look and Feel
    • Options
  • 26. Aggregation Internet RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS Blog Reader
  • 27. Aggregator
    • A news aggregator is a software application or remotely hosted service that collects syndicated content from disparate sources and provides a single consolidated view. These applications can also be commonly referred to as a feed reader, feed aggregator or simply just an aggregator.
  • 28. DEMO
  • 29. Exercises
    • Reflect upon the structure of RSS.
    • Find blogs of interest to you. View their aesthetics.
    • Design your blog for Wednesdays Lab.
    • Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators: A guide to RSS and More.
  • 30. Exit Activity
    • Write on one side of the card what you feel was well understood.
    • Write on the other side of the card what could have been given more attention.
    • Leave the cards at the front before you leave.
  • 31. References
    • Communities of practice, a brief introduction - Etienne Wenger
    • The Use of Blogs, Wikis and RSS in Education: A Conversation of Possibilities
    • RSS
    • Video: RSS in Plain English
    • Blogger
    • Wordpress
    • Google Reader
  • 32. All the information in this document is licensed under the Creative Commons license: Attribution – Share Alike For more information regarding this license please visit: