RSS feeds – What are they and how can they help my research? Digital Researchers Branwen Hide March 15 th , 2010
What are RSS feeds <ul><li>Web feed used to publish frequently updated information </li></ul>
Table of contents
Blogs
News and funding opportunities
Social bookmarking sites
Social media: Friend Feed
Twitter
RSS readers/aggregators <ul><li>Google reader </li></ul><ul><li>NewsGator –  number of products including  Feedemon  or Ne...
How do you know a site has an RSS feed?
Subscribing <ul><li>Directly search for feeds from your aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Paste a feed url into the subscriptio...
RSS vs email alerts http://libguides.mit.edu/rss Common, particularly with TOC common;Bloglines can convert email alerts t...
RSS feeds/ vs email alerts <ul><li>You can do more things with RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help you find information  ...
Find new sources of information
Folders Organize you information
Search your feeds Share items Recently read My feeds Recommender service Notes
Rate your feeds
 
Expand your network and share information
<ul><li>They help you stay up-to-date with current conversations/discussions in your area </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easier...
Branwen Hide Liaison and Partnership Officer Research Information Network [email_address] www.rin.ac.uk
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Presentation by the RIN's Liaison and Partnership Officer, Branwen Hide, at the British Library/JISC Digital Researchers Day on 15 March 2010 (http://explorationforchange.net/index.php/current-projects/researchers-of-tomorrow/researchers-of-tomorrow-home.html).

Covers different types of news readers/aggregators that might be of use to researchers and how to use them.

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  • Alan Cann School of Biological Sciences University of Leicester http://bit.ly/AJCann
  • such as blogs, news, table of contents, twitter feeds, friendfeed posts, social bookmarking
  • Folksonomy: tagging “on the fly” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folksonomy Folksonomy (also known as collaborative tagging, social classification, social indexing, and social tagging) is the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content. In contrast to traditional subject indexing, metadata is not only generated by experts but also by creators and consumers of the content. Freely chosen keywords are used instead of a controlled vocabulary.
  • RSS feed of Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) - participants tag new developments in OA using Connotea and the resulting feed is ready for other feeds and on line readers.
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    1. 1. RSS feeds – What are they and how can they help my research? Digital Researchers Branwen Hide March 15 th , 2010
    2. 2. What are RSS feeds <ul><li>Web feed used to publish frequently updated information </li></ul>
    3. 3. Table of contents
    4. 4. Blogs
    5. 5. News and funding opportunities
    6. 6. Social bookmarking sites
    7. 7. Social media: Friend Feed
    8. 8. Twitter
    9. 9. RSS readers/aggregators <ul><li>Google reader </li></ul><ul><li>NewsGator – number of products including Feedemon or NetNewsWire </li></ul><ul><li>Sharp reader </li></ul><ul><li>LIFEREA – Linux based system </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines – both an aggregator and a publisher </li></ul><ul><li>web based; desktop platform or combination </li></ul>
    10. 10. How do you know a site has an RSS feed?
    11. 11. Subscribing <ul><li>Directly search for feeds from your aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Paste a feed url into the subscription box in your RSS reader </li></ul><ul><li>Click the </li></ul>
    12. 12. RSS vs email alerts http://libguides.mit.edu/rss Common, particularly with TOC common;Bloglines can convert email alerts to RSS feeds Availability Similar to RSS feeds Depends on platform and some can be customized Interface Basic filtering by setting up ‘rules’ More detailed filtering systems Managing information Sent directly to your email – but can over load your inbox with multiple subscriptions Depending on reader no integration with email – so multiple platforms to keep track off Segregate or integrate New account of each subscription subscription to feed is generally anonymous Login/registration Email Alerts RSS Feeds
    13. 13. RSS feeds/ vs email alerts <ul><li>You can do more things with RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help you find information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help you manage your information better </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Find new sources of information
    15. 15. Folders Organize you information
    16. 16. Search your feeds Share items Recently read My feeds Recommender service Notes
    17. 17. Rate your feeds
    18. 19. Expand your network and share information
    19. 20. <ul><li>They help you stay up-to-date with current conversations/discussions in your area </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easier to keep track of multiple sites and bring all that information into one place </li></ul><ul><li>Help you mange your information </li></ul><ul><li>Help you expand your network and contribute to scholarly debate </li></ul>How can they help my research?
    20. 21. Branwen Hide Liaison and Partnership Officer Research Information Network [email_address] www.rin.ac.uk
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