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  • 1. RSS for Everyone Stewart Brower, MLIS, AHIP Director, OU-Tulsa Library
  • 2. Defining Web 2.0
    • Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle summarized key principles they believed characterized Web 2.0 applications
      • the Web as a platform
      • data as the driving force
      • an architecture of participation
      • open source development
      • content and service syndication
      • the end of the software adoption cycle ("the perpetual beta ")
      • leveraging the power of The Long Tail
      • Adopted from “Web 2.0” entry on Wikipedia
  • 3. Web 2.0 transitions
    • Information silos  Information sharing
    • Designed  Customizable
    • “ One to Many”  “Many to Many”
    • (publication)  (conversation)
    • Authority  Consensus
    • (i.e. “The Wisdom of Crowds”)
  • 4. Web 2.0 technologies
    • Conversation: Blogs
    • Syndication: RSS
    • Consensus: Wikis
    • Sharing: Social bookmarking
    • Only the tip of the iceberg…
  • 5. Syndication: RSS
    • RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”
  • 6. Hunting and gathering
    • Finding RSS feeds is relatively easy
    • These icons all represent RSS feeds and are found on most blogs, news sites, journal sites, and many search tools
    • Click on an RSS icon and save the link to an RSS newsreader or aggregator
    • Any time that feed is updated (new blog post, new news item, new search results) your newsreader or aggregator will include the updated items
  • 7. Need the feed?
    • RSS feeds require a reader, sometimes called an “aggregator,” to display them in a readable format
    • Web browsers often have the ability to read RSS feeds (see Firefox Live Bookmarks )
    • Web services such as Bloglines , Google Reader and MyYahoo can aggregate many feeds and be accessed from any computer
  • 8. PubMed and RSS
    • PubMed can format searches into RSS
    • By adding a PubMed RSS feed to your aggregator, you will automatically receive updates to your search
  • 9. PubMed RSS example
    • Run a PubMed search and save the results as an RSS feed
    • Save the RSS feed in Firefox as a Live Bookmark
      • “ Send to” RSS feed with the pulldown menu
      • Click the “Create Feed” button
      • Click the button in the address bar and “Add PubMed search…”
  • 10. RSS elsewhere…
    • Librarians creating “canned searches” for RSS
    • Library blogs usually have RSS feeds
    • Major database vendors adding support for RSS (Ebsco, Ovid, etc.)
    • Almost all e-journal TOCs available as RSS
    • Web calendars, wish lists (Amazon, etc.), favorite comic strips…
    • Using RSS to keep up with your favorite wikis…
  • 11. OPML
    • To move your RSS feeds from one reader to another
      • Export your subscriptions as filename.opml
      • Then import to your new reader
    • Just like moving a contacts list or your bookmarks…
  • 12. Thanks for coming!
    • http://www.bloglines.com
    • http://reader.google.com
    • http://www.newsgator.com
    • Questions? Let us know!