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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!
      • Questions? Let us know!