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  • - The ticTOCs project will provide the framework for a sustainable independent service that will enhance access to, and use of, newly published journal literature. The impact it will have on the research, learning and teaching communities can be summarised as follows: - Facilitating easier access to the latest scholarly articles will assist the information gathering processes of researchers and academics. It will also enhance the exploitation of research output, and increase usage of content from recently published journals. - Enabling users to locate, subscribe, and search within standardized journal TOC RSS feeds, and to aggregate, export and be alerted to new content within those feeds, with ease via one single personalisable web interface, will reduce the administrative load on researchers and academics. - Encouragement to publishers to produce standardised TOC RSS feeds will increase the interoperability of those feeds and their content. - An identifiable service which facilitates access to journal TOCS will give greater exposure to research and other scholarly output - Automatic unique one-click chicklets will simplify the subscription process to journal TOC RSS feeds. - Availability of content for reuse at external sites, and within VREs, will enhance those services. - The development of methods to automatically harvest the RSS feeds will potentially be of use in other scenarios – e.g. with respect to institutional or subject repository content. - Community networking input into the current awareness process will provide new ways to discover relevant content.
  • - The ticTOCs project will provide the framework for a sustainable independent service that will enhance access to, and use of, newly published journal literature. The impact it will have on the research, learning and teaching communities can be summarised as follows: - Facilitating easier access to the latest scholarly articles will assist the information gathering processes of researchers and academics. It will also enhance the exploitation of research output, and increase usage of content from recently published journals. - Enabling users to locate, subscribe, and search within standardized journal TOC RSS feeds, and to aggregate, export and be alerted to new content within those feeds, with ease via one single personalisable web interface, will reduce the administrative load on researchers and academics. - Encouragement to publishers to produce standardised TOC RSS feeds will increase the interoperability of those feeds and their content. - An identifiable service which facilitates access to journal TOCS will give greater exposure to research and other scholarly output - Automatic unique one-click chicklets will simplify the subscription process to journal TOC RSS feeds. - Availability of content for reuse at external sites, and within VREs, will enhance those services. - The development of methods to automatically harvest the RSS feeds will potentially be of use in other scenarios – e.g. with respect to institutional or subject repository content. - Community networking input into the current awareness process will provide new ways to discover relevant content.

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  • 1. ticTOCs – The Future ofUnlocking the Value ofPublisher’s RSS feeds? John Shaw Director of Publishing Technologies SAGE
  • 2. • Overview• RSS review – use in academic publishing• What is ticTOCs – Background – Partners – Aims and objectives – Timelines – Project deliverables ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 3. OverviewState of academic research and content available• 20-25k peer reviewed journals• > 60% published online• 5.5 million researchers globally• Efficiency in discovering content desired• Email alerts most prevalent for use in journals• RSS TOC alerts availability growing – Over 38 publishers totaling more than 7000 feeds• RSS confusing to many ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 4. What is RSS?Vocabulary… – XML (ĕks’ĕm-ĕl’) NOUN: A metalanguage written in SGML that allows one to design a markup language, used to allow for the easy interchange of documents on the World Wide Web – RSS (är’ĕs’ĕs) NOUN: A lightweight XML format designed for sharing headlines and other web content – ATOM (ăt’әm) NOUN: An XML-based document format for the syndication of web content such as weblogs and new headlines ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 5. What is RSS?What RSS IS … – An increasingly popular tool being used by Fortune 500 companies – A very quick and easy way to syndicate content online – A new way to push content alerts, corporate news, and new product information – A potential revenue stream in the coming years – An answer to e-mail overload ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 6. The History and the Hype …Background …1997 – Microsoft created Channel Definition Format for the Active Channel feature of IE 4.01997 – David Winer designed an XML-based format for syndication of his Scripting News weblog1999 – Dan Libby of Netscape created an XML-based format for use with My Netscape Portal2002 – David Winer created RSS 2.0 and renamed the format to Really Simple Syndication2003 – Aaron Swartz designed RSS 3.02003 – Atom specification developed ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 7. Who Uses It and What Does it Look Like? How do you find it on a site? ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 8. What Does Lightweight XML (RSS) Look Like? <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?> - <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/" <title>Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin current issue</title> <link>http://psp.sagepub.com</link> <description>Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin RSS feed -- current issue</description> <prism:issn>0146-1672</prism:issn> - <items> - <rdf:Seq> <rdf:li rdf:resource="http://psp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/31/10/1315?rss=1" /> </rdf:Seq> </items> - <title> <![CDATA[ Forgiveness and Its Associations With Prosocial Thinking, Feeling, and Doing Beyond the Relationship With the Offender ]]> </title> <link>http://psp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/31/10/1315?rss=1</link> - <description> <![CDATA[ <p><I>Past research has revealed that forgiveness promotes prosocial cognition, feeling, and behavior toward the offender..</I></p> ]]> </description> <dc:creator>Karremans, J. C., Van Lange, P. A. M., Holland, R. W.</dc:creator> <dc:date>2005-09-02</dc:date> ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 9. Who Uses It and What Does it Look Like?What doesan RSSfeed looklike? ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 10. Who Uses It and What Does it Look Like?What doesan RSS feedlook like? ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 11. What is ticTOCs?• The aim of the ticTOCs project is to develop a freely available service which will transform journal current awareness by making it easy for academics and researchers to find, display, store, combine and reuse tables of contents from multiple publishers in a personalisable web based environment.• Facilitate the re-use of aggregated journal TOC content on a subject basis by gateways, subject- based resource discovery services, library services and others, where it can act as a showcase of the latest research output. ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 12. What is ticTOCs?• JISC funded research project• University, publisher, and third party backed development project and service• Projected deployment of “basic” service in April 2008 ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 13. ticTOCs PartnersUniversity of Liverpool Library Oxford University Press(lead),Heriot-Watt University SAGECranfield University Institute of PhysicsCrossRef Inderscience PublishersProQuest MIMASRefWorks Open J-GateEmerald IntuteNature Publishing Group Directory of Open Access Journals ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 14. What is ticTOCs? - Objectives• Create a ticTOCs web-based environment that allows researchers to easily discover, subscribe to, search within, be alerted to, aggregate, personalise, export and reuse standardised Table of Contents RSS feeds and their content from any networked PC at their convenience• To facilitate the exploitation and acquisition (via site license, subscription, open access or purchases) of the full text of articles discovered by users via ticTOCs, in the period shortly after their publication• To facilitate the re-use of aggregated journal TOC content on a subject or topic basis by gateways, subject-based resource discovery services, library services, VREs and other services, where it can be exposed to a wider market, act as a showcase of the latest research output, and deliver relevant content to researchers. ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 15. What is ticTOCs? - Objectives• To enable library and information services, publishers, gateways, content aggregators and journal directories to allow their users to embed journal TOC RSS feeds of interest, with one click, into a freely available personalisable web-based interface which will perform as a current awareness environment.• To create advocacy materials on journal TOC RSS standardisation, and thereby facilitate their interoperability and improve the quality of their data.• To develop a business plan to maintain ticTOCs as a self-sustaining service, free to the individual end user, after the project phase• To disseminate the findings of the project to ensure knowledge transfer ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 16. ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 17. Sample screenshot of ticTOC serviceticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 18. ticTOCs - Timelines• ticTOCs Stage 1. Initial Setup, first technical development cycle, and Prototype. April 2007 to November 2007• ticTOCs Stage 2. Prototype enhancement, service release, second technical development cycle, business model. Dec 2007 to June 2008• ticTOCs Stage 3. Further development, innovative investigations. July 2008 to November 2008• ticTOCs Stage 4. Integration of realistic innovative developments in third technical development cycle, further promotion, handover to self-sustaining service. December 2008 to March 2009. ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 19. ticTOCs - Deliverables• Public blog to report on progress with the project• Prototype ticTOCs site• Content for reuse at third party sites• Advocacy materials on journal TOC RSS standardisation• Sustainable business model• Full, public ticTOCs site• Promotional materials for launch of full ticTOCs service• Final report• Completion report ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 20. Why participate?• Researchers want to find content!• Community/Social networking of RSS• Usage of journal content (publisher)• Service will be supported by publishing and library community• Initial take-up and support is simple• Emerging new standard that has the potential to change the way we use RSS ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 21. Additional Resources:ticTOCs website: http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/RSS and ticTOCs: http://www.slideshare.net/libram/journal-current-awareness-past-present-futureticTOCs news: http://tictocsnews.wordpress.com/ticTOCs review:http://www.rss4lib.com/2007/07/tictocs_journal_tables_of_cont.htmlRSS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)Project Manager for ticTOCs: Joe HiltonAddress: Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, Chatham St, PO Box 123Liverpool, United Kingdom, L69 3DA.Email: jo555@liverpool.ac.uk ticTOCS SSP – November 2007
  • 22. Thank you John Shaw john.shaw@sagepub.comticTOCS SSP – November 2007