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    1. 1. 05/20/2008 Using Database RSS Feeds For Dynamic Web Content Get More from Your Library Databases Robin Hastings Information Technology Manager Missouri River Regional Library
    2. 2. Getting To Know You <ul><ul><li>HTML skills? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you expect from this workshop? </li></ul></ul> Virtual Handout!
    3. 3. <ul><li>*We* know what great stuff is in our subscription databases. How do we get our patrons to realize that? </li></ul>Put database results (and links) in front of them as often as possible!
    4. 4. <ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Definition, structure and usage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Break! </li></ul><ul><li>Database Search Feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EBSCOHost examples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Database Journal Alerts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EBSCOHost examples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Break! </li></ul><ul><li>Using RSS On Your Website </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing Your New Service </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Definition, structure and usage </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Feed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An xml file containing headlines and descriptions also called news feed, content feed, xml feed or web feed. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aggregator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-based aggregators allow individuals to subscribe to feeds online and read feeds in a web browser. Desktop aggregators are software programs installed locally that updates when feeds are updated. The aggregator shows new information and allow for users to read feeds. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OPML </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an XML-based format that allows exchange of outline-structured information between applications running on different operating systems and environments . </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Parser </li></ul><ul><ul><li>process of analyzing a sequence of tokens to determine grammatical structure with respect to a given (more or less) formal grammar. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subscribe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Syndicate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To supply information or content for simultaneous publications in several periodicals or web sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>eXtensible Markup Language </li></ul><ul><li>Father (mother?) of HTML, SGML, MathML, and a bunch of other MLs (as well as RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>Uses DTDs (Doc Type Definitions) or Schemas to define a language of tags </li></ul><ul><li>Tags define the data the machine expects and allows machines to read data </li></ul><ul><li>Validation </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><ul><li>XML-based language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RDF Site Summary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rich Site Summary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conceived in 1995 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First used in Netscape's “My Netscape” portal in 1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AOL didn't like it, downplayed it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Really took off in 2003 </li></ul></ul>It’s Not ATOM
    10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Items in a single channel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Each item contains title, link & description (tags with attributes) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PubDate enables “on demand” publishing – let aggregators know what is new </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li><rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> <channel> (title, link, description) </li></ul><ul><li><item> </li></ul><ul><li><title>Lloyd George Knew My Great-Great Grandmother.</title> </li></ul><ul><li><link>;db=afh&amp;AN=24441857&amp;site=ehost-live</link> </li></ul><ul><li><description>History Today; 03/01/2007&lt;br /&gt;(AN 24441857)&lt;br /&gt; Academic Search Elite</description> </li></ul><ul><li><author>Snow, Dan</author> </li></ul><ul><li><guid isPermaLink=&quot;false&quot;>afh_AN_24441857</guid> </li></ul><ul><li></item> </li></ul><ul><li></channel> </li></ul><ul><li></rss> </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Browsers are helpful – you might get a “subscribe” page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use View menu – choose Source option to see raw RSS code </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. <ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>News sites, blogs, libraries, stores... </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 23. <ul><li>New, cleaner search screen </li></ul><ul><li>Result list with user-customization features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preview the article’s citation from result list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limiters in right hand column </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My EbscoHost </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share with other EbscoHost users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Visual Search </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Search screen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of new features </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Branding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add your logo to EbscoHost’s pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Image View </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See images without opening the article </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improved bibliographic functions </li></ul>Coming June 2008!
    15. 25. <ul><ul><li>Easy – no server side tech required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unpredictable – their server goes down, your feed goes down </li></ul></ul>
    16. 26. <ul><ul><li> - Feed2JS </li></ul></ul>
    17. 27. <ul><ul><li> - RSS -To-Javascript </li></ul></ul>
    18. 28. <ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS Viewer & Feed Combiner </li></ul></ul>
    19. 29. <ul><li>Open Notepad, start a new file </li></ul><ul><li>Type in <html><title>RSS Test</title><body> </li></ul><ul><li>Copy in Javascript code from RSS to Javascript service </li></ul><ul><li>Type in </body></html> </li></ul><ul><li>Save the Notepad file </li></ul><ul><li>View your page in your browser </li></ul>
    20. 30. <ul><ul><li>Pre-written libraries available in lots of other languages (Ruby on Rails, Cold Fusion, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires PHP or ASP server side languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires some access to the server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires some knowledge of programming </li></ul></ul>
    21. 31. <ul><ul><li> - (JS or PHP)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> - (DreamWeaver Extension - PHP)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> - (PHP - free and for pay versions) ‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> - (ASP)‏ </li></ul></ul>
    22. 32. <ul><ul><li>Page created to show many different ways to put RSS on your site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each link shows an example of the way your feeds will look </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All links on all previous slides are on the virtual handout – don't forget! </li></ul>
    23. 33. DATABASE PROVIDERS OFFERING ALERT SERVICES <ul><ul><li>EBSCOhost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Muse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wilson Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thomson Gale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See links on virtual handout ( to lists that other libraries have created </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More every day… </li></ul></ul>
    24. 34. <ul><li>Find Articles ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Search Results (Yahoo! News Search, Google, Google News,, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    25. 35. <ul><li>Social Networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace, Facebook, Ning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Announcements – Blog, Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookmarking –, mag.nol.ia – bookmark it and share your account with the world! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Word-Of-Mouth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programs (mention it early & often!) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookmarks, flyers, brochures </li></ul></ul>