Yahoo! Pipes

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Yahoo! Pipes

  1. 1. Yahoo! Pipes<br />(the 7.5 minute overview for Corporate Librarians / Information Professionals)<br />Alexander Feng<br />
  2. 2. What is Yahoo! Pipes?<br />“Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.” (pipes.yahoo.com)<br />…Or to put it another way that helps us:<br />Combines internet data from multiple sources and feeds it into one:RSS feed, web page, map, slide show, list, Sharepoint page, email newsletter, phone, Twitter, Facebook … <br />
  3. 3. How It Helps<br />Combines multiple RSS streams into one feed<br />Enables custom filtering of RSS content<br />On-the-fly translation of content<br />Enables reformatting & publishing to other platforms / intranet (Sharepoint, email)<br />Enables RSS for non-RSS sites<br />Integrates with a web page easily (embed tags)<br />
  4. 4. Three “Easy” Use Cases<br />
  5. 5. Sample Use #1 (very easy)<br />Combine multiple RSS feeds into one<br />
  6. 6. Combine this content(and sort by date)<br />
  7. 7. End result:<br />http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=72bd80d1d4cec7efa106b3ab93daaef5<br />(this is an RSS feed; it also can go on a webpage (embed) or in an email, to phone)<br />
  8. 8. Sample Use #2 & #3 (easy)<br />- Add RSS feeds that need filtering<br />- Foreign language sources<br />
  9. 9. Add this feed(but only add the P&G stuff)<br />Solution: Filter by “Procter” for this feed only<br />http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=d06de4ad3a180be12926aa106ece4a31<br />
  10. 10. Add this French blog(but I want to read it in English)<br />http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=821f7a4419dd4d1c36be4f49105ade65<br />
  11. 11. Just the tip of the iceberg…<br /><ul><li> Create your own feed for web pages without RSS feeds
  12. 12. Modify embedded links in RSS
  13. 13. Say, to redirect a link to Factiva instead of Lexis-Nexis
  14. 14. Merge with Geolocation and display on a map
  15. 15. Say, all the P&G news mapped by location
  16. 16. Pull from CSV or XML files
  17. 17. XBRL possibilities…
  18. 18. Using helper applications
  19. 19. Create an integrated, branded RSS email newsletter
  20. 20. Archive your custom feeds for future reference</li></li></ul><li>Potential Gotchas<br />Requires IE7 or Firefox<br />Entirely hosted by Yahoo!<br />Only for items which are online <br />(no items requiring authentication & proxy*)<br />Tied to one username<br />For advanced items, may need web know-how<br />*doable, but difficult<br />
  21. 21. Introductory Resources<br />Pipes website:<br />http://pipes.yahoo.com<br />Primer on Pipes:<br />http://www.slaw.ca/2008/06/22/yahoo-pipes-tutorial-for-feed-mixing/<br />Other Yahoo Pipes tutorials:<br />http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/docs?doc=tutorials<br />

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