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  • RSS Workshop

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