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Surviving the Web Explosion: Keeping in touch with RSS


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Tutorial on how to use RSS to stay updated on current developments in your area of specialization or interest.

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Surviving the Web Explosion: Keeping in touch with RSS

  1. 1. Sukhdev Singh [Based on my lectures on Retrieving Biomedical Information] Surviving the Web Explosion: Keeping in touch with RSS
  2. 2. What is the size of the Web? <ul><li>Is this </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EXPLOSION ? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>INFORMATION OVERLOAD? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PROBLEM OF PLENTY? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ok Forget it. </li></ul>The estimates vary from 15 to some 30 billion Web pages. How to survive this EXPLOSION and Keep in Touch with current information in you area?
  3. 3. Two Ways
  4. 4. <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul>News Journals Databases Old Way: You go and find it.
  5. 5. <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul>News Journals Databases New Way: Let them come to you.
  6. 6. RSS is the way – New and Fast <ul><li>RSS (which, in its most recent format, stands for &quot;Really Simple Syndication&quot;) </li></ul><ul><li>Some expand it as - Rich Site Summary </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Easily stay informed by subscribing the latest content from the sites you are interested in. </li></ul><ul><li>You save time by not visiting each site individually. </li></ul><ul><li>Your privacy is maintained unlike subscribing to each site's email newsletter </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is Required for the NEW FAST way? <ul><li>A PLACE to mix the new content of your interest. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS READER </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The INGREDIENTS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. RSS READERs <ul><li>Desktop Softwares </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Online Services </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 12.
  11. 13. RSS Feeds <ul><li>Blogs – Most are RSS Enabled </li></ul><ul><li>News sites - Check for buttons </li></ul><ul><li>Databases – </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Execute your search query </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create RSS Feed </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 14. Connecting READER with FEEDS <ul><li>Clicking on RSS Button will reveal the URL of the RSS Feed </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the URL </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the URL in your READER while subscribing to the FEED. </li></ul>
  13. 15. OK, we will take an example
  14. 16. Say for Example <ul><li>I am interested in News – Let me know what current News are reported by in NDTV.COM </li></ul><ul><li>I read blogs, so let me know what is latest on Peter Suber’s Blog. </li></ul><ul><li>I want to know what all news articles has been deposited in my favorite repository - </li></ul><ul><li>What all new articles have been indexed in PubMed on the topic “Medical Informatics in India”? </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Ok, we will use Google Reader as our RSS Reader </li></ul>Login
  16. 18. <ul><li>Look for Add Subscription </li></ul>
  17. 19. Click on Add Subscription
  18. 20. Click on RSS button and Get URL of your RSS Feed for News
  19. 21. Just Look URL. COPY it with Ctrl + C
  20. 22. Paste the URL Here Ctrl+V
  21. 23. <ul><li>Wow, Your News are Here </li></ul>
  22. 24. Now let us add a feed from Blog now.
  23. 25. Repeat steps for Adding Subscription
  24. 26. <ul><li>Wow, Blog feed is here </li></ul>
  25. 27. <ul><li>Now for Repository. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for RSS Button. </li></ul>
  26. 28. Look for URL Above and Copy it.
  27. 29. Add Subscription
  28. 30. And you know it has been done!
  29. 31. Now let us create a feed from PubMED
  30. 32. Enter your Query as you do normally.
  31. 33. <ul><li>In Display Menu - Click on Drop Down Option for RSS </li></ul>
  32. 34. Click on Create Feed
  33. 35. Look for Small Orange Icon – and Click it.
  34. 36. Copy the URL of the Feed.
  35. 37. Add Subscription
  36. 38. And no surprise, It is Done
  37. 39. You can Manage yours RSS Subscriptions
  38. 41. See them all at one place. No need to go for each site.
  39. 43. You can even Export or Import your subscriptions to / from Other Readers
  40. 44. Want to tell the World? <ul><li>MASHUP </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Sites that allow quick building of content by RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can build a site that have content of interest of a particular domain. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share with everybody by telling its URL </li></ul></ul>
  41. 45. An Example
  42. 52. Thanks