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Presentation to Jennifer Book and Andrew Blair's course Overseas Teachers 2: computers and multimedia, 26 july 2007

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  1. 1. Blogs and RSS feeds Tom Roper, Resources Coordinator, Sussex Language Institute
  2. 2. My education in blogging <ul><li>Professional: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>current awareness service for medical educators using blog to deliver: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>METRO project: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical humanities: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language learning: http: //languagelearningcentre . wordpress .com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http: //tomroper . typepad .com/marathon2005/ </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Defining blogs <ul><li>http://www. sussex .ac. uk/library/electronic/ </li></ul>
  4. 4. The anatomy of blogs <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is RSS? <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0) </li></ul><ul><li>RDF Site Summary (RSS 1.0 and RSS 0.90) </li></ul><ul><li>Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91) </li></ul><ul><li>Atom </li></ul>
  6. 6. RSS in the raw <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC &quot;-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN&quot; &quot;;> <html xmlns=&quot;; dir=&quot;ltr&quot; lang=&quot;en&quot;> <head profile=&quot;;> <meta http-equiv=&quot;Content-Type&quot; content=&quot;text/html; charset=UTF-8&quot; /> <title>Off-message cake &laquo; Language Learning Resources</title> <meta name=&quot;generator&quot; content=&quot;; /> <!-- leave this for stats --> <meta name=&quot;author&quot; content=&quot;Ainslie Johnson / Original design by Andreas Viklund -; /> <link rel=&quot;stylesheet&quot; href=&quot;; type=&quot;text/css&quot; media=&quot;screen&quot; />
  7. 7. What is RSS (2)? <ul><li>XML-based </li></ul><ul><li>Machine readable but not human readable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hence newsreaders: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>online: eg Bloglines, Google Reader, Newsgator online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>offline: NetNewsWire </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Reading feeds offline: NetNewsWire
  9. 9. Reading feeds online:Newsgator
  10. 10. Find blogs <ul><li>Technorati: </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstream search engines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eg </li></ul></ul>