Feed Your Need to Read: RSS Feeds


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Reading articles from your favourite journals gets a bit easier when you have the Contents sent to you as an RSS feed. To do this, you need to select a specialized application called an RSS feed reader, create an account, then sign up for some feeds. This session will show you how to do this for yourself.

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Feed Your Need to Read: RSS Feeds

  1. 1. Feed Your Need to Read Gwendolyn MacNairn Computer Science Librarian Dalhousie University Dal Libraries UnZipped September 1, 2011
  2. 2. Do you need to read?
  3. 3. Do you read online?
  4. 4. User Information “ Save the Time of the Reader” Ranganathan User Information Information Shifting
  5. 5. <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich Site Summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RDF Site Summary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Syndication describes the distribution </li></ul>RSS
  6. 6. <ul><li>Examples are popular cartoons or columns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dilbert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Margaret Wente </li></ul></ul>Common Source News Reader Syndication
  7. 7. HTML Browser Web page XML Aggregator Feed reader Source Language Applications Display
  8. 8. Publisher: Elsevier Database: ScienceDirect Reading Table of Contents (TOCs) for Scholarly Journals
  9. 9. <ul><li>Communications of the ACM (journal) </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Geist (blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology NPR (news) </li></ul>What do YOU read? Content is usually a variety of sources
  10. 10. Google Reader <ul><li>Communications of the ACM (journal) </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Geist (blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology NPR (news) </li></ul>Collect using an Aggregator
  11. 11. Sample Headline Headlines viewed in a Reader
  12. 12. Article viewed in a Reader
  13. 13. Same Headline on The Guardian webpage
  14. 14. Google Reader
  15. 15. <ul><li>Web-based aggregator </li></ul><ul><li>Free to use </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to create an account </li></ul><ul><li>Supports all major syndication formats </li></ul><ul><li>Customization features include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starring items to read later… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to share with others… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard shortcuts to Read with Speed </li></ul></ul>Reasons
  16. 16. Google Login
  17. 17. Check the (numbers) Choose to read these feeds
  18. 18. Read Headlines for ACM If interested – mark with a star
  19. 19. CRC Chair of Internet & E-commerce Law (blog) Read headlines & mark with a star
  20. 20. Some Headlines in the News
  21. 21. Display your Starred Items
  22. 22. Display your Starred Items One item kept from May
  23. 23. Google Login Expanded text sufficient…
  24. 24. Google Login Want more? Go to the website…
  25. 26. Google Login
  26. 27. Google Login Have time to read? Access the PDF…
  27. 28. Google Login Must be on campus
  28. 29. Find new Feeds
  29. 32. Manage Subscriptions Unsubscribe to Delete
  30. 33. When done …
  31. 34. <ul><li>Discover what “current awareness” method works for you </li></ul><ul><li>Define your constraints and accept them </li></ul><ul><li>Try RSS but start slow, only 10-15 sites/blogs/feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>time yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>add or delete, as needed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look for a &quot;community&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Always be on the lookout for new & better sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>weed & purge to keep it manageable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Customize the “tool” to meet YOUR needs </li></ul>Usage Tips
  32. 35. ? Questions ? Dal Libraries UnZipped (2011)