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What is RSS?. October 18 th, 2005 NJLLA Meeting Kevin Reiss Digital Services Librarian Rutgers-Newark School of Law. Do you know what RSS is?. Only 5% of you have a good idea (Pew Research) Nearly 1/3 of you have no idea (Pew Research)

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What is RSS?

October 18th, 2005 NJLLA Meeting

Kevin Reiss

Digital Services Librarian

Rutgers-Newark School of Law

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Do you know what RSS is?

  • Only 5% of you have a good idea (Pew Research)

  • Nearly 1/3 of you have no idea (Pew Research)

  • Becoming ubiquitous [rough estimate: 275 million daily users]

  • As information professionals you should have an idea

  • Topic at the recent AALL conference

  • Simple and useful tool

    • Current Awareness

    • Web Publishing

    • Organizational Communication

    • Content Syndication

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RSS - Really Simple Syndication

  • Earliest use appears in 1999

    • Simple way to publish regularly updated listings of news content

  • Adopted by “bloggers” as the mechanism to publish and disseminate their content

  • Also known as “Rich Site Summary”

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Let’s Make it Simple

  • A RSS-enabled webpage:

  • Is one you can subscribe to!

  • You use an aggregator to read RSS

  • RSS automatically lets you know when new content is present

  • New Mantra: Surf-Search-Subscribe

    • Steve Matthews, Vancouver Law Blog

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What is it Good For?

  • Tired of cluttered email?

  • Tired of remembering to visit bookmarks to monitor your favorite websites?

  • Want a helpful and efficient research aid?

  • Want to be ahead of the curve?

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RSS Stew

  • Feed

  • Internet Feed

  • Newsfeed

  • Web Feed

  • XML

  • Atom

  • RSS (.9, 1.0, 2.0)

  • Really Simple Syndication

  • Rich Site Summary

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Subscription by Aggregation

  • Turns XML into something you can read

  • Aggregators

    • Organize your subscriptions

    • Read them at your leisure

    • Search your subscriptions

    • Easy to use

    • Like using a typical email program

    • Many are available for free

  • Bloglines [http://www.bloglines.com]

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Aggregation Stew

  • Newsreader

  • Feedreader

  • RSS Reader

  • Reader

  • Aggregator

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RSS Example

  • NJ Case Feeds

    • New Jersey Appellate Decisions

    • New Jersey Federal District Court Decisions

    • New Jersey Administrative Law Initial Decisions

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Aggregation Tools

  • Subscriptions are portable

  • Desktop Applications

    • RSS Bandit

    • OWL

    • FeedDemon

  • Web-Based Tools

    • Bloglines

    • Google Reader

  • Integration with existing Software

    • MS Outlook RSS Plugins (numerous choices)

    • Live Bookmarks in Firefox

    • Google Personal Homepage

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Government Information

Database Queries


Local Information

Upcoming Events

Organizational Information

Judicial Nominations

SEC Filings

Press Releases

TOC of Publications (Ex: PLOS)

Your own email!

What Kind of Content is Available?

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Government Information

  • Patents

    • Ex: Drug Patents

  • SEC Filings

  • Agency Information

    • FDA

    • Department of Education

  • Judicial Nominations

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News Content

  • NY Times, BBC, CNN, Yahoo, Reuters, Google

    • http://www.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/index.html

    • http://news.yahoo.com/rss/

    • http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/rss/default.stm

    • http://today.reuters.com/rss/newsrss.aspx

    • http://news.google.com/news?ned=us&topic=w

  • Library News

    • Library Journal

  • Legal News

    • The Virtual Chase

    • BeSpacific

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  • The most popular RSS powered application

  • Short for “Weblog”

  • Not just about what your cat ate for dinner last night

  • A lot of useful information and observations from quality sources

  • Every talking head in any profession will soon have a Blog

  • Sometimes you want to follow what those talking heads are saying

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Personal vs. Professional Blogs

  • Personal Blogs are someone’s musings

  • Professional Blogs have valuable content

    • “Blawgs” by legal experts

    • Law Firms

    • Libraries

    • Bar Associations

    • Internal organizational communication

    • Ex: http://www.lisfeeds.com/

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Anatomy of a Blog

  • Title

  • Subscription Information

  • Calendar

  • Recent Topic List

  • Individual Posts

  • Permalinks (Important!)

  • Blogroll (What the Blogger Reads)

  • Interactive Features

    • Comments

    • Trackbacks

  • See Dennis Kennedy, Out of the Jungle

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New Jersey Law Blog

Law Librarian Blog

Firm Blogs ex: Clark & Wilson

Corporate Law Blog

Law Professor Blogs

Conference Blogs

Law Library Technology

Expert Blogs [Lawerence Lessing]

Upcoming Conference [LexBlogThink]

NJLLA Blawg… not yet

Enter the “Blawgosphere”

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Finding RSS + Blog Content

  • General Web Browsing (remember anatomy of a blog and RSS stew!)

  • RSS-only search engines technorati, blogdigger, feedster, google blogsearch

  • Web Directories

    • Rutgers Law Library Blawgs Index

    • The Virtual Chase

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RSS and New Jersey Legal Info

  • Little Activity Yet

    • RSS Feeds for Rutgers Published Decisions

      • Save a query coming soon

    • Some Firm Blogs, The New Jersey Law Blog

  • Future Directions

    • State Judiciary Information

    • Ex:http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/cert.htm

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Databases & RSS

  • Save your query as an RSS feed: Yahoo Example, Google News Example

  • Get notified of new matches

  • Westlaw

    • Integration Solutions

    • West Intraclip

  • Lexis

    • Publisher

  • Hubmed

    • Alternative interface to Pubmed

    • Save a query as RSS

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Syndicating RSS

  • Add RSS to part of a website you manage

  • Rutgers Library Examples

    • JURIST

    • Law Library Homepage

  • Incorporate N.J. Court Decisions into an Intranet

    • Law Library New Jersey RSS Page

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RSS and the Mobile Internet

  • Wireless apps are gaining popularity

  • RSS is well-positioned

    • It is platform neutral

  • Deliverable on any Internet ready device

    • Cell Phones

    • Blackberries

    • Whatever comes along

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RSS and Podcasts

  • A podcast is a RSS feed with audio content

  • You subscribe to it in the same manner as other RSS feeds

  • Your aggregator must be enabled for “podcatching”

  • Most but not all aggregators are

  • Good example: NPR Programs

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Publishing your own RSS

  • How would I do this for myself?

    • Free Online Services

    • Blogger

    • Typepad

  • How would I do this at the office?

    • Organizational Blogging Software

    • Movable Type

    • Wordpress

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Law Librarians as RSS Publishers

  • Check out other Law Librarians and what they are doing with Blogs: [http://library.law.wisc.edu/wisblawg/blogslistpublic.htm]

  • Stay informed RSS4lib

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Future Directions for RSS

  • Customized current awareness feeds

    • Attorneys

    • Faculty

    • Clients

  • Court RSS feeds

    • Upcoming Docket

    • Published Opinions

  • State RSS Publishing

  • Any type of PR

  • MS Vista Integration – Fall 2006

    • RSS will be an integral component of the “new” Windows coming next fall

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The New Internet – Enter Web 2.0

  • Services vs. Static Content - Introduction

  • Interactive & Customized Web applications

  • RSS; Blogs; Wikis; Blikis

  • Amazon Reviews + Recommendations

  • User-Tagged Materials

    • Del.icio.us - Social Bookmarks Manager http://del.icio.us/popular/blogs

    • Flickr – Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/libraries/

    • Technorati – Blog Content http://www.technorati.com/tags/rss

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Learn More

  • Tutorial [http://www.palinet.org/rss/toti/tsstutorial.htm]

  • Rutgers Law Library [http://law-library.rutgers.edu/workshops/blogs/]

  • RSS Portal [http://allrss.com/]

  • AALL [http://cssisblawgs.blogspot.com/]

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Kevin Reiss

Digital Services Librarian

Rutgers-Newark School of Law

[email protected]