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Searching the “New” Web: Blogs & RSS . ORALL Annual Meeting October 13, 2005 Presented by Bonnie Shucha UW Law Library [email protected] What Is the Difference Between a Blog and a Web Site?. A blog IS a Web site However, the structure is slightly different than a traditional website .

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Searching the “New” Web: Blogs & RSS

ORALL Annual Meeting

October 13, 2005

Presented by Bonnie Shucha

UW Law Library

[email protected]


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What Is the Difference Between a Blog and a Web Site?

  • A blog IS a Web site

    • However, the structure is slightly different than a traditional website

All convertibles are cars,

but not all cars are convertibles

All blogs are Web sites,

but not all Web sites are blogs


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What Is the Difference Between a Blog and a Web Site?

  • As with any Web site. . .

    • There are some really great blogs

    • There are some really rotten ones

    • And there are a lot of them in between


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Blog Characteristics

  • Brief informational posts arranged in reverse chronological order

  • Timestamp for each post

  • Archives of previously posted content

  • Comment feature offers interactivity


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The Blogosphere

  • There are 14.2 Million weblogs with over 1.3 billion links

  • The blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 months

  • A new blog is created about every second and over 80,000 created daily

From:

Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere http://www.technorati.com/weblog



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The Importance of Blogs

  • Help our patrons and ourselves:

    • Stay informed about areas of interest

    • Get up-to-the-minute news & information

    • See viewpoints outside the mainstream media


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Example: WisBlawg

Blawg=

Law-related blog

WisBlawg offers legal research and Internet news

& information with an emphasis on Wisconsin

WisBlawg

is viewed

about 100

times per day

http://wisblawg.blogspot.com


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Blog Features

  • Informational posts with links to relevant sites

  • Images (optional)

  • Comment feature


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Finding Blogs

  • Law Library Blogs

    • 48 blogs associated with a library

    • 20 blogs by law librarians

    • 7 law library association or committee blogs

    • For a list, see the “Shucha List” athttp://library.law.wisc.edu/wisblawg/blogslistpublic.htm


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Finding Blogs

  • Other Library Related Blogs

    • Blogwithoutalibrary http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/links.html

      • List of blogs by library type

    • Library Weblogs http://www.libdex.com/weblogs.html

      • List of blogs by country

    • LIS Blogsource http://lisblogsource.net/

      • Blog about library blogs


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Finding Blogs

  • Law Blogs (Blawgs)

    • RSS News Feeds for Law, TVC Alert -http://www.virtualchase.com/resources/rss_law.html

    • Blawg: Law & Legal Related Weblogs -http://www.blawg.org/


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Searching Blog Content

  • Blog Search Engines

    • Google Blog Searchhttp://blogsearch.google.com/

    • Feedsterhttp://feedfinder.feedster.com/

    • Technoratihttp://www.technorati.com/

    • Daypophttp://www.daypop.com/


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Evaluating Blogs

  • BlogPulse - http://blogpulse.com/profile

    • Tool to help you evaluate the content and influence of a blog

      • who authors it

      • how active the blog is

      • how it ranks compared to other blogs

      • what it's about


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Reading Blogs

  • Good - As a Web page

    • Stay current but requires reader to visit multiple sites daily to check for updates

  • Better - Via a RSS feed

    • All updates delivered to one location

    • Read multiple feeds in one place


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RSS

  • What Is RSS?

    • Rich Site Summary OR Really Simple Syndication

See LawLibTech (Cindy Chick) RSS Tutorial: What Is RSS,

http://www.lawlibtech.com/archives/000098.html


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RSS Feeds Other Than Blogs

  • Law-Related

    • Dockets

    • Recent opinions

    • Journal tables of contents

    • Government agency news

      See TVC Alert’s RSS News Feeds for Law, http://www.virtualchase.com/resources/rss_law.html


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RSS Feeds Other Than Blogs

  • Other

    • Newspapers

    • Custom News Alerts

      • Feedster

      • Google News Alerts

    • SEC Filings

    • Product Recalls


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RSS for Library Content

  • Databases

    • ProQuest -http://www.il.proquest.com/proquest/rss/

    • SFX & Metalib (RSS Creator) - http://public.csusm.edu/dwalker/rss.htm

  • OPACs

    • Innovative Interfaces - http://www.iii.com/news/pr_template.php?id=256


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RSS Feeds Other Than Blogs

  • Coming Soon?

    • LexisNexis ECLIPSE

    • Westclip – Already available with West IntraClip


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RSS

  • “Anyone who needs to monitor current news on a regular basis will need to understand and use RSS in some form going forward.”

    Source: LawLibTech RSS Tutorial: What Is RSS, http://www.lawlibtech.com/archives/000098.html


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RSS Readers

Turns RSS feed…

… into something

readable


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RSS Readers

  • Click on or RSS link on blog or web site to get the URL for the feed

  • Subscribe to the feed with a RSS reader which displays it in readable format

  • With a RSS reader, multiple feeds are delivered to a single software or Web application


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RSS Readers

  • RSS readers are also known as:

    • RSS aggregators

    • news readers

    • news aggregators


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Free RSS Readers

  • Web-based

    • MyYahoo - http://my.yahoo.com/

    • Bloglines - http://www.bloglines.com

    • Pluck (Web or IE Plug-in) - http://www.pluck.com/


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Free RSS Readers

  • Software

    • FeedReader - http://www.feedreader.com/

    • RSS Bandit - http://www.rssbandit.org/


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Bloglines

  • Free Web-based RSS reader

  • Use to read:

    • RSS feeds

    • Email Listservs!

  • Subscribe at http://www.bloglines.com/

  • Tutorial movie (UC Berkeley Library):http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/rss.html




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Drawbacks of RSS Readers

  • Can’t easily reply to posts

  • Posts not saved – unless you save them

  • May get ads from some feeds or readers

  • Predictions that spy ware will soon invade RSS


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