Engineering Village Blogs & RSS
What is a “Blog”? Weblog = Blog A website powered by software that simplifies publishing, organizing, and syndicating Web content. “Blogosphere” “…the collective term encompassing all weblogs or blogs as a community or social network…”
Blog Anatomy 101 http://www.nickfinck.com
Types of Blogs • Personal • Personal diaries published on the web where people share their personal life experiences; friends, family, books, music and more – sometimes… • Commercial • Business blogs that are used to publish press releases, manage job boards, share information between internal project teams, develop deeper relationships with customers and more. • Professional • Businesses and professionals who decided to put their working life online using blogs as a platform such as engineers, librarians, lawyers and others.
Types of Blogs • Political • Blogs dominated by the discussion of political news and events • Internal Communication • Project management, class discussions, sharing commentary, news, and/or links about a particular topic that is of organizational importance
Blogs in Organizations • Improves distribution of information throughout your organization • Captures information for short and long term reference • Fosters cross-discipline communication of information • Localizes information and increases findability • Accommodates collaborative discussions
Blogs in Everyday life • Breaking, shaping, spinning the news. • Used by political candidates to recruit volunteers and money. • Eyewitness testimony. • Used as an information source in mainstream journalism courses. http://www.nickfinck.com
Some Examples Corporate Blog: Google Team Blog
Some Examples (Very) Personal Blog http://postsecret.blogspot.com
Finding Blogs, Managing Content Through Search Engines • Google (blogsearch.google.com) • Yahoo (Directory>Computers and Internet>Internet>World Wide Web>Weblogs) Specialized Directories • Technorati (http://www.technorati.com) • Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com)
Start Your Own • Blogger (http://www.blogger.com/).One of the most popular free blog hosts user can create a personal or a group blog for free. • GreyMatter(http://noahgrey.com/greysoft/)It is the 'original open source weblogging and journal software' on the web. It has several features like comments, 'karma' voting, templates, search, and bookmark etc. • LiveJournal (http://www.livejournal.com/)This popular free blog host is preferred by many individuals who enjoy a community-based blogging system. It is web-based and the sign-up process is quick and easy. • Multiply (http://multiply.com/)This is where blogging meets social networking. It also supports photo blogging and video/audio uploads. There are three membership levels: Free, Gold, and Platinum.
Blogs on Engineering Village • Allows you to Blog records from Engineering Village datasets • How can Blogged records help you? • Create a current awareness service highlighting new publications in a popular subject area. • Share information found on Engineering Village platform with an audience outside your organization.
Blog This • Click the ‘Blog This’ button and select the content that is showing in the box and paste it in your post. Once published in your post the title will link to the record’s abstract.
Blog a Record Give the post a title Paste the link Publish
What is RSS? RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". • It is a way to easily distribute a list of headlines, update notices, and sometimes content to a wide number of people. • It is used by computer programs that organize those headlines and notices for easy reading.
What problem does RSS solve? • Avoid repeatedly checking websites to see if there is any new content: Content is delivered to you • Avoid clutter and spam in your inbox • Handle notifications of changes to multiple websites easily, while the results are presented to you in a well organized manner
How does RSS work? • The website author maintains a list of notifications on their website in a standard way. This list of notifications is called an "RSS Feed". • Special computer programs called "RSS Aggregators" automatically access the RSS feeds of websites you care about on your behalf and organize the results for you. • Hundreds of thousands of websites now provide this feature, including major news organizations like the New York Times, the BBC, and Reuters, as well as many weblogs.
How is the information presented? RSS is made up of a list of items presented in order from newest to oldest Each item usually consists of a simple title describing the item along with a more a link to a web page with the actual information
RSS Aggregator Programs • Free, web-based news aggregator that makes it easy to keep up with your favorite blogs and RSS newsfeeds. • Windows application that reads and displays RSS newsfeeds based on XML. • RSS aggregator for the .NET framework. • Cross platform, open-sourced, syndicated news aggregator. • RSS news aggregator that runs in Microsoft Outlook • Web news reader and browser which provides access to news content from different sources • Offers an Internet Explorer add-on which integrates a bookmark manager, web sharing, RSS reader, and search. • Web-based feed reader. AND MANY MORE
How do I find out if a website has an RSS feed? • More and more websites to have RSS feeds. They usually indicate the existence of the feed on the home page or main news page with a link to "RSS", or sometimes by displaying an orange button with the letters “XML”
Adding A Feed • Click the XML button • Copy the link • Add feed Copy this link to your RSS aggregator Paste the Link and click “Add feed”
Search by Key Word Finding Library Related feeds Search by Category
Finding Library Related Feeds There are over 200 library related feeds Click on “subscribe” to add a feed
RSS Uses • Job Openings – You can provide a classifieds feed of job vacancies • Forum Headlines - support forums can provide a listing of new forum threads • News & Announcements - headlines, notices and any list of announcements. There are over 200 Library related feeds available. • Document listings - lists of added or changed pages, so that people don't need to constantly check for updates • Bookmarks and other external links - perfect for sharing lists of external links • Search results - to let people track changing or new results to their searches
RSS Feed From Engineering Village Copy the link provided and paste it in your RSS Aggregator to receive alerts via RSS feed.
Summary Use RSS feeds • Centralize online consumption of content and services. • Keep all your data in one place accessible everywhere. Use Blogs • Share information with peers. • Encourage collaboration and invite discussion