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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

What is RSS?

October 18th, 2005 NJLLA Meeting

Kevin Reiss

Digital Services Librarian

Rutgers-Newark School of Law

do you know what rss is
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
rss r eally s imple s yndication
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”
let s make it simple
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
what is it good for
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?
rss stew
RSS Stew
  • Feed
  • Internet Feed
  • Newsfeed
  • Web Feed
  • XML
  • Atom
  • RSS (.9, 1.0, 2.0)
  • Really Simple Syndication
  • Rich Site Summary
subscription by aggregation
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]
aggregation stew
Aggregation Stew
  • Newsreader
  • Feedreader
  • RSS Reader
  • Reader
  • Aggregator
rss example
RSS Example
  • NJ Case Feeds
    • New Jersey Appellate Decisions
    • New Jersey Federal District Court Decisions
    • New Jersey Administrative Law Initial Decisions
aggregation tools
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
what kind of content is available
News

Government Information

Database Queries

Commentary

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?
government information
Government Information
  • Patents
    • Ex: Drug Patents
  • SEC Filings
  • Agency Information
    • FDA
    • Department of Education
  • Judicial Nominations
news content
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
blogs
Blogs
  • 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
personal vs professional blogs
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/
anatomy of a blog
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
enter the blawgosphere
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”
finding rss blog content
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
rss and new jersey legal info
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
databases rss
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
syndicating rss
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
rss and the mobile internet
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
rss and podcasts
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
publishing your own rss
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
law librarians as rss publishers
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
future directions for rss
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
the new internet enter web 2 0
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
learn more
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/]
questions
Questions?

Kevin Reiss

Digital Services Librarian

Rutgers-Newark School of Law

kreiss@kinoy.rutgers.edu