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  1. Web 2.0 and RSS : An Introduction Chris Lerch Library Technical Services RIT

  2. What is Web 2.0? • “A…second-generation of Internet-based services — such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies — that let people collaborate and share information online in previously unavailable ways.” --O’Reilly Media

  3. Web 2.0 vs. Web 1.0 Web 1.0Web 2.0 Reading Writing Companies Communities HTML XML, AJAX Surfing RSS Taxonomy Folksonomy Owning Sharing Web Forms Web Applications Dialup Broadband Web Pages Blogs AOL, eBay, Internet Explorer Firefox, Flickr, Digg

  4. Folksonomys • “A folksonomy is an Internet-based information retrieval methodology consisting of collaboratively generated, open-ended labels that categorize content such as Web pages, online photographs, and Web links.” -- Wikipedia

  5. Tagging • Classifying information in multiple ways • Popular uses include files, email messages, web pages, bookmarks, digital pictures, other interests

  6. Social Bookmarking • Del.icio.us • Remotely store your bookmarks • Make them public or private • Tag them • Discover what others are sharing and tagging

  7. Photo Sharing • Flickr • Upload digital photos • Tag and share • Links created for blogging, etc.

  8. Collaboration • Wikis • A web page that can be edited by multiple people • Wikipedia • The largest Wiki

  9. Online Applications • Google Documents • Word processing. Spreadsheets. presentations • Stored on external server, accessible from any computer • Can be shared • Meebo • Online unified chat • Google Calendar • Online, can be viewed, subscribed to and shared • Zoho, Ajax Write,NumSum, 30Boxes • Google competitors

  10. News • Digg • User submitted content, voted and commented on by other users • Newsvine • A mix of user submitted, user created and traditional news content

  11. Blogs • Professional and personal • Web Based • Blogger • Wordpress • Server Based • Movable Type • Wordpress

  12. RSS • Really Simple Syndication • Subscribe to web pages, blogs, podcasts • Readers • Client based (Outlook, NewsGator) • Web based (Bloglines, Google Reader)

  13. What’s Next? • Full office suites (Google, Zoho,ThinkFree) • More customized search and portals • Mashups - APIs

  14. What’s Next (con’t) • Next generation of social sites (i.e. Myspace 2.0) – immediacy will be king. • Facebook • Twitter • Pownce

  15. What’s Next for Libraries • Library 2.0 • Innovative’s Encore • Aquabrowser • Worldcat Local • LibraryThing for Libraries • LibraryFind • eXtensible Catalog • Plymouth State

  16. Review • Video: The Machine is Us/ing Us • Mike Wesch, Kansas State

  17. What is RSS? • RSS is a type of web feed used to publish frequently updated web content. • Blogs • News • Podcasts • Any type of web content

  18. What is RSS? • “RSS” has stood for three things over the course of its development: • RDF Site Summary (1999) • Rich Site Summary (2001) • Really Simple Syndication (2002) • Atom (2003) is another RSS offshoot

  19. Readers • Applications that people use to monitor and read RSS feeds are called “Readers” or “Aggregators”. • You subscribe to a feed and then the reader periodically checks for updates and presents them to use.

  20. Desktop Readers • Dozens to choose from • PC: FeedDemon, NewsGator, FeedReader • Mac: NetNewsWire, Vienna • Advantages: Can read offline, lots of features • Disadvantages: No portability, tied to a single machine

  21. Browser Readers • FireFox, Safari, IE7, Opera, Flock • Advantages: Never leave the browser • Disadvantages: Poor/no synchronization

  22. Web Based Readers • 50+ different ones • Most popular: Google Reader, Bloglines • Web Portals: MyYahoo, Google Homepage, Netvibes • Advantages: Portability/Synchronization • Disadvantage: Must be online

  23. Other Readers • Outlook 2007 • Outlook 2003 works with add-ons • Windows Mobile • Advantages: Familiarity • Disadvantages: Not as many features, no portability.

  24. Which Sites Have Feeds? • Most content-drive sites • New York Times • CNN • Democrat & Chronicle • Digg • Blogs

  25. How Do I Know if a Site Has a Feed? • Most browsers (Firefox, IE7, Safari) will display an RSS Icon. • Many sites list their RSS Feeds

  26. How Do I Know if a Site Has a Feed? Some sites have links to popular readers

  27. How Do I Subscribe to a Feed? • Varies by reader, browser and web site. • When in doubt, click on the buttons! • You may have to cut and paste a link into your reader. • Bookmarklets may be available

  28. What’s in a Feed? • Text (usually formatted) • Pictures • Music • Video • Format is defined in the XML for the RSS

  29. Reading Feeds • Different readers have different features • Clicking on an item will display some or all of the content. • Clicking again will take you to the original source.

  30. Import/Export • You can move your feeds from one reader to another by exporting and importing them (OPML)

  31. Review • Video: RSS in Plain English • Lee LeFever (commoncraft)

  32. www.getfirefox.com del.icio.us www.flickr.com www.pbwiki.com docs.google.com www.zoho.com calendar.google.com www.digg.com www.newsvine.com www.blogger.com www.wordpress.com www.twitter.com reader.google.com www.bloglines.com www.netvibes.com http://www.aquabrowser.com/ http://www.iii.com/encore/splash.html http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/200659.htm http://www.librarything.com/forlibraries/ http://www.plymouth.edu/library/ http://www.extensiblecatalog.info/ Check Out: http://del.icio.us/crlwml