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lisa rogers tictocs and gold dust
Lisa Rogers

ticTOCs and Gold Dust

Advanced Uses of RSS

ticTOCS &

Gold Dust

about me
About Me

Research Associate at ICBL


Gold Dust

use and re use of rss
Use and Re-Use of RSS

Viewed in RSS Reader/Browser

Individual Use

Embedded into websites.

Others displaying your news on their websites

Machine to Machine Use

Used by service providers and aggregators such as News Now, ticTOCs and Gold Dust.

categories of rss feeds
Categories of RSS Feeds

General Feeds

News, Blogs, Job Adverts, Events, Website Updates, etc.

More Specific Feeds

Journal Tables of Contents, Items in Institutional Repositories, Learning Resources, Calls for Funding, Conference Announcements, Industry News, Calls for Papers, etc.

rss formats
RSS Formats

RSS 1.0

Uses RDF

Can be extended through use of Modules DC, PRISM etc.

Provides more structured metadata

RSS 2.0

Simple format

Generally used to provide textual updates, news, blogs etc.

journal table of contents
Journal Table of Contents

Many Publishers are now providing RSS feeds for TOCs.

Quality of data provided varies

Little standardisation


JISC funded Project Piloting a current awareness service.

Collection of over 11,000 Journal TOC RSS feeds from over 300 publishers

Allows users to find feeds to export to their own reader or view in ticTOCs

Will produce guidelines for publishers producing RSS feeds.

guidelines for publishers of tocs
Guidelines for Publishers of TOCs

Use RSS 1.0 specification

Use RSS 1.0 Modules (dc, prism)‏

Use well formed and valid XML files for your TOC RSS feeds

Use the RSS Content Module to present HTML marked up content.

Do not restrict access to TOC RSS feeds.

Produce regular static copies of RSS feeds for fast downloading

Provide a choice of feeds (e.g current issue, recent issues)‏

Provide up-to-date OPML files

gold dust
Gold Dust

JISC funded Research project investigating alerting users about items of interest based on usage of ticTOCs.

Testing using 50 Engineers

Push highly relevant items from other RSS feeds.

the future for tictocs
The Future for ticTOCs

Embedding ticTOCs into the research process

Standardising TOC RSS feeds

Increasing the number of TOC RSS feeds

the future for gold dust
The Future for Gold Dust

Develop auto discovery and delivery services

Explore possibility of similar service in domains other than engineering.

any questions
Any Questions?

Lisa Rogers