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rss blogs and wikis slaig surrey library and information group 20 th february 2007

RSS, Blogs and WikisSLAIG - Surrey Library and Information Group20th February 2007

Karen Blakeman

RBA Information Services, UK

UKeiG Committee Member

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

rss vs blogs vs wikis
RSS vs Blogs vs Wikis
  • RSS
    • a means of delivering information to the user
  • Blogs and wikis
    • means of publishing information
    • both are content management systems
    • can be quick and easy to use
    • can also be used as collaborative tools within organisations and outside of the organisation
    • both can automatically generate RSS feeds

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

what is rss
What is RSS?
  • Stands for Really Simple Syndication, or Rich Site Summary or RDF site summary
    • depends on version
      • Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.9x)
      • RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)
      • Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.x)
    • also Google’s ATOM
    • written in XML
      • extensible markup language
    • look for the orange logos
  • A means of delivering headlines, alerts, tables of contents

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

why isn t rss more popular
Why isn’t RSS more popular?
  • Need a feed reader to read them and get the most out of the technology
  • Web based readers

or

  • Programs on your desktop machine, laptop, Blackberry, mobile
  • Will all change:
    • RSS reader incorporated into IE 7 and Outlook 2007
    • soon rolling out onto people’s desktops

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

raw rss feed
Raw RSS feed

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feeds in omea
Feeds in Omea

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

http www google com reader
http://www.google.com/reader

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

http www bloglines com
http://www.bloglines.com/

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feeds in outlook 2007
Feeds in Outlook 2007

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who does rss
Who does RSS?
  • Lots of people
    • Companies and organisations, for example CILIP, UKeiG
      • for delivering news of training and events, headlines and abstracts of newsletter articles, blog headlines, discussions in web based communities of practice
    • many news services now offer RSS feeds
      • Yahoo News, Google News, Moreover
      • BBC, newspapers, magazines, Factiva
    • professional, scientific, trade press
      • BMJ, New Scientist, Information World Review etc.
    • Individuals, companies

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

rss vs email alerts and newsletters
RSS vs email alerts and newsletters
  • Bypasses the spam filters
  • Reduces the overload in your inbox
    • separate email alerts, headlines etc from urgent email
  • Quicker and easier to scan individual headlines within an alert and decide what is relevant
  • Can set up filters to pick up stories that mention specific products, companies etc. as the feeds come in
  • All your alerts are in one place
    • can read them source by source, altogether, by date and time, whatever!

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

rss vs email alerts and newsletters 2
RSS vs email alerts and newsletters (2)
  • You control when you receive and read the feeds
    • look at your feeds when you want to
    • set up default update frequency for all your feeds
    • can change frequency of update and alerting for individual feeds
      • not always available in web based readers
  • Easier to “unsubscribe”
    • just hit delete!
  • Easy to select and forward interesting, individual stories to users, colleagues, clients

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

adding a feed to your reader
Adding a feed to your reader
  • Spotted an interesting RSS feed?
    • Click on the RSS, XML, Atom or feed logo
      • sometimes the URL of the feed is displayed in the text of the page
    • Copy the URL of the feed page
    • Paste into the Add or Subscribe box of your reader
      • there may be additional options you can select
  • OR
    • Depending on your feed reader, there may be buttons, right click options, browser plug-ins that will directly ‘subscribe’ you
  • That's it!

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

want to change feed readers
Want to change feed readers?
  • No problem
  • Export your list of feeds to an OPML file (Outline Processor Markup Language)
  • Import the OPML file into your new feed reader
    • Note: will not import program specific filters or rules

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

rss readers
RSS readers
  • RSS Compendium
    • http://allrss.com/
  • Web based readers
    • access from any terminal or PC
    • options and functions not as comprehensive as most PC programs
    • Newsgator.com, Bloglines.com, www.google.com/reader/
  • Desktop programs
    • plugins for Outlook e.g. Newsgator
    • standalone programs e.g. Omea, Feed Demon
    • Outlook 2007 and IE 7 have RSS capability built in
  • Newsgator suite of programs can synchronize between web account and desktop reader

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

add feeds to your web page
Add feeds to your web page
  • Incorporate feeds in your web pages using javascript, php, asp etc.
  • Third part services e,g, RapidFeeds, Feed2js.org

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

bbc news feeds on your site
BBC news feeds on your site
  • http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/3223484.stm

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

disadvantages of rss
Disadvantages of RSS
  • At present, have to make the effort to set up a web based reader or download and install a program
    • will change when IE7 and MS Office 2007 start to become more widely adopted
  • Not all publishers provide RSS feeds as well as email alerts
  • It is seriously addictive!!

“Sorry, have to go – got to squeeze 5 minutes work in between feed updates”

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

blogs
Blogs
  • What is a blog?
    • short for weblog
    • content management system with attitude!
    • publishes information chronologically
    • content can range from self-indulgent drivel to extreme erudition
    • easy to use and publish from anywhere, hence the high proportion of utter rubbish in the blogosphere

“Vodcasts and blogs are to the noughties what graffiti was to the Seventies: mindless scrawls reading: 'I woz ere.' It says: 'I'm a moron, but worship me anyway.”

The Observer, 3rd December 2006

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1962820,00.html

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

blogs 2
Blogs (2)
  • Blogs by industry gurus are a good way of keeping up to date with what is happening in a sector
  • Good way of disseminating information on new services, product launches and new developments
    • can use the comments option to encourage feedback
  • Internal blogs to document project progress
  • Can even be used to generate web sites
    • http://www.newsbriefsoman.info/
  • Most automatically generate RSS feeds

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

anatomy of a blog 1
Anatomy of a blog (1)

Hosted on a web site with its own domain name

Most recent posting at the top

Author profile

Option for comments

Tags or index terms

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

anatomy of a blog 2
Anatomy of a blog (2)

Links to related sites and feeds

Blogroll of related blogs

Links to archives

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

ukeig collaborative blog
UKeiG collaborative blog

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english cut
English Cut

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do you know you are looking at a blog
Do you know you are looking at a blog?

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

corporate blogging
Corporate blogging
  • Makovsky 2006 State of Corporate Blogging Survey
    • http://www.makovsky.com/mak/corporatebloggingsurvey/Makovsky2006StateOfCorporateBloggingSurvey.pdf
    • surveyed 150 business leaders from Fortune 1000 companies
    • 20% monitor blogs to find out what is being said about their company
    • 21% read blogs about their sector at least once a week
  • Jupiter Research
    • 34% of large companies already blogging, and another 35% plan to
    • http://tinyurl.com/ryo2p
  • Product/company reputation
    • The “Kryptonite Affair”
      • http://tinyurl.com/9p93l

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

blogpulse trends
Blogpulse Trends

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

where are the blogging uk librarians
Where are the blogging UK librarians?
  • http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2006/12/05/where-are-the-blogging-uk-librarians
    • University of Glamorgan, LRC Blog
      • http://lrc.weblog.glam.ac.uk/
    • Shush! – the Information Services Library blog
      • http://library.northampton.ac.uk/blog/index.php
    • Univ of Bath Library Science News
      • http://bathsciencenews.blogspot.com/
    • ILS Matters
      • http://www2.worc.ac.uk/wordpress/
    • E-Resources News and Trials (University of Liverpool)
      • http://liveresources.blogspot.com/
    • Libraries in the NHS
      • http://nelh.blogspot.com/
    • Talking Knowledge Management
      • http://talkingkm.blogspot.com/

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

more blogging uk librarians
More blogging UK librarians
  • Info Junkie
    • http://swashford.blogspot.com/
  • Swansea Libraries
    • http://swansealibraries.bogspot.com/n
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight
    • http://hiow.blogspot.com/

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

http hiow blogspot com
http://hiow.blogspot.com/

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

setting up your own blog
Setting up your own blog
  • Host on the blogging service’s own server or install on your site
  • Wordpress
    • Host on http://www.wordpress.com/
    • Software for loading onto your own site at http://www.wordpress.org/
    • Free
  • Blogger
    • http://www.blogger.com/
    • owned by Google
    • Host on Blogger or publish to your own site
    • free
  • Typepad
    • Host on http://www.typepad.com/
    • Priced
  • Also Movable Type, Live Journal at http://www.sixapart.com/

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

tracking down blogs and rss
Tracking down blogs and RSS
  • Look for the Blogroll on a relevant blog
  • Google Blogsearch
    • http://www.google.com/blogsearch
  • Ask.co.uk – Blogs and feeds
  • Windows Live (live.com) – Feeds
    • also site: + feed: command
    • site:bbc.co.uk feed:bbc.co.uk
  • Yahoo Advanced Search & file format RSS/XML
  • Exalead - limit search to RSS feeds
  • Blog and feed search engines
    • Technorati, Blogpulse
    • See also the blog search tool list on http://www.crossengine.com/

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

wikis
Wikis
  • wiki-wiki – Hawaiian meaning quick
  • A collaborative web application that allows users to easily add and edit content
  • Can be used for
    • developing documentation
    • project management
      • History keeps a record of the changes and different versions of the documents
  • Encourages collaboration
  • Many have blog like discussion areas and RSS feeds
  • Most famous example is Wikipedia
  • Standardised format and layout

“Makes our contributors concentrate on content rather than wasting time on pretty layouts”

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

wikis 2
Wikis (2)
  • Default in most wiki software lets anyone create and edit a page
    • need to protect Admin functions and limit creation, edit and access rights
    • can ‘lock’ individual pages or sections
    • can require registration to set up new pages or edit existing ones
    • Internet encyclopaedias go head to head
      • www.nature.com/nature/journal/v438/n7070/full/438900a.htm
    • Fatally Flawed
      • corporate.britannica.com/britannica_nature_response.pdf
    • IBM history flow
      • www.research.ibm.com/visual/projects/history_flow/index.htm
  • Not always straightforward to install on your system
    • use third party “wiki farms” to start with
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wiki_farms
  • Reluctant contributors

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

wikipedia
Wikipedia

Option to edit the page

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wikipedia 2
Wikipedia (2)

No edit option

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wikipedia history
Wikipedia - history

Date of edits

Author/editor

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www alacrawiki com
www.alacrawiki.com

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

what next
What next?
  • Have a go yourself
    • RSS
      • Try Newsgator, Bloglines, Google Reader, IE 7, Omea etc.
    • Blogs
      • Set up one yourself
      • Blogger (http://www.blogger.com/) – not ideal but great to start with and experiment
      • WordPress and host it on wordpress.com
    • Wikis
      • Wary of setting one up yourself? Even on a wiki farm?
      • Come and play on the UKeiG Dog’s Breakfast page
        • http://ukeig.xwiki.com/

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk

ukeig xwiki com dog s breakfast
ukeig.xwiki.com – Dog’s Breakfast

Karen Blakeman www.rba.co.uk