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Web Syndication & Podcasts Presented by: Jordan Adler Andrew Schumacher
Syndication (In General) Television/Radio –Right to broadcast shows to multiple stations without going through a broadcast network –“Local affiliates” Print –News articles, columns, and comic strips made available to newspapers and magazines What’s the theme?
Web Syndication General Definition: –A section of website is made for use by other websites Realistic Definition: –“web feeds” from a site to provide others with a summary of recently added content
History of Successful Web Syndication Beginning Year: 2001 Publisher: Miniclip (online gaming website) Use: Syndicated browser based interactive games
Uses of Web Syndication Media Outlets (Newspapers/TV websites) –Publish “Latest News Headlines” Commercial Websites –Publish “New Product Offerings” Bloggers –Publish “Latest Blogs”
Benefits of Web Syndication Benefits to both the providing and receiving websites –Receiver: More information = more attractive to users –Provider: Exposure across many websites Online Marketers –Use Personal feeds instead of email lists/newsletters
RSS People keep updated with their website in an automated way –RSS reader/feed/aggregator –Many available on the web Subscribing to a feed: –Manually enter in feed’s link –Clicking on this icon: Reader checks for updates periodically (based on default settings or user input time)
RSS Advisory Board Maintain/publish RSS specification and answer questions about format –Mozilla Firefox started using this: –Internet Explorer/Outlook, Opera followed –The orange RSS square can be considered an “industry standard”
Making RSS (Code) Xul http://www.xul.fr/ Bare Minimums: Additional Tags (optional):,,,, document that specifies format of the file
Making RSS (Code 2) Xul news http://www.xul.fr/en-xml-RSS.html... some text... Item Bare Minimums: Item Additional Tags (optional):,, string of characters unique to item (like an ID in JS)
RSS Example http://www.m080060.it452.cs.usna.edu/RSS/ Note the RSS symbol on the top right of Mozilla Firefox Browser
RSS Example (Code 1) - HTML RSS Example RSS Example Click this image: to get the RSS feed.
RSS Example (Code 2) – RSS/XML Running Updates http://www.m080060.it452.cs.usna.edu/RSS/ Provides users with running updates from the Chicago Marathon http://www.m080060.it452.cs.usna.edu/RSS/runner.bmp http://www.m080060.it452.cs.usna.edu/RSS/getTimes.xml Runner #1 http://www.m080060.it452.cs.usna.edu/RSS/runner.php?id=1 Runner #1's time
Podcasts Definition –Digital media file distributed over the internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players or computers –Podcasting –Podcaster – author of podcast Podcasts: syndicated, subscribed to, downloaded automatically when new content is added (via RSS/Atom) iPod – 1 st portable media player to accept podcasts via podcasting scripts
How Podcasting Works 1. User creates a media file 2. User uploads file to some webserver (file can be accessed by public) 3. User modifies RSS/Atom/XML document by adding an “item” which contains the file information 4. Subscriber’s feed is notified that there is an update via a periodic check (how often is setup by the user or default programmed value) 5. File can be downloaded to computer or portable media device
Social Podcasting When more than one author inserts their own content into a podcast
Civilian/Military Importance of Podcasts/Feeds Why do YOU think podcasting is or isn’t important?