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1 Integrating RSS into Your Web site Part 1: Introduction Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian Nebraska Library Commission Computers in Libraries 15 April 2007

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3 3 Introductions Name Library Position Does your library use RSS? If so, how? Why are you here?

4 4 What is RSS? Depending on who you ask it stands for either Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary, or RDF Site Summary. Really Simple Syndication is the de facto definition today. RSS is an XML language for syndicating news items on the Internet.

5 5 The History of RSS RSS 1.1 (update to RSS 1.0), RSS 3.0 (a new, independent project), and Simple Sharing Extensions (an update to RSS 2.0 by Microsoft) have all been proposed but have had no impact yet.

6 6 How does RSS work? The information provider creates an RSS file. Users subscribe to the file via an aggregator. When the author updates the RSS file, the user is automatically notified of the new items and may read them on their schedule.

7 7 Implications of RSS Information received in a single location Information received in quickly Reduced need to visit the originating Web site

8 8 Are there different versions of RSS? Yes. In fact, there are currently eight different versions: RSS 0.90, 0.91, 0.92, 0.93, 0.94, 1.0, 2.0, & Atom Feeds Each has different features from the authors point of view. Todays aggregators support all of the versions transparently. RSS 2.0 & Atom are the most common.

9 9 BCR: The Third Indicator The Third Indicator, published monthly, is a technical memo focusing on OCLC products and services. It includes general OCLC news as well as detailed technical information on cataloging, reference and resource sharing. Announcements of new OCLC developments are also included. Tue, 21 Sep :37:39 GMT ListGarden Program WorldCat Resource Sharing Training l If you'd like to see what WorldCat Resource Sharing looks like and learn more about it, visit the OCLC Web site at or view the WorldCat Resource Sharing tutorial at www5.oclc.org/downloads/tutorials/firstsearch/sv/rsbasics/intro/index.html /. Tue, 21 Sep :29:47 GMT thirdind What does RSS look like?

10 10 How can I find feeds? Feedster Bloglines Blogrolls A list of blogs/feeds read by another blogger Look for the orange icon…

11 11 How do I subscribe to a feed? Look for an orange icon: Depending on your aggregator, the subscription procedure may range from copying and pasting the link to right- clicking and selecting subscribe.

12 12 More RSS icons Support the Common Feed Icon by Rogers Cadenhead common-feed-icon

13 13 A standard icon? The move is to establish this icon, originally proposed by the Firefox, folks as the syndication icon. Microsofts Internet Explorer 7 will use this icon.

14 14 Podcasts Uses RSS to syndicate audio content RSS 2.0 –Like adding an attachment to an Audio Formats –MP3 (Open Source) –AAC (Apple Proprietary) iPod not necessary

15 15 Podcasts in iTunes

16 16 Notable Feeds Librarian.net LISNews The Shifted Librarian theshiftedlibrarian.com The Travelin Librarian travelinlibrarian.info Tame the Web tametheweb.com/ttwblog Unshelved PaperCuts papercuts.tscpl.org Gizmodo Security Now! Inside The Net & This Week in Tech (TWiT) thisweekintech.com Boing Boing boingboing.net Google News isbn.nu del.icio.us flickr

17 Integrating RSS into Your Web site Part 2: Reading Feeds Michael Sauers, BCR Internet Librarian October 2006

18 18 What is an Aggregator? An aggregator is a type of software that retrieves syndicated Web content that is supplied in the form of a web feed (RSS, Atom and other XML formats), and that are published by weblogs, podcasts, vlogs, and mainstream mass media websites. -Wikipedia Its what you need to retrieve and read RSS feeds.

19 19 What are the different types of aggregators? Standalone Clients –FeedReader, Radio UserLand PIM add-ins –Pluck, NewsGator, intraVnews Browser add-ins –Firefox, Sage Web-based –Bloglines, NewsIsFree A list is

20 20 RSS file in Firefox

21 21 RSS file in IE6

22 22 RSS file in IE7b3

23 23 RSS file w/ associated style sheet

24 24 Why do I need an aggregator? Most importantly it makes the content of the feed readable Checks for updates automatically Notifies you of new information Displays only new items for you May allow you to sort and save information

25 25 Types of Aggregators Client Add-on Built-in Server-based Web-based service

26 26 FeedReader (client)

27 27 Pluck (add-on for IE)

28 28 Firefox 1.5

29 29 Netscape 8

30 30 IE7beta 2

31 31 Feed on Feeds (server)

32 32 Bloglines (Web-based service)

33 33 Subscribing to a feed

34 34 Bloglines Toolkit (for Firefox)

35 35 Subscribing via the Toolkit

36 36 The Bloglines Bookmarklet

37 Integrating RSS into Your Web site Part 3: Creating Feeds Michael Sauers, BCR Internet Librarian October 2006

38 38 How do I create a feed? Hand-rolled You type the markup and the content Semi-automated You type the content, software generates the markup. Fully-automated You put the content in your blog and software generates a feed based on that content.

39 39 FeedSpring

40 40 FeedSpring

41 41 FeedSpring

42 42 FeedSpring

43 43 FeedSpring

44 44 FeedSpring

45 45 FeedSpring

46 46 FeedSpring Limitations –Local installation limits mobility and posters to a single computer. –No built-in FTP. Must transfer the.xml file to the server manually. –Still in beta (but what isnt these days?)

47 47 RapidFeeds: FeedManager

48 48 RapidFeeds: FeedManager

49 49 RapidFeeds: FeedManager

50 50 RapidFeeds: FeedManager

51 51 RapidFeeds: FeedManager

52 52 RapidFeeds: FeedManager

53 53 RapidFeeds: FeedManager

54 54 RapidFeeds: FeedManager

55 55 RapidFeeds: FeedManager

56 56 RapidFeeds: FeedManager Limitations –Registration does not work with newer e- mail addresses. (Insisted my.info address was invalid.) –Does not allow publishing to another server so if the company disappears, your feed goes with it.

57 57 ListGarden

58 58 ListGarden

59 59 ListGarden

60 60 ListGarden

61 61 ListGarden

62 62 ListGarden Limitations –Depending of type of server installed on, may not be secure. (i.e. no passwords on cgi-bin directories.)

63 63 RSSxl

64 64 RSSxl

65 65 RSSxl

66 66 RSSxl

67 67 RSSxl Limitations –Solid knowledge of HTML required to get parsing correct. –Works better on pages with simpler layouts. –The validation code will change each month and you will need to visit this page for the new code. (Though Ive found feeds continue to work without updating the code.) –If you are using this tool to publish an RSS feed from your website, then you must include a visible HTML link to on your site next to the link to your feed like the following: Powered by RSSxl

68 68 Sabifoo

69 69 Sabifoo

70 70 Sabifoo

71 71 Sabifoo

72 72 Sabifoo

73 73 Sabifoo Limitations –Third party service could disappear at any time. –Doesnt always work well with Yahoo! Messenger and AIM. –Does not interpret HTML in posts.

74 74 Twitter What are you doing now? Post via: –Web site –Clients –IM –SMS

75 75 Twitter

76 76 Twitter

77 77 Twitter Limitations –140 characters per post

78 78 RSS Calendar

79 79 RSS Calendar

80 80 RSS Calendar

81 81 RSS Calendar

82 82 RSS Calendar

83 83 RSS Calendar

84 84 RSS Calendar

85 85 RSS Calendar Limitations –No importing from existing calendars

86 Integrating RSS into Your Web site Part 4: Republishing Feeds Michael Sauers, BCR Internet Librarian October 2006

87 87 Integrating feed content into your Web site Grab content from multiple RSS feeds Reduce and/or mash it Republish it on your site

88 88 rss viewer

89 89 rss viewer

90 90 rss viewer

91 91 rss viewer

92 92 rss viewer Limitations –Third party –Has a way to combine multiple feeds (feed combiner) but only those that are pre- programmed

93 93 RapidFeeds: MySite

94 94 RapidFeeds: MySite

95 95 RapidFeeds: MySite

96 96 RapidFeeds: MySite

97 97 RapidFeeds: MySite

98 98 RapidFeeds: MySite

99 99 RapidFeeds: MySite

100 100 RapidFeeds: MySite

101 101 RapidFeeds: MySite Limitations –Registration does not work with newer e- mail addresses. (Insisted my.info address was invalid) –Code supplied is longer than all others as it contains all the CSS. Would want to move that to an external file.

102 102 RSS2HTML

103 103 RSS2HTML

104 104 RSS2HTML

105 105 RSS2HTML

106 106 RSS2HTML

107 107 RSS2HTML

108 108 RSS2HTML

109 109 RSS2HTML

110 110 RSS2HTML Limitations –Third party service. –Minimal customization / limited to their templates / cant make it look like your site. –Did not work well on some feeds and not at all on others. (No luck with GoogleNews. Mixed results with Flickr.) –Given a URL to embed with, not a script, which forces embedding via iframe.

111 111 Feed2JS

112 112 Feed2JS

113 113 Feed2JS

114 114 Feed2JS

115 115 Feed2JS

116 116 Feed2JS Limitations –Third party (but you can download and install it on your own server which is recommended)

117 117 FeedDigest

118 118 FeedDigest

119 119 FeedDigest

120 120 FeedDigest

121 121 FeedDigest

122 122 FeedDigest

123 123 FeedDigest

124 124 FeedDigest

125 125 FeedDigest

126 126 FeedDigest

127 127 FeedDigest

128 128 FeedDigest Limitations –Third party service. –Limited to five feeds in free version.

129 129 Scrolling RSS News Ticker

130 130 Scrolling RSS News Ticker

131 131 Scrolling RSS News Ticker

132 132 Scrolling RSS News Ticker

133 133 Scrolling RSS News Ticker Limitations –Third party –Shows small advertisement

134 134 RSS Scrollbox Widget

135 135 RSS Scrollbox Widget

136 136 RSS Scrollbox Widget

137 137 RSS Scrollbox Widget

138 138 RSS Scrollbox Widget Limitations –Third party –Shows small advertisement Ad free, local-hosted version available for $35.

139 139 Grazr

140 140 Grazr

141 141 Grazr

142 142 Grazr

143 143 Grazr

144 144 Grazr Limitations –Third party

145 145 LibraryThing Blog Widget

146 146 LibraryThing Blog Widget

147 147 LibraryThing Blog Widget Limitations –Requires JavaScript –Requires LibraryThing account

148 Integrating RSS into Your Web site Part 5: Advanced Feed Manipulation Michael Sauers, BCR Internet Librarian October 2006

149 149 FeedBlendr

150 150 FeedBlendr

151 151 FeedBlendr

152 152 FeedBlendr

153 153 FeedBlendr Limitations –Could not get OPML importing to work. –Third party service could disappear at any time. –If this blend is not accessed for more than 2 weeks, it will be removed from the database and will need to be recreated.

154 154 FeedBurner

155 155 FeedBurner

156 156 FeedBurner

157 157 FeedBurner

158 158 FeedBurner

159 159 FeedBurner

160 160 FeedBurner

161 161 FeedBurner

162 162 FeedBurner

163 163 FeedBurner

164 164 FeedBurner

165 165 FeedBurner

166 166 FeedBurner

167 167 FeedBurner

168 168 FeedBurner

169 169 FeedBurner

170 170 FeedBurner Limitations –Since by using this you get a new feed URL, it is not recommended you use it on existing feeds. –Your feed will be relying on a third party to work. If the company goes under, your feed will disappear.

171 171 Feed Crier

172 172 Feed Crier

173 173 Feed Crier Limitations –Only three feeds for free –Free version advertisement supported –Works only with AIM

174 174 ZapTXT

175 175 ZapTXT

176 176 ZapTXT

177 177 ZapTXT

178 178 ZapTXT

179 179 ZapTXT Limitations –Cant handle feeds that require logins –Sometimes reports a feed as not valid and theres nothing you can do about it. –Searches on multiple keywords are OR searches. AND searches dont seem to be possible.

180 180 Mail2RSS

181 181 Mail2RSS

182 182 Mail2RSS

183 183 Mail2RSS

184 184 Mail2RSS Limitations –Bloglines doesnt like the RSS2.0 feeds, use the 1.0 link instead –Mail automatically deletes after seven days –Feeds are limited to 20 items –Potential security issue when using Subscribe with Bloglines bookmarklet (next slide)

185 185 Mail2RSS

186 186 RssFwd

187 187 RssFwd

188 188 RssFwd

189 189 RssFwd

190 190 RssFwd

191 191 RssFwd

192 192 RssFwd Limitations –Some (including me) argue that converting RSS to defeats the purpose of RSS.

193 193 Feed2Podcast

194 194 Feed2Podcast

195 195 Feed2Podcast

196 196 Feed2Podcast

197 197 Feed2Podcast Limitations –Your feeds are read by a computer generated voice. –Non-English words are not well supported.

198 198 Contact information Michael Sauers


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