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					RSS feeds – What are they and how
can they help my research?

     Digital Researchers
     Branwen Hide
     March 15th, 2010
What are RSS feeds
 Web feed used to publish frequently updated
 information
Table of contents
Blogs
News and funding opportunities
Social bookmarking sites
Social media: Friend Feed
Twitter
RSS readers/aggregators
 Google reader
 NewsGator – number of products including Feedemon or
 NetNewsWire
 Sharp reader
 LIFEREA – Linux based system
 Bloglines – both an aggregator and a publisher

 web based; desktop platform or combination
How do you know a site has an
RSS feed?
Subscribing
 Directly search for feeds from your
 aggregator
 Paste a feed url into the subscription box in
 your RSS reader
 Click the
RSS vs email alerts
                         RSS Feeds                  Email Alerts

Login/registration       subscription to feed is    New account of each
                         generally anonymous        subscription
Segregate or integrate   Depending on reader no     Sent directly to your
                         integration with email –   email – but can over load
                         so multiple platforms to   your inbox with multiple
                         keep track off             subscriptions
Managing information     More detailed filtering    Basic filtering by setting
                         systems                    up ‘rules’
Interface                Depends on platform and    Similar to RSS feeds
                         some can be customized
Availability             common;Bloglines can       Common, particularly with
                         convert email alerts to    TOC
                         RSS feeds



                                                      http://libguides.mit.edu/rss
RSS feeds/ vs email alerts
 You can do more things with RSS feeds
   Help you find information
   Help you manage your information better
Find new sources of information
Organize you information

      Folders
              Search your feeds



                                   Share items

Notes




Recommender
   service




                                  Recently read




My feeds
Rate your feeds
Expand your network and share information
How can they help my research?
 They help you stay up-to-date with current
 conversations/discussions in your area
 Make it easier to keep track of multiple sites
 and bring all that information into one place
 Help you mange your information
 Help you expand your network and contribute
 to scholarly debate
Branwen Hide
Liaison and Partnership Officer
Research Information Network
Branwen.hide@rin.ac.uk
www.rin.ac.uk

				
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