Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Though the technology dates back to the early versions of Netscape, this is only now gaining momentum as increasingly people are seeking a technological solution to keeping abreast of topics and areas of interest.
The link on the header of this post is to a simple description of RSS. A more detailed site describing the technology is: http://www.rss-specifications.com/what-is-rss.htm
News outlets are among the leading RSS feed generators, with separate feeds for columnists, topical areas, etc. Check out these lists of popular news RSS feed sites:
- New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/index.html
- CNN http://www.cnn.com/services/rss/
- Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/services/site/chi-rsspromo-htmlstory,0,4885820.htmlstory
- Business Week http://www.businessweek.com/search/rssfeed.htm
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch RSS http://www.stltoday.com/rss/
University of Wisconsin collection of Journal RSS feeds: http://ebling.library.wisc.edu/rss/index.cfm
Springer alerts publishes RSS feeds of new publications by discipline:
How to subscribe via IE 7: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/IE/ie7/tour/rss/how.html
How to subscribe via FireFox 3: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Live+Bookmarks
How to subscribe via GoogleReader (embeds in iGoogle) http://www.google.com/support/reader/?hl=en
Here are some examples of syndicated feeds - cases where the non-originating entity re-publishes the feed on the Web:
- CIDER: http://cider.athabascau.ca/feeds/
- Planet Eduforge: http://planet.eduforge.org/
- University of Texas Tele-Campus: http://coursedev.wordpress.com/
- University of New Mexico: http://www.unm.edu/~itc/
- Souhrn příspěvků ze zahraničních webů : http://netmoderator.cz/blogs/externi_blogy/default.aspx
- Projecto Medeia: http://www.medeia.org/aggregator/sources/8
- J. Wiley Publisher Faculty Network: http://he-cda.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-290448.html
- Alltop eLearning: http://elearning.alltop.com/
- IEEE Education Society: http://www.ewh.ieee.org/soc/es/rss1.html
- Stanford Wallenberg Global Network Ning: http://wglniii.ning.com/
- New York Institute of Technology Ning: http://nyitmsit.ning.com/
- Technology for Teachers: http://www.technology4teachers.com/
Manual RSS generators are available as free (or paid) downloads and also online. The Web-based generator linked to the title http://www.rssfeedssubmit.com/rss-generator/ does a great job by simply filling in the blanks. Save the resulting code into a Web page that you put online (normal convention would have the URL end in .rss or .xml though that is not required).
The line of code that you will want to add in the "head" section of your primary page is:
< link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="put name of your page here" href="put URL of your newly created rss page here" > .
This will "light up" the orange RSS icon on browsers and will make it easy for all to find your feed.
Using this method you can manually update the RSS feed whenever you have new content on the primary page that you want to share with others.
A paper on the topic is found in the Distance Teaching and Learning conference archives: