KSC Instructional Technology

10.30.2006

“Make Information Come to You! The Power of RSS Feeds”

Thursday, Nov. 9, 12:30 – 1:30 Mason Library room 202. A brown bag discussion with Library Director Irene Herold

Sometimes it can feel as if academic resources and papers are released faster than you can find them. Everyone seems to have a certain site, or multiple sites, they check in with regularly. With Really Simple Syndication (RSS) you can stay up-to-date by having the all the new web-based information you want sent to one location.

Learn what subscribing to an RSS feed can do for you. Many people subscribe to RSS feeds to get their daily dose of news headlines, but there are many academic research applications possible too. With a bit of research and proper set-up, RSS aggregators (readers) can find information about virtually any subject. There are Web based RSS readers that can be accessed online via any Web browser (such as MyYahoo and Bloglines work best with feeds from the Mason Library. Newsgator is another option). Or application specific readers, such as Sage in Firefox or the new feeds function in Internet Explorer 7. (Please note; the IT Group at Keene State does not have HelpDesk support for IE 7 at this time. But you can always try it out on a personal computer if you are a regular IE user.) RSS feeds are an invaluable tool for anyone who is trying to keep up with developments in a particular field. RSS allows you to save time and pull the information to you!

KSC Faculty/Staff: Can’t make the talk but want to know a bit more about RSS and how to subscribe to a feed? Call an Instructional Technology Liaison.

Jenny Darrow: 358-2340

Linda Farina: 358-8231

Sandy Grimstad: 358-2384

Wendy Petschik: 358-2593

10.24.2006

10/06 Technology Tool Pick of the Month

RSS: News YOU Choose
Monadnock region, Marketplace, national news, Red Sox scores, Jon Udell, weekend weather, CNET, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. These are areas on the web that interest me and that I frequently visit hoping to get new and up-to-date information. The ‘old’ way of looking for Red Sox scores or the latest Jon Udell post was to visit their web sites and hope that everything was current. This is not difficult but there had to be a better and more efficient way of getting new news. And there is! This is where RSS technology steps in. RSS feeds are free content pushed from web sites that contain headlines, article summaries and links back to the full-text content on the web. To begin using RSS technology you need a news reader also known as a news aggregator. There are hundreds of news aggregators to choose from and many are free. You can find a list on the RSS Compendium:
http://allrss.com/rssreaderswebbased.html

I’ve found that the free browser-based version of NewsGator is easy to use, includes the ability to automatically subscribe and organize news feeds and works well with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. Don’t take my word for it; try it yourself!

NewsGator Online – Web-based RSS Aggregator: http://www.newsgator.com