3 November 2013

Monitoring using Web 2.0: 1 - what is monitoring and what is RSS?

There will be a couple of posts about monitoring. This is part of the SCONUL 7 Pillars "gather" pillar. By monitoring, I mean keeping up to date with news, new articles, new books etc. A useful way to monitor blogs and journals that interest you (to be alerting to the latest posts or articles) is to use RSS. The little picture above is the symbol for RSS, so look out for that on journal and blog pages.

K12 Learning 2.0 (2012) explains that: “RSS is a special type of computer code that allows users to know automagically when new "stuff" is added to their favorite websites. ... RSS, which stands for Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication, allows web users to subscribe to multiple websites and have new content delivered to them automatically in one location, called an RSS reader. Instead of visiting each website to check for new information, the user simply checks his or her reader, which has collected and organized all of the new content using RSS.”

There is also a video that explains what RSS is in “plain English", here (sorry, I can’t embed it): http://www.commoncraft.com/video/rss
The useful CPD23 blog had a post in which they explain Current awareness (monitoring) and specifically talk about using Twitter and RSS feeds to keep up to date, and Storify to create your own collection of Web 2.0 posts and tweets about a topic. http://cpd23.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/thing-4-current-awareness-twitter-rss.html

How can you find out what the web address (url) is for the RSS feed?

Look for the little RSS logo on a page or simply the phrase "RSS Feed".

Here are 2 screenshots showing how I found the right RSS web address for the Journal of documentation.

K12 Learning 2.0 (2012) Thing 5 (Week 3): Getting Started with RSS. http://k12learning20.wikispaces.com/5-rss

1 comment:

  1. I just started to use ScoopIT for this group work that we are doing in INF6400. It is actually amazingly effective way not only to find, but also to share and to promote important and good quality information. It is based to the same Collective Curation (http://youtu.be/eW775HIlVMg) model that I wrote on my Test Essay. This my ScoopIT "magazine" of Cloud Education. http://www.scoop.it/t/cloud-education-by-jan-lindblom

    This article discusses how this tool could also be used in education environment.