FAQ – What Does The Orange XML Button Do?
What does mean?
An XML file (often called a web feed or RSS feed) has been created and that the content of the site has been “syndicated” or repackaged for use in an RSS Reader. Other web sites that offer feeds may use links labeled “RSS feeds,” , or “Syndicate this site” instead. There’s also another type of feed called “Atom,” but the concept is the same.
Web feeds for all Georgia State University Library blogs are listed on the main news blog page.
What can I do with the feeds?
RSS readers (sometimes called aggregators) are software applications which allow you to read blogs and web sites that you select through a single application, effectively letting you create your own personal newspaper. Reader applications can make your Web reading and news gathering activities more efficient because you don’t have to surf the web to check the sites one at a time for updated content.
With the reader, you select (or “subscribe”) to the feeds for the sites you would normally surf to on the web and read. As the web sites are updated, so are the corresponding feeds, and the readers are checking those feeds for the updates. If there has been an update, the feed name shows up bold in some readers, usually with a number to indicate the number of new entries or articles that have been posted since the reader last checked the feed.
Bloglines, a free, Web-based reader, is currently our reader-of-choice. There are also a number of desktop-based applications that can be downloaded at little or no cost. A list of these can be found at the Weblogs Compendium.
How are other organizations using RSS?
- News – Feeds are available from the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, NPR and Yahoo! News.
- Journal Alerts – Some journal publishers have set up feeds that you can add to your readers as a way to keep up with new articles and issues as they become available (an alternative to e-mail TOC alerts).
- Institute of Physics
- Nature – Currently, GSU only has online access to the main journal, but you can still use the feeds for the research and review journals to get the TOC’s and link to the abstracts.
- Crystallography Journals Online (IUCr)
- Ingenta Connect – All of the journals in Ingenta Connect have their own “Latest Issues” feed.
Where can I read more about RSS?
- RSS Compendium
- RSS for Non-Techie Librarians – llrx.com
- Rich Site Services: Web Feeds for Extended Library and Information Services – llrx.com
- Refining Paperless News – Washington Post
- RSS: More Hype, Less Action – FreePint
- Untangling Blogs and RSS [PDF file] – powerpoint slides of a presentation delivered to the Georgia Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (May 2004)
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