UKSG 2005 Conference:
Providing And Using News Feeds: How RSS Can Help

Brian Kelly gave three briefing sessions on Providing And Using News Feeds: How RSS Can Help at the 28th UKSG Annual Conference which was held at Heriot-Watt University on 11th-13th April 2005.

The briefing sessions were held on Monday 11th April from 14:00 to 15:00, on Tuesday 12th April from 14:00 to 15:00, and on Wednesday 13th April from 10:30 to 11:30.


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Accompanying Paper
[HTML format] - [MS Word 97/2000 format] - About the paper

Note that a 300 word report on the workshop was produced for publication in the UKSG journal, Serials.

Briefing Session Leader Information Details

Name: Brian Kelly

Affiliation: UKOLN

Tel. No.: 01225 383943

Title Of Briefing Session: Providing And Using News Feeds: How RSS Can Help

Presentation Facilities Required: Networked PC (with Web browser and MS PowerPoint and desktop RSS clients - details to be provided later) and projection facility

Resume of Briefing Session Theme:
This briefing session will include:

Web sites are no longer self-contained; increasingly they provide information from third parties such as news from the BBC. Initially news feeds required proprietary interfaces. However the RSS standard was developed which allows access to multiple news feeds to be managed in a consistent manner. This standard is now supported devices such as PDAs and is being used in innovative ways. This briefing session gives an overiew of RSS and describes how it can be used by both providers and users of information sources.

Brief Biography:
Brian Kelly is UK Web Focus, a national post funded jointly by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) to provide advice, support and coordination for use of best practices on the Web to the UK higher and further education and cultural heritage sectors.

Brian is based at UKOLN, University of Bath. His responsibilities include monitoring Web developments, information dissemination, providing advice and representing JISC on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


Thanks are given to Roddy MacLeod, EEVL for his contributions to this briefing session.

Useful Resources

Further Reading

RSS @ A Glance, Guidelines from the JISC News Working Group
Malcolm Moffatt, EEVL, <>
RSS - A Primer for Publishers & Content Providers
Malcolm Moffatt, EEVL, <>
Links to RSS Resources
The Fuss, <>
Improving Communications within JISC through News Aggregation
Paul Davey et al, Ariadne 41, <>
Syndicated content: it's more than just some file formats
Paul Miller, Ariadne 35, <>
RSS: the latest feed
Judith Wusteman, Library Hi Tech, Vol. 22, No. 4, .<>
Rich Site Services
Gerry McKiernan, <>
What Is RSS? article, <>
Introduction to RSS, <>
RSS Tutorial for Content Publishers and Webmasters
Mark Nottingham, <>
Syndication, RSS, RDF and Atom in a Nutshell
Fplanque, <>
The Role of RSS in Science Publishing
Tony Hammond, Timo Hannay, and Ben Lund, Nature Publishing Group, <>
RSS Workshop
News That Comes To You
RSS: Less hype, more action
Roddy MacLeod, Freepint, issue 161, <>
RSS - Not Just for Techies
Roddy MacLeod, The Informed Librarian Online: Guest Forum, February 2004 (membership required) <>
RSS (protocol)
Wikipedia, <>
All About RSS
FaginFinder, <>
JISC Information Environment Architecture, <>

Lists Of Resources

RSS and Atom Resources
RSS Compendium
RSS Tools
RSS Resources
Directory, RSS At Harvard Law
Lockergnome's RSS & Atom Tips
Userland RSS Central


Lists of RSS Tools
HTML -> RSS Scraper
Example of use of HTML -> RSS Scraper
Feed2JS (Feed to JavaScript)
RSS Aggregator
EEVL's aggregation service for JISC, <>
Aggregation Software
Urchin, <>
Use of a Blog to create RSS, <>
UKOLN's RSS authoring and viewing tool, <>
RSS Configurator
HEAcademy's RSS Configurator, <>
Add Economics News To You Site
RSS Validators
An open-source .NET class library for RSS feeds, <>

Viewers For PDAs

Discussion about RSS Viewers for PDAs
Daily Wireless, <;sid=148>
Palm Viewers
Feedburner Mobile Feed Reader

Viewers For iPods

Discussion about iPod RSS Viewers
iPod RSS Viewer
iPod Agent, <>

Email Interfaces

Era, The Email RSS Aggregator, <>
RSS Interface To JISCMail Archives (web-support list)

Email vs. RSS Articles

Top 3 Reasons Why RSS Is Better Than Email for delivering your Ezine
Alex Barnett Blog, <>
Email v RSS, let us move on...
Alex Barnett Blog, <>
RSS Vs Email
RSS in Reality: Not a Replacement for Email - Metrics & Best Practices


RSS 1.0
RSS 1.0 Extensions (Standard Modules)
RSS 1.0 Extensions (Proposed Modules)
RSS 1.0 + Events Demonstrator
RSS 2.0
Standards Summit, Jun 2005
The Courtship of Atom
Metadata in XHTML2

Directories Of RSS Feeds

Rich Site Services
Gerry McKiernan's list of Library RSS feeds, <>

Examples In Publishing Community

Institute of Physics Publishing
Nature Publishing

Other Examples

Essay On Personalised News Feeds, <>
Syndication Of Amazon Prices, <>
Amazon Search, <>
UPS (Parcel) Tracking, <>
UPS (Parcel) Tracking
NetWizard's Blog, <>
UPS & USPS Package Tracking With RSS, <>
Gmail Notification (using Atom)
Gmail (Gmail account needed), <>
Hurricane Alerter
National Weather Service, <>
RSS alerts for scores, <>


Wikipedia, <>
Sound version of RSS item
Stories from the Web news item, UKOLN, <>
Bibliocast List (available as Podcast)
Searching Podcasts

Audio Presentations

Libraries get hip to RSS
Future Tense, <>

Resources With Creative Commons Licence

An Introduction To RSS And News Feeds
QA Focus, UKOLN, <>

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