October 28, 2004

Seize the Feed: Web Feeds for Enhanced Governmental Information Services

Gerry McKiernan has posted the PPT of his brown-bag presentation in DC earlier this month. It's worth a look, but I have to warn you: there are a lot of slides with lots of clicking required, and some of the slides at the beginning and end have more to do with the brown bag itself and the organization behind it rather than the topic at hand.

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October 19, 2004

Houston: Problem Resolved (I think)

Bloglines finally updated the Atom feed, so apologies again to everyone who got the batch of test posts. Thanks to Jay for the 'heads-up,' and I'll get back to posting tomorrow. And I'm not thrilled about using Feed Burner either, but Blogger doesn't use RSS. I figure it's like Blogrolling; I'll use it until it goes away or they try to charge me, then I'll move to something else.

And my earlier comment about needing to come up with a new URL for this site, is now valid. I'm leaving Georgia State after 3 1/2 years (and the state of Georgia after 20) just before Christmas, and on January 10 will begin as chemistry librarian at University of California, San Diego. Yes, I'm very excited and nervous, and yes, I plan to continue this endeavor. I have already staked out a possible URL (sdlibrarian.blogspot.com) , and sometime between now and January will probably move everything to the new URL.

If there are any San Diego librarians reading this, any housing suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

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October 16, 2004

Test Bloglines at 7:32

Testing Bloglines and the Feedburner RSS feed.

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Problems with Bloglines

My apologies for the test posts. For some reason, Bloglines is not "capturing" the updated Atom feed and for the last two days I've been trying to figure out why. I've set up an alternate RSS feed with Feedburner, and I'm hoping that'll work.

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New test

Testing Bloglines (4:00)

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Testing at 1:34 (Bloglines)

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Saturday test

Saturday Bloglines test

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October 13, 2004

Webfeeds: Entertainment

While I'm killing time for the Rescue Me season finale and attempting to fight off what's shaping into a nasty cold, I thought I'd offer up feeds for some of my favorite non-library/tech/science sites:

Here are two others worth mentioning, even though they're outside my favorites:

  • The Force.Net - The original Star Wars news site. I was reading this back when it was still based at Texas A&M, but as the movies get progressively worse I try to tune out as much news as possible. But if you still care about about Anakin and the gang... [feed]
  • Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator - This one got a mention on LII. If you're a school or public librarian, this is one you should add to your webfeed list. It's an aggregator of news and rumors about the books and films. [feed]

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October 07, 2004

Some Tinkering

You might have noticed that I've made a few changes. The title, for one. After commenting on The Guardian's adoption of "webfeed," I felt that I should do the same. I also changed my syndication link accordingly. I wanted to use the graphic, but I couldn't figure out the BloggerBot tool. Neil suggested The Guardian should license the "Web Feed" graphic, but I think that would be like trying to license "RSS" or "XML" graphics.

I think the title's better, but I'm still not satisfied with it. Have all the good, clever and professional-sounding "library-" centric titles been taken at this point?

And then there's the URL. I definitely violated one of the cardinal rules of blog-building with a bad URL. "georgiasla" made sense when this was just a test blog for a presentation to the Georgia Chapter of SLA, but that was 80+ entries ago and before I decided to continue posting after the presentation. I know that I can change the Blog*Spot URL, though I'm wondering it'll break the webfeed for those using readers (I've set up a dummy blog to test). Then all I'd have to do is come up with a new URL. I found a couple I liked, but they're all attached to blogs that haven't been updated since 2002. And I don't want to use my name in the URL.

So if you have any suggestions for a new title or URL, please send them my way.

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October 02, 2004

Webfeeds: Guardian

I don't know how long the Guardian's had their feeds up (hopefully not too long as I check their news everyday). Currently they have 12 feeds, accessible from a link on the homepage. The one for the US elections is the most interesting of the group, and hopefully they'll expand the list. What really caught my attention was that they're now using a 'Web Feed' button, which I haven't seen before. No 'RSS' or 'XML,' but something that actually has meaning to a user. Outstanding! I have already e-mailed our web development librarian about possibly switching over our XML buttons to this.

(note: I would have included the graphic, but after several unsuccessful attempts to get the Hello BloggerBot tool to work I have given up.)

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