In this screencast, John LeMasney explains how to use Google Reader, an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed reader, to collect, curate, and filter all of the content from your favorite academic sources. Using Google Reader as the engine, John also explains how to use some other RSS reader clients, Feedly.com and Gruml to manage and consume these feeds.
Here’s the slideshow presentation from our Technology Spotlight Series on 3/25/2010. The topic was What is RSS and Twitter and How to Get Started.
Here’s the link to the handouts for this topic:
Internet users are accustomed to surfing the web, migrating haphazardly or with purpose from site to site. Rather than periodically checking out your most interesting sites to see if anything of interest might have been added, imagine if those sites all came to you.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) technology enables anyone to “subscribe” to content on the web and have updates downloaded into their RSS feed readers automatically. As many in the blogosphere have described it, RSS is like Tivo, but for the Internet. This simple analogy was the inspiration for the name of this talk. RSS feeds are most often used on sites with frequently updated content (e.g., blogs, news sites, scholarly journals, etc.). Steven M. Adams, Biological and Life Sciences Librarian at Princeton University, elucidates this underutilized knowledge discovery tool; it can transform the way you work and play on the web.