RSS and Curation

What is RSS?

  • RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.
  • A web page with a .xml file type that can be subscribed to and read by a newsreader (aggregator). The aggregator will find the new content and display it when it becomes available.
  • Newsreaders (sometimes called aggregators) are very easy to find and use.
    - Stand Alone Applications
    - Through a Web Browser
In essence, it is content that comes to you, instead of having to search for it. It will save you an infinite amount of time.

Google Reader is an easy-to-use and learn Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline.

Other RSS Tools?
iGoogle is your personalized Google page (all your resources into one page). Add news (RSS feeds), photos, weather, and stuff from across the web to your page.

    Other recommended tools to aggregate all your resources into one page:

    Social Bookmarking?

    • Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet with the help of metadata (tags).

    • Folksonomy (from folk + taxonomy) is the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content (Source).

    Recommended social bookmarking tools:
    • Great for groups researching a topic together or a lecturer that wants to share great websites they have found.
    • Others can subscribe to your bookmarks or individual tags and receive them whenever the publisher adds a new bookmark.
    • Create working bibliographies for projects by ensuring they share a common tag.
    • Build lists of resources with fellow students/ teachers (decide on common tags first).
    • Create a network with friends or fellow club members with whom you share an interest.
    • Spend a few minutes planning how you’ll tag so that your tags are consistent (remember – no spaces within tags!)
       - Plural vs singular
       - Teacher’s names / course names
    • Clean up your tags periodically using the delete and rename tag functions (Source).

      Social Curation?