RSS: Let’s Clear The Confusion And Start Using! [B9]


RSS – great lightweight XML format for syndication, or confusing technology (does RSS stand for Really Simple Syndication, RDF Site Summary, Rich Site Summary – or something else?). This session aims to clarify the confusion and outline the potential for using RSS within Institutional Web site.
Topics to be covered in the session include:

  • What can RSS offer me?
  • The RSS standards wars
  • A practical approach to use of RSS
  • Models for creating RSS
  • The RSS viewing environment
  • Emerging RSS technologies such as Podcasting
  • Quality assurance and trust issues

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Have gained an understanding of the potential for RSS
  • Be aware of the confusions over RSS terminology
  • Understand the different approaches which can be used to create RSS
  • Have seen examples of different types of RSS viewers
  • Be in a position to make recommendations on use of RSS within their own institution
  • Be aware of quality assurance issues which will need to be addressed