2007 Annual Meeting
|RSS 2.0 for Current Awareness and Alerts: A Hands-On “Getting Started” Experience|
Half Day Seminar, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, 1:30pm-5:30pm (separate fee)
RSS is a format to share data, including news, documents, URLs, and search result updates. This class offers participants an overview of RSS technology, including case studies of use, and a “hands on” opportunity to create an RSS feed. We will also discuss where to find RSS feeds and how to receive them on your Web site.
Familiarity with HTML and XML is required. Please bring a laptop to class to participate in the “hands on” exercises.
Intermediate – Concepts beyond the scope of fundamentals for practitioners at all experience levels
|1:30-1:45||Intro and logistics|
|1:45-2:45||Presentation: RSS basics and XML Review|
Create the coding for the RSS wrapper and creation of content
“Send” the document to a Web site
Receiving RSS feeds to your web site
Where to find RSS feeds & how to accept them
|5:15-5:30|| Wrap-up; resources for support “back home”
Intended Audience and Prerequisite
The target audience for this course is information professionals who are interested in either incorporating information available from other sources via RSS feed on their Web site or creating RSS feeds to be used for internal information within their organization.
This course should be attended by Web masters or systems librarians and others who have the responsibility for organizing or selecting electronic resources for their clients. It may also be attended by technically savvy information professionals who are responsible for setting up current awareness or alert services for their clients.
Attendees should have some experience with HTML coding and familiarity with XML.
What is an RSS feed and how is it used to deliver information to users?
How have information organizations used RSS feeds for alerting and current awareness?\
Technical skills to create an RSS feed:
Code an RSS wrapper
Send content to a Web site
Participants will learn where to find RSS feeds for alerting and current awareness services and how to accept them on their Web site
The introduction to this topic will be a PowerPoint presentation incorporating group discussion and case studies (1 hour).
The remainder of the class will be “hands on.” Participants will be asked to bring laptops (Windows or Mac). The instructors will bring files on flash drives that will be loaded on participant machines. An Internet connection will not be required for this course.
During the last part of the class, participants will send and receive RSS feeds. Participant laptops will simulate an IP connection on their single machine.
Participants will receive handouts with step-by-step instructions and code so that they can duplicate the class activities on their own.
Because of the interactive, hands-on nature of this class, the session will be shaped somewhat by the participants.
Dr. Jay Ven Eman joined Access Innovations in December, 1978. As Chief Executive Officer, he has contributed to every aspect of the business. He has overseen Access' database production services where he was responsible for the design and conversion of large, legacy databases for a variety of government and private organizations. He writes, conducts workshops, consults, and helps build large scale, complex, information rich databases. Jay works closely with the professional staff, developing and presenting workshops and seminars on database development, legacy file conversions, SGML and HTML, and other related topics.
Mary Garcia. Webmaster for Access Innovations, Data Harmony and the National Information Center for Eductional Media. Mary Garcia has taught computer competencies at University of New Mexico Continuing Education and CompUSA. Mary has served on several office automation task forces, and as network coordinator of Novell, Microsoft, and Linux networks. She recently managed a XML conversion project for 360,000 historical records.