May 29, 2007

An interesting academic tool

Follow-up to RSS feeds in academia from Innovating Research!

http://www.discover8.com/support/rssfeed/

This kind of RSS feed might indeed be of interest to researchers and academics. Basically academics rate journal articles and post their thoughts onto this website. You can get an RSS feed of a particular contributor’s postings, or on your own search terms, for example. So it is a source of lots of RSS feeds.

It is a bit american biased again, but it does have potential.

I found out about this site through the Internet Resources Newsletter, so I suppose that is a source of RSS feeds. (http://www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/irn151/irn151.html)

I suppose that RSS feeds are not something that you find by doing a search for RSS feeds, rather they are things that you pick up as you go along (& presumably delete as you go along, too). So that would be a reason why there isn’t a directory of them.

I’m still thinking in Web 1.0 mode, presumably!


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  1. Have you tried using http://www.technorati.com/ ? It is really good for searching blogs “and more…”

    Sam

    30 May 2007, 09:16

  2. Jenny Delasalle

    Yes, indeed I have used it: this blog is listed there. If you were an academic researcher, though, you could hardly use technorati to identify blogs of relevance to your research interest. It is a search engine rather than a directory and doesn’t differentiate academic content from other content.

    30 May 2007, 10:16

  3. Roddy MacLeod

    Hi Jenny,

    Good to see that you are finding the IRN useful. I try to mention directories of blogs and RSS feeds in its Blogorama section.

    However, the whole issue of RSS in academia is, IMHO, rather complicated and user-unfriendly. So, along with Liverpool University and a number of other partners, we are working on a new project to simplify access, for academics and researchers, to RSS journal feeds. The project is called ticTOCS. See:
    http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/

    Maybe we’ll be able to develop this service, without even mentioning the ‘RSS’ word!

    Roddy

    30 May 2007, 10:55

  4. Jenny Delasalle

    Great: I’ve subscribed to the ticTOCS RSS feed for news on your project!

    30 May 2007, 11:08


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