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Institutional websites

Posted on March 13, 2008. Filed under: accessibility, google, rss, universities, web 2.0 | Tags: , , , , , |

Like Brian Kelly, I came across the University of Southampton’s “iSoton” website via Lorcan Dempsey‘s blog posting.

Having had a look at iSoton, I wondered why an organisation would choose to create such a site rather than make something almost identical within a PageFlakes ‘page’ or within an iGoogle ‘tab’ for example (for free)? People could then add and delete applications from their version of the ‘page’ or ‘tab’. New applications produced by an organisation could be publicised via an rss feed (and viewed in the Pageflake or in iGoogle or elsewhere).

The comments on Brian Kelly’s blog post’s include a response from the manager of the iSoton Project.

Personally, I would like to be able to drag one or more applications from within an organisation’s page (e.g. the catalogue search box on my Library’s website; or the new BBC homepage’s news and weather sections; or a flickr photo collection) into the tool that I use – currently iGoogle.

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Google Reader

Posted on June 28, 2007. Filed under: feed aggregator, google, rss, technology, web 2.0 |

Within Google Reader it is possible to ‘star’ your favourite items and to then view your list of starred items; it is also possible to add tags to items and then browse them. Unfortunately it is not possible to search for items within Google Reader. So that item that you had thought to be fairly insignificant but have now realised is relevant to your current work is very difficult to find. Do other RSS feed aggregators allow searching?

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Blastfeed

Posted on June 27, 2007. Filed under: feed aggregator, google, information overload, rss, web 2.0 |

This site http://www.blastfeed.com/ helps to reduce information overload – you can select your RSS feeds, define what you want to get from them (using keywords) and then get the filtered results via email, IM or RSS.  I currently use Google Reader to aggregate my RSS feeds.  I would love to have fewer posts to trawl through. But from a horizon-scanning pov, I’m not sure whether filtering them would be a good idea as I may miss important new things for which I don’t currently have a keyword.

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