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Building Community News

My interest in news feeds traces to: 1) Finding a better way to "organize clippings" of digital info I make and improve pass on. 2) understanding how RSS feeds can help accelerate community infomation sharing.

So an afternoon experimenting included Ben Brown's RSS Monkey and Ampheta Desk. This follows a continued experiment with Radio Userland which I've been using as a news service - Stuarts Clips. The good news is Ampheta Desk is a lot easier to use, but lacks the functionality of Radio. Soon I will just integrate the clip system of radio with my MT blog. However, if you are not blogging, and want News try it out. Download, one click install and then click on my new ampehta xml logo. Further subscribe instruction are simple.

Similarly, I've been trying to provoke a UCB colleague on blogging to encourage a learning lab style experiment. With a collection of tools I think learning could rapidly accelerate and build a more collaborative student community. Our conversation so far resulted in an unexpected new link for me KartOO a meta search engine which presents its results on a map. The map is pretty neat. Try searching Entovation 100 now! His comments also encouraged me to clip the following.

The Shifted Librarian: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 is one of my favorite news feeds. Jenny made the following post:

Another "Next Level" Type of Step for RSS
An Introduction to RSS for Educational Designers (.doc)
"Quote: "RSS is the first working example of an XML data network. As such, and in this world of learning objects and metadata files, RSS is the first working example of what such a network will look like for educational designers. Just as news resources are indexed and distributed in the RSS network, so also educational resources can be indexed and distributed in a similar learning object network."

Jenny's comment: "Nice article on RSS (Rich Site Summary)...timely as well - currently at RRC, we are trying to create a culture of bloggers...and use aggregators as a means of accelerating the reading process. RSS is already popular in the blogosphere and news sites. Stephen Downes extends the role of RSS from that of news aggregation to learning object network (which he contrasts with current LCMS models)."

Finally, with more than a little hype ... the link to the K-Logs . However, I wish blogs were available when I was SVP Marketing and Sales. Realtime cross-functional cross-regional sharing would go up n'fold. Anyone want to do a little experimenting? Lots of ideas here....

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