Obtaining the RSS Feeder Reader tool was simple and once installed on my toolbar, easy to obtain any RSS feeds I wished to subscribe to.

My first example of RSS in action was the National Archives of Australia http://www.naa.gov.au/.  The homepage offered the RSS feed button which made it relatively easy to obtain the feed.  I was fed Media releases, information on Cabinet records released, exhibit details, event announcements.  This type of feed greatly enhances the National Archive’s ability to meet the information needs of its users.  The user does not have to go into the NAA’s website search engine constantly to check on the information they required, the information is pushed to them by the tool.

The second example was Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/.  Trove offers a “themed” feed which allows a user to only receive feeds that meet a keyword criterion.  This appears at the bottom of the search results page, where the reader is invited to ‘subscribe to this webfeed’ (another word for RSS).  Trove’s use of filtered RSS demonstrates one of its advantages – unlike Twitter, which simply pushes out anything the author Tweets, Trove’s RSS feed allows the subscriber to only receive headlines that meet a set of specific search criteria.  This makes Trove’s use of RSS somewhat friendlier than that of the National Archive as the theme and filter functions cut down on the number of unwanted feed items.

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