Milwaukee, WIASIS&T 2007 Annual Meeting
Joining Research and Practice:
Social Computing and Information Science

October 19-24, 2007  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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 

Course Content


  1:30-1:45 Intro and logistics
  1:45-2:45 Presentation: RSS basics and XML Review
  2:45-3:00 Break/informal questions
  3:00-4:00 Hands-on: 
Create the coding for the RSS wrapper and creation of content
  4:00-4:15 Break/informal questions
  4:15-5:15 Hands-on: 
“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

Key Take-Aways

Teaching Approaches


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.


Members $165, non-members $190, before Sept. 14
Members $190, non-members $215, after Sept. 14