Why in the DPS Toolkit?

The weblogs, news feeds, video or audio content, and even research subjects that you may track/follow on the web start to add up. Many of these sources that post information use XML code file formats which allows people to subscribe and have information sent to their "readers" on computers, web pages, and in mobile devices whenever source content is updated. Using a RSS reader, you can stay on top of information across the Internet when and as it changes.

What is it?

RSS, which stands for "Really Simple Syndication" is an "older" yet common way to have all the web or news feeds you are following sent to a central location for you to access more easily. This process of "aggregating" all your content is a common approach of many computer and mobile applications (like the app FlipBoard or social networking sites like Facebook), but, using a RSS tool can still be extremely valuable to you as you try to stay on top of all the various sources of information and data in your academic field of interest.

Where Do You Start?

You need something to collect these web/news/video feeds called an aggregator(news reader) which will go and retrieve (continuously) any updates from the blogs you have registered with for receiving. You can look at the collected feeds by opening your aggregator and sort through, read, and even archive what interests you. Google Reader is a common one (note below) and allows you to subscribe to feeds (lower left) and have them fed in an orderly line up for you to read (center below).


What You Need

Find a RSS Aggregator. Many are compared on Wikipedia:
Some of many RSS Aggregators we've found for you:

Various Types

There are many types of aggregators, we defer to Wikipedia rather than paraphrasing their succinctness on the matter--read their description of the types of aggregators that you can use: :
  • Data aggregator, organization which compiles information from databases on individuals and sells that information to others
  • News aggregator, a computer software or website that aggregates news from other news sources
  • Poll aggregator, a website that aggregates polling data for upcoming elections
  • Review aggregator, a website that aggregates reviews of movies or other products or services
  • Search aggregator, software that runs on a computer and fetches, filters, and organizes a search from various search engines
  • Social network aggregation, the collection of content from multiple social network services
  • Video aggregator, a website that collects and organizes online video sources
  • Blog aggregator, a website that collects and organizes blog sources

For Mobile Devices

iPad/iPhone Readers

Android/Chrome Readers