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New RSS Feed for Bag of URLs

Give me a free hour and there goes another new RSS Feed. Since 1996, we have been accumulating some 4000 interesting web sites in our web’s eye view bag of urls.

Essentially the format for the content is a site title, URL, and description (does that sound like RSS or what?)

The site has an entire back end admin system where any visitor can submit a site via our drop it in the bag form. New items go into a temp holding area, until we can review them. The added feature now posts approved sites to the new Bag of URLs RSS feed.

Typically, we wait until 30-40 items have filled the bag, and then our script generates a new web page for the most recent bag and posts a copy to an archive. We then send out notices and a link to those subscribed to our webs eye view mailing list.

The bag pages are static ones (for now) and are not updated as web sites have their links rot. But we do run link checks on the sites that sit in the searchable collection.

Building on the tools for other recently add RSS feeds Teaching and Learning site and DirectorWeb made this a baby step.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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  1. You are correct, as usual ;-)

    I dabbled in this about a year ago and something went afoul or I got distracted or stuck on some committee.

    Yes, it should be easy to grab the site title and URL, blip a web form to prompt for a description (maybe even make the default the selected text, and then submit it.

    Hmmm. Maybe you can help if I get stuck again?

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New RSS Feed: Teaching and Learning on the Web

Building on the code done for adding RSS to our DirectorWeb site, it took less than an hour to integrate it into our Teaching & Learning on the Web.

Once again, adding RSS was wonderfully simple.

You can find this new feed at
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tl/new.rss
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Profile Picture for Alan Levine aka CogDog
An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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  1. I have the Merlot source code on my desktop. Mwa-ha-ha…

    Actually, I might not use it, since *I think* we got it to solve the wrong kind of problem. I’d actually appreciate your input.

    Our system office wants to coordinate the electronic content that people are creating around our system. They have CDs, materials sent via e-mail and stuff on websites around the system. There is a grand plan (and funding) for an IBM contentserver two years from now, but until then they need something that works, so they figured the Merlot code, since we’re a partner.

    However, I’m more inclined to say a weblog with categories. I may be inclined to see nails because of this hammer in my hand, but wouldn’t MT work here? or CAREO?

    This is what they have right now – manually updated – http://www.vccs.edu/vccsit/ITDE_LOCUS.htm

    Any ideas?

    David

  2. p.s. they’re not really interested in reviews, etc. They just want to get organized. It may be that user submission would be important, but not necessarily, as long as administrators weren’t overburdened.

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