A few clicks back I had played with a test Blogdigger collection – this is a service that allows you to take a pile of web/RSS feeds, and then have that itself be able to collapse into its own feed- an uber feed if you will.
My test was to build up a collection of RSS feeds from known Learning Objects sites, and is Blogdiggered at:
A few notes and quibbles:
(1) They have redesigned the layout, some improvement.
(2) There are 986 items listed as returns from 10 sources.
(3) I had listed a feed from EdNA but it does not appear to be learning objects but news about instructional technology. So that would has slid off my list. If someone wants to fix this, see below.
(4) There are two search fields- very confusing. The top one searches all of Blogdigger, but there is a second search form in the little blue area in the middle that allows me to search within by collection (this is good) as well as Blogdigger wide. What we have here is a need to stamp out an abolish redundancy! The top search form is un-necessary.
(5) The search within a group is neat, because it allows you to save that search as its own URL, such as this one within my LO collection for the word “math”
But why cannot the XML link now reflect this as a filter? And worse there is no link that takes me back to the primary collection. This is B-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-d navigation.
Still, I like the concept, and am optimistic they can adjust the output templates to address the quibbles above. I very much like what this does to repurpose a collection of feeds into a new purpose.
Oh, again, the invitation is open- if someone out there wants to add an RSS feed for a Learning Object collection, there is a link in the lower right. The password is the 4 letter name of the little building block metaphor that some apply to LOs (all lowercase, Jeeves!).
The post "Checking Back On Bloggdigger" was originally slapped on the butt by a cigar smoking doctor yelling "It's a post!" at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2004/09/checking-back/) on September 2, 2004.