Above is a screenshot of three live RSS feeds displayed within a WebCT course in Geology — one of LOs, one of industry white papers, and a third of general science news from New Scientist.
It was assembled by Michelle Lamberson and myself in about an hour (and would have been much quicker had we the faintest notion of what we were doing), and it demonstrates just how easily RSS allows dynamic content to be imported and rendered. It’s safe to say that when it comes to code that both of us are more hacks than hackers.
The script required was built using Adam Curry’s RSS Box Viewer, which was found via a very handy RSS workshop from the Utah State Library Division. (Curry’s parser was just the first one we tried, many more can be found here.)
As Michelle said to me this morning, assembling and packaging these feeds could be an invaluable service that librarians or support staff could provide to developers.