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 AALL Annual Meeting

Government documents awareness via Rich Site Summary (RSS):
aggregation and syndication of e-government resources in real-time using XML

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This is the first 2004-5 GODORT of Michigan (GODORT-M) membership meeting. It is co-sponsored by the  Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL). Westlaw is also co-sponsoring this program by providing breakfast and parking.

RSS, a dialect of XML, is becoming a standard feature in browsers, blogs, web sites, and advanced ILS. This program will be an introduction to this new technology, its use and future potential for real-time awareness of government information (federal, state, local).

Date: December 10, 2004, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Location: Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, WSU Law School, Detroit, Michigan


8:30 Registration & Breakfast

9:25 Welcome & Introductions

9:30 Real-time Internet aggregation & syndication with RSS

Presenter: Michael Samson, government documents librarian, WSU Arthur Neef Law Library

Presentation outline:

  • This will be an overview of the meta language that allows aggregation and syndication of new content on the Internet n real time.

10:15 RSS feeds to Congressional Record & Federal Register via West's IntraClip

Presentation outline:

  • IntraClip is a powerful awareness service alerting Westlaw subscribers to important legal developments. This presentation will introduce a new feature of the IntraClip: the RSS feed. Since summer 2004 IntraClip has been offering Rich Site Summary (RSS) feeds from all Westlaw databases. Katherine will show you how to setup West IntraClip for producing customized database searches for delivery of results in real time via RSS feeds. This 'hands-on' demonstration will show you, step by step, how to create, format, authenticate, and add customized Congressional Record & Federal Register RSS feed searches to your preferred RSS reader.

11:00 'NewsMaster'-ing e-Government : toolkit for electronic government information dissemination with RSS

  • Presenter: Michael Samson, government documents librarian, WSU Arthur Neef Law Library

Presentation outline:

  • This will be a 'hands-on' RSS tools. RSS feeds will be created, added and brought to the audience in real time. XML templates for RSS syndication, with embedded instructions, will be introduced and explained. Clients, server based and browser enabled aggregators, conversion tools, RSS directories and RSS search engines will be introduced and several will also be demoed.
    At the end of this presentation government documents librarians will have an understanding of RSS feeds and be able to use the RSS XML provided templates and toolkit for syndicating government documents information via web sites, wikis, e-newsletters, "govblogs" and also use a variety of aggregators and RSS enabled browsers for monitoring RSS feeds produced by federal, state and local government web sites.

Noon: Lunch (on your own-contact Michael -ad4092@wayne.edu- if you plan to join a larger group at Circa Saloon (menu and contact info, pdf)

1:30 GODORT-M  business meeting (right section of auditorium)

1:30 MichALL business meeting (left section of auditorium): discussion and vote on Constitution and Bylaws changes (see Sep/Oct 2004 newsletter, pages 11 - 13)

2:15 Updates from the Fall 2004 Regional Depository Libraries meeting

  • Presenter:  Ann Marie Sanders, Head, Government Documents, Library of Michigan

2:45 Hands-on XML editors, blogging,  & introduction of two Michigan blogs

  • Presenter: Michael Samson, government documents librarian, WSU Arthur Neef Law Library

3:15 Tour of the Arthur Neef Law Library

4:00 Adjournment  & Evaluations

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