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The Social MEDia Course: Being up-to-date

From RSS to tracking news in medicine

Bertalan Mesko, MD

on 3 October 2015

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Transcript of The Social MEDia Course: Being up-to-date

up-to-date online
Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD
Medical Futurist
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Take home messages
Let the information come to you!
Find which RSS reader suits you best and learn to use it properly
Be proficient in finding or creating RSS feeds of any channels and websites and enjoy!
Instead of running for the information, let it come to you from all channels and access everything in one platform!
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If you have ever seen this on a website, you actually have come across RSS
What does it mean to be up-to-date?
Plenty of medical professionals read a few papers a week sitting in the library or check resources manually online again and again
So far, we've been surfing on the web
Checking our favourite resources by visiting them

again and again
What kind of content can we follow online?
Medical papers
Medical blogs
Medical news sites
Medical video channels
Medical forums and community sites
Links to our website
Let's access all of these in one place
Instead of this:
Let's do this:
Getting everything we need in one place
The solution
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content.

An RSS document (a "feed", or "channel") includes text, publishing dates and authorship.
When I publish content and let others follow it by RSS
When I follow content published by others by RSS
Short history
First format in 1995
Different names since then:

Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.9x)

RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)

Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.x)
Types of Information RSS can bring to you
Papers from peer-reviewed journals
Blogs, wikis, Twitter and many more
Grant opportunities
Web search results
Updates on clinical guidelines
News sites
Examining the Medical Blogosphere: An Online Survey of Medical Bloggers
Kovic et al.
They are up-to-date
99% read medical news online
86% read medical news on blogs
66% read medical news via RSS
New expressions
: A client software or a Web application which aggregates syndicated web content
: a data format used for providing users with frequently updated content
: An element of the feed such as an article or one paper
What does it look like?
From this
...to these
How can we read RSS feeds?
Web browser
Internet Explorer
Desktop application
Web-based application
Search queries on Pubmed.com
you can subscribe
to the RSS feeds of

Medical blogs
Medical journals
Medical news
Or you can first use an easier solution
You can create RSS feed for search results as well
What should you follow online?
Your name
Your workplace
Field of interest
Conferences you will attend
Your papers and citations
Find RSS feeds in different topics
Most common formats:

RSS 1.0
RSS 2.0
Let's see an RSS feed
The recent.XML file (RSS feed of the recent issues) of the Journal of the American Medical Association
Let's see the same feed in an RSS reader
And many other options
What if I'm a content publisher?
Why should I make a feed available?
Isn’t that the same as giving away my content?
1) You retain copyright on your content (if you want to)

2) You control what is syndicated (full text or just the first paragraph, etc.)

3) Feed readers follow you frequently, they are invaluable members of your audience!
A news item (in bold as it is unread)
We have to deal with
information pollution
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