Weaving the Web 2.0: RSS and the future of chemical/science information


Teri M. Vogel, tmvogel@ucsd.edu, Science & Engineering Library, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0175E
Though it is still on the “bleeding edge” for most web users, RSS has become one of the Web 2.0 technologies that are impacting how information is delivered, shared and received.

This presentation will: 1) explore the role that RSS is playing in an increasingly complex web landscape of blogs, wikis, search engines, tagging folksonomies, and more recently in the delivery of audio/visual content; 2) examine how libraries, publishers, A&I database producers, and other information providers are utilizing RSS to deliver content to students and researchers in chemistry and other sciences, and if those end-users are taking advantage of these opportunities; and 3) speculate on the effects that RSS-based technologies will have for library and research services, particularly in response to our users' evolving information needs and the new and changing devices they will be using to manage their information.