Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pipes from RSS Feeds

PC Authority magazine contains a excellent article "Absolutely fabulous" (David Kidd, October 2007) on Web 2.0 and mashups. I used their instructions to create a simple RSS feed using Yahoo's Pipes service. This lets you take data from several feeds, filter and sort it and then pipe it out as a feed. It uses a "join the dots" approach, displaying each source and filter as a box, with the information flows as pipes joining the boxes. I used it to create a custom feed of Seminars at the ANU Computer Science and Information Technology Building. This can then be combined with other announcements and displayed on a screen in the foyer.

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