Stephen Downes has recently suggestedthat use of RSS and blogs “should be basic and fundamental information, and in my view, projects without this sort of informational support are just being anti-social.” I think Stephen’s right – although, as a Brit, I’d probably be more circumspect (perhaps along the lines of a Sir Humphrey Appleby “Is really it wise not to have a RSS feed“). Stephen’s direct North American approach is to be applauded, I feel.
And Stephen linked to a blog post on antibiotics online accuracy, freshness, and cool stuff” rel=”bookmark” href=”http://www.goldenswamp.com/2008/05/07/rss-injects-edu-with-accuracy-freshness-and-cool-stuff/”>RSS injects edu with accuracy, freshness, and cool stuffwhich gives an example of how RSS can be used.
My own use of RSS to enhance access to project deliverables was for the JISC-funbded QA Focus project. In this case RSS filesprovided for the project’s key deliverables including briefing documents, case studies, papers and presentations. In addition OPML fileswere also created which enabled the RSS files to be integrated in a variety of ways.
Stephen’s right – if you’re not doing this you are “just being anti-social“.