How long might it take to influence a national service? And what approaches would you take if you wished to do this? Well let me give an example of how Twitter can be used.
On Thursday 5 November 2009 Tony Hirst (@psychemedia) asked Joy Palmer a question about the RSS feeds provided by the COPAC service:
@joypalmer while you’re there ;-), any idea why copac rss results list only a fraction of the html results?
Joy, manager of the JISC-funded COPAC service, responded:
@joypalmer What is reason for that policy? is there a way of getting all books in the feed, other than by scraping?
Joy asked for examples of what was needed:
@psychemedia curious to know why wld you want all of them? i.e. what use case are you thinking? tis something we cld address if strong case
I spotted this discussion and contributed with an example of why I feel that RSS should be used for much more than just news alerts:
A nice example providing evidence of how Twitter can provide benefits in the workplace. But as well as ensuring that a richer set of feeds will be developed for reuse by third party developers I thought this example was also interesting in showing that despite the advocacy for service to provide RSS, there’s still not a widespread understanding of the reasons why a comprehensive set of RSS feeds are needed. Is this, I wonder, due to the fans of RSS simply pushing for deployment of RSS but failing to make the case for how RSS should be used?