Web feeds available to save you time
Many of you may already be familiar with and subscribe to web feeds (RSS or Atom) as a way to keep up with new content from different websites–including social media sites–without needing to go to each website daily.
You might use your browser’s default built-in reader (Internet Explorer Feeds Tab,
Firefox Live Bookmarks, Safari RSS Feed Reader), a browser add-on (Firefox Feed Reader Add-ons) or a free desktop program like FeedDemon for PCs or NetNewsWire for Mac. Those who prefer mobility between computers and browsers may use a web-based feed aggregator (Google Reader, NetVibes) or have the feeds delivered to their e-mail (Microsoft Outlook feeds, Blogtrotter, FeedMyInbox).
The Center for Transportation Research offers the following RSS feeds:
- CTR Blog:
To limit the alerts you receive from this blog, you can subscribe to a specific category or tag. To do this, click on one of the categories listed on the left column of this screen. Click in your browser’s address bar to add the word “feed” after the last “/”in the URL.
- CTR’s twitter feed: http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=ctrutaustin
The CTR twitter feed includes content from this blog, CTR’s Facebook page, and reminders about events as well as photos and live updates from CTR events.
- CTR Library’s twitter feed: http://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=ctrlib
The CTR Library twitter feed includes alerts about new publications received at the library, the library’s articles from this blog, calls-for-papers, articles and research papers of interest, and news from transportation agencies including the USDOT and TxDOT.
- CTR Library’s New Publications Feeds
As the library catalogs new print and electronic publications, alerts are automatically generated and sent to these feeds. Our most popular publication feeds are:
- New CTR Publications: http://feeds.feedburner.com/newestCTR (includes some overlap with the TxDOT publications feed)
- New TxDOT Research Publications: http://feeds.feedburner.com/NewestTxdotResearch (includes some overlap with the CTR publications feed)
- New SWUTC Research Reports: http://feeds.feedburner.com/CTRlibrary-newSWUTC (includes some overlap with new CTR publications feed)
- CTR Library’s Pinterest pins: http://pinterest.com/ctrlib/feed.rss (all boards)
As we work through literature searches, seek answers to reference questions, receive new publications, and follow news from other transportation or civil engineering libraries, we often share that information on Pinterest as a type of visual bookmarking. (I’ll cover specifics in a future article.)
Like this blog, you can subscribe to a specific board on Pinterest if you aren’t interested in all of the content. To do this, click on the title of the board and then click on your browser’s address bar and replace the last “/” at the end of the URL with “.rss”; here are a few examples:
- Events: Transportation http://pinterest.com/ctrlib/events-transportation.rss Audience: transportation professionals, including faculty. Pins that alert about local transportation events as well as national transportation events, webinars, calls-for-papers.
- Research Tools and Data: https://pinterest.com/ctrlib/research-tools-data.rss Audience: Researchers, faculty and graduate students, policymakers
- Maps and Mapping Tools: https://pinterest.com/ctrlib/maps-mapping-tools.rss Audience: Researchers, faculty and graduate students, report writers
What if you need to stay updated on web content that isn’t offered as a web feed? Tools like Change Detection or a carefully focused, advanced search in Google Alert can alert you to changes on a website.
* UPDATE 7/2/2014: Some links updated to reflect CTR’s website change
* UPDATE 12/14/2018: FireFox discontinued their Live Bookmarks feature but offers other suggests for using RSS Feeds.