Autodiscoverable RSS Feeds From HEI Library Websites

Following up on 404 “Page Not Found” Error pages and Autodiscoverable Feeds for UK Government Departments and Back from Behind Enemy Lines, Without Being Autodiscovered(?!), I felt morally obliged to put together a page showing how the well the HEI Libraries are doing at getting autodiscoverable RSS feeds declared on their website homepages.

So here it is: Autodiscoverable RSS feeds from UK HEI Library homepages.

So far, about 10% of Library homepages have autodiscoverable feeds on their home pages, showing how libraries are leading their institutional web policies into the world of syndicated content…. err… maybe… (not)…

There are several reasons why this percentage may be so low:

  1. I’m not using the correct Library homepage URLs. (Do you know how hard it is to find such a list?)
  2. The Libraries don’t control their web page <head> – or the CMS just can’t cope with it – so they can’t add the autodiscovery code. (Some of the library pages do have links to RSS feeds, just not autodiscoverable ones).
  3. The computing services folks who probably do control the <head> are so ashamed about their own inability to get RSS feeds up and running (Autodiscoverable RSS feeds from UK HEI homepages) they don’t want anyone else to have feeds either…

See also: Nudge: Improving Decisions About RSS Usage – a post by Brian Kelly from July 2008 encouraging HEIs to get into the RSS game. Does nudging work? Has much progress has been made over the last year? Or have the computer services folks got it right and UK HEI RSS feeds are just a total waste of time? Or at least, autodiscoverable ones are…?

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

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