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Setting up a twitter feed from a repository RSS feed

Posted by gazjjohnson on 15 January, 2010

I’ve been keen to set up a feed from our blog (the LRA) for new additions for some time, but I’ve always thought it would be a technological challenge.  Turns out that it’s pretty easy if you’ve got an RSS output already, which we have. 

I had a word with my contacts on twitter and as usual they came up aces with the answer – two suggestions a site called Twitterfeed or using HootDeck.  This is how I did it.

  1. I registered a new twitter account for the repository UoLLRA.  You don’t have to do that you can just use your own account – but I wanted this to be separate from my online identity.
  2. I went to Twitterfeed.com
  3. I opted to register using an OpenID account, although you can set up your own personal registration on the site.  Since the LRA has a GMail address I used this.
  4. Once logged in I created a new feed
  5. I named the feed and copied in the URL of the RSS feed of new additions to the site.
  6. I selected where this was to be posted to – in this case Twitter.  As I was still logged into twitter I only had to authorise this access, rather log in again.
  7. And that was it – all new items added to the repository will automatically gain a little more exposure to the electronic world without me taking any additional action.

Now I just need to keep promoting http://www.twitter.com/UoLLRA to a few people and we can take it from there.  Much much easier than I expected!  Thanks to all the people who offered advice and suggestions via twitter!

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Posted in Leicester Research Archive, Web 2.0 & Emerging Technologies | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Re-engaging the repository with the Arts research community

Posted by gazjjohnson on 25 March, 2009

Just had a very interesting conversation with our arts librarian here.  Seems her departments are getting down hearted by the local repository being full of STM materials and are feeling, understandably, left out.

Unfortunately they don’t regard conference papers, reports or discussion papers they produce as “research worthy” enough to go in; and the bulk of their true research output is in the form of books.  Which in our experience, we’re unlikely to get permission to include (bar the odd one or two).

So my question is this – how do we re-engage with these people and enable them to deposit materials of genuine interest?  Are there any tricks we’re missing or is it that repositories actually are only suitable for the sciences?

Posted in Leicester Research Archive, Open Access | Tagged: , , , , | 2 Comments »