09 April 2005

Splicing publication content and XML search feeds into a single feed

Quick tip: Try RSS Mix to splice feeds.

I was looking for a single tool that allowed me to assign and combine [on the publishing side] content to a specific feed; and also integrate retroactive and prospective search results [on the search side] into a single feed.

I've found pieces of this puzzle, but no single package. This is a place that allows one to splice a feed or channel. Users can integrate and modify and existing channel by either creating a new feed from URLs; ore editing an existing channel.

However, both of these approach apply to existing content on specific URLs or feed. Neither satisfactorily handles the publication-assignment issue. Thus, the available tool only does half the job.

At the same time, there are tools that let users assign content and blogs to specific feeds. For example web publishers can assign a blog spot to a specific channel within their platform; and the content will appear in that specific feed.

Yet, again, this approach address only half the objective. It neither allows content to be specifically assigned to more than one feed to then integrate with search-feeds; nor does the platform take the existing content and mix it with a search result into a single structure that can be subsequently modified.

Newsgator Online does provide the means to publish an existing feed as a separate channel. Rojo also allows users to combine several feeds into a single platform. But I find both approaches do not satisfactorily meet the complete challenge.

Newsgator Online is not designed to act as a publishing platform, nor does it assign specific content to a specific feed. Rather, Newsgator simply will let users strip out feeds from the subscription list and then combine it into a new channel.

Rojo, although it does theoretically permit blog-comments to get attached to the feed, doesn't necessarily let the publisher specifically assign a given comment to a given feed after publication; nor does Rojo have the capability to seamlessly integrate both the publication-feed and the subscription feed into one platform, while at the same time allowing specific publication content to be combined or stripped out.

Again, the available approaches appear to be, at best, a patchwork of solutions. Indeed, there may be a single platform out there that accomplishes this objective, but I cannot find it.

I invite others to discuss this issue: Have you seen anything like this, and do you foresee a time when you might want to have the ability to both assign content to a feed, and then combine this content-feed with a subscription feed into a new third feed.

This approach would let users create a custom-content feed: Either the channel would produce quality publication content; or the content would be from XML searches.

The goal of this tool would be to increase the scope, quality, and value of a channel by either identifying content that meets the channel requirements, or it would trigger signals that new content needs to be created.

User requirements

A single mechanism allowing me to both assign blog-content to a specific publication feed or feeds; and then grab XML search results, then combining both sets of feed-types into a single feed.

Needs to be a single platform, no download.

The URI needs to be available for cross platform use, without adjusting my header or footer.

The code would be able to let me assign the third feed into a single URI that I can place anywhere on a publishing platform.

Seamlessly allow me to publish content, assign a specific publication to this integrated feed; and then allow me to order and adjust the content as new search results appeared.

Content that was more relevant to the feed objectives, would be given higher priority. Feeds could gain priority based on content, length, or other parameters.

The tool would permit an easy comparison between channel objectives in terms of overall channel quality, and the current content available through existing searches and from inhouse publication. The difference between channel objectives and available content would trigger a notice that there's the need to schedule content, research or other publications; or modify searches to complement the holes in the existing searches.

There would be a visual cue that the channel objectives were or were not satisfied with either content assignment or search results.

Differences between available content and channel objectives would trigger a notification of active searches people have for that content, but are finding nothing. Terms would get showcased highlighting the types of issues, searches, and reader-needs that are not getting satisfied.

The tool would act as another prompt to what the reader may find interesting, thereby triggering new searches, new subscription requests, research, reviewing or adjust the planned blog-publishing-schedule, or immediate content publication.
Quick tip: Try RSS Mix to splice feeds.

I was looking for a single tool that allowed me to assign and combine [on the publishing side] content to a specific feed; and also integrate retroactive and prospective search results [on the search side] into a single feed.

I've found pieces of this puzzle, but no single package. This is a place that allows one to splice a feed or channel. Users can integrate and modify and existing channel by either creating a new feed from URLs; ore editing an existing channel.

However, both of these approach apply to existing content on specific URLs or feed. Neither satisfactorily handles the publication-assignment issue. Thus, the available tool only does half the job.

At the same time, there are tools that let users assign content and blogs to specific feeds. For example web publishers can assign a blog spot to a specific channel within their platform; and the content will appear in that specific feed.

Yet, again, this approach address only half the objective. It neither allows content to be specifically assigned to more than one feed to then integrate with search-feeds; nor does the platform take the existing content and mix it with a search result into a single structure that can be subsequently modified.

Newsgator Online does provide the means to publish an existing feed as a separate channel. Rojo also allows users to combine several feeds into a single platform. But I find both approaches do not satisfactorily meet the complete challenge.

Newsgator Online is not designed to act as a publishing platform, nor does it assign specific content to a specific feed. Rather, Newsgator simply will let users strip out feeds from the subscription list and then combine it into a new channel.

Rojo, although it does theoretically permit blog-comments to get attached to the feed, doesn't necessarily let the publisher specifically assign a given comment to a given feed after publication; nor does Rojo have the capability to seamlessly integrate both the publication-feed and the subscription feed into one platform, while at the same time allowing specific publication content to be combined or stripped out.

Again, the available approaches appear to be, at best, a patchwork of solutions. Indeed, there may be a single platform out there that accomplishes this objective, but I cannot find it.

I invite others to discuss this issue: Have you seen anything like this, and do you foresee a time when you might want to have the ability to both assign content to a feed, and then combine this content-feed with a subscription feed into a new third feed.

This approach would let users create a custom-content feed: Either the channel would produce quality publication content; or the content would be from XML searches.

The goal of this tool would be to increase the scope, quality, and value of a channel by either identifying content that meets the channel requirements, or it would trigger signals that new content needs to be created.

User requirements

A single mechanism allowing me to both assign blog-content to a specific publication feed or feeds; and then grab XML search results, then combining both sets of feed-types into a single feed.

Needs to be a single platform, no download.

The URI needs to be available for cross platform use, without adjusting my header or footer.

The code would be able to let me assign the third feed into a single URI that I can place anywhere on a publishing platform.

Seamlessly allow me to publish content, assign a specific publication to this integrated feed; and then allow me to order and adjust the content as new search results appeared.

Content that was more relevant to the feed objectives, would be given higher priority. Feeds could gain priority based on content, length, or other parameters.

The tool would permit an easy comparison between channel objectives in terms of overall channel quality, and the current content available through existing searches and from inhouse publication. The difference between channel objectives and available content would trigger a notice that there's the need to schedule content, research or other publications; or modify searches to complement the holes in the existing searches.

There would be a visual cue that the channel objectives were or were not satisfied with either content assignment or search results.

Differences between available content and channel objectives would trigger a notification of active searches people have for that content, but are finding nothing. Terms would get showcased highlighting the types of issues, searches, and reader-needs that are not getting satisfied.

The tool would act as another prompt to what the reader may find interesting, thereby triggering new searches, new subscription requests, research, reviewing or adjust the planned blog-publishing-schedule, or immediate content publication.
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