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Syndicating archives blogs

I still haven't had enough time to process everything I took in or ideas I came up with as a result of the SAA conference. Many were more diligent than I and I'm sorry to say I didn't meet them, but some highlights follow:

I'm not even up to speed on the rest of the archival blogs out there. In a stroke of genius and madness I've got an idea that I may put into motion. I'm thinking about setting up an instance of Planet, a Python-powered web-based news aggregator. It's pretty common in the FLOSS world, and has been picked up by the code4lib folks; they're running theirs as planet code4lib. One of the reasons I think this is a good idea is that one doesn't need to use an aggregator (Bloglines, NetNewsWire, what have you) to get all of the content at once. This in turn eliminates a hurdle from those archivists that are not technically minded: they just need to be told to go to a single website to read everything. What do you think? Would you be willing to take part?

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  • 💬 Andrew Bangert at August 15, 2006, 01:05 UTC:

    I had been planning to do this with Drupal (because I don't know how to set up Planet and because using Drupal would mean it could easily be extended to offer other staples of online community). I would have set it up for SAA if there had been wireless. I'm about to have some time on my hands...

  • 💬 M.A. Matienzo at August 15, 2006, 01:16 UTC:

    I am willing to play around with Planet for the heck of it. I know Drupal has this functionality so that would make sense. I actually meant to mention SIclops in this, too, but it slipped my mind. If Planet can easily import/export something like OPML, then getting it to play nicely with other community portals/CMS instances would be pretty easy too.

  • 💬 Andrew Bangert at August 15, 2006, 01:20 UTC:

    For a Drupal example, I've been aggregating most of those blogs for our chapter of SAA (the rest of the site needs some work):
    http://si.umich.edu/saa/?q=...

  • 💬 Andrew Bangert at August 15, 2006, 01:25 UTC:

    SIclops is going to move soon, to where it will stay (and split into a development and production sites), but is currently: http://si.umich.edu/saa/sic...

    If you start playing around with Planet, I'd like to see any documentation of your efforts that you're willing to put out there. It was what I was originally going to use after seeing it in effect at http://www.slisblogs.com.

  • 💬 M.A. Matienzo at August 15, 2006, 19:31 UTC:

    I've set up a sample Planet instance at http://thesecretmirror.com/... . It's just got two blogs at the moment (mine and archivemati.ca). It can export to just about anything (RSS, OPML, HTML) since it's designed to run on templates. It's pretty fast, I guess. The script isn't run from the web - it needs to be called via cron.