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Vancouver media doesn't generate RSS but Washington Post provides RSS and encourages non commercial remixing

Vancouver media doesn't generate RSS but Washington Post provides RSS and encourages non commercial remixing

By Roland Tanglao on November 26, 2005 - 12:11am

Vancouver established media (I am looking at you Vancouver Sun, Province, Georgia Straight, etc.). If RSS, blogs and mashups are good enough for the Washington Post and the New York Times, they ought to be good enough for you. Email me roland AT urbanvancouver.com or call me at 604 729 7924 if you want some free advice on Web 2.0, RSS. etc. I can be bribed with coffee or lunch :-) and I can point you to people that can help you design and implement a 21st century online strategy including blogs, RSS, podcasting, videoblogging, etc. instead of your current 1999 online strategy.

From Post Remix | washingtonpost.com.:

QUOTE

Welcome to washingtonpost.com's Post Remix site, affectionately known as mashingtonpost.com.

This site has two goals:

  • To spotlight the work of outside Web developers who've made cool and interesting projects ("mashups") using Post content.
  • To provide information about washingtonpost.com's various data offerings (APIs and RSS feeds).

Why are we doing this? Because we want to foster innovation, and because we want to see your ideas about new ways of displaying news and information on the Web. Here are a few examples of what people have made with washingtonpost.com content:

  • Frank Wiles made News Cloud, which is a tag cloud of Post stories that lets you browse stories by keyword.
  • Jacob Kaplan-Moss made Ripped from the Headlines!, a daily news quiz that's created automatically from our headline feeds.
  • Adam DuVander made a world map interface to Post stories, plus a thumbnail quiz of Arts & Entertainment stories.
  • Bryan Fordham made washingtonpost.com search results via RSS, which provides RSS feeds for search terms on our site.

These are the kinds of projects we'll be spotlighting on Post Remix.

UNQUOTE

Submitted by professional web design (not verified) on November 26, 2005 - 4:50am.

intersting.i like the two main goals.

Submitted by Jeffery Kelly Simpson (not verified) on November 27, 2005 - 12:13am.

It's a good point, I was thinking of posting something on Metroblogs about it too. It's shooting themselves in their own feet, because the more accessible a media source is either through RSS, online or other things then they're more likely to be part of the conversation part of the internet dialogue.

With no RSS feed I've got to make a specific trip to one of the main Vancouver media sites, and that's less likely going to happen then just checking my London Guardian feed, or my CBC feeds. Then I link to one of those easy to access sites, and the Province or the Straight becomes irrelevant.

Submitted by Roland Tanglao on November 27, 2005 - 1:54pm.

and having RSS doesn't mean they can't make money from their content.
One possible way: Provide summaries of the article in RSS the day of publication for free; except subscribers who get access to full text RSS feeds. After 24 hours everybody gets free access to full text RSS feeds. A similar model works for The Economist. If it's good enough for The Economist ... :-) !

Roland Tanglao
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Bryght

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 3, 2005 - 2:48am.

Anyone know of any mashups or remixes that anyone's done like the washingtonpost.com ones, but with CBC content?

Submitted by Jeff Perro (not verified) on July 20, 2007 - 2:43pm.

Since originally posting this article, have you been able to find an RSS feed for the Vancouver Sun?

http://digital.vancouversun.com/epaper/services/rss.ashx?cid=1000&type=f...

I have been looking for an RSS feed of local Vancouver events. If you happen to know of one, please let me know.

Thanks,

Jeff

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