Customizable RSS Feeds

Do you use RSS feeds? Then you know how useful they can be when you want alerts to newly published online information that applies to you: professionally or personally. This kind of targeted, agile publishing is exactly what Tizra is all about and, as you'd expect, we offer simple yet flexible features that let you get the most relevant updates out to your most interested users.

In case you're unfamiliar with RSS, it's basically a way of formatting information so that people can subscribe to and view it in feed reading software (Details from Wikipedia).  RSS means users save time because they're notified of anything new at their favorite sites without needing to visit them.
Tizra RSS feeds can be linked to from the homepage of your Tizra site, or any other web page.
By default, Tizra sites include an RSS feed that updates subscribers every time any new Document is added.  For example, here's a feed that'll update you any time Columbia University Press adds a book to the CUPOLA site they run on Tizra...

http://cupola.columbia.edu/~rss

The recipe for this is simple: Just take the domain name for the site (cupola.columbia.edu) and add ~rss at the end.

Customizing RSS Feeds:
You can customize the default feed just by adding a few parameters at the end of its URL.  Following are a few examples.

Collection Feed
Say you're only interested in Columbia's Business and Economics collection.  You'd start with the URL for the collection (http://cupola.columbia.edu/tdprp/) and add the ~rss to get...

http://cupola.columbia.edu/tdprp/~rss

Excerpt Feed
One of the really interesting things about the way Tizra lets you work with content is that you can unbundle Documents into shorter chunks called Excerpts, which can then be rebundled with other content.  These Excerpts can be the basis of feeds, too.  For example, The Association of Research Libraries breaks up each issue of its publication Research Library Issues into Excerpts—one for each article—and generates a feed like this...

http://publications.arl.org/all_rli_articles/~rss?metaTypeName=PageRange

By adding ?metaTypeName=PageRange at the end, the feed is switched to list Excerpts, rather than whole Documents.  This makes sense in a lot of cases like this, where users will probably find it more interesting to see the titles of each article in their feed reader, rather than just being informed that a new issue has come out.  Note: It's also possible to generate an Excerpt feed by using the Collection approach above.  Just configure the Collection to include Excerpts (or a combination of Excerpts & Documents) and the feed that's created by adding ~rss to the URL will include whatever's in the Collection.

Tag-Based Feed
You can also create a more free-form feed that will update users any time you apply a certain tag to your content.  For example, here's a feed containing everything with the "Automotive" tag on the Goodheart-Willcox Online Textbooks site...

http://www.g-wonlinetextbooks.com/~rss?AdminTags=Automotive

These are just a few examples...by no means comprehensive.  You could also do things like generate a feed with all the works of a particular author, update conference participants any time new items are added to a particular session, limit the number of items in a feed.  Drop us a note, and we'll be glad to discuss in more detail.

Look...up in the sky! It's Super Tagger!

The Super Tagger feature gives you superhero-like powers to update -- in bulk -- the metadata properties of the content you manage in Tizra, including Documents, Excerpts, Collections, Virtual Collections, Static Pages and Offers.

It also gives you the all too human power to change your mind, make mistakes, and learn as you go.  Because it lets you make large-scale changes after you load your content, you no longer have to worry so much about getting your metadata just right beforehand.  If you suddenly realize you'd like to bundle your recipes by main ingredient, or your conference papers by first author's organization, you don't have to start over, you can Super Tag them!

It can be especially useful for educational publishers working to make use of the new metadata standards being proposed by the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative and the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

For example, one of the proposed LRMI standards is to include the typical age range of the content’s intended end user. You could add a metadata field to your Documents called "Typical Age Range," filter on all types of Content for a particular age range, and then use the Super Tagger to add the age range to all the applicable Documents.

Step-by-step instructions for using the Super Tagger:

Note: If you want to populate a new metadata field using the Super Tagger feature, be sure to add that metadata field to your Documents, Excerpts, Collections, etc. using the New Property feature before proceeding with these instructions.
  1. From the Tizra Control Panel click on CONTENT and then go to Documents, Excerpts, Collections, Virtual Collections, Static Pages, Offers, or Excerpt Offers.
  2. Filter on the Content (Documents, Excerpts, Collections, etc.) you wish to update (only filter if you are not updating ALL of this particular type of Content).

    Filtering is useful when your Tizra Publisher site has hundreds or thousands of content items, because it enables you to narrow the list to just the items you want to work with.
  3. Select the empty box at the top of the Content List to select all.

  4. Click the Super Tagger button.

  5. The Super Tagger dialog box will open, displaying all metadata fields for the selected Content type (Documents, Excerpts, Collections, etc.). Use the scroll bar on the right-hand side of the dialog box to see additional metadata fields.



     Note: The type of metadata field (true/false, keyword list, string, etc.) will determine which Super Tagger options are available to you in the drop-down list underneath each metadata field.
  6. Leave the default selection of "ignore" if you do not wish to change that particular metadata field.
    ~OR~
    Select one of the following options from the drop-down list.

    We've outlined the options for some of the more popular metadata types.

    For String fields:
    Select Replace from the drop-down list and then enter the new value in the blank field. Or, if you are working with Excerpts and you wish to pull the values in from each Excerpt's parent Document, simply select Add Values from Parent from the drop-down list.

    For True/False fields:
    Select Replace from the drop-down list and then select the Yes or No radio button. Or, if you are working with Excerpts and you wish to pull the True/False setting from each Excerpt's parent Document, simply select Add Values from Parent from the drop-down list.

    For Keyword Lists:The process for REPLACING Keyword List values is described step-by-step along with screen shots. The remaining Keyword List options: Add Values, Remove Values and Add Values from Parent are also described, but without screen shots, as the processes are similar.

    To REPLACE ALL existing Keyword values with a new value, select Replace from the drop-down list.



    Click into the blank field beneath the drop-down list.



    The Picker screen will open.



    Enter a New Value and then click the Add button.



    Click the X in the bottom right-hand corner to exit the Picker screen.



    The newly added value will display back on the Super Tagger dialog box.



    Proceed to Step 7 below.


    OR, if you wish  to ADD a new Keyword value to any existing values, select Add Values from the drop-down list.



    Click into the blank field to open the Picker screen; enter the New Value; click the Add button; click the X in the bottom right-hand corner to exit the Picker screen; and then proceed to Step 7 below.


    OR, if you wish to REMOVE any existing Keyword value(s), select RemoveValues from the drop-down list.



    Click into the blank field to open the Picker screen; click on any existing Value(s) you wish to remove; click the X in the bottom right-hand corner to exit the Picker screen; and then proceed to Step 7 below.


    Or, If you are working with Excerpts and you wish to pull the values in from each Excerpt's parent Document, simply select Add Values from Parent and then proceed to Step 7 below.

  7. Click the Update Fields button on the Super Tagger dialog box. All applicable metadata fields will be updated!