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It’s RSS, Jim, but not as we know it

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on July 25, 2007

The intention of ticTOCs is to make journal Tables of Contents (TOCs) available in a user-friendly environment. In order to do so, it will aggregate RSS feeds for TOCs from various journal publishers.

If you want to know more about RSS, there are various sources, including the RSS Compendium. In addition, for a discussion about the maturing of RSS, some new ways in which it is being used, and some more information about the ticTOCs project, Free Pint have just published a ‘Tips article’ I wrote entitled RSS Update: It’s RSS, Jim, but Not as We Know It.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCS Management Support

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What’s happening?

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on July 18, 2007

As mentioned below, Joe Hilton, the ticTOCs Project Manager, is now in post – welcome Joe! – and the project can now make progress towards its various goals.

In practice, what does this entail? Well, there’s lots going on in the background, but in the meatime at least there’s not much to actually point towards.

The basic ticTOCs website has been created, a private wiki and a private blog for the project partners are up and running, the final touches are being put to the Project Plan, and the Technical Plan, and work is ongoing with respect to the Functional Requirements. As well as all of this planning, work has also started on the technical side.

As is the case with most projects of this kind, the Project Plan will detail what is to happen and when, and amongst other things will list various WorkPackages and responsibilities. This is where developments to the front-end (the future website), and the back-end (the database software, etc) are detailed.

ticTOCs will have four stages. Stage 1, which we’re in just now, sees the initial setup, the first technical development cycle, and a prototype. Stage 2 will involve prototype enhancement, a second technical development cycle, and the drafting of a business model. It’s during this stage that the public service will be launched. Stage 3 involves further development, and especially investigations of some innovative elements. Stage 4 will see the integration of the realistic innovations identified in Stage 3.

It’s all go, as they say. At various times, we’ll be looking for feedback – in fact, WP 2.6 states “Stakeholder feedback via online questionnaire and ticTOCs public wiki”.

If you’re interested in helping us with feedback, or if you have any questions or comments about the Project, please feel free to get in touch. Our contact details are available at the project website.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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