December 06, 2004

Fresh Patents Served Weekly

You can search for newly published patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but if you want the latest patent applications served to you by RSS syndication and email alerts, you'll need to visit Industry list RSS feeds filtered by USPTO class number are particularly valuable. The content is crawled and indexed by Google as well.

Browse for new patents by industry category or do a keyword search. For example, if you browse USPTO Class 715, Data processing: presentation processing of document patents you'll notice that it has an RSS feed that you can subscribe to for updates. That makes it easy to find new applications such as application #20040221226 "Method and mechanism for processing queries for xml documents using an index" applied for on November 4, 2004 by inventors Wesley Lin, Yasuhiro Matsuda, and Garrett Kaminaga.

Sign-up for free email patent application monitoring service which will send you a weekly email with new applications that match the keywords you select.

This site is one of those rare examples in which even if you subscribe to the feed, you'll want to routinely visit the website. The site provides searches by keyword and provides lists of patent applications by location (state and city), agent and law firm name, city of the agent, and inventor name.

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December 05, 2004

HubMed is PubMed on Steroids

At the Internet Librarian's Conference, Steven M. Cohen demonstrated many real cool RSS applications including HubMed. Not being a health sciences librarian, I wasn't yet familiar with this relatively new alternative search of the familiar PubMed medical literature database. If you're one who monitors the latest news about a drug or treatment, or if you're doing serious medical research, you'll absolutely love the assortment of alerts and exporting features HubMed provides.

You won't appreciate any of this until you do a search. So go ahead, look for something of interest. I have a niece just diagosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma so I'll do a search of that. HubMed allows users to perform a search, click on the orange "feeds" button in the right corner of the search results, and save it as an RSS feed. When new articles have been added to PubMed, HubMed will send you this information notification as an RSS feed.

So from the page of the search results I click on the orange button and now I see a page with the urls for query based feeds in both RSS and Atom formats. You can simply drag this button into a RSS news reader like NetNewsWire Pro (Mac) or NewzCrawler (PC) . Myself, I click on my Bloglines brower bookmarklet, and bingo, I'm into Bloglines where with one more click I'm subscribed to this feed for Hodgkins's Lymphoma. Now, Hubmed will keep checking the literature and deliver to me everything new it finds. Three clicks, literally. This is better than a dog that brings the morning paper.

If you are subscribed to a HubMed RSS feed, you can also post directly from your aggregator using the Blogger API at Biologging, is a community weblog for biomedical researchers. It allows you to create your own annotated store of abstracts, and to browse the logs of other users. You can create an account and submit posts to your personal weblog within biologging by using the 'Blog This' or 'Make A List' buttons in HubMed.

But wait, there's more. So much more, in fact that Matt Eberle at Library Techlog calls Hubmed "The Swiss Army knife of PubMed interfaces." If you go back to your search results, you'll see for each result a number of links to things like Abstract, Fulltext, SFX, Clip, Citation, Related, TouchGraph, and References.

A click on the SFX link (a library link server) connects you to a look up of the resource in the holdings in your local library's catalog. It supports Innovatic Innopac, BIBSYS, Dynix Horizon, Endeavor VOYAGER, SIRSI Unicorn catalogs. You can also ook up holdings in other catalogs (such as MELVYL and Library of Contress, and OCLC WorldCat), request the document be sent to you using your library's document delivery service or another (such as ILLiad and Infotrieve), download the bibliographic record for importation into your software (Refworks, Endnote, Procite, Reference Manager), save the citation, capture it using the wonderful award winning Windows utility NetSnippets, and more.

My compliments to Alf Eaton and the creators of HubMed. "I have used HubMed for a while now," writes Steven, "and have been absolutely thrilled with the results. This is one of those tools that awes the crowds at some of my presentations, and rightfully so."

I agree and only wish that HubMed had more in the way of tutorials to help novices like myself get the most out of this wonderful service. Have fun exploring it!

Speaking of the health sciences, look for the syndication of more and more publications from federal agencies. I saw recently, for example, that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is publishing Network News, their bimonthly Newsletter from the South Central Region, as a RSS feed. Thank you, Greg Bodin, for offering this.

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October 31, 2004

RSS News Feeds From

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs now provides RSS feeds for top stories from the State Department homepage, daily press briefings, press releases, and remarks by Secretary of State Colin Powell. The RSS feeds are found at:

You can also subscribe to email mailing lists to receive the full texts of selected U.S. Department of State documents and publications that provide key official information on U.S. foreign policy, notifications of travel warnings, and Foreign Travel Per Diem updates.

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September 21, 2004

Feds Offer Hurricane Alerts

The National Hurricane Center, a service of the National Weather Service, now provides RSS feeds with links to forecasts and maps. They currently offer three feeds, one in English and one in Spanish for Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico tropical cyclones, and one in English for Eastern Pacific tropical cyclones.

National Hurricane Center:

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January 15, 2004

RSS Emergency Notifications and Alerts

We heard from Jason Blum at the Senate that there are Senators such as our own Bob Bennett (R-Utah) who are interested in streaming local news and alerts to their sites. In addition to weather alerts from the National Weather Service another option is from OpenWeather, a private effort to create raw xml and RSS 1.0 weather feeds for the capitol airports of all 50 states and the province of Ontario. Another very exciting service is RSSWeather. Enter a USA city, Canadian city, or international country, and it generates a RSS 2.0 feed and, in some cases, OPML feed that you can subscribe to. Because data comes from HAMWeather, there are feeds for remote locations and small air fields in addition to forecasts reports from the large airports.

What about other kinds of alerts? Wouldn't it be nice to pursue Bill French's vision to create "an emergency notification system that leverages the power of a simple RSS feed." RSS feeds can be deliverd to the simplest of handheld devices. What mountain snowmobiler wouldn't like to receive up-to-date avalanche conditions? What sailor wouldn't want the latest gale warnings?

Dave Fletcher has noted that the federal Media Security and Reliability Council is advising that government coordinate the development of a Media Common Alert Protocol designed to deliver emergency messages via digital networks.

Am I missing something, or is this not already built into the capabilities of RSS?

Some are apparently already doing this very thing. The Earthquake Hazards Program (EHP) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has responded with a series of feeds for Earthquake Hazards syndicating alerts for quakes greater than magnitude 2.5. and those greater than 5 throughout the world.

The State of California has an Emergency Digital Information Service (EDIS) to deliver official information about emergencies and disasters to the public and the news media in the state. Their bulletins are published to the web. EDIS doesn't syndicate this themselves so Jason Fesler at has created a RSS EDIS Bulletins feed. Anyone can subscribe to this feed or parse it to their site as Jason has done at his GIGO site. If you don't know which parsing technology to use, I keep a public gigantic list of parsing tools, mostly free or open source, complete with examples of their use and links to their documentation.

Maybe some independent or government agency can take this on as a project to identify already existing government alert sites like EDIS that are not self-syndicating, scrape them into RSS feeds like Jason has done, and then package them into OPMLs to make them available to our Senators and media. Any takers?

Links to Homeland Security Email Mailing Lists (non-RSS):

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January 14, 2004

Senate Begins RSS Rollout

Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.) is the first senator with a RSS news feed for press releases on his official site. Feeds for other senators will soon follow according to Jason Blum in Enterprise Systems Support of the office of the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms. Plans call for what Blum refers to as "RSS relay agents." These are local customized feeds for hometown constituents for NOAA weather alerts and state news.

At least one other, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), had a weblog on his official Senate site this past summer, but he didn't provide readers of "Travels with Tom" with a subscription feed.

The most sophisticated uses of RSS in the Senate are currently found at the presidential campaign blogs of Senators Edwards, Kerry and Lieberman. The site of the Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) campaign blog also hosts the Edwards Family Blog, "custom blogs" for registered members of his campaign, nine state specific campaign blogs, and four special purpose blogs including a nascent Spanish language blog.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and the newest member of this blogging trio Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) both have Movable Type installations. Former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.) may not be in the race for the presidency, but supporters will be happy to know that he, too, has a news blog where they can leave comments and well wishes.

Subscribe here:

    Sen. Joseph Biden
    Sen. John Edward
    Edwards Family News
    Sen. John Kerry
    Sen. Joe Lieberman
    Gary Hart

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December 04, 2003

First Congressional RSS Feed

Here's one for the Guinness "Blog" of World Records. Rep. Julia Carson (D-Ind.) today becomes the first member of Congress with an official RSS news feed.

This information comes courtesy of Daniel Bennett, Partner at DotGov Communications and long time XML evangelist. Daniel is currently assisting Congressional agencies in creating metadata enriched RSS legislative feeds. DotGov is the first private webhoster to host Congressional websites.

Resource links: Press release | Congressional stylesheet

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December 01, 2003

Syndicated U.S. Weather Alerts

The National Weather Service has initiated an Experimental Listings of Watches, Warnings, and Advisories by State and Territory. There is a national listing and one for each state and territory in three different formats: HTML, RSS 2.0, and CAP/XML. Common Alertings Protocol (CAP) is an non-proprietary standard data format for the interchange of hazard warning and reports.

These files are updated about every two minutes and the RSS feeds can be read using news aggregators or syndicated to any website.

This is an experimental service. Your comments and feedback, accepted through December 30, 2003, will help determine if it is continued.

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November 05, 2003

Navy Evaluating Blogging Software

Government Computer News reports that the Navy is building a business case for using weblogs for project management. Enterprise blogging software by Traction Software, Inc. called TeamPage was selected for evaluation for being one of the first weblog systems designed for business use.

Weblogs provide for collaboration between experts on an as needed basis and virtually eliminate the need to send correspondence and documents by e-mail. Many aggregation technologies allow you to view multiple blog feeds in a single place. TeamPage, rather, has a permissioning and architectural model with a project based design where articles, comments, labels and links can cross project boundries. A project could be considered a blog - one for the team, one for the core team, one per individual. There is a front page that rolls up content by project, depending on any single individual's read permission.

"So, in the DoD pilot example," says Traction's Jordan Frank, "the core team may login and see a field report in the more public project, but are able to comment on it within a more private space, as necessary (to protect confidential information) or as relevant (to keep their chatter to themselves, if it is not relevant to the team at large - preventing overload.)"

According to Washington Technology, Traction's server-based enterprise software ranges in price from $5,000 per server to $10,000 per server plus $125 per account, depending on features. A single user version runs for about $250.

This Rapid Acquisition Incentive-Net Centricity (RAI-NC) pilot study, funded at $450,000, involves Department of Defense agencies in the Liberty Project (night vision technology). Besides The Office of Naval Research, other participating organizations include the Army Night Vision Lab, Defense Acquisition University, Naval Underwater Warfare Center, Marine Corps, Ford Motor Company, and the New York City Police.

This same software is being used by the Western States Information Network, one of six regional offices of the Justice Department set up to share information with other law enforcement agencies about narcotics dealers and terrorists. This office services 1,200 local law enforcement agencies in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

Read more: Traction press release | Government Computer News | Washington Technology | Corante Tech News | BeSpacific | The Network Edge | Ant's Eye View | Radio Free Blogistan | InfoWorld review | Science Daily

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May 21, 2003

New Court Opinion Feeds

While the Utah Administrative Office of the Courts has provided a mailing list to new Appellate decisions for quite a few months, we're still hoping to soon see syndicated decisions.

Rory Perry of the West Virginia Office of the Clerk used the Radio Userland weblogging tool to be the first to syndicate court opinions and in so doing build one of the very first practical applications using RSS in government. Rory offers the following feeds from the West Virgina Supreme Court:

His channels are nicely integrated into the court's website and he uses Radio's activeRenderer to create an expandable index to Term Opinion Summaries. You can also join his 3,000 subscribers who receive his RSS created opinion summaries by email. Courts interested in exploring the seemingly endless possibilities of RSS might want to start with Rory's "unrefined suggestions" that he posted to his personal weblog in February.

I've seen other court opinions surfacing informally in weblogs. Steven R. Minor, for example, reports summaries of decisions from the Virgian Court of Appeals in his SW Virginia Law Blog.

Taking up the challenge, Elmer's Weblog and others reported yesterday a posting to the Teknoids mailing list that Thomas R. Bruce, Co-Director of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School has begun syndicating recent U.S. Supreme Court Opinions. These two channels, too, are created using Radio Userland and both are updated within minutes of decisions being handed down by the court:

February 14, 2003

News to come

In this site, we'll monitor creative uses of RSS to provide information to the public above government information and services.

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