Newsfeed

Agent Source Token c1bfb47c-39b8-4224-bb18-96edf85e3f7b
Consumes Artifacts newsfeed-list
Subject Coverage Blog posts mentioned in RSS and Atom feeds on newsfeed-list
Object Coverage All DOIs, Landing Page URLs, plain-text DOIs.
Data Contributor Curators of RSS and Atom feed aggregators. Authors of blog posts.
Data Origin RSS and Atom feeds, and the blog posts they point to.
Freshness Every few hours.
Identifies Linked DOIs, unlinked DOIs, Landing Page URLs
License Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)
Looks in HTML of webpages (mostly blog posts) linked to from RSS and Atom feeds.
Name Newsfeed
Operated by Crossref
Produces Evidence Records Yes
Produces relation types discusses
Source ID newsfeed
Updates or deletions None expected

What it is

Links from blogs and other content with a newsfeed.

What it does

The Agent has a list of RSS feeds. It monitors each one for links to blog posts. If a blog post links to Registered Content, or mentions DOIs in the text, they are extracted into Events.

Where data comes from

The newsfeed-list Artifact is consulted. On a regular basis the Agent retrieves the Artifact, then follows the link to every blog post or page mentioned. Data sources:

  1. The newsfeed-list Artifact, curated by Crossref.
  2. The content of each newsfeed. Each newsfeed may be operated by a different organisation.
  3. The content of the individual blog posts.

Example RSS feeds include:

  • ScienceSeeker blog aggregator
  • ScienceBlogging blog aggregator

Example Event

Content to follow.

Methodology

On a regular basis (approximately every hour) the Newsfeed Agent starts a scan. Each scan:

  1. It retrieves the most recent version of the newsfeed-list Artifact.
  2. It scans over every RSS feed.
  3. It passes the URL of every Blog post to the Percolator.

Evidence Record

  • Includes batches of landing-page-url type observations.

Edits / Deletion

  • Events may be edited if they are found to be faulty, e.g. non-existent DOIs

Quirks

  • Links to blog posts are followed. If a summary of the blog post is included in the RSS feed, it is not consulted.

Failure modes

  • RSS feeds may be taken offline.
  • RSS feeds may contain incomplete data.
  • RSS feeds may update too quickly for the Agent to keep up.
  • Publisher sites may block the Event Data Bot collecting Landing Pages.
  • Publisher sites may prevent the Event Data Bot collecting Landing Pages with robots.txt
  • Blog sites may block the Event Data Bot collecting Landing Pages.
  • Blog sites may prevent the Event Data Bot collecting Landing Pages with robots.txt

Further information