Enjoy recent PNW publications via TreeSearch RSS Feed

Hi Rhonda, Tiffany, Matt:

I just noticed a page with “20 Most Recently Added PNW Publications” at https://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/top20/PNW/.

It offers an RSS feed (Really Simply Syndication).

This is the kind of data export feature from TreeSearch / RITS I was hoping for, to get around the need to go into RITS (true to its name – “really simple,” right?

This is the URL you need – go ahead and copy it now:


Then open up outlook to subscribe to this feed in your “RSS Feeds” section of your Outlook

Step 1. Open Outlook, Right Click on the “RSS Feeds” section on the navigation pane of your Outlook application window.

Step 2. Select “Add a New RSS Feed” to the dialog that pops up from step 1 and paste a URL for an RSS feed.

In this case, I used https://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/feeds/top20.xml?id=PNW

Step 3. Select “Add a New RSS Feed”

Step 4. Enjoy your publications!

Outlook will save the new items and you can search and refer back to them by date.

This is useful for certain other applications like an e-mail update, such as one I subscribe to via ScienceDaily:


They actually have a ton:


And the alert I get is powered by FeedBurner, which you have to have a Google Account to use:

This brings me to my next point: once you have your RSS feed by topic, you can then have a newsletter by topic:


“We also offer more than 400 specific email newsletters in a variety of topics. Click on the headings below to jump to the full list of topics within each of ScienceDaily’s main sections. The link to the sign-up form for each topical email newsletter is marked by an email letter icon.”

Nobody is physically creating these newsletters – they are just generated and formatted by Feedburner.

Essentially what you are doing when you sign up for one of these is choosing to get a summary of the RSS feed by mail.

Here is a test I created with the same URL in feedburner:


More info on Feedburner Features:


Under the “Publicize” tab there is the option to activate e-mail subscription (detailed instructions at http://zourbuth.com/archives/521/how-to-use-feedburner-email-subscription/).

You will get code to enable this:

<form style="border:1px solid #ccc;padding:3px;text-align:center;" action="https://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify" method="post" target="popupwindow" onsubmit="window.open(‘https://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=test-pnw-pubs‘, ‘popupwindow’, ‘scrollbars=yes,width=550,height=520’);return true"><p>Enter your email address:</p><p><input type="text" style="width:140px" name="email"/></p><input type="hidden" value="test-pnw-pubs" name="uri"/><input type="hidden" name="loc" value="en_US"/><input type="submit" value="Subscribe" /><p>Delivered by <a href="https://feedburner.google.com" target="_blank">FeedBurner</a></p></form>

Kind of playing around I put this together to show what you can do with RSS and Feedburner:



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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Posted on March 10, 2017, in Uncategorized, USFS Research. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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