filter your RSS feeds using Pipes

March 20, 2008 at 10:51 am | | great finds, science community, software, wild web

I read all my TOCs via RSS in Google Reader. Normally, this is just marvelous. However, some journals (e.g. Science and Nature) include a lot of junk along with the real science articles: news and whatnot. Also, PNAS has so many articles, it’s really hard to get through them all.

So I’ve started filtering some of those TOC RSS feeds using Yahoo! Pipes. (Click the image above for an example—the filter function is found under “Operators.”) So PNAS was easy, because they include the subject category in the title of each feed item. For Nature and Science, I need to find a way to filter out the news and fluff pieces somehow. Maybe there’s a keyword in those entries I can find.

Anyway, I just wanted to pass this along, because it’s really helpful. I know there are other RSS filters, but I like the versatility and ease of Yahoo! Pipes. Lemme know if you find any cool tricks!

Here’s a library of my edited feeds.

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  1. I’ve just been getting into RSS feeds and Google Reader- mostly to consoldiate all of the time-wasting blogs I frequent (of which I must admit this is one of them). Thanks for the tip on TOC feeds!

    Comment by Joel — March 20, 2008 #

  2. thanks for the information about using google reader for TOC!
    i tried to do as you want, but i failed too.

    Comment by sxwu — March 23, 2008 #

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  4. I found that ticTOCs (http://www.tictocs.ac.uk) can filter “junk” from the TOCs. It is not a 100% perfect solution but ticTOCs manages to remove junk and extracts “hidden” relevant information from the feeds that most of the RSS readers just ignore.

    Comment by Santy Chumbe — October 6, 2008 #

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