Enterprise RSS

Yesterday evening I googled a bit after a Domino based RSS aggregator, in simplier words: a Lotus Notes application that can read multiple RSS feeds and store items as individual documents.

The application has to be installed on a server and the collection has to take place there, cause I am not looking for a ‘personal RSS reader’. I want to avoid that I have to distribute the feeds with every update.

I think it will also be nice to be able to show latest contributions from a central spot (think Planet Lotus or portal page).

So the feeds I will have, now an application who collects the items and can display the collected results in one interface.

Well what did I find?

The View had 2 articles building such an application (only part 1 was of interest):

https://www.collaborationseminar.com/eview/VOLR6.nsf/0/D7D2D0B463D1B2B185257043006FD87A (part 1)

http://nd8seminar.com/eview/volr6.nsf/8fa81fda2203b051852573d0005631ff/28ea51b11f116ac885257091005a8335?OpenDocument (part 2)

But the example application provided just causes a ‘variable not set’ message.

OpenNTF has some offerings:

Dennis:

http://www.openntf.org/projects/pmt.nsf/1af5f59bae92986c85256bae000f898c/6ac6e1a19cee2cdf862576a3000ab9b6!OpenDocument

(Not working, signed the design, I could not even add a new feed due to a javascript error)

Domigator:

http://www.openntf.org/Projects/pmt.nsf/ProjectLookup/Domigator

Web based, have not tried it since it is pretty out of date with updates.

Pavone offers an RSS reader but I do not understand the text:

It is FREE for personal use in the Lotus Notes Client environment.

Well please mention what it does cost if I put it on a server?

http://www.pavone.com/pages.nsf/goto/newsreader_en

Ian Irving offers a news aggregator on his site, but I am not able to get it running:

http://www.falsepositives.com/bs/2003/07/lotus-notes-news-reader-v03.html

Steve Castledine had a project (ProjectDX RSS) for a Feed Reader for IBM Lotus Notes Domino. The database does it job. I am not sure what it supports (RSS 2.0, Atom?)…

http://www.projectdx.org/feedreader.nsf/dx/downloadb4.htm

Jakob Majkilde offers freely a full blown application called Notes RSS Reader 1.0 (supports only RSS 1.0?) which does it’s job pretty well:

http://www.majkilde.com/hosting/majkilde/home.nsf/staticpages/rss!OpenDocument

Good job done here!

Ashok Hariharan offers on his website a Domino News Aggregator but also here it fails, so this demands some further investigation:

http://unganisha.org/home/pages/News_Aggregator_Using_Domino/index.html

Finally Manfred Dillmann offers a good working RSS aggregator but you have to buy directly 10 licences and I am not sure if you can run it on a server?

http://www.madicon.de/rss-reader/

Conclusion:

There is some more investigation to be done. Have I missed a product or (free) offering?

Well at least it gave me some ideas about what kind of system I am after (not project vulcan). Probably it will become a ‘steal with pride and improve’ initiative and share it on OpenNTF…

Update:

Others did some investigation already before:

http://martinhumpolec.cz/A55BE2/Blog.nsf/dx/1183832529-rss-readers-for-lotus-notes.html