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What is RSS? What is an RSS feed?

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication", and is a file format which has two purposes:

  1. make it easy for Internet users to subscribe to view web content that changes regularly; and
  2. make it easy for organizations to syndicate web content that changes regularly, such as news items or announcements

RSS is delivered in a XML format called an RSS feed. RSS feeds can contain summaries, full text and metadata about any web content that is published. These RSS feeds can be viewed or subscribed to using an RSS aggregator.

How do I find an RSS feed?

RSS feeds may be labeled by any one of the following icons on a web page. Clicking on the icon will typically open the RSS feed, or provide a window with the URL of the RSS feed.

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How do I read an RSS feed?

To read an RSS feed, you will need to use an RSS aggregator. Simply copy-and-paste the web address (URL) of the RSS feed into your aggregator, and you will be able to view the latest posts in that RSS feed.

RSS Aggregators

RSS aggregators are used to subscribe to and view RSS feeds. Some aggregator software requires installation on a desktop computer, while some aggregators are web browser-based. Some examples of RSS aggregators are:

How do I set up my own RSS feed?

If you are interested in hosting an RSS feed, please contact Web Services.

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