The Internet grows exponentially on a daily basis. How can you keep track of so many sources of information? RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is the answer.
RSS feeds are streams of data that offer a list of articles on a site or section of a site and update whenever new, relevant information appears online. Through the use of a news reader or Live Bookmark that processes RSS feeds, you can view headlines and article excerpts from multiple sources, all in one place.
You can now receive automatic RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds of University of Calgary news and events. The feeds are limited to information distributed by University of Calgary University Relations' Communications office.
To select a newsfeed, click on the link to the topic name and copy the feed into your RSS reader. The RSS feed you receive will show headlines, summaries and links back to the site for complete stories.
RSS also enables you to incorporate newsfeeds into your website and blog pages. Please feel free to incorporate headlines, story descriptions and links to the web site, with attribution to the University of Calgary Communications office.
Receiving the RSS feeds requires using a software program called an RSS reader or aggregator.
Many RSS readers are available for Windows, the Macintosh, Linux and a variety of handheld devices. Some RSS readers must be installed on the user's computer. A few popular news readers are Bloglines, FeedDemon, Pluck or, for Mozilla Firefox users, the Sage RSS reader. Live Bookmarks are a feature of the Firefox and Safari browsers and function much the same as RSS readers. Several of the most popular services, such as Google Reader and Bloglines run on websites and are accessed through a browser.
RSS is also built into many web browsers and e-mail programs. Apple's Safari, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 and the free Firefox browser already allow downloading and viewing RSS feeds, which Firefox calls "live bookmarks." The Thunderbird e-mail program also includes an RSS reader.
Read the Wikipedia definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)