RSS and news feeds
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What are news feeds?
News feeds (often called RSS feeds) allow you to see when websites have added new content without having to visit the website each time. Generally, users set up a "News reader" (sometimes called News Aggregator, Feed reader, RSS reader) that can pull in feeds from multiple sources all in the one spot so users can see updates to their favourite websites without having to go to visit each of those websites individually.

Symbols that represent a news feed include:    

I'm still in the dark...can you give an example?
Yvette, a reporter with a regional newspaper, likes to be up-to-date with the latest news affecting her readers. The internet is a valuable tool for Yvette, providing her access to the media sites of key organisations and government departments. Yvette has set her "News reader" to subscribe to dozens of news feeds that are of interest, including the Cotton Catchment Communities Whats new page and  news feeds on the NSW DPI website - as these are feeds that she knows provide stories of interest to her readers.

Geoff likes to keep up to date with current news in Cotton Research. There are 10 websites that he likes to visit that are all great resources. All 10 of these websites provide an RSS Feed for their latest news and Mike uses his "News reader" to subscribe to all those feeds. Each day Geoff can have a quick look at his News reader to check if any new news content has been added to any of those 10 sites, rather than visit all 10 sites individually. Geoff will see the headline and description of each new news article and will be able to click on a link which will take him to the full story on the appropriate website.

In the past: to get information from 10 web sites:
Log on to each site individually and find Whats new pages  or wait for email updates
Check if any updates.  
Get sick of checking when no updates forthcoming. 
Miss critical info when it becomes available.   

Now With RSS: to get information from 10 web sites:
Enter 10 Feeds of interest once into you news reader
Newsreader automatically checks all sites for updates. 
Click on titles of interest to be delivered the full article.  

OK ...how can I get started?
To start you'll need some sort of "News reader". This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. Some common news readers include:

Feedreader application
FeedDemon Application
My Yahoo
Newsgator
Netvibes
Pageflakes
Google
All you have to do once you have chosen a reader is to add feeds to it. At this point The Cotton Catchment Communities CRc provides one public feed that informs you of new content on our site. You'll be able to identify RSS feeds on our site by the icon . Clicking on the icon will take you to the feed page, where you can add the feed to your reader.

Please note : This list is by no means exaustive and is supplied on the understanding that no preference between equivalent products is intended and that the inclusion of software does not imply endorsement by the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC over any other equivalent software.

Other useful feed can be found on :
NSW DPI web site
Department of Promary Industries and Fisheries Queensland web site
CSIRO web site
Australian Broadcasting Corporation  web site


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