RSS feeds provide short articles about web content or summaries of web content in the form of a list.
The articles and hyperlinks pointing to the original web content are incorporated into an XML file - often referred to as a RSS feed, webfeed or RSS channel. The ability to syndicate information via the RSS feed enables a subscriber to track updates and new items at the originating website using an aggregator or web browser with RSS facilities.
Unlike subscriptions to many printed newspapers and magazines, most RSS subscriptions are free and some of the information provided can include images as well as enclosures containing podcasts, PDF files and other material.
This is an example of the content produced by the RSS Reader from NetNewsWire. Though this is for use with computers using Mac OS X, there are many other RSS Readers available for different operating systems.
This website, for example, makes extensive use of RSS feeds to provide and syndicate information. For example, you can subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking on the RSS icon at the top of this page. You can then obtain regular updates of the educational news items as they are posted. The headlines are always listed on our home page and the full articles are posted at our news archive.
Our webpage listing the latest educational news making the headlines incorporates the RSS feeds published by the BBC Education, the Education Guardian, the Times Educational Supplement and the National Grid for Learning.
You can also subscribe to the podcast channels to keep up-to-date with the latest podcasts as they are posted on the Internet. We have posted information in our podcast directory about locating RSS feeds on websites.