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NEED TO PUT IN OUR OWN TERMS - JUST A STARTER (From Wikipedia : [1] ) RSS is a family of XML dialects for Web syndication used by (among other things) news websites and weblogs. The abbreviation is used to refer to the following standards:

  • Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91)
  • RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)
  • Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0.0)

The technology of RSS allows Internet users to subscribe to websites that have provided RSS feeds; these are typically sites that change or add content regularly. To use this technology, site owners create or obtain specialized software (such as a content management system) which, in the machine-readable XML format, presents new articles in a list, giving a line or two of each article and a link to the full article or post. Unlike subscriptions to many printed newspapers and magazines, most RSS subscriptions are free.

The RSS formats provide web content or summaries of web content together with links to the full versions of the content, and other meta-data. This information is delivered as an XML file called an RSS feed, webfeed, RSS stream, or RSS channel. In addition to facilitating syndication, RSS allows a website's frequent readers to track updates on the site using an aggregator.

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Uses in communities of practice

When a community provides RSS feeds to any data coming from or into the community, the members can then pick and choose which data they want to aggregate or receive and read it one central place (i.e. in a [RSS readers] ). This gives members a way to personalize their information streams. It also allows a community to offer its community out to the world in an easy to use format. When thinking about community multimembership, RSS feeds can allow an individual to combine feeds from multiple communities -- again into one reading environment.

RSS can be less useful in password protected environments where access to the feed by the RSS Aggregators may be blocked by the passwords.


  • Together/apart, Synch/Asynch:
  • Interaction/publication:
  • Individual/group:

Key features

1. RSS versions

  • ATOM
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  • RSS 1.0 Description
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  • RSS 2.0 Description
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  • Name Description
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Related tools

See also:

  • [RSS readers]
  • [Blogs]