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RSS Feeds

What are news feeds?

News feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines in one place, as soon as its published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.

Feeds are also known as RSS. RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.

vic.gov.au offers the following feeds:

  • Site Updates - provides information about new state government websites and new content published on the vic.gov.au website.
  • Latest News - provides the latest news and events from the Victorian State Government.

Link to RSS feed index - feeds found across state, federal and local government.

How do I start using feeds?

To access the news feeds you need an RSS feed aggregator or reader. There are large number of RSS readers available to the public. Some are downloadable programs that are installed on your computer, while others are web-based services that you log in to through your web browser. Some web browsers (such as Firefox, Opera and Safari) are also capable of tracking RSS feeds.

List of Feed Readers at the Open Directory Project.

Lee and Sachi LeFever from Common Craft have developed a video called: "RSS in Plain English". It is very helpful in explaining how RSS feeds work. The video is available below:

Notes: An introduction to RSS as a way to save time reading web sites. Shared on YouTube and dotSUB (translations). Need a transcript?

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