RSS Feed and FAQ

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Want to be the first to get The Institute’s headlines as soon as they are published? Here's a look at the basics, answers to some common questions about RSS feeds, and information on how to signup for The Institute’s news feeds.

"What is RSS?"

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. An RSS feed is a website's syndicated news feed to which you subscribe using an RSS or news reader.

"What is an RSS feed?"

An RSS feed (also known as an XML or news feed) is a listing of a website's content. It is updated whenever new content is published to the site. News readers "subscribe" to the feeds, automatically downloading lists of stories at a user-specified interval, and presenting them in the news reader.

A news feed might contain a list of story headlines, a list of excerpts from the stories, or a list containing each story from the website (The Institute's news feeds contain article headlines). All news feeds have a link back to the website, so if a headline catches your eye, click on the link for that article to go directly to it on The Institute website.

RSS feeds are syndicated content. Syndication refers to the process that occurs when a publisher provides content in a form that can be consumed by software (like an RSS reader).

The concept is similar to email: your buddy Bob (the publisher) writes you an email about nanotechnology advances (the content). Your favorite email program (the software) receives the email, and probably alerts you with gentle tune.

With a syndicated The Institute feed, it works like this: The Institute Online (the publisher) publishes a story about the failure of large enterprise software projects (the content). Your favorite RSS reader (the software) sees that The Institute Online has published a new story, and pulls the feed bit into your reader.

"How do I subscribe to The Institute’s RSS feeds?"

You can click on any of the links above, or subscribe from nearly any page in the site. In the address bar of your browser, an RSS logo will appear on any page that has feeds available. By clicking on the icon you'll get a choice of feeds. On a page with comments, for example, you can subscribe to the comment feed to keep abreast of the discussion as it develops.

First, you will need an RSS reader, a piece of software that you use to read your subscribed RSS feeds. It is to RSS feeds what Eudora, Hotmail, and Outlook are to email.

If you visit a lot of websites on daily basis, or read a lot of blogs, a reader can save time because it pulls all your subscribed feeds into one place for easy reading.

Using an RSS reader allows you to visit a website only when you spot an interesting story in your reader. The reader visits your subscribed sites as often as you wish to see if there are updates.

"Where do I subscribe to The Institute's RSS feeds?"

The Institute’s RSS feed is