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RSS Feeds

What are RSS Feeds?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it allows Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to publish notifications that signal when content on our Web site has changed. It provides you with the most up-to-date information about those topics that interest you most.

How Does it Work?

The RSS file is not meant to be read, rather it’s meant to serve as a road map to the latest online postings. The first step is to choose an RSS reader—such as Bloglines, SharpReader, or Google Reader—that will allow you to scan ORAU headlines.

If you have newer versions of Internet Explorer (version 7 or greater), Firefox, or Opera, you can also subscribe to feeds directly within your Web browser. Each reader varies slightly in how they add new feeds, but here’s how the process works in most cases:

  • Click on the small XML button near the channel you want. You’ll see a page displaying XML code.
  • From your browser, copy the URL that appears in your Address Bar. For example, the URL you would copy for ORAU News is: http://www.orau.org/rss/news-releases.xml.
  • Paste that URL into the ‘Add New Channel’ section of the reader. You should be all set! The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.

Individual news items and other ORAU RSS feeds will be delivered to your reader soon after they are published to the ORAU Media Center.