RSS Feeds

Please note that certain browser require additional extensions to properly view RSS feeds. Accessing RSS feeds without the proper extensions can yield unreadable results.

Our RSS feeds allow you to access Open Government’s content in a variety of methods at your convenience.

It is recommended to use RSS feeds in combination with an RSS Reader whether online or locally installed. You are also free to integrate our RSS feeds into your blog or other interfaces; you can access updated News Releases and other Open Government Portal content in the way that works best for you.

Open Government news headline RSS feeds are constantly updated as updated content is published.

RSS Feeds

What is RSS?

Rich Site Summary (RSS) or as some refer to it, Real Simple Syndication, is an XML-based format for content distribution in real time. Open Government RSS feeds will include the date, title, summary, and a link to the full news release. If after reading a summary you want to view the full article, simply link to the full document found on the Open Government media room.

Why use RSS?

There are a number of benefits to using RSS, including:

  • You select what news you want. RSS allows you to select the type of news and information you receive from websites.
  • You determine when you get your news. Once you download your news reader, you can customize it to go and fetch the news every five minutes, or every hour - depending on how you want it.
  • Cut down on spam. Because RSS requires you to download a news reader, you aren't subscribing to e-mail lists, which can increase your risk of getting unsolicited (spam) e-mail.

Adding an RSS Feed to a Feed Reader

Once a feed reader is installed follow these steps to add any of our feeds to your RSS reader:

  • Using your mouse, right click on the RSS feed below you would like to subscribe to.
  • The pop-up menu that appears will vary based on your web browser.
  • Internet Explorer users select the "Copy Shortcut" option.
  • Users of Firefox, Netscape, Opera and other web browsers select the "Copy Link Location" option.
  • Launch your RSS aggregator or feed reader program and paste the copied URL into an "Add New Feed" window.

Detailed instructions on how to add news feeds are included in the news reader application that you choose. When news releases are issued to the Open Data Portal media room, you will be alerted by your aggregator. The aggregator will advise you of recently posted news releases when opened. No personal information is required to subscribe to an RSS feed.

RSS aggregators / Feed readers

There are various RSS aggregators / feed readers available for free download or for purchase on the Internet.

More on RSS

For more details on RSS, try this useful FAQ or the RSS specification. The specification focuses on the RSS 2.0 format that Open Government is currently using for the media room.

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