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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

PMs website and Government RSS Feeds 
(en francais)

Stephen Taylor has an excellent review posted of the Prime Ministers website. I agree with his assessment, especially regarding the lack of RSS feeds on the site. RSS, podcasting/videocasting and interactive features should all be explored to enhance the site.

In the meantime, those wishing to subscribe to a feed can use those listed below. The National feed includes releases from the PMO, I'm just not sure of the time difference between release on the PMs site and the Government feeds. I'm going to try and monitor it over the next several weeks.

The Government of Canada Newsroom offers you numerous RSS news feeds.
Each news item includes the headline or title, a summary of the news article
and a link to the full text document found on the Newsroom Web site.

Regional news feed (this feed contains news item that appears in each of
the province/territory RSS news feeds.

National news feed (this feed contains news items pertinent
to all Canadians. News items appearing in the feed will not appear in the regional news feed
nor any of the province/territory news feeds.)

Other news feeds
Instructions on adding a news feed to your News Reader or aggregator

Using your mouse right click on the XML orange graphic. In the Microsoft I.E. browser "copy shortcut" and in Netscape and Firefox browsers "Copy Link Location" from the pop-up menu that appears. Launch your news aggregator or news reader application and paste the news feed 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 items are published by government departments and agencies through the Newsroom publishing and distribution system your news reader/aggregator will let you know through a small pop-up window or other alert device. If you close your news reader/aggregator, you will not be advised of updates until the next time you open it. Unlike e-mail subscriptions, you are not required to provide personal information or an e-mail address to benefit from receiving news from the Government
of Canada Newsroom.

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. Government of Canada Newsroom feeds will include the date, title, summary and a link to the full news article. If after reading a summary you want to view the full text, simply link to the full text document found on the Newsroom Web site.

News aggregators / News readers

There are numerous RSS news aggregators / news 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 the Government of Canada is currently using for the Newsroom.

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