RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology that allows organizations to deliver news to a desktop computer or other Internet devices. A web feed is a file that contains a computer-readable summary or listing of the content of a Web page. The benefit of subscribing to a web feed is that you no longer need to visit the site itself to stay up-to-date. A "reader" or "aggregator" application constantly monitors the site and automatically shows you what's new. By subscribing to the RSS feed, users can easily stay up-to-date with new postings on the NRCS web site. The RSS feed for the Transformation site will list the most recent additions to the Latest News section. A simple click on any item listed will take you to that item.
A feed reader is an application that
collects and presents the content provided by a Web feed. Feed readers can
monitor any number of sites and sources while providing near real-time updates
from one location. Feed readers allow the user to aggregate multiple feeds,
making the process of gathering website content more efficient. Instead of
visiting websites individually for new content, feed readers monitor the sites
for you and provide updates from one location.
The newest version of Internet Explorer 7 has a built in RSS feed reader. Unfortunately, the NRCS is using an older version that does not include this feature. However, other Internet browsers do and may be downloaded for this purpose. For example, Firefox (www.mozilla.com) has a user-friendly RSS feed reader that allows multiple feeds to be displayed.