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RSS Subscriptions

Along with our regular newsletters and industry updates which you can subscribe to receive via e-mail from the subscribe links at the top and bottom of our website, the Sheep CRC also publishes RSS feeds for it's latest news and upcoming events listings. These RSS feeds allow those who like to be in the know as soon as things happen to subscribe and receive these updates for our recent news listings and upcoming events as soon as they are posted to our website.

 

The following Sheep CRC RSS feeds are available for you to subscribe to:

Latest News    http://www.sheepcrc.org.au/feeds/news.xml
Coming Events      http://www.sheepcrc.org.au/feeds/events.xml


    


What is RSS?

RSS, commonly known as either Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication, is an industry standard method of sharing regular information updates (also known as feeds) such as BLOG postings, news articles, event calendars, and even multimedia podcasts. RSS is both free and anonymous, and doesn't require subscription using an e-mail adress, or that you be registered as part of any social networking service to use it. RSS feeds operate instead through an anonymous connection to the website using a software program or online service which is RSS ready.

RSS has been around since 1999, so is a fairly common method of data syndication which you will find supported by many programs and services such as web browsers, e-mail programs, and even personal websites frameworks and social networking portals. You may even be surprised to know that mobile phones, personal organisers, and tablets have a number of RSS feed software / apps available that you can install and use to receive updates from your favourite RSS feeds whilst on the road with these mobile devices.

What you see when you receive your RSS updates is similar to what you see when you view our latest news and coming events listings on the home page, just depending on the product or mobile app you are using. In general what you will receive are the headlines along with essential summary information for what you need to know about each item, with options then click and view more information for that item on the web site. Some RSS products may even provide these updates for you in a form similar to your e-mail inbox, where you can open and read each of your updates as you receive them just like you do your e-mail messages.

RSS subscriptions are also fairly simple to manage and remove. Should you ever decide that you no longer wish to receive updates via a particular RSS feed, then you can simply select and remove that subscripton from within your RSS program and that will be all you need to do, you are now unsubscribed. There's no complex unsubscribe processes, and this process of subscribing and unsubscribing is entirely anonymous as well, so not even the publisher of the RSS feeds will know when you have subscribed or ubsubscribed from them.


Which RSS Client Should You Use?

Unfortunately we aren't able to recommend any one particular product to use for your RSS subscriptions since there are many of them and each persons' own requirements will vary. There are however many products available which you can use for free, and some probably already installed on your computer system or mobile device as well.

What we can instead recommend, is that you decide what is going to be the most useful means to receive your RSS updates and investigate the available software options for that particular platform. For example if you will find it most useful to receive RSS updates on your phone or mobile device, then investigate what programs are available to receive RSS on those devices. Alternatively if you wish to use your computer system, then find out if your e-mail program or web browser supports RSS for you (which many do) and you may be able to integrate your RSS updates into the programs you are already using.

Quite often you will find that by simply clicking on the subscribe links provided above, your web browser will present you with a list of options it knows are available for you to subscribe to RSS feeds with on your computer system or mobile device, and you can then select the one from that list which you would like to try. If none of the options provided suit your needs, then a quick search of the Internet for RSS feed readers for your platform should help provide you with a list of potential alternatives to explore and try out as well. You might also wish to visit about.com's page on RSS feed readers as a starting point to help find some common free alternatives.

If still unsure, then your best bet would be to have a chat with your local computer store, IT support person, or a website developer, and just ask them what they would recommend for your needs. If you wish to use a mobile or tablet device to receive your updates then you might wish to have a chat instead with your local telecommunications (mobile phone) store or a web developer who works with these devices and just see what apps they might recommend to best suit your particular mobile device.