RSS feeds make it possible to create a workflow that starts with content creation and editing, and ends with public notification of new content. RSS is a method to easily deliver content such as breaking news, emergencies, and events on campus. For example, students can subscribe to and be notified of class updates, such as class cancellations, new resources, and upcoming tests. This can save time for both content contributors and site visitors. Level 10 Administrators can create an unlimited number of RSS feeds within OU Campus. After creating the feeds, content contributors can publish various articles and other types of content including Media RSS to those feeds. Site visitors, who typically visit several sites throughout the course of a given day, can use an RSS reader to subscribe to and read feeds.
RSS feeds can also be aggregated, allowing for subscribers to determine the amount of information they wish to receive. For example, there may be RSS feeds for news about the football team, the lacrosse team, and the swimming events. The feeds can be delivered singularly or aggregated into one feed that delivers all items for all sports feeds grouped under the aggregate.
The granularity of the information can also be controlled by determining if just headlines and short summaries are to be displayed or entire articles automatically downloaded. RSS feeds can be read in web browsers, email clients or stand-alone RSS software.
RSS feeds can make use of publishing to different targets. When rebuilding the feed the default publish target can be overridden.
Media RSS extends the capabilities of RSS feeds by allowing the inclusion of media content, including videos, pictures, "Podcasts," and files. The easy-to-use Media RSS interface allows users to add media content to a feed without the need for any special programming or technical knowledge.
Media RSS complements the RSS 2.0 specification, allowing the attachment of media items to a feed without the need to place these items inside the RSS description. An advantage to using Media RSS, as opposed to using regular RSS 2.0, is the separation of content; the RSS description remains clean, and users are directed to visit the website in order to view media content. Some feed readers even have the ability to view information about the media content within the reader itself; however, support for this functionality is not universal and should not be relied upon.
Media RSS is compatible with any media content, so long as that content may be reached from a valid URL. This includes the following media types:
- Windows Media
- Real Player
Other file types may also be added as media content. For example image files, PDF files, MS Word documents, and web pages.
Note: For true streaming, podcasts can be uploaded via OU Campus, and streaming software installed on the production server to support streaming.
The RSS topics are:
Setting up an RSS Feed (Level 10 Administrators): Includes information about adding, editing, rebuilding, and deleting RSS feeds as well as aggregating RSS feeds into a group.
Using RSS (CMS Users): Includes information about adding RSS items to a feed as well as editing, rebuilding, and deleting feed items.