News Syndication on the Web with RSS
Peaks to Prairies recently started publishing the P2 News Digest in an RSS format. "RSS" stands for "really, simple syndication," which about says it all, but if you want more information, read on and check out the "useful links" at the bottom of this page.
News has more impact if it's widely circulated to interested people. RSS is a standard way of tagging news items so they can be easily picked up electronically (without human intervention) and republished by anyone looking for RSS news on a particular topic. The news being displayed today in the Peaks to Prairies P2 News Digest looks like this to an RSS reader or search engine.
It's easy to publish news in RSS. There are several options:
- Send us your news (brief description, contact information and a link) and we will tag it and post it in RSS.
- If your site uses Cold Fusion (a scripting language), Peaks to Prairies can help you set up an RSS news feed of your own in less than half a day. Just contact us and we'll get you started.
- If your site uses ASP or PHP (other scripting languages), you can find lots of technical resources with a web search. Here are a couple to get you started:
If you make your RSS news available through any of these methods, please tell us and we'll consider distributing it through the P2 News Digest in Region 8 and to our national partners.
Other organizations publishing compliance assistance / pollution prevention-related news in RSS:
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
U.S. EPA Compliance and Enforcement News
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (P2)
Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA)
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center
Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC)
Useful links to more information about RSS and syndicating news:
Yahoo - RSS FAQ
If you have a My.Yahoo account you can set it to open with content you choose when you open your browser. You can choose RSS news feeds to appear with the weather. This FAQ sheet tells you how.
Tutorials @ O'Reilly XML.com
Web developer's site offering a variety of tutorials on RSS and other applications of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML).
Popular directory for RSS and the Weblogging community. Find technical tools, search the more than 50,000 RSS feeds listed, and suggest that your feed be added.
There are dozens of RSS Readers; this one is free. Compatible with Windows 98/XP.
Enter the URL for your new RSS news feed and this validator will tell you if the code is working.