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RSS in Government - RSS Technologies

News about how RSS is being used by international, federal, state, and local governments

Published: 2005-05-25T11:01:04-07:00


Create Voice-enabled RSS News Feeds


The proliferation of RSS feeds by state and local governments offers a unique opportunity to expand the delivery of the critical information by leveraging the most ubiquitous personal communications device in the world -- the telephone. Learn here how to transform RSS content into VoiceXML, an open standard for developing telephony applications, and dramatically expand the accessibility of your feeds by making them available to anyone with a telephone.

Blog -- Dictionary Word of the Year


Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's reports that "Blog" tops their list of the 10 words of the year. Merriam-Webster Inc. said on Tuesday that blog, defined as "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks," was the most looked-up word on its Internet sites this year. The list is compiled each year by taking the most researched words on its Web sites and then excluding perennials such as affect/effect and profanity. The company said most online dictionary queries were for uncommon terms, but people also turned to its Web sites for words in news headlines.

Are you Chief Blogging Officer Material?


Does your state or agency have a Chief Blogging Officer? Government is already rife with chiefs, why not one more? HighBeam Research, Inc. has set the pace by announcing today the appointment of Christopher Locke as its Chief Blogging Officer (CBO). HighBeam also announces a pilot program offering a select group of bloggers exclusive use of its new "blog this document" tools and free access to the company's premium archives.

Google News Feed Generator


Unlike Yahoo, Google has had a long standing resistance to offering RSS feeds for Google News queries. In the spirit of pre-existing Google News to RSS hacks, Justin Pfister has now created "gnewsfeed." Filling out a form converts a Google news query into an RSS feed.

Irish Local Governments Get Nooked


Two Irish County Councils and several other Irish, Northern Ireland, and UK government agencies are publishing press releases using the new Nooked hosted online RSS publishing service.

Pluck Plucks Moreover News


Moreover Technologies, the premier provider of aggregated online current awareness and business information, today announced that Pluck Corp., a software company dedicated to making it easier to find and manage Internet information, will integrate several of Moreover's RSS (Rich Site Summary) news solutions within Pluck's free Internet Explorer browser companion application. This will provide users with a more convenient and comprehensive view into breaking online news. These new capabilities include...

Sun to Integrate, Boost RSS


Sun Microsystems has announced, according to Alison Taylor of ITWorldCanada, that it will participate in driving open standards for RSS to bring together the fragmented RSS communities. Sun, under Tim Bray's visionary guidance, will develop RSS for internal communications as well as delivering external information among developers, customers and partners.

Notify Yahoo & Weblogs of Your Updates


Jeremy Zawodny has announced how to ping Yahoo's RSS database when you post to your Movable Type weblog. Yahoo joins,, and several others in offering the XML-RPC ping interface. Pinging has the advantage of getting your content much faster into those sites that crawl RSS feeds for news.

Jumpstart Your Syndication Project


A member of Utah's RSS project team asked this week, "what can I read to get up to speed about RSS?" The answer is visit RSS Winterfest! The two-day RSS Winterfest webcast takes place this coming Wednesday and Thursday, January 21-22. It offers a number of programs having direct application to governments planning RSS syndication projects.

First RSS WinterFest 2004 in Portland


DecisionCast is producing RSS WinterFest. The events, January 21 and 22, will feature a host of well known speakers who will discuss the future of RSS and Internet Content Syndication.

RSS eNewsletters: Bridging the Gulf


Emarketing firms IMH, Inc. and eLaw Marketing offer new RSS services for publishing eNewsletters. Can the same thing be accomplished using your existing blogging software?

RSS to Email Scripting


The Utah State Library has tested Bloglet and Movable Type notifications for syndicating RSS feeds via email. We're now in the process of testing a new perl utility written by Mike Brown that will email recently updated RSS feeds.

RSS Killed the Infoglut Star


Web surfing is passé. If you as a government information provider think that visitors will continue flocking to your sites through traditional surfing, following links, or saving bookmarks.... think again. Chad Dickerson, explains in his wake up call in today's InfoWorld that something "profound is happening with the delivery of information online with tools that leverage RSS."

RSS to Email Primer with Movable Type and Bloglet


Selling government agencies on RSS would be easier if we could demonstrate to them an easy way to convert their existing news formats to automatically generated and delivered email newsletters. In this first, of a two-part series, we show you how easy it is to use Moveable Type and Bloglet to provide rudimentary email delivery.

Let RSS Power Your Email Marketing


With the proliferation of government web portals and pages, it is becoming ever more necessary for agencies to reach their customers by email. You can no longer even expect your most devoted readers to visit your web sites on a...