Really Simple Syndication

Really Simple Syndication (abbreviated RSS) is an XML-based format for distributing web content (such as news headlines, other new articles or comments on them). A wiki page from a tikiwiki-based service can also show an RSS feed. See RSS for a list of actual feeds from openpolitics.ca itself, and RSS feed for how to include feeds in its pages.


An RSS feed (of whichwiki feed, a blog, a podcast, itunes or webcast channel are all examples) signals to all subscribers that new content is available - via an RSS reader. Firefox and Opera web browser both have such readers built in - so to subscribe simply means to load an RSS URI - the web browser asks if you wish to subscribe.

effective use

Mass media now use RSS to publish headlines: PBS, CTV, CBC, CanWest and others make every news story visible on one feed or another.

This extensive list of RSS feeds for those interested in service-oriented architecture and web 2.0 standards demonstrates how to use RSS effectively: formally published and less formal blogged material on separate feeds all separated by issue or topic.

fits into web 2.0 and SOA

A service-oriented architecture will certainly use RSS and other XML-based standards. The OASIS standards in particular resemble RSS, as do other REST and wiki based solutions to enterprise web problems.

The public web will probably continue to rely on Really Simple Syndication for the forseeable future.