Recent user research conducted by the Department showed a growing interest in receiving information via RSS feeds. The following feeds will help you keep up with our fastest-moving information.
RSS, or 'really simple syndication', is an easy way for you to be automatically updated on your preferred websites. Instead of having to go to each site to see if there is something new, you can use RSS to tell you every time something new is published. You can also set a time for the retrieval of these feeds.
Websites offering RSS feeds typically carry a small orange button, often labelled 'RSS' or 'XML'.
By using RSS-reading software, or a growing number of web-based services, you can tell your computer to monitor the RSS feeds of different sites. When a new item is published, your computer will alert you.
There are a range of different News Readers available (also called an aggregator or an RSS reader). Different News Readers use different operating systems, so you will need to take this into account when you make your choice. There are many different types of free and paid news readers; some are accessed using a web browser, and others are programs you can download.
Navigate to the page of interest, check if it has an RSS feed and click on the link. Alternatively, search for RSS feeds through your Reader software. Subscribing to RSS feeds to obtain regular updates is simple with a news reader. One way is to copy and paste the URL for the feed into your news reader, or you can get the URL for the feed by clicking on the orange "RSS" button next to the feed name.
You can listen to our podcasts from either your computer or your mp3 player.
You can do this in one of three ways:
1. listen on your computer now
2. download and save the file to listen to later, or transfer to an mp3 player
3. as a podcast, which lets you automatically receive the latest episode as soon as it's available
All the audio content on this website can be played through your web browser, just click wherever you see a link to an audio file and the file should start to play.
Downloading the mp3 file will allow you to save the audio to listen to later, or transfer it to an mp3 player.
On most computers you'll need to click on the link using the right mouse button. This should bring up an option to "save target as..." or "save link as..." which will allow you to save the file. You can then move it to different folders or to an mp3 player, and listen at your leisure.
Podcasts are simply audio files that are downloaded automatically to your mp3 player or computer as soon as they're available. To do this you'll need a piece of podcasting software that will manage the files for you.
The most popular programme is iTunes, but there are lots of others available including:
If you use other software, you'll need to sign-up using this method. Simply paste the feed address into the software of your choice, and the programme will download the programme when it's available.
Once it's downloaded you can listen to the mp3 file on your computer, or transfer it to your portable player to listen to later.