info4local offers another way of flagging up new information on the subjects we cover. RSS feeds give you headlines and links to the latest news and information that has been added to info4local. Our feeds work particularly well on the websites and intranets of local authorities and others, but can also be used by individuals.
RSS is usually said to stand for Really Simple Syndication. It works differently from the email alert. Feeds update automatically when a website changes. But you can check them as often or as little as you like.
You can get feeds on all of the 21 subjects we cover, as well as on our subject sub-categories. You can also get feeds by region.
There are RSS feeds on the latest 10 consultations, publications, related links or news links added to info4local across all our subjects. Or you can get the latest 10 consultations, publications, related links or news links added by individual subject or region.
RSS feeds can be used by organisations or individuals.
Local authorities and others are welcome to use our feeds on their websites or intranets, subject to our terms and conditions. Feeds must follow our format and say that they come from www.info4local.gov.uk (the relevant image is incorporated in the RSS feed).
Here is an example of how we would prefer feeds to be displayed on your site:
We reserve the right to prevent the distribution of info4local content. info4local does not accept liability for its RSS feeds. Please see our terms and conditions for full details.
Individuals who want to get RSS feeds delivered straight to their desktop need a news reader. This is the software that checks the feeds and lets you read new information that has been added.
There are different kinds of news readers, some accessed with a browser and some which have to be downloaded. Browser-based news readers let you pick up your feeds from any computer while downloadable readers let you store them on your main computer.
Setting up a feed differs from one reader to another, but it generally involves copying the URL of the feed from the address bar on your browser and pasting it into the reader.
We are running a survey to find out what you think about the info4local service and how you use the information you get from us. We hope you will be able to spare some time to give us your views. The deadline for responses is Tuesday 21 September.