What are news feeds?
News feeds are RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds which allow you to access ACT Policing media releases as soon as they are published.
The RSS feeds themselves are web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people. RSS feeds benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favoured websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place.
How do I get a news reader or aggregator?
The first thing you need is software called a news reader or aggregator. The software automatically checks the feeds and lets you read any media releases which have been added. There are many different versions of news reader and aggregator software, some of which are accessed using a browser and some of which are downloadable applications.
Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer.
There is a range of different news readers and aggregators available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different software work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.
How do I start using ACT Policing news feeds?
Once you have chosen and loaded the software you need to link our news feeds to your news reader or aggregator. To do this you need to follow these steps:
- Click on or view the media release RSS feed for information on police activities in the ACT.
- Then click and drag the URL of the feed into your news reader or cut and paste the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.
Distributing ACT Policing news feeds from your site
You are not permitted to re-transmit, distribute or commercialise the information or material feed via RSS without seeking prior written approval from the ACT Policing.
ACT Policing does not accept any liability for its feeds.
Date stamping on RSS
Media releases and information issued via the RSS feeds is date stamped according to when the information has been released. Users of iPhones and safari browsers may experience incorrect date stamping due to the 'translation of time' with servers being located in the USA. This problem can be avoided by downloading a dedicated RSS reader.
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