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About RSS feeds

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Description: Provides help on using the Really Simple Syndication on this site
Date: May 7, 2008
Subject(s): Science and technology
Creator(s): Minnesota Department of Administration. Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis
Publisher: Minnesota Department of Administration. Geographic and Demographic Analysis Division

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a method of "pushing" web content. Rather than visiting a web page to see if it has been updated, you can subscribe to the page using RSS and then monitor your subscription using a RSS reader. RSS readers aggregate content from multiple web sites into a single display of updated content. For more information on this format see:

Microsoft Outlook

To receive notification of new publications/records via Outlook:

  • Go to the feed page on this site.  This page will end in an .xml extension and will contain a list of the resources which you will be subscribing to.
  • Cut / copy the URL of the page from your browser.
  • In Microsoft Outlook, find the "RSS Feeds" icon / entry in your Mail Folders section.
  • Right click the entry and select "Add a new RSS Feed".
  • Paste the URL which you have copied into the input box and click "Add".


Supported Browsers

Most newer web browsers include a built-in feed reader and subscription mechanism. The following are known to include feed readers:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and up
  • Opera
  • Safari 2.0 and up


In supported browsers, typically you can subscribe to a feed by clicking on the feed icon in the web page or in your browser's address bar. You will be given the option to subscribe to the feed, after which it will appear in your browser's bookmark list.

Using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) and older does not have built-in support for RSS feeds. You will need to find and install an external feed reader, or upgrade to Internet Explorer 7, in order to use RSS feeds.

If you click on a feed icon or link in IE6 and see "code" then you are viewing the raw contents of the RSS file. You will need to install feed reader software before attempting to view and subscribe to feeds. Use the list of feed readers.

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