What is RSS?

RSS stands for RDF Site Summary and it's a special way to format data that allows it to be "syndicated" to other sites and other news sources. Basically, you declare a name for your news feed, like Migisi News, and then, using a special format, you are able to provide a headline news service.

This has a couple of useful features. First, it lets other pages, like MyYahoo or MyMSN display those headlines (it's essentially the same service that provides news from major outlets like CNN, Reuter's and Associated Press. Second, it allows site with similar purposes to share your content, and third it allows special programs, called news aggregators, to provide you with your own customized headlines.

Why do I need it?

If you use MyYahoo, MyMSN, or some similar site as your home page (or you visit one of those pages frequently), you can now see when a new story arrives at Migisi Opawgan without visiting the site. It's more reliable than email which can sometimes be killed by spam filters.

Why does Migisi Opawgan need it?

We're trying to get ahead of the wave here. RSS is very popular and is a flexible and useful way to share information. Right now we're only showing our news and calendar items. In the future we could make RSS feeds for our forms, where to go camping book, pretty much anything we might want to share with other lodges.

A second use is in sharing pictures. With a little work and the right software, we could set up a feed that would allow you to download all the pictures of our recent events in the middle of the night, which would be great for dialup users.

The final use is the easiest - it's a new way to communicate with our members. For those who want to use it, we now have it.

What can I get from it?

Migisi Opawgan offers a number of different feeds as shown below. We could always add new feeds or new quick access buttons. Let us know if there's something you'd like to see.

We could also host/create a feed for you if you had something you'd like to syndicate.

What items can I receive via RSS right now?

Right now we have 12 different feeds. A calendar and a news feed for the Lodge and one for each chapter. For the most part, you should subscribe to your chapter's feed. The Chapter feed includes all the Lodge items except LEC Meetings and For the Good of the Arrow.

Explanation of the links below:

LinkPurpose
XML will take you to the source XML for the feed. This is what it looks like to the computer. This is the easiest way to get the URL if you're looking for it - it will be in your address bar
Add to My Yahoo!This link allows you to add the channel to your personal version of MyYahoo. You need to have a Yahoo account to use this feature; we just provide the link as a convenience.
Add to MyMSNThis is a convenient way to add our content to your MyMSN page.
Migisi News XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Migisi Calendar XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Achowalogen News XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Achowalogen Calendar XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Lowanue Kuwe News XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Lowanue Kuwe Calendar XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Mahican News XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Mahican Calendar XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Wapaneu News XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Wapaneu Calendar XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Wsigau News XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN
Wsigau Calendar XML Add to My Yahoo! Add to MyMSN

What did you use to create it?

We use the RSS 2.0 standard and the Feed Validator service to ensure our feeds are formatted correctly.