RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an alternative way to view the latest information released on the Bureau of Meteorology website. RSS can provide a quick summary of "what's new" for the Bureau's information. RSS can save you time by bringing to your desktop lists of the latest information (e.g. news items, bulletins and warnings) coming from your favourite websites, without having to visit each web page individually. When one of the feeds you subscribe to is updated, you will receive an alert on your desktop or mobile device.
RSS feeds do not replace other methods of accessing information, such as the web site and radio broadcasts. RSS feeds merely provide a new way to view existing Bureau of Meteorology information products and to know when new information has been issued by the Bureau.
Over time, more and more of the Bureau's time-critical information will be made available via RSS.
Some examples of why the Bureau provides RSS feeds are as follows:
RSS content can be read by using software called an RSS reader or an aggregator. Once you have an RSS reader either:
There are three main methods used to access an RSS feed:
Using an RSS reader installed on your computer
Use a Desktop software tool (known as a reader or aggregator). Subscribe to a feed by entering the feed's URL link into the reader and choosing "subscribe to this feed". The feed properties should be set to update regularly.
Using an RSS enabled web browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer)
This can be as simple as clicking on one of the RSS icons. Different browsers handle RSS feeds in different ways. The feed properties should be set to update regularly.
In Internet Explorer the feed appears, however to subscribe to the feed press the "Subscribe to this feed" option.
Once a feed is subscribed to, the option to View feed properties appears.
Feed properties, such as Update Schedule, can be modified as necessary.
Using a mobile phone based reader
Mobile devices can be used to read RSS feeds by downloading an application designed for viewing such feeds. Some of these are available at no cost. Once the application is installed on the device, point to the Bureau's RSS feeds as explained above.
Note: To find a free or inexpensive RSS reader search the web for "RSS newsreader". A list is available on Wikipedia - Comparison of feed aggregators.
The feeds contain the most recent information from the Bureau and links to the appropriate product or page on the Bureau's website. During the initial Beta Testing Period, all warnings which are current at the time the reader or browser checks the feed, will be available.
Each feed contains a description of what information is available within.
Each item of the feed contains:
Once the feed is visible in the Web Browser, Reader or Mobile device application, a button or link should be visible to permanently subscribe to the feed. Simply follow the steps outlined in item 3 above.
The feed will have a date and time listed in the headline. With an RSS reader or aggregator, you can set a refresh rate (e.g. hourly, every 15 minutes, daily etc.)
The feed will update as soon as the Bureau of Meteorology changes the content of the feed you are subscribed to. For warnings, this could be at any time.
If you have other questions or wish to provide feedback on the RSS feeds available from the Bureau, please fill in the RSS feedback form and we will take note of your inputs.
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