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The right to criticize government is also an obligation to know what you are talking about. 
-Lent Upson, 1st Executive Director of CRC  

RSS is an acronym for "Real Simple Syndication." An RSS file contains headlines, summaries and links that are formatted in XML (eXtensible Markup Language) so that they may be read by a program.

The Citizens Research Council is venturing into the use of RSS feeds as an alternative method of distributing news of a new publication, news at the Research Council, or press releases. Since the inception of the Citizens Research Council website,, we have maintained an email update service. If you so prefer, you can enter an email address in the appropriate box in the header of this page to receive occasional email notices of this nature. The growth of XML and RSS provides an alternative method of distributing this news. We're going to try it for a while and see if it is preferrable to email distributions.

The Citizens Research Council currently offers two RSS feeds: one for all new publications and occassionally general CRC news; and another specifically for new analyses of ballot issues. On the occassion of new ballot analyses, there is likely to be overlap as these analyses are also new publications. Therefore, if you subscribe to the New Publications RSS feed, there is no need to subscribe to the Ballot Analysis RSS feed. If your interest in public policy analysis is limited to our ballot analyses, then this feed is right for you.

Use of RSS is fairly simple and straightforward. First you need a RSS/News Reader or Aggregator. A list of some popular aggretators is provided below. Once that is downloaded and installed, take the opportunity when pages have or icons to subscribe and receive automatic headlines with news of new content on their pages. Simply right mouse click on the icon or accompanying text and click on "copy link location," go to your RSS aggretator software and paste that address into the "Address" or "Subscription" box.

Here is a list of common stand-alone news aggregators:

To use a news aggregator as part of Microsoft Outlook, the most common integrated application is: Online news aggregator can be found at:

This is a new endeavor for CRC. If there are any problems with our RSS set up or coding, please tell us so in a note to Eric Lupher.







Last Updated August 18, 2006