Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
William A. Hanff
News aggregators combine computer software and journalistic practices to enable online computer users to collect news stories and other information as that information is published and to organize the information in a specific, personalized manner. This is accomplished in several ways, but the most common is the use of HTML (hypertext mark-up language) coding on the websites of news-gathering organizations to create RSS (really simple syndication) feeds and other public notifications of instant updates to news content. News aggregators programs are installed on the computers of individual users. These programs regularly search for updated information from news-gathering organizations and compile it for later use. The term news aggregators can also refer to intermediate websites that republish RSS feeds and information from other primary news sources. News aggregation is based on the concept of content syndication, where content created by one or more news-gathering organizations is distributed through a different organization. ...