Helping people find your content
May 23, 2007
Congratulations to the Arts Council of Ireland for being the first of the National Cultural Institutions to install an RSS feed on its re-designed website. The feed doesn’t appear to be working at present but hopefully that’s a minor technical hitch. I hope it’s not going to be too long before the rest of the members of the CNCI follow suit – some of the websites of these major institutions are very poorly designed and I gave up trying to navigate through the National Library’s site in an effort to find out more about their series of talks (I saw a printed brochure about them) but there’s nothing on the site for an interested ticket buyer or if there is, it’s buried somewhere very secret. Look instead at the New York Public Library’s site with 8 different feeds for various areas of its activities…A quick scan of many of the websites of smaller Irish arts and cultural organisations reveals the same thing … all this great activity going on, in secret, buried in the bowels of dusty websites … let’s not make it so difficult for interested people to spend their money on what you have to offer!
And for those of you who aren’t sure what I’m talking about here’s a brilliant explanation of RSS in Simple English from Common Craft.