RSS is central to which both feed off RSS and provides it.

According to RSS is defined as:

RSS is a family of XML file formats for web syndication used by news websites and weblogs. They are used to provide items containing short descriptions of web content together with a link to the full version of the content. This information is delivered as an XML file called RSS feed, webfeed, RSS stream, or RSS channel.

As far as blogging is concerned you can think of RSS as an alternative ‘view’ of your blog organized in a standard way. This standard organization means that the RSS file ( feed) can be used and mixed by a variety of applications.

An RSS reader such as Bloglines can automatically collect and display rss feeds from many different blogs saving you a lot of time and sparing one the effort of visiting blogs that have not been updated.

You can display an rss feed from a blog (or collection of blogs via or some such service) on another web page by a variety of means. For example: The sidebar here.

RSS is explored in many places but there a couple of intersting post from the Scots Edu blogs:
edublogs: The “glue” of blogging conversations: RSS
Blogging for Beginners – Understanding the Glue at Jonesieblog

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