5. Step 3: adding details about your podcast to a newsfeed

The final stage in publishing your podcast is to make it available through an RSS 2.0 newsfeed.

You can do this using OXITEMS, the University of Oxford's newsfeed system. It provides several kinds of newsfeeds: there are ordinary newsfeeds for items of news, events newsfeeds for storing details about events, and podcasting newsfeeds for storing details about a collection of podcasts.

There are two steps:
  1. create a podcasting newsfeed;
  2. add an item containing details of your podcast to this newsfeed.

In each department/college, there are IT Support Staff. The main ITSS person has been made an OXITEMS administrator. He/she can create a podcasting newsfeed. If you have difficulty in tracking down who this is, please send a message to webmaster@oucs.ox.ac.uk

The OXITEMS administrator can make you an author of this newsfeed. Once this has been done, you are then in a position to add your podcast to the newsfeed.

To add a podcast to an OXITEMS newsfeed:
  1. First, login to OXITEMS at https://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/oxonly/oxitems/
  2. Then use the Add a media item operation that is given in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
  3. The administrator will have given the newsfeed some appropriate name such as running/sandbox-audio. So, on the new screen, select the appropriate newsfeed, e.g., running/sandbox-audio.
  4. Then use the button labelled add an item to the selected newsfeed.
  5. On the new screen, type something appropriate to identify the podcast in the Title and Summary boxes.
  6. In the box labelled Presenter(s), type the details of the people who gave the presentation in the podcast.
  7. In the box labelled Media file, type in the URL of your podcast, e.g., http://users.ox.ac.uk/~abcd0123/example.mp3
  8. It is important that you have the right to make the recording public. Click the Media rights to confirm that you have the appropriate permissions.
  9. Finally, if you wish, type some categories in the Simple categories box. With some applications that access newsfeeds, a user can categories to search for items. An example is iTunes.
  10. Then use the button labelled preview the item with the above values.
  11. And, on the next screen, use the button labelled now add the above item to the newsfeed.

And that's it. An RSS 2.0 version of your newsfeed is now available at a URL like http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/running/sandbox-audio/rss20.xml where running/sandbox-audio is replaced by the name of your newsfeed.

If you want to add other podcasts to this newsfeed, just repeat the above process: go to OXITEMS and select the Add a media item operation.

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