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A podcast delivers multimedia files over the Internet through syndication feeds. Users subscribe to receive new video or audio content that plays on their mobile devices and personal computers. This automatic downloading is what distinguishes podcasts from other multimedia offered on Web sites via direct download or streaming media.

Before committing to delivering a podcast, ensure that you have both the content and resources to regularly update the feed. If you have only a few audio or video files and don't plan to add new material on a regular basis, a podcast may not be the best option. If you have questions about whether podcasts are right for your content, contact the Web Template Coordinator to discuss your options.

Archiving Podcasts

All files in a podcast must be archived. Set up a podcast archive in the following way:

Page 1

This page will provide a full listing/archive of all of the files available in the podcast. When a new file is added, it should be listed here. At the top of this page, include a link to the podcast feed (XML page), and then list all episodes.

Each listing has these elements:

  • Title: (linked to page 2)
  • Speaker:
  • Date:
  • Running time:
  • Photo of speaker (optional)

See an example page below.


To subscribe, click on the PODCAST button below to open up the feed. Copy the URL from your browser's address bar into your podcast subscription software.

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Title: Ethanol Offers Home-Grown Alternative to Fossil Fuels
Speaker: Dustin Dwyer
Date: 07/17/2006
Running time: 31 minutes

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Title: What's all the Fuss About Cellulosic Ethanol?
Speaker: Amy Jones
Date: 07/17/2006
Running time: 31 minutes

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Title: Charcoal From Bagasse in Haiti and Corncobs in Ghana
Speaker: John Smith
Date: 07/17/2006
Running time: 31 minutes

Page 2

This is the individual page where further details are provided for each file in the podcast. Each file in a podcast gets its own page with these details. Title on Page 1 links to new page describing the content.

This page has these elements:

  • Title
  • Link to file
  • Link to text version (see section below on how to link to the file)
  • Speaker
  • Date
  • Running time
  • Description
  • Speaker biography (optional)
  • Speaker photo (optional)
  • Links to related podcasts (optional)
  • Links to related resources (optional)

Linking to Audio and Video Files

When linking to audio and video files, you must inform the visitor of the type and size of the file. All audio and video files must meet the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and include a text equivalent in the form of synchronized captions (for video) or a text transcript.

If you are linking directly to an audio or video file from a page on your site, follow this format:

Audio: Vision for Victory Speech (MP3 56 KB) Download Windows Media Player | Text version.

Video: Video of Chief Operating Officer Paul Dickerson's visit to BioTown, USA (WMV 9.74 MB) Download Windows Media Player | Text version

See an example page below.

Ethanol Offers Home-Grown Alternative to Fossil Fuels

Michigan Radio's report on how people in Michigan are working to help the U.S. kick its fossil fuel habit.
(MP3 47 KBDownload Windows Media PlayerText Version

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Speaker: Dustin Dwyer
Affiliation: Michigan Radio
Date: 07/17/2006
Run Time: 32 minutes

Speaker Biography: Dustin Dwyer is a field reporter for Michigan Radio.

Related Podcasts:

Links to Related Resources: