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Customizable RSS Feeds

Do you use RSS feeds? Then you know how useful they can be when you want alerts to newly published online information that applies to you: professionally or personally. This kind of targeted, agile publishing is exactly what Tizra is all about and, as you'd expect, we offer simple yet flexible features that let you get the most relevant updates out to your most interested users.

In case you're unfamiliar with RSS, it's basically a way of formatting information so that people can subscribe to and view it in feed reading software (Details from Wikipedia).RSS means userssave time because they're notified of anything new at their favorite sites without needing to visit them.
By default, Tizra sites include an RSS feed that updates subscribers every time any new Document is added.  For example, here's a feed that'll update you any time Columbia University Press adds a book to the CUPOLA site they run on Tizra...

http://cupola.columbia.edu/~rss

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Look...up in the sky! It's Super Tagger!

The Super Tagger feature gives you superhero-like powers to update -- in bulk -- the metadata properties of the content you manage in Tizra, including Documents, Excerpts, Collections, Virtual Collections, Static Pages and Offers.

It also gives you the all too human power to change your mind, make mistakes, and learn as you go.  Because it lets you make large-scale changes after you load your content, you no longer have to worry so much about getting your metadata just right beforehand.  If you suddenly realize you'd like to bundle your recipes by main ingredient, or your conference papers by first author's organization, you don't have to start over, you can Super Tag them!

It can be especially useful for educational publishers working to make use of the new metadata standards being proposed by the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative and the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

For example, one of the proposed LRMI standards is to include the typical age range of the …