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1. What is RSS?
RSS standards for Really-Simple-Syndication. "Users of RSS content use programs called feed 'readers' or 'aggregators': the user 'subscribes' to a feed by supplying to their reader a link to the feed; the reader can then check the user's subscribed feeds to see if any of those feeds have new content since the last time it checked, and if so, retrieve that content and present it to the user." (Source)

2. What's the scope of Services Computing?
Services Computing has become a cross-discipline that covers the science and technology of bridging the gap between Business Services and IT Services. The underneath breaking technology suite includes Web services and service-oriented architecture (SOA), business consulting methodology and utilities, business process modeling, transformation and integration. This scope of Services Computing covers whole lifecycle of services innovation research that includes business componentization, services modeling, services creation, services realization, services annotation, services deployment, services discovery, services composition, services delivery, service-to-service collaboration, services monitoring, services optimization, as well as services management. The goal of Services Computing is to enable IT services and computing technology to perform business services more efficiently and effectively.

For example, the 2007 IEEE Congress on Services (SERVICES 2007) is going to celebrate the third gathering of IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2007) and IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2007) along with other events to explore the science and technology of Services in the field of Services Computing, which was promoted by IEEE Computer Society in 2003.

3. What kind of presentation formats do the portal support?
The IEEE Body of Knowledge on Services Computing Portal supports PowerPoint (ppt) files, and PDF files.

4. Which formats of the Podcast does this portal use?
As a multimedia enabled IEEE Body of Knowledge on Services Computing Portal, it supports the following audio/video formats for Podcast and VideoCast:

rmvb: RealMedia Variable Bitrate (RMVB) is a variable bitrate extension of the RealMedia multimedia container format developed by RealNetworks. (Source)
wmv: Windows Media Video (WMV) is a generic name for the set of video codec technologies developed by Microsoft. It is part of the Microsoft Windows Media framework. (Source)
mp3: MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular digital audio encoding and lossy compression format, designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio to most listeners. (Source)
rm: RealMedia is a multimedia container format created by RealNetworks. Its extension is ".rm". It is typically used in conjunction with RealVideo and RealAudio and is popular for streaming content over the internet.(Source)
wma: Windows Media Audio (WMA) is a proprietary compressed audio file format developed by Microsoft. (Source)
wav: WAV (or WAVE), short for Waveform audio format, is a Microsoft and IBM audio file format standard for storing audio on PCs.(Source)
avi: Audio Video Interleave, known by its acronym AVI, is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in November 1992 as part of the Video for Windows technology. AVI files contain both audio and video data in a standard container that allows simultaneous playback. (Source)

5. Who can access RSS Feeds and view multimedia presentations?
Only the registered members of the IEEE Services Computing Community can access the IEEE Body of Knowledge on Services Computing Portal. You need to use the same user id and password of the IEEE Services Computing Community to access the IEEE Body of Knowledge on Services Computing Portal. An advanced single-sign-on capability has been integrated in this new RSS portal.
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