Childwatch makes use of UiO's internally developed publishing system Vortex. The aim with Vortex is to make it as easy as possible to publish and store information directly on the Internet, and Vortex is therefore often called "writeable web". The solution is based on open standards and open source modules, such as, for example:
RSS / Atom
With the help of RSS (Rich Site Summary) you can subscribe to news updates from Childwatch's own website directly to your browser, RSS-reader, or own your on web page.
Windows: Thunderbird, Outlook and FeedDemon.
MacOS X: Thunderbird, NetNewsWire and Vienna.
Linux: Thunderbird, Straw and Liferea.
Web: Google Reader and Newsgator.
Microformats is a collection of simple and open formats that talk to each other and to other formats, with semantification and integration of the web as goals.
Childwatch currrently use the following two Microformats:
- hCalendar: Information about time for events and seminars.
- hCard: Address information about people and the organization.
The big advantage with the use of Microformats is that hCalendar and hCard entries can be exported to your preferred calendar software or address book. No browser today has in-built support for Microformats, but plugins (add-ons) are available for Internet Explorer (Oomph), Firefox (Operator) and Safari (Safari Microformats plugin).