PSUEvents.com to Syndicate Events Data
It’s not always the easiest task to find out when stuff is going on at Penn State. While many organizations offer calendars of events, none of them are comprehensive, and you may miss out on a cool concert or exhibit if you’re only checking one source.
The new service will provide a centralized, open-source events database, free for media outlets serving the Penn State and State College communities. Student groups and other organizations will be able to submit their events on PSUEvents.com, and have them appear on any calendar using the service. PSUEvents.com will also take care of sending your event information to outlets like The Daily Collegian, The Centre Daily Times, and StateCollege.com.
According to Onward State’s Davis Shaver, a lead organizer of PSUEvents.com, this will be a non-profit venture aimed at filling a perceived need in the greater Penn State community:
Right now to promote an event you would need to visit Onward State, The Daily Collegian, The LION 90.7fm, StateCollege.com, and maybe the Centre Daily Times to submit your event information to a bunch of different and separate calendar systems. This is not an ideal set up. Event information is not something that should be difficult to distribute.
For the web-geeks out there, the information will be provided through XML, allowing those submitting to provide detailed event info and active links, while media partners will be able to pull everything from simple embeddable calendars to full event listings.
Zach Zimbler, president of the Lion 90.7fm, said he hopes students will adopt the new service:
We wanted to make this the students’ calendar. Students will be able to submit content, students will be curating that content, and we want students to use that content. The goal is to centralize all the information you had to go elsewhere to find in the past.
You’ll be able to see the new calendar in action on OnwardState.com and TheLion.fm starting August 22. Media outlets interested in syndicating event information from PSUEvents.com can contact Davis Shaver at [email protected] and organizations looking to partner with PSUEvents.com to promote their events can contact Zach Zimbler at [email protected].