The first step is to create a Course Feeds directory to place your Course Feeds data. To do so, simply fill out the online request form; the IT Help Center will then perform the setup for you and contact you with additional details. A detailed explanation of the setup process is provided for your perusal; however, no additional work is required on your part for this step.

Behind the Scenes

Upon receiving your request, the IT Help Center will create a series of subdirectories in your departmental website:

  • A subdirectory “course-feeds” (e.g.,http://www.bu.edu/history/course-feeds/).
  • A subdirectory “course-feeds/templates” (e.g.,http://www.bu.edu/history/course-feeds/templates/).
  • A subdirectory “course-feeds/output”. (e.g.,http://www.bu.edu/history/course-feeds/output/)

These subdirectories are used by the Course Descriptions Feeds (CD Feed) application and should not be deleted, moved or renamed. Doing so will break your department’s CD Feed and will require manual intervention to correct any changes. In the event that you would like these directories located in a specific area of your website, please indicate this in your request.

In addition to creating these directories, the IT Help Center will make the course-feeds/output writeable by the webserver (specifically, the cwis-secureand nisadmin:cron-users AFS groups). Again, please note that deleting, moving or renaming these directories will break your department’s CD Feed and should thus be avoided. In the event that you accidentally make any of the above alterations, please contact the IT Help Center to request assistance.