RE: Content Management

Subject: RE: Content Management
From: "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2002 15:46:57 -0400

Interesting internship project. You will probably spend your two months
researching content management tools and techniques, let alone
implementing it and using it while getting other work done. Your
proposal has good intentions, but it relies heavily on user compliance.
That is, if someone doesn't feel like filling out the form, your
revision history is compromised. There are tools out there that automate
this and force a check-in/check-out, and also provide a log of who
checked out what and when that is tracked by the revision tracking
system itself - no human input required.

The system most often talked about in our profession is Documentum.

There are literally hundreds of content management and revision control
systems out there. I suggest doing some web searches and nailing down
exactly what your employer wants. Once you know what you're looking for,
I'm sure we'll be of more help. Right now your question is very broad
and knowing this group, we'll give you a ton of info that has very
little to do with what you're really looking for.


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::: -----Original Message-----
::: I've joined a company as an intern and will be working for
::: about two months.
::: The company wants me to prepare technical documents for
::: marketing purposes
::: for its products from scratch.
::: At this stage, I am preparing notes taken from my meetings with the
::: technical and communications group. Besides preparing
::: documentation, the
::: company is interested in having a model devised for content
::: management so
::: that any person looking for information in the future has access to
::: information easily and readily. I will be preparing
::: diagrams using Visio and
::: documents will be prepared in Microsoft Word. My concern is not the
::: documentation, but the content management model.
::: To start with, I might use Access or Excel to prepare a
::: table with columns:
::: path, filename, date content created, revision date,
::: version, content owner,
::: images used etc. Is this a right approach to begin with?
::: As this might not be the right method, I raise some
::: questions and will
::: appreciate suggestions and help. My concerns are:
::: 1) Are there any tools for content management?
::: 2) how should I approach content management?
::: 3) Are there any formal methodologies in use for content management?

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