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About the CMS

What is Content Management

Management of content in this context means:

  • enabling web authorship without complex technical knowledge,
  • enabling collaborative authoring of web pages,
  • enabling workflow processes including authorisation processes,
  • providing template driven publishing to ensure consistency of look and feel,
  • enabling multi channel output to ensure consistency of information across the web site,
  • enabling simple migration of existing web pages into the system, and
  • management of metadata to enable personalisation, searching and syndication.

CMS Capabilities

The Monash CMS has implemented Enterprise Content Management products from Interwoven Inc. This product provides the following capabilities:
Separation of content and presentation
The content is the intellectual property or information that the web page intends to display, and the presentation is the way that it displays that information. Providing content and displaying content on a web page are disparate skills. By separating these activities, authors are able to contribute their information directly, ie. without needing indirect presentation by a webmaster
Implementation of processes through Workflow
The workflow is the automation of a sequence of tasks to form a process. The CMS workflow allows a defined set of steps to be performed repeatedly, involving automated actions and user actions such as an approval and publish process
Versioning and Rollback
The CMS tracks all changes to the content and identifies each version. It has the capability to roll back (that is to retrieve a previous version) to any point in time.

Service Background

The CMS started as a project in 2003. Since then, all Faculties and around 150 sites have been migrated into the system.

In December 2007, the CMS transitioned into a Service.

 
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