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What is Content Management? How is intended to be used, how is it actually used to communicate, share knowledge and support collaboration among groups of contributors working in different offices, locations, timezones, computing environments (and not only computers, including PDAs and phones, other devices)?

Many definitions of content management steer clear of making claims for being useful tools for managing presence, projects or collaboration. However our experience suggests that individuals and groups utilize content management tools to do these sorts of things. Groups develop their own special practices to adapt content management tools to the task of coordination, collaboration and some of the artefacts of management.

Industry and OSS groups are defining a content management market by positioning feature sets, describing needs and how they are satisfied by the tools they provide. Product feature sets are changing and evolving at a rapid pace, particularly among Open Source projects due to supply side scale factors which afford these projects the option of reusing other Open Source projects with compatibile licenses in new heterogeneous product assemblies. Considerable functional overlap is now observed {evidence?} between content management platforms (such as Plone), presence management platforms (IM style aps), and telecommunications platforms (such as Firefly or Skype). A convergence of functionality is predicted. Sites like may provide normalizing forces driving groups to replicate features across platforms in a sort of feature-driven "arms race" which is used to differentiate and balance products against other products.

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Content management frameworks

How should we evaluate CMS's

Various Content Management Platforms and Frameworks

!phpWebSite 0.9.3-3

MediaWiki 1.3.1

Tiki 1.8.3 -Polaris-

Back-End CMS

eGroupWare 1.0 RC5

FSL and Open University Support System (OpenUSS?

Plone (of course)

Xaraya 0.9.10 PHP based



Let's assess evaluation tools now --aldo, Thu, 19 Aug 2004 16:32:52 +0100 reply
Is it about time to assess EvaluationTools? so we can compare these products?

BIE (Business Integration Engine) -- Wed, 25 Aug 2004 11:18:26 +0100 reply
Does the BIE (Business Integration Engine) qualify as a content management framework? (see

What about Groove, for document review --ahiggins, Tue, 21 Sep 2004 09:59:31 +0100reply

What about Groove, for document review -- Tue, 21 Sep 2004 12:01:23 +0100 reply
You can find out about it at

Comparisson of Business School presences --ahiggins, Wed, 23 Nov 2005 16:43:09 +0000 reply