Content management

Colin Clark colin.clark at
Fri Sep 14 21:25:36 UTC 2007

Hi Mark,

You're right in pointing out that we don't want to be too restrictive or 
make assumptions about user needs a-priori. I also agree that there are 
lots of good requirements already floating around regarding content 

I think the goal of trying to come up with a definition of content 
management for Sakai and uPortal is twofold: 1) to delineate scope and 
2) to make it easier to collaborate on distributed research.

I expect, as Daphne has said, that the definition of content management 
will be very broad, but defining some boundaries helps us to focus and 
limit our scope to the designs that will make the biggest improvements 
in the lives of our users.

Ultimately, the whole point of the user research is to find out more 
about what shape these designs should take. We'll do the research in an 
incremental way so we can continue to build useful components as we learn.


Mark Norton wrote:
> Personally, I think that coming up with a defining term kinda misses the 
> point.  As Daphne said, almost everything on a site in Sakai could be 
> considered content of one kind or another.
> Rather than creating a sweeping definition, wouldn't we be better served 
> by collecting the real needs of our users and documenting them? You 
> might find that, after collecting requirements into a big unorganized 
> pile, that pieces of the problem will emerge that fit together.  
> Decomposition is essential, since the problem space is so large, but 
> having a collection of requirements, pieces can be developed in the 
> context of other things.
> Keep "content management" as a label and explore what it means.  
> Ultimately, it's the work that matters, not what you call it.
> - Mark Norton
> PS.  There are lots of content management requirements already hanging 
> around.  They just need to be pushed into Fluid's mindspace.
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Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

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