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Developing an Open Source Content Management Strategy For E-Government

Chris Steins's picture
Web-based communication in e-government In case you missed this on Planetizen, Abhijeet has posted his presentation and proceedings paper, Developing an Open Source Content Management Strategy For E-Government from his presentation at the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association 42nd annual conference.

Abhijeet writes:
"A Web Content Management System (CMS) can ease the management of complex e-government websites. This paper showcases five approaches to web content management and discusses the benefits of open source content management software for e-government. The tools and guidelines presented will help web developers, information technology staff, and managers develop a CMS strategy and choose appropriate software for running e-government websites."

It's a particularly useful overview of five prominent, open-source CMSes: Mambo, Drupal, WordPress (what we use here at Planetizen to run this blog), Moodle (a learning management system as much as a CMS), wikis, and Plone.

Yes -- the names are sometimes funny, but the functionality these products offer is quite serious:

"Several OSS projects have matured into sophisticated CMSes. In this time of
increasing expectations and tight budgets, e-government websites can benefit
from the flexibility and freedom of open source content management systems."
Chris Steins is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.


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