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What is CMS?

At its simplest, CMS is an acronym for a “content management system”. But inherent within a CMS, there is more – CMS is not only about a system or piece of software, it’s also about a Strategy and about Services.

Why is CMS important?

Whether referring to a system, service, or strategy, a CMS can enable the sustainable creation and on-going maintenance of high quality websites by establishing a common baseline of standards such as the consistent use of a common-look and feel template (or “CLF”), as well as common platforms on which to build new emerging technologies.

CMS and the Web at UBC

  • Historically
    • Decentralized and fractured
    • Dozens of systems in place including open source, homegrown, vendor solutions, nothing at all
  • Today
    • Maturity of open-source tools
    • Adoption at all levels of the university
    • Acknowledgment that for an institution of our size and complexity, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution
    • Working towards providing sustainable solutions with centrally-provisioned resources
    • Support the community by building connections between people and collaborating where collaboration makes sense
  • Tomorrow
    • Coordinated content management strategies
    • Content repositories, syndication, re-purposing
    • Integration with social media