The Tuesday, Nov 9th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Group (RMIUG) will feature a panel discussion called "Content Management: Wrangling the Beast."
If the Internet is the medium of the Information Age,
then content is the matter. According to Netcraft
there are over 55 million websites in existence.
Although there are no hard statistics some estimates
that the number of web pages is well into the hundreds
of billions. Google, even with its incredible breadth
and reach, only catalogues 4 billion of those pages.
It's amazing that we ever find anything!
Since the dawn of the Internet, many netizens have
wrestled with the challenge of making content more
digestible, manageable and, ultimately, usable.
Companies such as Vignette, Documentum, and, of
course, Microsoft, have spent millions inventing
systems to help organizations get a handle on their
information. According to IDC, worldwide enterprise
content management (ECM) will to grow at a
double-digit pace from $2.7 billion in 2003 to $3.8
billion by 2007.
The panel at our next meeting will help us explore Content management systems and standards:
- What are the different types of collaborative systems?
- Which systems/methodologies are best for which uses?
- Are we getting better at managing our content?
Dave Taylor is the founder of Intuitive Systems (http://www.intuitive.com/), an executive management and communications consultancy. He's been involved with the Internet for over 25 years, including a stint as a research scientist at HP's R&D Labs and another
as senior editor of Advanced Systems magazine. He's written 16 books including the best-selling "Wicked Cool Shell Scripts", "Creating Cool Web Sites" and "Learning Unix for Mac OS X" and has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, including having founded four startups in the last ten years. Dave will talk about RSS (Really Simple Syndication, a content publishing "dialect" of XML) and weblog (aka blog) technology and how they are used in content management.
Robert A. Dickinson, Product Architect at Xaffire and
founder of Reasonably Sane Inc. (rsane.com) Trained as
both a software engineer and writer, Rob has always
been fascinated by automated authoring and publishing.
Having led technical development of collaborative
information systems for several local startups,
including CorpMed.com and Achieve.com, Rob founded
Reasonably Sane in 2001 to advance multi-author,
multi-format publishing. Rob will speak about the role
of document compilers, including Wiki engines and the
RSane Compiler, in managing large structured
publications with many contributors.
Dave Taylor's Weblogs:
The Intuitive Life http://www.intuitive.com/blog/
Real Life Debt: The Blog http://www.real-life-debt.com/blog/
Dave Taylor's Booktalk http://booktalk.intuitive.com/
Free Web Money http://www.free-web-money.com/
Attachment Parenting http://www.APparenting.com/
Reasonably Sane, http://www.rsane.com
The meeting is Tuesday, November 9th from 7:00 -
9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start for refreshments
and informal networking). The meeting will be held at
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) at
1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder. To get to NCAR from
the Boulder Turnpike (US 36) or Broadway (US 93), take
Table Mesa Drive west towards the mountains for
approximately 2.5 miles into the foothills. NCAR is at
the top of the hill. For door-to-door driving
directions, go to MapQuest (http://www.mapquest.com/),
click on Driving Directions, enter your starting
address, NCAR's address, and voila! Park in the NCAR
lot, go in the main door, and ask the guard to point
you to meeting, which is held in the main auditorium,
right off the lobby. The meeting is free and open to
the public, but we may pass the hat to help defray
meeting location seats about 120 people.
That is usually enough room to accommodate all attendees,
but it's impossible for us to predict how many
people will show up for any given meeting. Seating is
always on a first-come, first serve basis, and in the
event of more attendees than seats, we won't be able
to admit additional people into the auditorium after
all seats are filled.
to our three sponsors who help make RMIUG
which provides Creative and Technical Talent
for Web, Interactive Media, Marketing Communications
Development projects, is the sponsor of
food and beverages for RMIUG
-- a Colorado-based software company that
provides semi-custom web-based applications,
sponsors the RMIUG meeting
marketing project management, marketing
consulting, and web content development
is the AV
sponsor for RMIUG.
and companies are invited to bring Internet-related
information, brochures, and business cards
which will be displayed on an
There are email mailing lists set up for
this group. To subscribe or
unsubscribe, see http://www.rmiug.org/maillist.html
You can also reach the
RMIUG "Executive" Committee at
email@example.com. Our web site is at
Please note that RMIUG is hosted at NCAR
and we are their guests. NCAR has security
regulations in effect
that we must follow in order to use the
facility. If any RMIUG attendee is unwilling
to follow these simple
regulations, I would ask that he or she
not attend and instead read the minutes
after the meeting.
are the NCAR security policies that must
2. Must sign in at front desk and provide
3. Cooperate with security folks including
providing ID if requested.
4. We are guests of NCAR so cooperation
and courtesy are expected when dealing with
there are any questions or concerns with
this policy, please contact me directly.
Thanks, Josh Zapin