Content Management: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

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Overview

This collection of articles is the first attempt by academics and professional writers to delve into the world of content management systems. The knowledge economy's greatest asset and primary problem is information management: finding it, validating it, re-purposing it, keeping it current, and keeping it safe. In the last few years content management software has become as common as word-processing software was five years ago. But unlike word processors, which are designed for single authorization and local storage, content management systems are designed to accommodate large-scale information production, with many authors providing many different pieces of information kept in a web-accessible database, any piece of which might find its way into electronic documents that the author doesn't even know exist. These software systems are complex, to say the least, and their impact on the field of writing will be immense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895033789
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

George Pullman is associate professor of English at Georgia State University, where he teaches the history of rhetoric and electronic communication practices. He has published articles in such journals as Computers and Composition, Rhetoric, Review and Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and chapters in edited collections such as Technical Communication and the World Wide Web and What is the New Rhetoric?. He most recently edited with Baotong Gu, a collection of articles on content management for Technical Communication Quarterly. He also designs and implements custom information application.

Baotong Gu is an assistant professor of English at Georgia State University, where he teaches rhetoric, composition, and technical communication. His recent publications include a collection of articles on content management for Technical Communication Quarterly which he co-edited with George Pullman, and two collections on western rhetoric, Contemporary Western Rhetoric: Methods and Paradigms and Contemporary Western Rhetoric: Speech and Discourse Criticism. His book From Oracle Bones to Computers: The Emergence of Writing Technologies in China is being published by Parlor Press.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Mapping out the key parameters of content management Baotong Gu Gu, Baotong George Pullman Pullman, George 1

Ch. 1 Experiences with building a narrative Web content management system : best practices for developing specialized content management systems (and lessons learned for the classroom) Rudy McDaniel McDaniel, Rudy 15

Ch. 2 Analyze before you act : CMS and knowledge transfer Carol Siri Johnson Johnson, Carol Siri Susan Fowler Fowler, Susan 43

Ch. 3 Learning with limits : new faculty and course management systems Julie Staggers Staggers, Julie Meredith W. Zoetewey Zoetewey, Meredith W. Michael Pennell Pennell, Michael 57

Ch. 4 Why we should teach XML : an argument for technical acuity Becky Jo Jo, Becky Gesteland McShane McShane, Gesteland 73

Ch. 5 Digital delivery and communication technologies : understanding content management systems through rhetorical theory Michelle F. Eble Eble, Michelle F. 87

Ch. 6 Topography of educational place(s) : technical communication, instructor preparedness, and hybrid courses Lisa Meloncon Meloncon, Lisa 103

Ch. 7 Content management systems and technical communication : rolling with the tide Robin Evans Evans, Robin 131

Ch. 8 Single sourcing and the return to positivism : the threat of plain-style, arhetorical technical communication practices Jeffrey Bacha Bacha, Jeffrey 143

Ch. 9 Content management in an international outsourcing framework : a perspective for technical communicators Kirk St. Amant St. Amant, Kirk 161

Ch. 10 The technical editor as new media author : how CMSs affect editorial authority Nicole Amare Amare, Nicole 181

Ch. 11 Applying cohesion and contrastiverhetoric research to content management practices Lyn F. Gattis Gattis, Lyn F. 201

Contributors 217

Index 221

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