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Governance Gauge: Only You Can Model Your Content

Mandates for periodic reports containing certain elements of information, proscribed report presentation formats and requirements for archiving and on-demand retrieval create needs best answered by content modeling.

Government regulation drives some companies to seek tools to control their content. Mandates for periodic reports containing certain elements of information, proscribed report presentation formats and requirements for archiving and on-demand retrieval create needs best answered by content modeling.

Conforming to industry standards and enabling information interchange are other good reasons to model your content.

As a result, many enterprises are using standard content models such as DocBook, the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) and Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM).

"Many people think ... they can just adopt the content model in the standard. This is not really a good idea," content management consultancy The Rockley Group wrote in a paper it just released. Instead, suggests Rockley, you should develop your content model before choosing a standard.

To create an effective content model, analyze your content's life cycle: how it's created, delivered, used and retired. It's important to know all the content products you need to produce and how you can design them for optimum reuse. Then you can figure out what metadata and content standards will support your needs. Your content model should also specify storage and workflow plans.

— Jeanette Burriesci

Opportunities From Creating A Content Model
Assess Impact
Knowing all the ins and outs of your content will help you predict the full effects of implementing a standard in your environment
Exploit Reuse
You can maximize reuse when you know all the elements you store and track and how they map to your information products
Meet Needs
Modeling first lets you choose the best standard for all your requirements, and know right away how you'll need to extend the standard


Coincidence or Catchup?

Maybe application integration vendor Tibco shouldn't leave its cafeteria open to the public — IBMers might be dining there. A week before Tibco announced the release of DataExchange, its new extract, transform, load (ETL) product (which competes against IBM's WebSphere product line), IBM bought dominant pure-play ETL vendor Ascential. To Tibco's advantage, DataExchange is deeply integrated into the Tibco BusinessWorks architecture and design; even IBM's existing WebSphere products don't interoperate so well.

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