OmniUpdate Enhances Content Reuse in OUCampus Update

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OmniUpdate, a specialty provider of content management system (CMS) technology for the higher education vertical, is taking a cue from the current recycling craze in the latest version of its OU Campus CMS product. The newly released version 9.15 of OU Campus features enhancements to the Assets feature of the application’s reusable content functionality.

Filtering, Tagging Upgraded for Re-usability

OmniUpdate is specifically upgrading the filtering and tagging capabilities provided by the Assets feature of OU Campus 9.15 to make reusing content easier. Users can now filter by content type (such as plain text or source code), as well as by site and/or tag. In addition, OU Campus users can now automatically suggest tags for Assets. Other enhancements include increased power for administrators to restrict user access to the Assets feature, as well as new scheduled publishing options.

OmniUpdate Puts OU Campus on Steep Advancement Curve

OmniUpdate has been busy adding new features and functions to OU Campus since the start of the current academic year in August 2011, when it released version 9.11. As reported by CMSWire, that version included a server-side module called the Live Delivery Platform (LDP), which was designed to ease the creation of forms, polls and surveys.

This was shortly followed by version 9.12 in October 2011, which allowed users to check all internal and external site links and offered support for XLST, XPath 3.0 and XQuery 3.0; and OU Campus 9.13 in December 2011, which added the ability to copy a folder or file into the same directory and eliminated a glitch involving iframes and videos.

Learning Opportunities

OmniUpdate then waited until well into the spring semester (April 2011) to release OU Campus version 9.14, with an accessibility check feature that ensures all web pages are accessible by all students in compliance with federal regulations. The vendor is apparently back on track with updating OU Campus every month or so. OU Campus was updated with four new versions during May and June 2011 alone.

Content Reuse Valuable for Higher Ed

Most college campuses these days heavily promote recycling of waste to improve the environment and save money, and recycling of web content can provide just as much value and cost savings to colleges’ web environments. With the exception of some well-endowed private institutions, most colleges and universities, especially publicly funded ones, are strapped for cash and resources. This includes money and time that can be allocated to staffing IT departments and maintaininguniversity websites.

By allowing higher education CMS users to reuse existing content, rather than start from scratch every time they need to develop digital assets, OmniUpdate is freeing up critical manhours and CMS bandwidth that can be allocated to other projects. Now that sounds like a smart idea.

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