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John Starr <[log in to unmask]>
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UofMN Web Standards <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:53:29 -0600
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We've been doing work with the UMContent site developers group and I 
informed the drupal users group.  I thought I'd also notified you at Web 
Standards but as I look back at my email (and based on your comments), 
it looks like it was an oversight.

Late last fall we were charged with finding a replacement for UMContent 
which, as many of you know, has a lot of problems.  After looking at a 
couple of vendor products and drupal, our leadership decided to go ahead 
with drupal for a number of reasons:

  * There are a number of groups on campus using drupal
  * Some of the larger stake holders in UMContent were planning to move
    to drupal
  * The large drupal expertise both on and off campus

I apologize for the communication oversight.  I'm happy to answer any 
questions you may have and if you'd like, I can come to the next Web 
Standards meeting in person to discuss this.


on 1/31/2013 10:34 AM Sara Hurley wrote:
> Ditto on the surprise.
> On Thursday, January 31, 2013, Andria Waclawski wrote:
>     That makes (at least) three of us. I'm getting lots of questions
>     already.
>     /Andria
>     On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Dan Kunitz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>         Oh good, it's not just me.
>         Web Standards hosted a discussion (or two) on what would be
>         ideal for the U to offer for central web hosting, but not a
>         replacement for UMContent.
>         Dan
>         On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM, Dan Sagisser
>         <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>             Wow... this is the first I've heard about this.  Did I
>             just totally miss all the communication about this?
>             -Dan Sagisser
>             On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM, John Starr
>             <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>                 The University IT community has been evaluating new
>                 web content management systems (CMS) to better serve
>                 the University’s needs. After evaluating several
>                 products and viewing various product demonstrations,
>                 the decision was made to acquire Drupal as the
>                 University’s new enterprise-level CMS. This is a
>                 systemwide initiative available to and supporting all
>                 system campuses.
>                 It is anticipated that Drupal will be available early
>                 this summer. In addition, a pilot for interested users
>                 will be available in the next few months. Information
>                 about participation in the pilot group will be shared
>                 as soon as it is available.
>                 UMContent, the University’s current web CMS is
>                 scheduled for eventual retirement. As of right now,
>                 the plan is to continue to have UMContent available
>                 through at least November 2014.
>                 Options for migrating content from UMContent to Drupal
>                 will be evaluated. For web content needs that may not
>                 require a robust enterprise-level system, other
>                 content management applications including Google
>                 Sites, WordPress and others will be available.
>                 More information on the Drupal implementation plan and
>                 other options will be shared as it becomes available.
>                 News, information and updates will be posted on the
>                 project website
>                 <https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/web-cms-drupal-initiative-news-information-and-updates/>at
>     -- 
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John Starr
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