Chalavadi Suman Kumar (My Life Line)

August 20, 2008

Project Document Hosting(Content Management) in Universities, Colleges and Companies

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If you are a student of a College or an University or an Employee of a company, here comes a question for you: ‘Does any of your friends/colleagues know what exactly you are doing? or Do you know what are the projects that are out of your group/department/division?’. You might end up knowing what they did with a brief description, but you will not get the answer ‘How they did it?’. Over a period of time, even the developers forget what they did in the project and they keep looking for the project documentation. What if you want to edit the someone else’s work or clear a bug in it?.

Companies document well before the project actually starts, but universities/college demand for project document after everything is over. But few questions arise: ‘ Where does all these documents are saved? Who have access to them? Can you search for a document of particular project? Can you browse from one project document to other easily?’. All these issues comes under ‘Content Management’.

Universites/college students usually document after entire project is completed. And more than that, if you want to casually look at some of your group member’s work, you need to wait till the project is complete or the intermediate document is produced. If you ask him/her directly, he/she will say different version on each different day( I have seen someone, changing the problem statement too).

I explored wikipedia style collaborative tools for content management. I introduced the TWiki tool in my college for such a documentation. It serves as a good collaboration tool for content management. I made my department to use this tool for it’s project documentations. With this I came to know the need for such collaboration tools in all the universities and colleges of India. This will help in building centralized knowledge hubs and helps in providing great access to aspiring students.

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