The Content Management Bible Podcast

Since June 2020, I’m doing a podcast reading of the entire Content Management Bible, 2nd Edition, originally published back in 2000 or so.

I read the book shortly after the 2nd Edition was published in 2005. It was early-ish into my career in content management, and it introduced me to a level of architecture and concept that I hadn’t experienced before.

Up to that time, I had been doing small projects in Classic ASP with Microsoft Access databases, but the book revealed a completely different world. Slowly but steadily after this change in perspective, my career evolved in this direction.

I’m very interested in CMS history, and I’m trying to analyze the book to identify what has changed in the industry, and what challenges are so transcendent that we’re still struggling with them today.

This book has 1,063 numbered pages (excluding the index), and another 48 pages of front matter, spread among 40 numbered chapters in five parts, along with a foreword, preface, acknowledgements, introduction, and epilogue.

The length of chapters varies considerably, from 7 to 75 pages. I’ll likely split some of the larger chapters up into multiple episodes. There will be additional episodes for the front matter, the epilogue, and hopefully a wrap-up at the end with some lessons learned and comparison to where the industry stands today.

It seems reasonable to estimate that there will be 50 episodes.

Front Matter

Introduction (to the podcast)

Recorded on June 25, 2020. 14 minutes.

Some meta background on what I’m doing, and why I’m doing it. Or, how I found a weird side project during the COVID19 pandemic.

Introduction (to the book)

Recorded on June 26, 2020. 27 minutes.

The introduction chapter, where Bob reflects on the idea of “e-business” and the three reasons for doing content management.

Part 1. What is Content?

Chapter 1. Defining Data, Information, and Content

Recorded on July 15, 2020. 29 minutes.

Pages 3 - 13 (11)

A deep and sometimes confusing discussion of the three concepts in the chapter title. Pour a fresh cup of coffee for this one.

Chapter 2. Content Has Format

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Pages 13 - 19 (7)

Chapter 3. Content Has Structure

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Pages 21 - 29 (9)

Chapter 4. Functionality Is Content, Too!

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Pages 31 - 40 (10)

Chapter 5. But What Is Content Really?

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Pages 41 - 62 (22)

Part 2. What is Content Management?

Chapter 6. Understanding Content Management

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Pages 65 - 83 (19)

Chapter 7. Introducing the Major Parts of a CMS

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Pages 85 - 112 (28)

Chapter 8. Knowing When You Need a CMS

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Pages 113 - 129 (17)

Chapter 9. Component Management versus Composition Management

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Pages 131 - 146 (16)

Chapter 10. The Roots of Content Management

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Pages 147 - 172 (26)

Chapter 11. The Branches of Content Management

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Pages 173 - 198 (26)

Part 3. Doing Content Management Projects

Chapter 12. Doing CM Projects Simply

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Pages 201 - 215 (15)

Chapter 13. Staffing a CMS

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Pages 219 - 241 (23)

Chapter 14. Working Within the Organization

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Pages 243 - 270 (28)

Chapter 15. Getting Ready for a CMS

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Pages 271 - 288 (18)

Chapter 16. Securing a Project Mandate

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Pages 289 - 302 (14)

Chapter 17. Doing Requirements Gathering

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Pages 303 - 313 (11)

Chapter 18. Doing Logical Design

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Pages 316 - 339 (24)

Chapter 19. Selecting Hardware and Software

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Pages 341 - 397 (57)

Chapter 20. Implementing the System

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Pages 399 - 428 (30)

Chapter 21. Rolling Out the System

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Pages 429 - 450 (22)

Part 4. Designing a CMS

Chapter 22. Designing a CMS Simply

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Pages 453 - 458 (6)

Chapter 23. The Wheel of Content Management

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Pages 459 - 489 (31)

Chapter 24. Working with Metadata

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Pages 491 - 515 (25)

Chapter 25. Cataloging Audiences

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Pages 517 - 536 (20)

Chapter 26. Designing Publications

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Pages 537 - 558 (22)

Chapter 27. Designing Content Types

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Pages 559 - 608 (50)

Chapter 28. Accounting for Authors

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Pages 609 - 627 (19)

Chapter 29. Accounting for Acquisition Sources

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Pages 629 - 646 (18)

Chapter 30. Designing Content Access Structures

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Pages 647 - 682 (36)

Chapter 31. Designing Templates

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Pages 683 - 732 (50)

Chapter 32. Designing Personalization

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Pages 733 - 753 (21)

Chapter 33. Designing Workflow and Staffing Models

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Pages 755 - 789 (35)

Part 5. Building a CMS

Chapter 34. Building a CMS Simply

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Pages 794 - 803 (10)

Chapter 35. What Are Content Markup Languages?

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Pages 805 - 819 (15)

Chapter 36. XML and Content Management

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Pages 821 - 843 (23)

Chapter 37. Processing Content

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Pages 845 - 865 (21)

Chapter 38. Building Collection Systems

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Pages 867 - 916 (50)

Chapter 39. Building Management Systems

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Pages 917 - 991 (75)

Chapter 40. Building Publishing Systems

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Pages 993 - 1060 (68)

Closing

Finishing Up, Themes, and What We Learned

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