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Day: January 24, 2006

New York State Agencies Present Results from UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government’s XML Testbed

Five New York State agencies presented the lessons learned and benefits gained from their participation in the Center for Technology in Government’s (CTG) XML Testbed. The Testbed served to assist New York State agencies in examining the benefits as well as the challenges of Web site management using the emerging technology of XML. The Testbed was undertaken in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER), the Office of the Chief Information Officer
(OCIO), and the Office for Technology (OFT). Beginning in the summer of 2005, five New York State agencies were selected to take part in CTG’s XML Testbed and underwent six months of intensive hands-on training and workshops, which led to an XML-based Web site prototype and a business case analysis for each agency. The five participating agencies are the NYS Department of Civil Service, NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal, NYS Higher Education Services Corporation, NYS Office of Cultural Education, State Education Department and NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. In the second phase of the Testbed, CTG will examine the Testbed activities and the agency results to produce a set of practical guidelines and case studies that draw on the experiences of Testbed participants to provide guidance for others trying to improve the management, performance, and value of their Web sites. In addition, the Testbed will produce a sharable library of XML technical resources to be made available in the spring of 2006. More information on the XML Testbed Project can be found at:

Meadows Publishing Solutions Release MPS Index Builder for Catalog Indexes

Meadows Publishing Solutions (MPS) announced that they have released MPS Index Builder, a software module for QuarkXPress users that creates catalog indexes. Using the new software, catalog publishers can reduce the production time of creating a catalog index from hours to minutes. MPS Index Builder, compatible with QuarkXPress 6.5, is now available from MPS and its distributors. MPS Index Builder was designed for catalog-specific workflows. Index entries can be entered by hand at any time, or imported from a tab-separated text file. In addition, AutoPrice users can also extract SKU information to include in the final index. You can import existing indexes, make changes, and start tagging for the future. Index entries can also be saved, exported and shared by any other workstation. Included is a built-in batch processing feature that will process any number of individual QuarkXPress documents in a single session.

New Gilbane Government Conference with CMS Watch

As Tony over at CMS Watch says, he has been nagging us for a long time to do a conference in Washington DC focused on content technologies for federal government applications. Tony got his wish but only by agreeing to help!

Our new conference will be at the Reagan Building, June 13 -15, 2006, and is being produced in conjunction with CMS Watch with Tony as the conference chair. We’ve done a fair bit of work for the government over the years and are looking forward to doing more in DC, and to working with Tony on the event. There is a call for papers, and the deadline for submissions is February 28, 2006.

New Gilbane Conference on Content Technologies for Government

For Immediate Release:

New Gilbane Conference on Content Technologies for Government Set to Take Place June 13-15, 2006 in Washington D.C.

Produced Together with CMS Watch, the Event will Provide Government and Industry Leaders a Forum to Share Best Practices and Latest Techniques in Managing Enterprise Content; Call for Papers Due February 28th 

Welz & Weisel Communications
Evan Weisel, 703-323-6006
Cell: 703-628-5754

Cambridge, MA, January 24, 2006. The Gilbane Report, Lighthouse Seminars and CMS Watch today announced the launch of The Gilbane Conference on Content Technologies for Government, taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. June 13-15, 2006. Modeled after the overwhelming success of its Boston and San Francisco events, this end-user driven event will offer attendees real-world, actionable advice for managing enterprise content to meet today’s Federal requirements. Information is available at:

At the Content Technologies for Government Conference, topics covered will include:

  • Enterprise content management technologies, business applications, and solutions
  • How to get your content management project funded
  • Content technologies and 508 compliance
  • New standards in content interoperability
  • Enterprise architecture and enterprise content management
  • Latest enterprise search and text-mining technologies: beyond the hype
  • Comparative approaches for using XML to manage authoritative content
  • How different agencies have successfully implemented records management solutions
  • Comparative approaches to e-mail archiving
  • Role of new media technologies – blogs, wikis, and RSS – in public agencies
  • Best practices in content governance and web operations management
  • The future of the federal government Web

In addition to two days of conference sessions, attendees can participate in introductory tutorials on key topics.

The call for papers is now available at: The deadline to submit speaking abstracts is Tuesday, February 28th. An advisory board of leading federal and industry experts will shape the final program.

“Worldwide, the volume of digital content doubles every three years. The ubiquitous management difficulties this presents have become particularly acute for the Federal government. Federal websites, file systems, and e-mail repositories are bulging with content at a time when managers face unprecedented demands to share information across agencies and with business and citizens. This conference will offer attendees access to industry analysts that study and report on the latest content management technologies on a daily basis as well as government users of content management solutions who will impart what works and what does not work for them,” said Tony Byrne, CMS Watch founder and Conference Chair.

“We are very pleased to be working with our colleagues at CMS Watch on our newest event,” said Frank Gilbane, Managing Director, Lighthouse Seminars. “Tony Byrne is one of the most highly respected leaders in the content management industry. Tony and his team are tracking Federal government content management needs closely, and will help us meet the rapidly growing demand from government IT and business managers for high quality information about content management technologies.”

For more information about attending or exhibiting contact:

About CMS Watch 
CMS Watch(tm) is an independent source of analysis and advice on content management and enterprise search. In addition to the freely-available articles on its website, CMS Watch publishes vendor-neutral technology reports that provide independent analysis and practical advice regarding web content management, records management, and enterprise search, and portal solutions. These reports help sort out the complex landscape of potential solutions so that project teams can minimize the time and effort to identify and evaluate technologies suited to their particular requirements. For more information, visit

About Bluebill Advisors, The Gilbane Report 
Bluebill Advisors, Inc. serves the content management community with publications, conferences and consulting services. The Gilbane Report administers the Content Technology Works(TM) case study program disseminating best practices with partners Software AG (TECdax:SOW), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Artesia Digital Media, a Division of Open Text, Astoria Software, ClearStory Systems (OTCBB:INSS), Context Media (Oracle, NASDAQ:ORCL), Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Idiom, Mark Logic, Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEX), SDL International (London Stock Exchange:SDL), Vasont Systems, Vignette (NASDAQ:VGN), and WebSideStory (NASDAQ:WSSI).

About Lighthouse Seminars 
Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and “content technologies” in particular. These include content management of all types, digital asset management, document management, web content management, enterprise portals, enterprise search, web and multi-channel publishing, electronic forms, authoring, content and information integration, information architecture, and e-catalogs.


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