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Sep 20, 2004: CM Professionals Launches

As of about a half hour ago, CM Professionals, a new professional community of practice, is now public. Looks like we might finally have ourselves a content management party! The CM Professionals organization has a web site; the announcement press release follows:

New Content Management Professionals Organization Announced Today

CM Professionals: A Content Management Community of Practice

Media Contact:
Bob Doyle, executive director

Silver Spring MD, September 20, 2004: A group of thirty content management experts from around the world has announced the formation of CM Professionals, an international community of content management professionals whose purpose is to further best practices based on shared experiences of experts and peers.

CM Pros offers a members-only mailing list, a collaborative website, discussion forums, issue-oriented group blogs, knowledge wikis, syndicated web services, a job board, a professional directory and a calendar of face-to-face meeting opportunities.

CM Pros president Bob Boiko, author of the Content Management Bible and director of the University of Washington iSchool CMS Evaluation Lab, says, "As the first group of its kind, CM Pros is a membership organization that enables content management practitioners to share information, practices and strategies. This organization is needed to help move the discipline of content management forward, helping practitioners avoid thepitfalls and costly mistakes made by others."

"We also envision a variety of members-only services, including a newsletter, professional discounts and summit-type gatherings devoid of marketing hype," says Tony Byrne, CMS Watch editor and CM Pros treasurer.

"CM Pros will raise awareness of content management as an essential discipline that builds value, both financial and human, for companies and organizations," says Ann Rockley, author of Managing Enterprise Content and secretary of CM Pros.

CM Professionals will hold its first CM Summit, in conjunction with the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies, Tuesday, November 30, 2004 in Boston, Mass. (U.S.A.).

As CM Professionals grows, Boiko says, "We will work closely with other organizations that share many of our goals. We will coordinate our thinking about recommended standards for best practices with these organizations, and we hope to work closely with graduate schools that are training the next generation of information professionals."

About CM Professionals

CM Professionals is the premier community of practice for people involved with managing content for electronic and other media. CM Professionals collects, develops, organizes and provides access to knowledge about content management through online resources, email interaction and face-to-face summits. By identifying, refining, publicizing and advocating for respected content management practices and models, CM Professionals educates and fosters interaction among content management professionals, enterprise leadership, product vendors and university educators. For more information, please visit the website.

I should mention that, though I'm listed as a founder, I've just been around to answer questions about how similar organizations got started. Kudos to they many volunteers who did the heavy lifting on launching CM Pros!

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Comment: Nick FInck (Sep 20, 2004)

Interesting, I thought this group launched back before March 2004 when their original site launched. Anyway, the new site is a huge improvement and I wish the group best of luck.

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