Building Block: Content management
Maturity: BETA
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Short Description: Supports the creation, editing, publication and management of digital media and other information.

Full Description: The content management services ICT Building Blocks is used to create and manage digital content. It allows multiple users to create, access and share content in a collaborative environment. This ICT Building Blocks is typically used for enterprise content management (ECM) and web content management (WCM). Content management systems can be software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS).

Other Names: ePublication, Document management

Key Digital Functionalities:

  • Requires user ID and authentication for access control functionalities
  • Allows the administration and moderation of content creation, access and sharing
  • Enables web- or mobile-based user interfaces (UI) for content creation, editing, and managing version control, storage, access and sharing. Commonly known as content management application (CMA)
  • Offers a content delivery application (CDA) that delivers content to users and devices (eg website and mobiles)
  • Provides a content repository, which is a database to store content in digital format
  • Allows for the creation and management of websites by users with limited technical skills
  • Offers digital media converters that convert media according to the storage needs (eg reduce file size) or rendering needs (eg converting audio/video codec) of different access devices

Examples of use in different sectors:

  • Agriculture sector: 
    • Agriculture Wiki (eg Agropedia)
    • Create knowledge banks (eg IRRI Rice Knowledge Bank)
    • Collaborative knowledge sharing platforms, such as Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition
  • Education sector: 
    • Ministry of education content portals that provide curriculum-aligned digital content, lesson plans, and exam papers for download by education communities
  • Health sector: 
    • Preventive care programmes can use these tools to raise awareness and spread information about medicines, diseases, lifestyle disorders, family planning, stress management, etc
    • CME programmes can use this tool to create or publish education and training content for students
    • Digital marketing can use content management services to manage advertisements as well as display and promote health messages, products and services


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