NIH puts automated Web manager to work

NIH's technology center said it has installed new information management software to automatically develop and maintain content for the agency's Web sites without requiring employees to master HTML.

The new Web Content Management System, overseen by the National Institutes of Health's Center for IT, will take over from the CIT technical staff the manual ritual of updating agency Web sites and shedding dead links, while keeping the sites' content consistent.

Specifically, CMS will automate tasks such as page updates without additional Web tools, regular maintenance, Web template development, design and format customization, page archiving, setting page expiration dates and providing access to the NIH portal with the standard network login.

The center is customizing Microsoft Corp.'s Content Management Server software for its CMS program.

It estimates fixed-fee costs at between $15,000 and $25,000 per site, depending on the amount of content and complexity of the site. The center said annual fees will range from $15,000 to $35,000, depending on Web site traffic and additional enhancements or features.

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