ABC looking to ramp up website CMS migration

National broadcaster looking for change management service provider to oversee migration of news, unleashed and radio national websites to new system

The ABC is looking to ramp up the migration of its Unleashed, News Online and Radio National websites to a new content management system (CMS).

In August the national broadcaster signed a deal with NCS Australia to provide and implement the CoreMedia CMS after using a custom system called Wallace’ Wallace since 1997.

ABC documents state the organisation wanted a new CMS to “better enable the provision of online news and support competition in the online environment through provision of new services”.

As such it signed the agreement with NCS but is now looking for an additional company to provide “change management services”, which includes overseeing the migration of the websites to the new CMS and training for ABC staff to ensure they are able to eventually migrate the entire site.

The ABC has opened up an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process that closes on January 28, 2010, to find a provider. A shortlist is expected to be created by the end of February with work on the migration possibly commencing shortly after.

See a slideshow of the ABC’s analogue to digital heritage.

Earlier this year, the ABC launched three new socially networked digital radio websites — ABC Dig Music, ABC Jazz and ABC Country — which aggregate content from several different sources, including MusicBrainz, YouTube, and Wikipedia. It is not only a new approach for a content-rich organisation such as the ABC, it illustrates the possibilities of Semantic Web technology.

The ABC websites, along with the Prime Minister's new site, are all based on the open source content management system (CMS), Drupal, which continues to gain popularity both locally and internationally despite shortcomings.

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