Who Wants a Free Content-Management System?: Those of you have been reading this website too long, and too closely, might recall that last year I whined (here, here and then here) about how George Soros should give Evan Williams a million or so to spread the Blogger virus around the world. Well, short of that, a (partially) Soror-funded organization called the Media Development Loan Fund has created the Center for Advanced Media-Prague (CAMP), which has in turn created a new open-source news-publishing/management system called Campsite, which you can now download and use FOR FREE. From the press release:
PRAGUE, Czech Republic, 7 November 2002 – The Center for Advanced Media-Prague (CAMP), a division of the Media Development Loan Fund, today announced the release of Version 2.1 of its free, open-source CAMPSITE content-management system for media organizations. Free downloads are available at http://www.campware.org.My great pal Doug Arellanes is head of R&D over at CAMP (and yes, he reports, they do all wear feather boas to work) ... and he will gladly answer your questions, while hopefully correcting anything I've gotten wrong here. Posted by at November 10, 2002 11:06 PM
CAMPSITE 2.1 enables media organizations to create full-featured, powerful news web sites at a fraction of the cost of either existing commercial content-management systems or custom-built solutions.
"We created CAMPSITE with journalists in mind," said Sava Tatic, CAMP's managing director and leader of the CAMPSITE development effort. "Version 2.1 not only allows journalists to publish content in their native language quickly and easily without daily involvement of webmasters, but it also gives them the opportunity to interact with the software in their native language."
CAMPSITE is based on Unicode and allows journalists to input their articles in any language and any character set (including Cyrillic, Arabic, and Hebrew). Its Java-based near-WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) text editor is similar to the widely used desktop word processors and features intuitive link creation and inclusion of images.