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Implementing Reason CMS with Small Teams and Small Budgets

APS3 Applications and Standards Track



Many people think that implementing a full-featured Web content management system (CMS) requires a huge team, deep pockets, or both. Reason, an open-source CMS developed for higher education, is one remedy for small budgets, small teams, and a growing need for content management.

While commercial CMS acquisitions often involve an outside team and high initial and ongoing costs, Reason provides a lean alternative, with no upfront cost and a friendly developer community. Learn about the experiences of Carleton, Beloit, Luther, and Kalamazoo Colleges. Each school will discuss their Web teams, institutional needs, and CMS selection processes. Attendees will receive a LiveDVD with a functional Reason installation.


Nathan White
Web Application Developer, Carleton College

Nathan White, a graduate of Grinnell College, is a Web application developer at Carleton College, and lead developer of the Reason CMS. Before coming to Carleton he provided training and consulting services on accessible Web development in Portland, Oregon.

Charles Fulton
Computer Support Specialist, Kalamazoo College

Charles Fulton is a computer support specialist at Kalamazoo College, managing the college's PC inventory and several servers. Charles is also a Web developer who maintains numerous in-house applications and supports the college's Moodle and Reason CMS deployments. Charles began working for the college in 2005 after obtaining his BA in modern European history. He is technical support director for the German Studies Association.

Steve Smith
Reason Programmer/Analyst and System Support, Luther College

Steve holds the newly created Reason programmer/analyst and system support position at Luther College. He hopes he can justify a title that long and looks forward to contributing back to Reason as soon as possible.

Melissa Dix
Assistant Director for Web Services, Beloit College

Melissa is the assistant director for Web services at Beloit College and currently works in Information Services & Resources. Prior to working in education, Melissa was a part of the marketing team for Kerry Ingredients North America. Her background also includes six years with Motorola -- managing Web development projects spanning manufacturing, e-commerce, and mobile commerce -- and two years working for Full Audio, an online music startup in Chicago.