HighEdWeb2008 Conference: Infinite Solutions

Session Details

Reason CMS: Open Source Content Management for Higher Education

PST20 Poster Sessions Track

Plaster Student Union Ballroom


Reason Content Management System (CMS) is an open-source project initiated by Carleton College with the goal of a semantic, maintainable, extensible Web publishing platform for higher education. During this poster session, we will use Reason to build an entire website from scratch, including a blog, podcast, slideshow, events calendar, and more. While building the site, we will present the continued evolution of Reason, and talk about recent developments, including enhanced database-backed forms, granular and dynamic permissions, a classified module, a caching engine, blogging improvements, and more. We will answer questions people might have about joining the community of institutions using Reason to power their Web presences, showcase schools already using Reason, and provide information about future plans for the system.


Nathan White
Web 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.

Matt Ryan
Web Designer, Carleton College

Matt Ryan is a Web designer and information architect at Carleton College. His interests include usability research, accessibility, standards, and the semantic Web. Before his current position he was a graphic designer for Carleton and for a variety of freelance clients. If you want an earful from him, start a conversation about fonts.