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Justin Gatewood
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SharePoint CMS / Datatel Active Campus Portal?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Gatewood Mar 19, 2010.

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Justin Gatewood replied to Derek Tonn's discussion Responsive Site Design and Menus (help with my site?)
"-- could be z-index - definitely -- or, you could try setting wmode=opaque or wmode=transparent (or adding ?wmode=transparent or ?wmode=opaque to the end of your URL when testing on iOS to see if that helps the issue) -- perhaps this article will…"
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Justin Gatewood replied to Dan Demmons's discussion Web Editor Policies- when is enough, enough?
"The way that I've handled this type of issue is to have all publishing go through an approval workflow.  (Short answer - no one can publish to the live site - they can only edit and submit changes for 'approval'). Most…"
Oct 31, 2012
Justin Gatewood replied to Bill Denneen's discussion Is analytics a core part of your job? in the group Google Analytics Users
"In my case, analytics is something I look at often, and I use it to steer me in the direction(s) I need to be going with content strategy-based issues, but as an 'official' core part of my job - I would have to say it is not. Unless, of…"
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Justin Gatewood replied to Edward Terry's discussion Datatel folks - Has anyone attempted to make WebAdvisor mobile friendly?
"That would involve making changes to the XSL stylesheets in order for that to work properly (or completely modifying the CSS, which might be a simpler method).   I know Datatel/Ellucian has MOX (Mobile Online Access) but that's for the…"
Aug 14, 2012
Justin Gatewood replied to Ben McCombs's discussion Down to three.
"Hello Ben,   I am the Webmaster for Victor Valley College in Southern California. I've used Drupal and OmniUpdate (plus many others), but I've not used or seen Terminal Four. We've been OmniUpdate customers since…"
Aug 1, 2012
Justin Gatewood commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"The built-in OU Campus Dependency Manager should be able to handle this task for you as you move the site to the new location (modify links, paths in code, etc.) That's a feature that can be turned on by an OU Campus Site Administrator for any…"
Jul 19, 2012
Justin Gatewood commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"There are also directory variables that you can use - so I would really need to know what you're doing when you want to be able to make this selection from a list, as well as where you want the resulting value of your selection to be…"
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Justin Gatewood commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"For example, there is a 'filechooser' property that can be used in a template on OUC that allows you to browse/select from live files/folders based on a starting point (directory/path) that you specify.   Don't know whether or…"
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Justin Gatewood commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"@David - what is the process in which you are engaged during which you want to be able to make this selection from a list? (new page creation, navigation editing, etc.)"
Jul 19, 2012
Justin Gatewood commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Snippets - they are separate from Assets (although, you can use a snippet as an asset if you want), and the content is reusable as well."
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Justin Gatewood commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Include files, Assets (images, code snippets, images, etc.), pulling from XML using XSL, RSS?"
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Justin Gatewood replied to David Floyd's discussion OUC End-user Training in the group OmniUpdate
"I'm a one man shop, and training sessions were become too time-intensive, so I created some instructional videos. 5-step Beginner tutorials: (about 15 mins w/a left menu) 5-step Intermediate tutorials:…"
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"two reports that have greatly helped me are event tracking (which you have to set up, but it is very helpful) and goal funnel visualizations - which can give you tremendous insight as to where site visitors might be dropping out of a pre-defined,…"
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Justin Gatewood replied to Jason Bryner's discussion Documenting our CMS selection process
"Hey Jason.   We have had SharePoint (2007 and now 2010) since first quarter 2010 and have been using OmniUpdate's OU Campus as our CMS since third quarter 2006.   Both are outstanding products, and both fit extremely…"
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Justin Gatewood replied to Carol Sykes's discussion Thinking about purchasing OU Campus for our Institution, got any feedback? in the group OmniUpdate
"As a one-man web department, managing the deluge of web content update requests was something that had to be resolved in a way that met the needs of the various departments and academic areas on-campus.  For me, OU Campus started…"
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OU Campus (OmniUpdate)
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At 11:29am on August 15, 2011, Justin Gatewood said…

Honestly, I have not had the time to move beyond 1-to-1 editing/publishing of static content into developing interactive solutions, although I am seriously exploring an XML export of real-time course catalog/schedule data from our main ERP system to provide a better online class schedule search interface...


I am hoping to have something started in test before the end of this calendar year.


SUNY Stonybrook already did that (using OmniUpdate) and their freshman catalog is now online (using XML/XSL) and is published simultaneously as XHTML and PDF each time it's updated.  It's online at:

At 8:12am on August 12, 2011, Joe Tannian said…

Thanks Justin for looking into that for me!   Have you used other languages , like PHP, JSP or ColdFusion to extend functionality into your web pages?   If so has that been hard or difficult?  Any gotchas?  Thanks again.


At 6:21pm on August 11, 2011, Justin Gatewood said…



As I did not know the complete answer to your question, I inquired of OmniUpdate Support, and they provided the following response:


"In this scenario, (getting content/data) you would not want an API direct to OU Campus. OU Campus is a push system, where content is created and edited on a staging server then pushed to the production server. An outside app that was interested in up to date content would want to get that content/data from the production server to ensure that it was receiving approved content ( not all content on the staging server will be approved or is ready for the live site/production server).

In this case, based on what content/data is desired, we would configure content to be published in a standard consumable data format ( JSON or XML). New pages, content created in OU Campus can produce multiple outputs to the production server (.pdf, JSON, XSML, CSV etc) from one .pcf file. Then a server side language would be used to reference that data on the production server.

Open APIs to OU Campus are on road map , but not necessarily to access content as I mentioned above you want the content that is on the production server. The APIs will allow institutions to perform actions within OU Campus from an external website/webapp.( A mobile app that would allow admins to check in content, or approve pages, create users , etc)."


I hope this provides you with the information you need!



At 4:47pm on August 11, 2011, Joe Tannian said…

Does OmniUpdate let you reference the content stored in it via an API?  IE I have an outside app that wants some standard content stored in CMS but want to reference it directly from CMS so if it gets updated my App will pick up the new content.  

Is it easy to extend with other web programming languages, PHP, Cold Fusion, JSP?

Thanks for your quick prior response.


At 3:51pm on August 11, 2011, Joe Tannian said…


I am new to uwebd and looking for insights into OmniUpdate.  Our university has a home grown CMS and we are planning on replacing it.  Omni is one of the products we are reviewing.  What features do like best that you find really useful and not on most other CMSs?  What are your least favorite things about the product?


Joe Tannian



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