UM.SiteMaker is a web-based program, originated at the University of Michigan, that lets non-technical people make highly customized websites and web-databases. It is very flexible, and has been used to make sites that serve a wide variety of purposes, including:
|Administrative Information||Editorial Management||Faculty or Lab Groups||Journal Clubs|
|Portfolios||Professional Development||Public Service||Research Projects|
|Research Resources||Scholarly Conferences||Student Organizations||Student Projects|
In addition, UM.SiteMaker is specifically designed to distribute administrative control and responsibility to people in Schools, Colleges, Departments, Centers, etc., in contrast to many other systems that are administered centrally. This empowers local staff, who are usually most closely attuned to their users' needs.
UM.SiteMaker was developed jointly by the University of Michigan and Global Village Consulting (Vancouver, BC), who maintain the generic version of the program under the name GVC.SiteMaker The source code and executable files are available from SourceForge, under the Educational Community License. It was recognized by Campus Technology magazine as the winner of its 2006 Innovators Award, in the area of "the Web".