While 2005 is marked as the year where RSS came of age, 2006 will mark the dawn of RSCM (Really Simple Content Management) — a new protocol for the standardization of content management. By using an XML based structure CM vendors, content providers and publishers will improve productivity and knowledge management.
The RSCM protocol is a common language spoken by systems that handle content management data, such as news, articles, lists and other standard Website data.. A common language enables computers like the one on your desk to receive information from many different content management systems without being specially “trained” to understand the information from each.
Standards like RSCM exist in many different fields. Sometimes, the standard simply adopts one of many pre-existing languages that everyone agrees to use. For example, air traffic controllers at international airports all speak English, no matter what their native language, so pilots are guaranteed that they need learn only one language to fly anywhere in the world.
RSCM, like many XML standards, is a language that was built for a specific purpose, but the goal is the same: to have all computers that deal with content management, workflow, so that you can use the same desktop computer program with any CM that has adopted RSCM.
For software developers and for providers of CM applications, RSCM means having to write programs to use only one language, the common language of RSCM, in order to work with many different CM systems. This means lower costs, more products, more competition among vendors, and faster implementations of new systems.