Thursday, July 22, 2010

SharePoint 2010 CMIS Connector

To enable content management interoperability between different CMS repositories, the OASIS organization defined the Content Management Interoperability Standard specification. Although a.o. Microsoft played a major role in the OASIS working group defining this proposed standard, up to now it did not provide a concrete and product-ready implementation of the CMIS specification for SharePoint 2007. There is only a reference/example implementation available on MSDN, with code download.
Apparently Microsoft decided to wait with active support of the CMIS specification for the next SharePoint version. For SharePoint Server 2010 Microsoft now packages a CMIS connector as part of the Administration Toolkit v1.0. The CMIS Connector for SharePoint provides a CMIS (Content Management Interoperability Services) interface over the top of SharePoint as well as a CMIS consumer Web Part that can be used to display content from other CMIS enabled repositories. [source: Microsoft SharePoint Teamblog] Or stated otherwise: via this CMIS Connector, SharePoint Server 2010 can both function as CMIS consumer of content stored in external repositories, and as CMIS producer of content stored within SharePoint lists and libraries.
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