What's a Portal?
Campus Pipeline's Definition
Campus Pipeline describes its version
3.0 Web platform as a single source for the four essential elements of
real-time campus unification:
Integration platformuniting disparate campus information
systems into a common, standards-based platform available through
a single sign-on
Unified user management servicesa single location for
managing user data campus-wide
Web application servicesa scalable application set for
creating and deploying new communications, learning, administrative,
community and commerce services
Campus-wide portala Web-based, customizable front end
that makes integrated campus resources available on demand from a
Whatis.com defines an "enterprise information
portal (EIP)" as a concept for a Web site that serves as a single
gateway to a company's information and knowledge base for employees and
possibly for customers, business partners, and the general public as well.
In one model, an EIP is made up of these
elements: access/search, categorization, collaboration, personalization,
expertise and profiling, application integration, and security.
- Access/search: Access/search allows a user to get all the
information needed (but no more) in the desired context. For example,
a loan officer does not need marketing information to approve a loan.
An EIP makes sure the loan officer gets only the information needed.
Categorization: An EIP categorizes all information so that
it is delivered to the user within the context needed (think of the
subject structure on Yahoo)
Collaboration: An EIP allows individuals to collaborate regardless
of geographical location.
Personalization: The information provided to individuals using
an EIP is personalized to that person?s role, preferences, and habits.
Expertise and profiling: Expertise and profiling is essential
for the collaboration element of an EIP. Individuals within an enterprise
are profiled according to their experience and competencies. If an
individual needs to collaborate with others, he can choose those that
are qualified for the project.
Application integration: This allows individuals to deliver,
access, and share information regardless of applications used.
Security: This provides information to users based on security
clearance. The user logs on and is given access only to information
that the user is authorized to access.