From case studies, we found that it is often difficult to easily create multiple presentation modalities of the same content collection. Especially as (multimedia) portfolios continue to become less homogeneous and contain more different types of media, storing, managing and annotating them all with one single system becomes problematic.

tOMS functions as a single back end content management system for portfolios that consist of many different types of content.

tOMS stands for ‘the Object Management System’. tOMS is an open-ended, content type independent, highly versatile content management system. The system is designed to enable its users to easily submit and maintain items in their own portfolio and represent their works in various ways. By separating the database and content management from the representation, users are able to use the system to get the object information into their own representations without having to hardcode their content into their application and having to recode content storage again for every presentation method.