Lori Gowin and The Power of Content Types

Lori Gowin was the Featured Speaker for Baltimore SharePoint User Group‘s March meetup.
Her subject was Content Types in SharePoint 2010. There was a packed house for this event, which included BSPUG’s own Eric H’s newborn baby, who I must say, has had perfect attendance since arriving into the world.

Lori’s session went beyond the standard definition of Content Types being a “collection of reusable settings” and guided the audience along a mix of demo and explanation of real-world samples and best practices.
I thought it was especially helpful to reference the Planning of Content Types and provide the Microsoft Content Types Planning Worksheet.

Content Type Considerations

**To fully grasp the power of Content Types through demos and other examples, course delivery must be prepared in extended session formats of workshops, hands-on labs, or half day session.
** I’ve come to find Content Types to be a subject where there is a literally a “Light Bulb Just Came On” moment when audiences realize that they’ve been using Content Types in lists and libraries all along and now see how they can extend this capability using custom Content Types and enforcing metadata.
**Content Types such as Document Sets can have an impact on Site architecture and provisioning if properly leveraged. How many Admins have provisioned sites for Departments due to a “need to collaborate on documents?” Leveraging Document Sets, this capability is provided and unique permissions, workflows, and Content Organizer rules can be configured to route to destination libraries for archiving.
What are Document Sets? (Reference)
**PowerShell can be leveraged to script and deploy entire SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture requirements via content types (view reference) or can be written in C# using the SPContentType class

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