Center for Information-Development Management
Do you need information development help from a group of industry professionals with years of experience in industry best practices? Are you looking for a new way to network with other information developers?
The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) brings together the most highly skilled and talented managers in the field of information development from across the US and internationally to facilitate the sharing of information about current trends, best practices, and developments within the industry, from information development to training and support.
Led by Dr. JoAnn Hackos, an international expert and leader in the management of design, development, and dissemination of information to customers and employees, CIDM
- conducts benchmark studies among member organizations and others in the information development industry
- sponsors information-development and management research
- circulates industry best practices, studies, and other resources through the Best Practices newsletter, the CIDM website, Information Management News, online seminars, annual conferences, and research white papers
- holds three annual conferences to promote networking, best practices, education, and development
An interview with JoAnn Hackos.
Content Development in the Enterprise
By JoAnn Hackos
An effective content strategy rarely ends with the professional information development community. Content has always been developed throughout the enterprise but it rarely has been developed as a coherent strategy. A new set of tools promises to extend format-free, standards-based content development beyond "tech pubs." In this review article, I've reviewed the newest tool set intended to make DITA authoring easy for both professional writers and casual contributors.
DCL and the Center for Information-Development Management Release Results of Survey on Technical Communication Industry Trends
Social media, online platforms, and changing consumer trends are impacting business practices, with time and budget concerns among the major issues.
Read the press release here.
Trends in the Technical Communication Industry 2014
Comparing results from the first annual survey in 2013 to 2014, our biggest surprise, reflecting an emerging industry trend, was the move to HTML publishing. In 2014, 69 percent of respondents reporting publishing content in HTML and delivering the content through a corporate website. In 2013, only 19 percent of respondents reported publishing their content in HTML.
Read the article here.
Incorporating Social Media into a Technical Content Strategy
We wanted to find out more about the advantages social media offers to technical communication teams, the characteristics of successful social media implementations, how to avoid the pitfalls, and the effort that it takes to integrate such a program into an existing organization. So late in 2013, the Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) conducted a study consisting of a survey, interviews, and a review of social media practices.
Find the full study report here.
CIDM Study of User-Generated Content
In late 2013, the Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) conducted a survey of the solicitation, management, and incorporation of technical content developed by customers. User-generated content has become increasingly important to corporations who want to take advantage of the knowledge that customers have about their products, particularly knowledge accumulated from actual field implementations.
Find the full study report here.
Welcome New CIDM MemberEtteplan
Etteplan provides engineering services and technical documentation solutions to the world's leading companies in the manufacturing industry. Our services are geared to improve the competitiveness of our customers' products and engineering processes throughout the product life cycle.
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