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CIDM Information Management News September 2010: Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

CIDM Conferences

 

Best Practices Conference 2010
September 13-15, 2010
Hampton, Virginia

DITA Europe Conference 2010
November 15-16, 2010
Vienna, Austria

 

Upcoming Workshops

 

Minimalism: Creating Information People Can Use
October 5-6, 2010
Austin, TX

Minimalism is the first step to creating user friendly content that is fully structured. It is designed for anyone faced with manuals that users complain are too big and too detailed—or that aren't used at all.


DITA Boot Camp
October 11-15, 2010
Costa Mesa, CA

This workshop covers the concepts needed to move to DITA successfully. The Boot Camp takes you from the DITA Basics to the skills you'll need to create a specific standard for your industry and your content.


Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2
October 25-26, 2010
Wakefield, MA

In this workshop, you are introduced to the transforms and style sheets necessary to publish DITA documents. You will gain the technical knowledge necessary to structure and style DITA content for delivery to HTML, PDF, and other desirable formats.


DITA Boot Camp
November 1-5, 2010
Cambridge, MA

This workshop covers the concepts needed to move to DITA successfully. The Boot Camp takes you from the DITA Basics to the skills you'll need to create a specific standard for your industry and your content.


DITA: Getting Started
November 2-3, 2010
San Jose, CA

In this workshop, you learn that DITA is a standard for authoring topic-based technical information, that using DITA provides significant business advantages, and that you can get started immediately with the DITA Open Toolkit.


DITA: Getting Started
November 17-18, 2010
Vienna, Austria

In this workshop, you learn that DITA is a standard for authoring topic-based technical information, that using DITA provides significant business advantages, and that you can get started immediately with the DITA Open Toolkit.


Minimalism: Creating Information People Can Use
November 17-18, 2010
Vienna, Austria

Minimalism is the first step to creating user friendly content that is fully structured. It is designed for anyone faced with manuals that users complain are too big and too detailed—or that aren't used at all.


Minimalism: Creating Information People Can Use
December 8-9, 2010
Palo Alto, CA

Minimalism is the first step to creating user friendly content that is fully structured. It is designed for anyone faced with manuals that users complain are too big and too detailed—or that aren't used at all.

 

For more information on these and other workshops, visit the JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series website.

Host a Workshop

Organizations that host a workshop in the JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series receive four registrations for the price of one. Find out how to become a host.

 

Upcoming Webinars

 

DITA for the Common Man

Presented by: Don Day
Date: September 9, 2010, 12pm Eastern

The DITA Content Collaboration project aims to create a walk-up-and-use, wiki-like DITA experience for literally anyone who needs to share their knowledge with others, with the intention of encouraging the widest possible deployment of basic DITA writing capability. Don will discuss the motivations for the project, demonstrate some common scenarios in both corporate and non-business settings, and describe how the project's goals fit into the spectrum of other DITA tools and collaboration methods currently available.

To register for this webinar click here!


Where DITA is Going: DITA 1.2 and Component Content Management

Presented by: Kris Eberlein & Frank Closset, SDL
Date: September 28, 2010, 1pm Eastern

The DITA 1.2 standard is now a reality. If you're wondering what business benefits this new specification might bring, join us for a lively discussion of DITA 1.2 and the challenges implementing it with a Component Content Management system.

To register for this webinar click here!


Ugly DITA Webinar

Presented by: Sheila D'Annunzio, STMicroelectronics & Marc Speyer, Independent
Date: September 30, 2010, 11am Eastern

Sheila and Marc provide valuable insight in how to avoid and overcome problems resulting from the DITA content model, stumbling blocks in content reuse, unexpected print quality issues, adoption resistance, and implementation difficulties.

To register for this webinar click here!


Recorded Webinars

 

DITA vs. Non-Technical Authors: Why and how?

Presented by: Presented by Laurens van den Oever, Xopus BV

This session will show approaches to have non-technical authors directly write DITA content including improving discovery of available tags, preventing abuse of tags for styling, and promotion of inline tagging.

To listen to this recorded webinar click here!


Minimalism: Using fewer words to improve quality and save costs

Presented by: JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc. & Jennifer Beaupre, acrolinx

Learn from Dr. Hackos how you can reduce text and focus it more directly on customer needs. Jennifer Beaupre of acrolinx will show you how reuse can be introduced into the information development process to further decrease development time and cost for organizations.

To listen to this recorded webinar click here!


Never Waste a Good Crisis

Presented by: Daphne Walmer, Medtronic

Layoffs. Unplanned employee turnover. Hiring freezes. Missed deadlines. Looming workloads. Impossible schedules. As painful as crises are, it’s often easier to make needed changes in response to crises than at other times. Learn how one manager got approval to add personnel in the middle of a reduction in force.

To listen to this recorded webinar click here!


XMetaL Secrets: Conditional Text for Any Document Type

Presented by: Tom Magliery, JustSystems

XMetaL Author Enterprise includes some powerful and user-friendly features for working with conditional text:

  • Dialog for assigning conditions to elements in your document
  • Dialog for specifying display colors/highlights for conditional text
  • Dialog for choosing conditions to be applied at publication time
  • Simple XML configuration file for specifying attribute names/values to appear in these dialogs

Out-of-the-box, these features are available only for DITA documents, but they are implemented using an XMetaL subsystem that can handle attribute-based conditional text in any XML document type. For document types other than DITA, the subsystem is not yet fully developed, but there are some partially-tested, undocumented APIs that customizers can use (with caution) to make these features available. View this webinar for a short introduction that includes code examples and current limitations.

To listen to this recorded webinar click here!


The DITA 1.2 Keyref Mechanism: How to Implement the Keyref Mechanism to Increase Content Reuse

Presented by: Hal Trent, Comtech Services, Inc.

In this webinar, Hal Trent of Comtech Services introduces the new DITA 1.2 keyref mechanism and provides possible implementation strategies. The keyref mechanism, along with the conkeyref mechanism, will allow users to easily interchange variable content, build context/content-specific hyperlinks, and solve many of the issues that conref could not solve.

To listen to this recorded webinar click here!


Customizing Your Content with DITA Conditional Text

Presented by: Su-Laine, JustSystems

With XMetaL and DITA, you can create documents customized for various audiences, products, and platforms from a single set of source files. XMetaL includes a sophisticated and easy-to-use set of features for applying consistent tags to conditionalize content, for color-coding conditional text in authoring views, and for generating customized output. In this webinar, we take a close look at how to set up and use conditional text in DITA with XMetaL.

To listen to this recorded webinar click here!


WinANT—Simplifying and Automating DITA Publishing

Presented by: Tony Self, HyperWrite Pty. Ltd.

In this session, WinANT's developer demonstrates this open source tool, and describes the ways it can be "fine-tuned" to streamline DITA publishing.

To listen to this recorded webinar click here!


3D Without the Glasses: Adding Dynamic 3D Images to your Technical Publications

Presented by: Robert Merlo, Right Hemisphere & JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

In this webinar, Robert & JoAnn explored the benefits you can achieve and the costs you can save by working directly with engineering design content. You learn how you can easily create dynamically generated graphics, 2D illustrations, and additional views. The more and better graphics that result help you reduce word-count and the cost of writing, updating, and translation.

To listen to this recorded webinar click here!


Collaborating with Your Customers Using Your Product Documentation

Presented by: Alfred Papallo & Robert Minard, Eurofield Information Solutions

DITA and other CMS management and authoring tools are valuable for the preparation, management and reuse of reference content, but what about the end user? In this FREE webinar, learn how eComPress Publisher can efficiently process and automatically index your reference publications into powerful secure, compressed, encrypted and annotatable productivity tools, that will enable your end users in the field to quickly and securely find what they need, and use this information to seamlessly collaborate with others online, with full access to that knowledge base offline.

To listen to this recorded webinar click here!

 

Other Events

 

CoCreate Virtual Conference 2010
Until October 28, 2010

Best Practices Conference 2010
September 13-15, 2010
Hampton, Virginia

UA Europe 2010
September 16-17, 2010
Stockholm, Sweden

2010 1st International XLIFF Symposium
September 22, 2010
Limerick, Ireland

TRADULEX Conference
October 1-2, 2010
Lisbon, Portugal

Performance Conference 2010
October 12-14, 2010
Las Vegas, Nevada

SDL DITA Fest and Trisoft User Day
October 13, 2010
Santa Clara, California

International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology
October 18-20, 2010
Wisla, Poland

2010 User Conference
October 19-20, 2010
Philadelphia, PA

tcworld Conference 2010
November 3-5, 2010
Wiesbaden, Germany

DITA Europe Conference 2010
November 15-16, 2010
Vienna, Austria

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