Information Management News
Volume 6, Issue 4
April 2006

A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, CIDM Director

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News & Events

Comtech Services Releases DITA User Guide

We are accepting orders forIntroduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. Pre-order your copy today!

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.

OASIS Launches DITA Focus Area

Read more on this new web site that enables the DITA community to share information on DITA Publishing Standard.

JoAnn Hackos and Jen Linton to speak at X-Pubs 2006

For information on these presentations and discounts offered at X-Pubs 2006, read the announcement.

PTC/USER World Event Registration Open

Registration is now available for the PTC/USER World Event on June 4–7. For more information, visit the event web site.

JoAnn Hackos and IBM’s Dave Schell to speak at LISA Forum Asia

Visit LISA’s web site for more information on this event.

Upcoming Workshops

CIDM sponsors the following workshops:

Managing Your Documentation Projects
Bill Hackos, PhD,
April 25–26
Burlington, MA

XML For Writers
Kylene Bruski,
May 16–17
Altamonte Springs, FL

Minimalism: Creating Manuals That People Can Use
JoAnn Hackos, PhD,
May 17–18
Hillsboro, OR

DITA: Getting Started
Jen Linton,
May 17–18
Austin, TX

XML For Writers
Kylene Bruski,
May 31–June 1
Toronto, ON

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

Vendor Announcements

Vasont Provides Standard DITA Setup

Read the announcement from Vasont Systems.

Content Management Strategies Conference a Resounding Success
JoAnn Hackos, PhD
CIDM Director

A record number of more than 300 people attended the 8th annual CIDM Content Management Strategies conference in San Francisco, California. The enthusiasm and excitement was contagious. So many of the people I spoke to mentioned a change in the air. Content management seems to be tipping, spurred by the overwhelming interest in the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) as a new standard for the development of technical content.

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More articles

Swimlane Process Mapping 101—Building a Process
Vesa Purho, Nokia

In my previous articles, I have introduced you to the basic concepts and building blocks of a swimlane process map. In this article, I will go through a simple example of creating a process map. I will lead you through the method I usually use when starting to create a new map. Naturally, there are other ways of doing the mapping depending on your personal preferences and your company’s general methodologies.

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Evolution, Design, and Information Development
Bill Hackos, Comtech Services

Recently, I’ve been very interested in the process of natural selection and evolution and the controversy between natural selection and intelligent design. First, I’d like to say that I am strongly on the side of natural selection. However, the controversy has shed light on the issue of how all design is accomplished.

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