Information Management News
Volume 8, Issue 4
April 2008

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

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CIDM News and Events


Hurry and register for Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference 2008 that is going to be held April 7-9. For details, please click here.

News & Events

Author-it Software Corporation’s Paul Trotter Elected to the CMS Pros Board

Author-it Software Corporation, a world leader in software for authoring, content management, publishing, and localization, announced that CEO Paul Trotter has been elected to the 2008-2009 Content Management Professionals (CM Pros) Board of Directors.

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What’s new in Trisoft CMS 3.7

Trisoft NV is proud to announce the release of Trisoft CMS 3.7. This new major release builds upon what was already one of the most powerful content management solutions for technical communication within globally operating enterprises.

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SDL Global Authoring Management System 2008

SDL, announced the release of SDL Global Authoring Management System™ which will help companies improve brand consistency, increase the efficiency of their global authoring process, and reduce time-to-market for global content.

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Inmedius® DITA StormDeveloper v2.0 Released

The full featured, embeddable XML editing solution enables authors to quickly and easily create and edit DITA-compliant content in WYSIWYG mode—regardless of their DITA or XML expertise.

To learn more click here.

The Policies & Procedures Authority

Urgo & Associates has released its 1st issue of The Policies & Procedures Authority, a quarterly newsletter for executives, managers, consultants, performance improvement specialists, instructional designers, policy and procedure analysts, technical writers, or other professionals.

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CM Quicktips, March 2008

Vasont’s newsletter describes four items that will guide you as you look for the right CMS.

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The Arbortext Edition of Introduction to DITA: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture has arrived! Buy your copy today!

When is Minimalism the Best Course?
JoAnn Hackos, PhD, Comtech Services, Inc.

Over the past 10 years, many publications groups have embraced minimalism as the best course of action for their information development. But the questions always comes up—is minimalism the best decision for “our” users? As the argument goes—“Our” users want to know everything about the product. What then can they possibly exclude? Or is the decision about a minimalist approach one based solely on excluding content that users really need?

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JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series to Offer New Workshop
Bill Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

Is your management asking you to reduce documentation costs by leaving stuff out of your manuals? Are you about to risk losing valuable budget and staff? Is management asking you to waste valuable your time analyzing customers and pursuing structured writing and reuse?

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Summary—Wikis: “From Each According to His Knowledge”
Hal Trent, Comtech Services, Inc.

As wikis continue to grow in popularity, their use is broadening and becoming an integral part of the World Wide Web. In Wikis:”From Each According to His Knowledge”, Daniel E. O’Leary examines the current uses of wikis and offers suggestions on how to properly implement wikis. The article summary below highlights the important topics O’Leary discusses in his article.

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Vasont Webinar Series Presents “Getting Management On Board”

A critical part of every content management initiative is the supporting and funding that senior management and key stakeholders must provide. Building a sound business case is your means of gaining that support. Learn how to analyze the political climate in your organization, understand the key business drivers, and construct a successful, business-focused argument for your cause.

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