Information Management News
Volume 7, Issue 8
August 2007

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


Register now to attend Best Practices 2007 to be held September 17–19, in Atlanta, Georgia.

News & Events

JoAnn Hackos’ New Book Information Development: Managing Your Documentation Projects, Portfolio and People is Released.

Information Development: Managing Your Documentation Projects, Portfolio, and People, the new book from JoAnn Hackos, is now available on Amazon!

Best Practices 2007 Bookstore

Get a head start on recommended reading for Best Practices 2007. We’ve asked our speakers and panel participants to recommend books that relate to their upcoming talks or represent best in class writing in information-development.

Visit the Bookstore!

IXIASOFT and Nstein sign OEM agreement to provide advanced CMS solutions to the e–publishing industry

IXIASOFT, a leader in the XML database and search engine marketplace, announced an OEM agreement with Nstein Technologies, a leader in content management solutions for publishers. Under the agreement, IXIASOFT’s TEXTML Server is licensed to Nstein for its Ntelligent Content Management Suite, a comprehensive content management and semantic analysis solution that is unique on the market and geared entirely toward publishers’ specific needs.

Read the full press release.

XyEnterprise releases ContentaView 3.3 and Contenta DITA 1.4

XyEnterprise announces the release of two products— ContentaView, a rich media delivery solution and Contenta DITA, a DITA-based content management system.

Read the ContentaView release.
Read the Contenta DITA release.

Comtech Services DITA User Guide

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

 Only days remain to submit your Best Practice for the Fourth Annual Rare Bird Award

Are you currently engaging in an innovative practice that is pleasing to your customers? Have you instituted an innovative best practice that increases your efficiency and productivity?

Click here to submit your Best Practice for consideration.
The deadline has been extended to August 8th.

Is a Documentation Wiki in your Future?
JoAnn Hackos, PhD
CIDM Director

Day One –

Senior Information Developer: “I just spent four days updating the topics that explain how customers should create a new project. I’ve used three typical customer scenarios as the basis for the discussion, leading the readers through an analysis of their business goals, the selection of the best scenario, and the steps required to put the scenario into place. I think the topics are exactly what our customers have been asking for.”

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More articles

Case Study: Demystifying Open Source Content Management
Peter Dykstra, MetaphorX LLC

Traditionally companies considering Content Management Systems (CMSs) have had no choice but to work with a commercial vendor. A growing number of mature, standards-based open source CMS systems are now available and continue to evolve. This article reviews one company’s experience using the open source Daisy CMS.

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Making Time to Think: A Prerequisite for Topic-based Writing
Jennifer A. Fell, IBM Corporation

Previous issues of this newsletter featured articles about how to help people who are making the transition from linear writing to topic-based writing. Moving from Narrative to Topic-based Writing, Helping the Strugglers: Thoughts About Making the Leap from Linear Books to Linked Topic, and Making the Leap to Topic-based Writing all contained excellent insights and suggestions. As I read each, I found myself cheering, “Yes!” With so many good ideas already put forward, I wondered what unique perspective I could offer.

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Wikinomics: What does it Mean for Technical Communication?
Bill Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

Wikinomics: How Mass Communication Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams is the theme book of the 9th Annual CIDM Best Practices Conference, occurring on September 17, 18, and 19 near Atlanta, Georgia. More than ever, this year’s conference is about new technologies in information development.

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