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Information Management News
August 2014

A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, CIDM Director
http://www.infomanagementcenter.com

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CIDM News and Events

For a complete Calendar of Events, click on these links:

Conferences

Workshops

Webinars

Other Events


Conferences

The Best Practices Conference 2014 will be held September 22-24 in Stevenson, Washington. For more information click here.

The CMS/DITA Europe Conference 2014 will be held November 18-19 in Munich, Germany. For more information click here.

Upcoming Workshops

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
August 12-13, 2014
Toronto, Ontario

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.


User and Task Analysis for Information Design
August 14-15, 2014
Toronto, Ontario

This workshop focuses on practical techniques to learn about your users, their goals, and their work, and create a model that will serve as a decision-making tool throughout the life-cycle of your project or product.


Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
September 29-30, 2014
Seraing, Belgium

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.


Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
October 7-8, 2014
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

This workshop focuses on the Scrum Agile methodology and how documentation departments can adjust to this high-speed development environment.


Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
October 14-15, 2014
Montreal, Quebec

This workshop focuses on the Scrum Agile methodology and how documentation departments can adjust to this high-speed development environment.


Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
December 9-10, 2014
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

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.


Upcoming Webinars

OASIS DITA Webinar: Learn about the new features of DITA 1.3

Presented by OASIS
August 7, 2014, 11am EDT


Adapting Responsive HTML5 Web Design to eLearning: A case study

Presented by John Heinstein & Leslie Magee, Innovatia, Inc.
August 21, 2014, 12pm EDT


Metadata Part 1: Getting to Grips with THE Most Important Aspect of Modern Content

Presented by Nenad Furtula, Bluestream and B. Noz Urbina, Mekon Ltd.
September 16, 2014, 11am EDT


How to Manage Change When Moving to a Component Content Management Strategy

Presented by JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc. & Suzanne Mescan, Vasont Systems
September 16, 2014, 1pm EDT


Developing an Authoring Environment that is both Rigid and Flexible

Presented by Frank Miller, Comtech Services, Inc.
October 16, 2014, 12pm EDT


Metadata Part 2: Metadata and the Future of Content

Presented by Nenad Furtula, Bluestream and B. Noz Urbina, Mekon Ltd.
October 30, 2014, 12pm EDT


Click here for recorded webinars.


Announcements

New DCL & Bowker® Survey on Digital Publishing Industry Trends Shows Publishers Increasingly Concerned About eBook Quality

Data Conversion Laboratory Announces its Collaboration with Elsevier to Enrich Millions of Documents for the Scopus Database

DITA Expert Joins Vasont Systems as Senior Content Analyst

Click here for more announcements.


OASIS DITA Webinar: Learn about the new features of DITA 1.3

Find out what is new and valuable in the upcoming OASIS DITA 1.3 release. Join members of the Technical Committee to learn about the troubleshooting topic, release management, scoped keys, branching, and more. Our speakers are the sponsors of the new features. The Technical Committee is looking forward to the release of DITA 1.3 by the end of 2014. If you’re an experienced DITA user, you’ll want to know what is coming and how it will benefit your organization. If you’re new to DITA, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about how the new features will ensure the success of your implementation project. Register now to attend this complimentary webinar on Thursday, 7 August from 11:00-12:30 PM EDT. Register here:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/905991960


Showcase Your Best Practice

As a valued friend of the CIDM, we invite you to participate in the Best Practices Showcase at the Best Practices conference, September 22-24, 2014. The Showcase will give you a wonderful opportunity to learn about more best practices than we could possibly fit into the sessions.

Click here to submit your showcase. The submission deadline is August 17.


New Faces, New Perspective: New Look at Best Practices 2014
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that many conferences in our field feature the same speakers year after year. We definitely value the contributions of recognized experts, but for 2014 we wanted something new.

Skilled management, especially in the challenging environment we face today, is a necessity. Use this opportunity to increase your own skills and those of your senior team members.

2014 Best Practices, focused on the challenge of change management, features a plethora of new faces, each of whom has a valuable experience with change to contribute to our management paths.

Read the article.


Redefining Organizational Learning (and Documentation)
Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services, Inc.

At the 2014 Learning Solutions conference in Orlando, Florida, eLearning professionals explored how new technologies are changing the way we live, work, play, communicate, and learn. Presentations, centered on the theme of redefining organizational learning, provided insight regarding why both instructor-led and computer-based training programs fail to meet the goal of providing learners with the facts and knowledge required to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

Read the article.


How much does a confused (or unimpressed) customer cost? Why not pay for user experience testing BEFORE ordering the sign or printing the letter?
Ulla de Stricker, de Stricker Associates

In my professional blog at www.destricker.com, I have often commented on the cost of confusion caused by lack of clarity. Having experienced a farcical unclear-signage episode in an airport, I wrote (in http://bit.ly/1paLyl0):

Could it be that information imprecision, vagueness, or ambiguity might cause the organizational equivalent of missed connections and wasted time repeatedly redirecting dazed information seekers? Airports may not engage mystery travelers to examine the clarity of their signage and the instructions employees give, but I believe most enterprises could benefit from such an investigation: Just where and how long is the path through the enterprise or intranet maze when someone needs to find something or someone? How useful is the immediately available information? How often must an inquirer return to an informant for clarification? How much cumulative time is needed to arrive at the correct department, person, or data inventory for proper assistance?

Read the article.


bestpractices
August 2014 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents

Article

Author

Automating DITA Builds
Lightweight Continuous Integration for Documentation Projects

Roger W. Fienhold Sheen, infotexture

Managing Change—How is it like managing addiction?

JoAnn Hackos, CIDM

Managing Embedded Assistance End-to-End with DITA

Marie Girard & Isabelle Murru, IBM Corporation

What You Need to Know About the Math Stack: MathML, DITA, MathJax, HTML5, and EPUB 3

Lauren Wood, Design Science, Inc.

Content Strategy Review

Bill Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

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CIDM E-news Wants To Hear From You

Working on an exciting project? Developed a new strategy? Creating content in new ways? Delivering content in new media? Let us know what interesting developments you’ve been working on. We would love to have a short article from you (1,000 words or so) for the e-newsletter. Our readers would love to know what is working and even what hasn’t. Send a note to CIDM Editor, Lisa Larson, at lisa.larson@comtech-serv.com with your idea.


Welcome New CIDM Member—Ovitas

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Ovitas provides Content Lifecycle Solutions to global clients in Manufacturing, Standards and Compliance, Global Auditing and Accounting, and Healthcare Equipment markets.

Ovitas has changed the way organizations manage the lifecycle of structured content and metadata by bringing Workflow, Business Process, Metadata Management, and Content Publishing and Distribution into their own application tier.

The Ovitas Workflow Portal, MeDaS Metadata Management Services, and Ovitas Publishing Bridge give organizations great flexibility, while dramatically reducing time and cost to implement XML-based content lifecycle solutions.

Learn more about CIDM (Center for Information-Development Management) here.


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