CIDM eNews

January 2018
A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
Dawn Stevens, CIDM Director

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CIDM News and Events


ideas_lightbulb_color The IDEAS Winter Online Conference will be held January 23-24, 2018. Theme: Writing Well

The The CMS/DITA NA Conference will be held April 23-25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado

Upcoming Workshops

Developing a Web and Mobile Content Strategy—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Thursday
February 1, 2018-March 8, 2018

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
February 6-7, 2018
Morrisville, North Carolina

User and Task Analysis for Information Design
February 8-9, 2018
Morrisville, North Carolina

Publishing for DITA—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Thursday
February 21-April 11, 2018

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
March 1-2, 2018
Hyvinkaa, Finland

Advanced Reuse Strategies
March 5-6, 2018
Hyvinkaa, Finland

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
March 12-13, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts

Advanced Reuse Strategies
March 15-16, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts

DITA Basics—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Tuesdays
May 8-June 12, 2018

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Thursday
May 10 – June 14, 2018

CIDM Webinars

The Rise of the SMEs
January 18, 2018, 12pm ESTSay Yes
January 30, 2018, 12pm EST

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

Web Scraping: Science or Art?
January 9, 2018, 1pm EST

Finding Evidence in a Mountain of Data: Leveraging Marklogic to Gain Insight Into Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Data Before and After Legal Proceedings Have Commenced
January 18, 2018

DITA and Content Re-Use Explained to My Boss—How to Get Your Stakeholders’ Buy-In
January 23, 2018, 1pm EST


Our next managers’ round table will be Wednesday, January 10th at 12pm EST. To sign-up, contact Lovonya Thomas.

Ars Logica Names SDL Among Top Three WCM Leaders

AI and Machine Learning to Redefine Content Creation and Delivery

SDL Research Signals Shift in Customer Buying Behavior

More Announcements.

When the Pain of Ignorance Exceeds the Pain of Learning

Tom Johnson,

Users turn to documentation when the pain of their ignorance exceeds the pain of learning. Unfortunately, this is the worst state of mind to try to learn anything in. To address this impatient state of mind, we need to write documentation in simpler, easier to digest ways.

Read the article.

Oh no! There’s a developer in my source code! Harnessing the power of the squad.

Abi Bettle-Shaffer, IBM Corporation

We got core developers to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. It saved our project time and money, and fostered better working relationships.

Read the article.

Will Printed User Manuals Become Extinct?

ClickHelp Team

It is hard to imagine now that people will be ever going back to living thier lives without the Internet. Being offline will soon disappear as a concept. The IOT is about to burst, and this will finally settle ‘being online’ as equal to ‘being alive’.

Read the article.

The 2018 Content Strategies & Publishing Trends Survey is now Open!

Results will be collected until March 1st and presented shortly thereafter.

Take the Survey

Our New Tool for Your Organization—An Information Modeling Aid

Use the DITA Information Modeling Deck to plan your DITA implementation and create your DITA information model. The DITA Deck describes the technical content subset of DITA elements, including the six primary topic types, map and bookmap, common block and inline elements, and metadata elements. Each card contains best practice guidelines to help you choose which elements you need, and the content models to help you further define the element structure most appropriate to your content.Use your sorted and annotated cards as a specification for any necessary constraints development, as well as a quick reference to your information model.

Welcome New CIDM Member—Applied Materials
Applied Materials is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. Our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future.

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

CIDM eNews 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. Please contact our Editor, Lisa Larson with your idea.

CIDM is calling for contributions to the bimonthly publication, Best Practices. Please contact our Editor, Lisa Larson, for more information.

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