CIDM eNews

February 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


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

The IDEAS Summer Online Conference – Judicious Editing will be held July 24-25, 2018. Call for Speakers is now open!

Upcoming Workshops

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
March 12-13, 2018
Boston, MassachusettsAdvanced Reuse Strategies
March 15-16, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts

Developing a User-Centric Content Strategy
April 17-18, 2018
Seattle, Washington

Building an SEO Strategy for Technical Documentation
April 19-20, 2018
Seattle, Washington

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

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

Publishing for DITA—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Thursday
July 19-August 30, 2018

DITA Basics—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Tuesday
September 18-October 23, 2018

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Thursday
September 20–October 25, 2018

CIDM Webinars

You got DITA in my minimalism! You got minimalism in my DITA!
February 26, 2018, 11am ESTUsing Structured XML to Power your Learning Content
February 27, 2018, 1pm ESTDITA Worst Practices
March 15, 2018, 12pm ESTFollowing the Trends: 2018
March 28, 2018, 1pm EST

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars


Connecting STE to IoT
March 8, 2018, 4pm EST

Authoring Standards-Based Intelligent Content the Easy Way with Lightweight DITA
March 27, 2018, 1pm EST


Our next managers’ round table will be Wednesday, February 14th at 12pm EST. To sign-up, contact Lovonya Thomas.

Adobe Summit 2018

Mekon Newsletter – January 2018

The Structured Content Journey

Simply XML Newsletter – January 2018

Tech Comm Monthy – January 2018

1+1=3. When industry leaders work together

More Announcements.

The Vocabulary of GitHub for Documentation

Anne Gentle, Docs|Code (used with permission)

What if you could use GitHub, static site generators, and Continuous Integration and Deployment (CI/CD) for our documentation? I imagine you can track your backlog and get some metrics on the quality with their nice contributor graphs. I bet you could measure “docs drift” to figure out just how behind the docs have gotten. Hey, let’s also get access to the developer playground and fun equipment! Let’s play on the slides and swings while we make cool and beautiful documentation, side-by-side as collaborators.

Read the article.

Unifying Distributed Writing Teams

Kathryn Showers, PlayStation

As a new manager of a technical documentation team, one of the first things I attempted to do was locate a corporate style guide. Wendy, my employee, suggested I reach out to the manager of the copywriters. I did, and he graciously shared his style guide with me. I later learned of another department whose focus is editing and formatting software API documents for game developers. Surely, I thought, there should be transparency and insight across all writing teams within Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).

Read the article.

February 2018 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents



How Content Teams Can Become Machine Learning-Ready Laura Bellamy, VMware, Inc.
The Choices We Make Dawn Stevens, CIDM
Intelligent Information, iiRDS, and DITA
Part I: Introduction to intelligent information
Ulrike Parson, parson AG
DITA Metrics as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Keith Shengili-Roberts, IXIASOFT
Interactive Graphics—Simple and Special(ized) Olivier Keimel, SAP SE
If you are not a CIDM member, you can subscribe to the Best Practices newsletter online. An electronic version of the Best Practices newsletter is $99 USD. An electronic and print version is $129 USD. Please note, the Best Practices contains different and more in-depth articles than the free CIDM eNews.

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—Waters
For fifty years, Waters Corp. has developed innovative analytical science solutions to support customer discoveries, operations, performance, and regulatory compliance. The company designs, manufactures, sells and services ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), chromatography columns and chemistry products, mass spectrometry (MS) systems, thermal analysis and rheometry instruments.

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

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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.

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