CIDM eNews

February 2019
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 CMS/DITA North America Conference will be held April 15-17, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.

ideas_lightbulb_color The IDEAS Summer Online Conference will be held July 23-24, 2019. Call for Speakers is now open!

The Best Practices Conference will be held September 9-11, 2019.

Upcoming Workshops

Advanced Reuse Strategies
February 18-20, 2019
Athlone, Ireland

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
February 21-22, 2019
Athlone, Ireland

DITA Basics—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Tuesday
February 26-April 2, 2019

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
March 19-20, 2019
San Diego, California

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
March 21-22, 2019
San Diego, California

Developing a User-Centric Content Strategy
April 9-10, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
April 11-12, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland

Developing a User-Centric Content Strategy
May 20-21, 2019
San Jose, Califonia

Information Modeling for Topic-Based Authoring
May 22-23, 2019
San Jose, Califonia

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience—Online
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Thursday from
June 4-July 9, 2019

More Workshops.

CIDM Webinars

The challenge of delivering a truly personalized search experience
March 6, 2019, 12pm ET

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

Dealing with file type compatibility issues – for Project Managers
February 13, 2019, 9am ET


Our next managers’ round table will be Wednesday, February 20th at 2pm ET. To sign-up, contact us.

DCL Newsletter – February 2019

Planning for a DITA Implementation

LearningDITA Live 2019

Adobe Summit 2019

STC Summit 2019

More Announcements.

2019 Survey: Following the Trends—Is your content ready?

Consumers have more avenues than ever before to find the content they need. Are you trying to decipher how content trends are impacting your business? Do you need to respond to a rapidly changing digital marketplace?

Join us to discover how changing content development and delivery requirements are affecting your business today. Learn how others in the information-development community are planning to respond.

Note: when answering the survey, “you” refers to you personally and/or your writing team; it does not refer to your whole company.

You have until March 15, 2019 to complete this survey and enter to win a $100 American Express Gift Card.

Thank you for your help and interest.

Take the survey today!

Round Table Highlights: Technical Publications in the age of YouTube Videos

Sabine Ocker, Comtech Services

1.3 billion users of YouTube upload 300 hours of video every minute to be viewed by 30 million daily visitors, making YouTube the most successful video platform to date, and growing year over year.

Technical Product Documentation users definitively want videos and other visual learning content. The 2018 CIDM Content Trends survey, to which more than 360 participant organizations contributed, showed that 49.47% of them reported a demand for videos from their users.

Read the article.

Pop Goes My Culture

Andrea Stevens, Comtech Services

I am Wonder Woman. Now, this isn’t a Tony Stark-esque declaration of my superhero identity because despite the fact that I am a woman with dark brown hair who stands at six feet tall, I am only lightly and often situationally athletic. However, in the summers, I work in a sort of modern-day version of Themyscira: I work for a company entirely comprised of women who do mighty and amazing things with limited numbers. If you didn’t know how small this company was, you’d think it has easily double the number of people with as much as they are able to accomplish.

Read the article.

How to Write Effectively for Translation

Sean Patrick Hopwood, Day Translations

Translation deals with written content and it is important to write effectively with translation in mind. It is an ideal situation and while it is a vital issue, translators cannot control how the original source is written.

Read the article.

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—Guidewire Software

Guidewire InsurancePlatform™ is the P&C industry platform that unifies software, services, and partner ecosystem to power our customers’ business. InsurancePlatform provides the standard upon which insurers can optimize their operations, increase engagement, drive smart decisions, innovate quickly, and simplify IT.

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 Susie Christmas with your idea.

CIDM is calling for contributions to the bimonthly publication, Best Practices. Please contact Susie Christmas for more information.

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