CIDM eNews

April 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 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.

The Best Practices Conference will be held September 10-12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington

The DITA Europe Conference will be held November 5-6, 2018 in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Upcoming Workshops

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

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
June 5-6, 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Developing a User-Centric Content Strategy
June 7-8, 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Advanced Reuse Strategies
July 10-11, 2018
Strasbourg, France

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
July 12-13, 2018
Strasbourg, France

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
July 19-20, 2018
San Jose, California

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

Developing a Web and Mobile Content Strategy—Online
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Wednesday
August 1-September 5, 2018

More Workshops.

CIDM Webinars

The State of Structured Content Management in 2018—The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
April 5, 2018, 12pm ET

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

State of Education in TC—Panel
April 17, 2018, 1pm ET

Bye Bye, Binders: Training Content Goes Digital
May 15, 2018, 1pm ET

CGM & SVG – Data Exchange Workshop
June 12, 2018, 1pm ET


Our next managers’ round table will be Wednesday, May 9th at 12pm EST. To sign-up, contact Lovonya Thomas.

DCL News – March 2018

Announcing XMetaL® Author Enterprise 13

Tech Comm Monthly – March 2018

More Announcements.

Working with Remote Team Members

Kathy Madison, Comtech Services

The topic of the March CIDM management round table discussion was about managing and working with remote team members. We defined a remote worker as someone who works outside of a traditional office, such as, an employee who works from home, as opposed to a distributed team member who works at a different corporate site. For the most part, our discussion focused on working with remote and part-time telecommuters but many of the management ideas brought forth are also appropriate for working with distributed team members.

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Content Planning, Spreadsheet-Style

Michelle Corbin, IBM

I work as a “content manager” for IBM developerWorks. I am responsible for the “Internet of Things (IoT)” technology topic area. I acquire, develop, copy edit, publish, and curate IoT content by working with external authors as well as internal IBM developer advocates. Content means articles, tutorials, videos, blog posts, and other assorted content types (but mostly those I listed).

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Quality Tracking with GitHub for Docs

Anne Gentle, Docs|Code (used with permission)

A definitive aspect of a docs-like-code philosophy is attention to quality and accuracy. You want the docs to get better and better. You want to know if the docs are out of date compared to tightly-coupled code. You want people to report issues when they see something that needs fixing. The vision is that more readers mean more testers, and those readers and testers should report problems right there on the page.

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April 2018 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents



6 Tips for Repairing Critical Cross-Functional Misalignments Heather Eisenbraun & Sarah Mendez, National Instruments
Learn As if You Want to Live Forever Dawn Stevens, CIDM
Mean Bean—Semantic Metadata with iiRDS
and Caffeine
Mark Schubert, parson AG
Pursuing Strategies and Delegating Tactics Sarah Leritz-Higgins, Mentor Graphics Corporation
Getting to Yes, And: The Art of Business Improv
Book Review
Anthony Apodaca, Xeditor
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. Please note, the Best Practices contains different and more in-depth articles than the free CIDM eNews.

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—OSIsoft

At OSIsoft, supporting our customers’ journey to operational excellence is at the core of everything we do. It’s why we’ve grown from a data historian software startup in 1980 to a global leader. It’s why we focus solely on delivering a single transformational product—the PI System. And why 90% of our original customers are with us to this day.

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

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