CIDM eNews

June 2017
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 RIDE Conference will be held June 12, 2017

ideas_lightbulb_color The IDEAS Summer Online Conference will be held July 25-26, 2017. Theme: Seek and Find

The Best Practices Conference will be held September 11-13, 2017 in Burlington, Vermont.

The CMS/DITA Europe Conference will be held October 30-31, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Upcoming Workshops

DITA Basics—Online Course
Wednesdays starting July 12, 2017
12pm-2pm EDT, 6 weeks, 6 sessions

Publishing for DITA
July 17-21, 2017
Denver, Colorado

Advanced Reuse Strategies
November 15-16, 2017
Austin, Texas

CIDM Webinars

Dynamic content delivery—discussing the mandatory methods as we shift to a more user focused model
Presented by Berry Braster, Etteplan
June 8, 2017, 11am EDT

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

Technical Storytelling
Presented by Allie Proff, The Boeing Company
June 13, 2017, 1pm EDT

Why freelance translators can’t survive without technology any more
Presented by Jerzy Czopik, SDL
June 15, 2017, 12pm EDT

Uncovering the Power of Visual Storytelling
Presented by Rachael Amesbury, Shorthand
June 22, 2017, 1pm EDT

The art of conventional and virtual networking—how to get the most from it
Presented by Judy Jenner, Twin Translations
June 27, 2017, 11am EDT

Future-Proofing Your Content
Presented by Sarah O’Keefe, Scriptorium Publishing
July 11, 2017, 1pm EDT


Our next managers’ round table will Tuesday, June 20th at 12pm EDT. To sign-up, contact Lovonya Thomas.

Xeditor Release 4.0

IXIASOFT Celebrates New Subsidiary Opening in Japan

Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC)

More Announcements.

It’s a Social Game

Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services, Inc.

Social media absolutely intrigues me as an introvert. It offers me a way to connect to all sorts of people and establish a huge web of contacts and resources, without actually having to go through the awkwardness of face-to-face interactions. In the comfort of my solitude, I can carry on a variety of conversations, with plenty of time to think through my responses, avoiding those small pleasantries that can be so difficult to navigate.

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Lightweight DITA: What Is It and Can I Use It in the IXIASOFT DITA CMS?

Leigh White, IXIASOFT

One of the biggest obstacles to DITA adoption is its perceived complexity.  As of DITA 1.3, the complete element list has grown to over 600; just the base elements plus the technical content elements total more than 400! That’s a lot of elements for users to learn, although of course, few groups actually use all of them. Any good XML editor can do considerable “handholding” for a writer to guide him or her through the construction of a topic or map by offering a list of only the elements that are valid in the immediate context.

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Striking a Balance: Simplicity vs. Richness in XML Architecture

Autumn Cuellar, Quark Software

Our devices are getting smarter, and developers are finding interesting ways to improve the effectiveness of applications that make our lives easier. For example, we can talk to Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or a range of other personal assistant apps, speaking a request or asking a variety of questions, and receive useful or perhaps intentionally funny responses. We also receive unintentionally funny responses or responses that are not what we are looking for, such as when Siri responded to a request for help with a gambling problem by providing a list of casinos. We are, after all, in the early stages of artificial intelligence. Currently, much of what our computers know still has to be defined by us humans.

Read the article.

June 2017 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents



DITA Production Metrics: Looking at Topic Ratios Keith Schengili-Roberts, IXIASOFT
It’s a Social Game Dawn Stevens, CIDM
2017 Publishing Trends Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services
Connecting with Users to Improve Content Patty Percival Gale, Autodesk, Inc.
Agile Information in the Age of Industry 4.0 Ray Gallon, The Transformation Society
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Welcome New CIDM Member—Xilinx

You may know Xilinx because we invented the FPGA. Or maybe you know us because we turned the semiconductor world upside down and created the fabless model. With over 3500 patents and more than 60 industry firsts, we continue to pioneer new programmable technology putting our customers first. Today Xilinx’s portfolio combines All Programmable devices in the categories of FPGAs, SoCs, and 3DICs, as well as All Programming models, including software-defined development environments. Our products are enabling smart, connected, and differentiated applications driven by 5G Wireless, Embedded Vision, Industrial IoT, and Cloud Computing.

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