CIDM eNews

June 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 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 RIDE Conference will be held September 26, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario

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

Upcoming Workshops

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

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

Maturing Your Information Development Processes
July 17-18, 2018
San Jose, California

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-September 6, 2018

Developing a User-Centric Content Strategy
August 6-7, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

Advanced Reuse Strategies
August 9-10
Chicago, Illinois

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
September 6-7, 2018
Seattle, Washington

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

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
September 27-28, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
October 9-10, 2018
Dallas, Texas

Maturing Your Information Development Processes
October 11-12, 2018
Dallas, Texas

More Workshops.

CIDM Webinars

More webinars coming soon!

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

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

Creating Profitable Products Based on Difference and Change
June 26, 2018, 1pm ET


Our next managers’ round table will be Wednesday, July 11th at 12pm EST. To sign-up, contact us.

Dawn Stevens will be presenting at LavaCon 2018!

TCUK 2018

Adobe Summit 2019

DCL News – May 2018

Tech Comm Monthy by Adobe – May 2018

More Announcements.

CIDM Members provide Management Tips

Kathy Madison, Comtech Services

During the May CIDM management round table discussion, members raised questions and shared advice on management practices and leadership qualities. Here are some of the highlights of the conversation that you might consider adopting in your own organization.

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Upload your content from oXygen to Fluid Topics in one click

Fabrice Lacroix, Fluid Topics

oXygen is one of the most popular tools for authoring structured content, particularly in the DITA community. With the support of Syncro Soft—the company behind oXygen—we have developed a plug-in that allows oXygen enthusiasts to publish content in one click, directly from the oXygen interface to Fluid Topics.

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Three Best Practices for Better Translation Results

Susie Winn, Author-IT

One of the greatest benefits of using a translation memory system (TMS) is reuse; translate your content once into multiple languages and then leverage that asset for other projects later. If you’re already using a TMS, you know that these tools offer sophisticated functionality: you set the parameters to factor context into the word matching, program custom segmentation, conduct quality checks on the translation, and so on, and the TMS does the work.

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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—MapR

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s leading data platform for AI and Analytics, enables enterprises to inject analytics into their business processes to increase revenue, reduce costs, and mitigate risks. MapR addresses the data complexities of high-scale and mission critical distributed processing from the cloud to the edge, IoT analytics, and container persistence. Global 2000 enterprises trust the MapR Data Platform to help them solve their most complex AI and analytics challenges. AmazonCiscoGoogleMicrosoft and SAP are part of the global MapR partner ecosystem.

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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