CIDM eNews

July 2016
A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, CIDM Director

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CIDM News and Events


ideas_lightbulb_color The IDEAS Summer Online Conference will be held July 19-20, 2016. Theme: Agile for Information Development

bp_2016_squareThe Best Practices 2016 Conference will be held September 12-14 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Theme: Maximizing Value-Reducing Waste: Moving to Leaner Practices, Processes and Information Procducts

DE The CMS/DITA Europe 2016 Conference will be held November 14-15 in Munich, Germany. Call for Speakers is Now Open!

Upcoming Workshops

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience—Early Session (online course)
Wednesdays starting August 3, 2016
(6 weeks, 6 sessions)
9 – 11am EDT

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience—Midday Session (online course)
Wednesdays starting August 3, 2016
(6 weeks, 6 sessions)
1 – 3pm EDT

Content Management Strategies (online course)
Tuesday & Thursday starting August 16, 2016 (3 weeks, 6 sessions)
1 – 3pm EDT

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
October 19-20, 2016
Lowell, Massachusetts

Upcoming CIDM Webinars

Going “The Last Mile”: Delivering DITA Content to Mobile Devices
Presentend by Dan Dube, Compass Behavior & André Dubé, Cognilore
July 27, 2016, 11:30am EDT

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

Translation Management: “Common Sense” for Setting Up a Process
Presented by Scott Carothers, Kinetic theTechnology Agency
July 12, 2016, 1pm EDT

A Tale of Two Formats; Creating content with Word and DITA XML simultaneously | Varian Medical Systems
Presented by Catherine Long & Rich Perry, Varian Medical Systems
July 13, 2016, 12pm EDT

Organizational and Process Impacts in Moving to a Digital-Centric Business Model
Presented by Becky Fadik, SAE International & Brian Trombley, DCL
July 14, 2016, 1pm EDT

Did I Say That Already? Content Reuse, and How You Can Be Smarter About Finding It.
Presented by Mike Gross, DCL
July 26, 2016, 1pm EDT


Join Mekon at SEMANTiCS 2016 in Leipzig

SDL Announces Global Team App on the Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Apps Marketplace

More Announcements.

Can you be too collaborative?

JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

In 2015, Best Practices focused on collaboration, with many speakers extoling the value of increased collaboration, especially with other parts of the organization. We did not look at the danger of too much collaboration.

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5 Years, 5 Lessons—DITA, a personal take

Richard Forster, Information Architect & Documentation Specialist

After 5 years of building and managing a DITA infrastructure for technical publications in a global MedTech company, here are my 5 key lessons. Some of them we got right from the beginning, some we learned the hard way—and some we never got around to implement properly…

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Getting to Know Your Customer

Robert Phillips, Lasotell Pty Ltd

Do you know the most spectacular example of an organisation not getting to know its customers and the history-making consequences of that mistake?

Read the article.

Welcome New CIDM Member—PACCAR

paccarPACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services, information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

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

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