CIDM eNews

July 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


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.

CMS/DITA North America Conference
will be held April 23-25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

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

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
August 29-30, 2017
San Jose, California

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

CIDM Webinars

Integrating Markdown Into Your DITA 1.3 Pipeline
Presented by Stanley Doherty, Ph.D., HPE SimpliVity
July 20, 2017, 12pm EDT

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

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

Digital Accessibility and Complying with Section 508
Presented by Mark Gross, DCL
July 18, 2017, 1pm EDT

The Challenge of Getting Discovered
Presented by Brian Trombley, DCL
July 25, 2017, 1pm EDT


Our next managers’ round table will Tuesday, August 8th at 12pm EDT. To sign-up, contact Lovonya Thomas.

IXIASOFT announces a new pricing model for DITA CMS

Simply XML June 2017 Newsletter

DCL June Newsletter

More Announcements.

2017 Publishing Trends

Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services, Inc.

In February 2017, Comtech and DCL conducted the fifth annual publishing trends survey, which examines the content types, development tools, output formats, and delivery mechanisms in use today to see how the industry is changing and to anticipate additional changes over the next few years. This article summarizes the 2017 survey results, and looks at how responses have changed over the years the survey has been conducted.

Read the article.

7 Core Characteristics of Virtual Teams in 2017

Pam Estes Brewer, Ph.D., Mercer University

The web is currently loaded with tips for how to work effectively in virtual (remote) teams. However, core characteristics of virtual teaming, based on research and experience, may be more important than helpful tips. Knowing core characteristics can help you make informed decisions about the strategies that best fit your teams’ goals in your environment. Some of these characteristics should seem familiar to you, and others may be surprising.

Read the article.

Driving Enterprise Productivity from the Front of the DITA XML Train

Doug Gorman, Simply XML

It is no secret that DITA XML is becoming a popular mark-up architecture for technical content in this new age of content management. It may be a secret that there needs to be a different understanding and paradigm for bringing the promise of this technology to the enterprise at large.

Read the article.

Welcome New CIDM Member—FireEye

FireEye learned that technology alone isn’t enough to combat cyber attackers, which is why our solution takes a three-pronged approach that combines innovative security technologies, world-renowned expertise, and deep threat intelligence capabilities. Unlike other solutions, we address the entire security operations lifecycle — every critical issue before, during and after an attack.

We also understand the challenges and complexities that you face as you try to protect your organization against ever-evolving threats such as a shortage of security experts, inefficient processes complex technologies, and multiple siloed point products. The FireEye security-as-a-service approach simplifies, extends and augments your current security operations so that you can deliver the best security where and when you need it: in the public or private cloud, on premise or hybrid environment, in the network or at the endpoint.

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

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