CIDM eNews

July 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

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, 2018
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

Information Modeling for Topic-Based Authoring
October 11-12, 2018
Dallas, Texas

More Workshops.

CIDM Webinars

More webinars coming soon!

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

Spotlight on AdaptiveMT: next generation machine translation
July 10, 2018, 11am 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!

DCL News – June 2018

DevLearn 2018

Adobe Summit 2019

More Announcements.

CIDM Members Define Success

Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services

In preparation for this year’s CIDM member benchmark study on gathering and using metrics, we asked the June roundtable participants to describe how they define and measure their success. Participants divided their criteria and measurements into three categories:

  • Organizational success
  • Team member success
  • Personal success

Read the article.

10 Elements of a Unified Portal

Riley Edmunds, Ingeniux Corporation

For your customers, finding the information they need to make informed, intelligent decisions often means searching across multiple systems with multiple log ins and interfaces. This can lead to frustration and confusion for your customers, and a headache for you as your support costs shoot through the roof because customers are constantly calling for support.

Read the article.

Why and How You Should Create MobileFriendly Technical Illustrations Part One

Originally published at (used with permission)
Jeff Coon, PTC

If a person wants to pull up an interactive 3D animation on your smartphone, there are at least half a dozen apps that could deliver this experience—ThingWorx View being one of them.

Read the article.

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—Precision Content

Precision Content Authoring Solutions Inc. is a full-service solution provider to medium- and large-scale organizations around the globe seeking help to better understand and solve their content challenges. Our core services involve designing and implementing innovative, scalable, and sustainable solutions for authoring, managing, and publishing high-value content.

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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