CIDM eNews

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

The RIDE Conference will be held December 6, 2017 in Austin Texas.

ideas_lightbulb_color The IDEAS Winter Online Conference will be held January 23-24, 2018. Theme: Writing Well

Call for Speakers is now open!

Upcoming Workshops

Advanced Reuse Strategies
September 19-20, 2017
Durham, North Carolina

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
September 21-22, 2017
Morrisville, North Carolina

DITA Basics
October 3 – November 7, 2017
Online Course

Developing a Web and Mobile Content Strategy
October 18-19, 2017
Colchester, Vermont

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

Applying Agile Management to Information Development
January 10-11, 2018
Wakefield, Massachusetts

CIDM Webinars

Figure Out Who is Using Your Technical Content, How and How Often
September 21, 2017, 11am EDT

DITA Listening Session–Europe Edition
September 27, 2017, 3pm BST

DITA Listening Session–East Coast Edition
September 28, 2017, 12pm EDT

DITA Listening Session–West Coast Edition
September 28, 2017, 12pm PDT

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

Content Audit—Unfolding Secrets
September 19, 2017, 1pm EDT

Identifying Plagiarized Images in Journal Submissions
October 19, 2017, 1pm EDT

Clean and Complete Metadata—A Main Ingredient to the Positive Customer Experience Recipe
November 9, 2017, 1pm EST

The Process Manufacturers Should Follow When Delivering User Manuals in XML
November 14, 2017, 1pm EST

Optimizing your DITA Content Model for Translation
December 12, 2017, 1pm EST


Our next managers’ round table will be Wednesday, October 11th at 12pm EDT. To sign-up, contact Lovonya Thomas.

Adobe DITA World 2017

Etteplan releases HyperSTE 7.5

Bluestream welcomes new EMEA sales and marketing director

More Announcements.

Experts on DITA and e-learning

Amanda Etheridge, WhP

Dawn Stevens, Amber Swope and Dominique Trouche live and breathe DITA. Dawn heads Comtech and CIDM, Amber leads DITA Strategies. Both help companies adopt DITA to create and manage content. Dominique owns WhP, a localization Services Provider specialized in generating multilingual DITA content.

All three believe the time is right for companies to adopt DITA for their e-learning content. In this panel discussion, they talk about how they approach DITA with their clients and narrow in on the projects they have led with e-learning teams.

Read the article.

Fluid Topics breaks technical documentation free from the boundaries of traditional publishing

Yves de Montcheuil, Antidot

Antidot, the search and information access specialist, announced the release of version 3.2 of Fluid Topics, its dynamic delivery platform for technical content.

User guides, technical and reference manuals, and installation and maintenance manuals aren’t merely the documentation of products – they are also tools for organizations to win business, increase customer satisfaction, and build loyalty. And yet, users are often left with the frustrating experience of having to browse thousands of pages of HTML content and peruse dozens of PDF manuals, usually poorly cross-referenced and with extremely limited searching capabilities.

Read the article.

Welcome New CIDM Member—Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division (Mitsubishi Electric) is headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia. Mitsubishi Electric is a leading marketer of Zoned Comfort Solutions™ and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air-conditioning and heating technology in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. In 1982, Mitsubishi Electric introduced its state-of-the-art, ductless air conditioners and heat pumps in North America and later expanded its product line with VRF zoning heat pump systems using INVERTER technology to offer simultaneous cooling and heating capabilities. The division also offers compressors and a full line of air-conditioning accessories.

In addition to cooling and heating products, Mitsubishi Electric US group companies’ principal businesses include semiconductor devices, automotive electrical components, factory automation products and services, elevators and escalators, solar modules, electric utility products and large-scale video displays for stadiums and arenas. Mitsubishi Electric US group companies have roughly 31 locations throughout North America with approximately 4,000 employees.

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