CIDM eNews

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

ideas_lightbulb_color The IDEAS Winter Online Conference will be held January 22-23, 2019. Call for Speakers is now open!

The CMS/DITA North America Conference will be held April 15-17, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. Call for Speakers is now open!

Upcoming Workshops

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
November 7-8, 2018
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Developing a User-Centric Content Strategy
December 4-5, 2018
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Information Modeling for Topic-Based Authoring
December 6-7, 2018
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Publishing for DITA—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Thursday
January 31 – April 4, 2019

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
February 4-5, 2019
Wakefield, Massachusetts

Advanced Reuse Strategies
February 6 – 8, 2019
Wakefield, Massachusetts

DITA Basics—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Tuesday
February 26 – April 2, 2019

More Workshops.

CIDM Webinars

Connecting a chatbot to your technical content, beyond the demo. Myth and reality.
October 3, 2018, 12pm ET

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

Studio 2019 feature spotlight: Effortless project management and high quality assured
October 10, 2018, 10am ET


Our next managers’ round table will be Wednesday, October 10th at 2pm EST. To sign-up, contact us.

DCL Newsletter – September/October 2018

Dawn Stevens will be presenting at LavaCon 2018!

DevLearn 2018

Adobe Summit 2019

More Announcements.

The Robots are Coming and Other Highlights from the 2018 Best Practices Conference

Kathy Madison, Comtech Services

Dawn Stevens, CIDM Director, kicked off the 2018 Best Practices Conference by surprising her consultants and the attendees with a fun game of Jeopardy that covered all the important logistics for the event. A good time was had by all and it was a great way to get the energy level up for the keynote speaker, Kurian Tharakan from StrategyPeak.

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2018 Inspire Awards

Kathy Madison, Comtech Services

The Inspire Awards, given out at the Best Practices Conference, seek to recognize information development organizations that have implemented outstanding and successful processes or programs to improve their productivity, quality or reputations. Eight companies submitted their innovations prior to the conference and then had five minutes during the conference to inspire their fellow attendees. The candidates included: Catherine Lyman from MapR, Charles Dowdell an independent consultant, Doris Nagola from Sony Interactive Entertainment, Eeshita Grover from Cisco, Laura Bellamy from VMware, Leticia Guzzetta from Cadence Design, Sylvester Smith from Mastercard on behalf of his co-worker Joe Daugherty, and Tanya Grant from Microsoft.

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The future is decided by your actions today

Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions

Every day we make decisions and take actions. Hundreds of them. Each and every one has an impact on the future. When you make small changes and take small steps you can ease into the future gracefully. You can learn that new tool. You can adopt that new architecture. You can deliver the standard and quality you do now even if you have to go through change.

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DITA enthusiasts should take a look at the newest resources from Scriptorium.

Scriptorium has developed a new LearningDITA online course: The Learning and Training specialization. The free course introduces the main components of the specialization and its use cases in instructional materials.

Scriptorium also has a new white paper called “The DITA business case: Maximizing content value.” It outlines the business justifications for investing in DITA as a foundation for content management.

For a more in-depth LearningDITA experience, sign up for the free online conference: LearningDITA Live 2019. If you have any successful (or failed) DITA projects that could enlighten the audience, submit a proposal to present during one of the sessions.

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—Polycom

Polycom‘s goal is to help you unleash the power of collaboration by providing a superior user experience, technology that’s easily integrated into your business and the flexibility you need. Polycom is obsessed with creating a simple, superior user experience across every solution and ensuring a consistent and seamless experience for every worker in your organization whether they’re on the go, working at home or in the office. They put the user at the center of everything they do.

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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