CIDM eNews

November/December 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 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

The The CMS/DITA NA Conference will be held April 23-25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado

Call for Speakers is now open!

Upcoming Workshops

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
December 7-8, 2017
Austin, TexasApplying Agile Management to Information Development
January 10-11, 2018
Wakefield, Massachusetts

Developing a Web and Mobile Content Strategy—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Thursday
February 1, 2018-March 8, 2018

Publishing for DITA—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Wednesday
February 21-April 11, 2018

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
March 1-2, 2018
Hyvinkaa, Finland

Advanced Reuse Strategies
March 5-6, 2018
Hyvinkaa, Finland

DITA Basics—Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Tuesdays
May 8-June 12, 2018

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience —Online Course
Two-hour sessions held weekly, every Thursday
May 10 – June 14, 2018

CIDM Webinars

More webinars coming soon.

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

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

Web Scraping: Science or Art?
January 9, 2018, 1pm EST

DITA and Content Re-Use Explained to My Boss—How to Get Your Stakeholders’ Buy-In
January 23, 2018, 1pm EST


Our next managers’ round table will be Tuesday, December 12th at 12pm EST. To sign-up, contact Lovonya Thomas.

DCL News – November 2017

DCL and ASTM International Make Society and Association Content More Discoverable

More Announcements.

Case Study—Automated Auditing of S1000D Aircraft Manuals

Naveh Greenberg, DCL

It was the largest conversion ever to the S1000D standard, consisting of hundreds of thousands of pages of the OEM manual of an aircraft that the United States Air Force (USAF) uses. It was no surprise that the USAF wanted an independent audit of its first-ever legacy conversion to S1000D—an international specification for the procurement and production of technical publications. For the audit, we customized automated software and tools that were designed to save the USAF a great deal of time and money. It also assured the USAF was receiving the highest possible accuracy and quality.

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There’s No I in Campaign

Marli Mesibov, Mad*Pow

What distinguishes a successful email campaign from a series of emails? A story.

At Mad*Pow, when we talk about user experience we talk about the whole experience. Sometimes the experience is limited to the time a user spends on a web site, but more often the experience begins long before that. It might begin with a phone call, a Google search, a Facebook ad, or an email.

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Has Plain Language Deepened or Ruined Our Delight in Language?

Tom Johnson,

Although technical writers champion plain language, embracing plain language for many years can cripple your ability to use more eloquent language, like that of a literary author or essayist. There isn’t much room for literary play or playful tones in technical documentation. Following the rules of simple language has distorted my ability to read anything that blatantly violates those rules without questioning the author’s word choice and sentence construction

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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—Almon Inc.
From its inception in 1980, Almon, Inc. has forged partnerships with Fortune 500 companies in the agricultural, construction, automotive, and other heavy-equipment industries. From our very first project to the most recent, Almon consistently delivers on this critical requirement: our clients accept nothing less than the best technical content available. For over 35 years, our clients have relied on our ability to deliver accurate technical information to a global audience, and we take pride in the fact that our work is read, used, and relied upon throughout the world.

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 our Editor, Lisa Larson with your idea.

CIDM is calling for contributions to the bimonthly publication, Best Practices. Please contact our Editor, Lisa Larson, for more information.

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