CIDM eNews

December 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


ideas_lightbulb_color The IDEAS Winter Online Conference will be held January 22-23, 2019.

The CMS/DITA North America Conference will be held April 15-17, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.

Upcoming Workshops

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

Advanced Reuse Strategies
February 18-20, 2019
Athlone, Ireland

Creating an Effective Information Taxonomy
February 21-22, 2019
Athlone, Ireland

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

More Workshops.

CIDM Webinars

More Webinars coming soon.

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

Enterprise Value of Simplified Technical English (STE)
December 6, 2018, 11am ET


Our next managers’ round table will be Wednesday, December 12th at 2pm ET. To sign-up, contact us.

DCL News – December 2018

LearningDITA Live 2019

Adobe Summit 2019

STC Summit 2019

More Announcements.

Employee Development and Satisfaction

Kathy Madison, Comtech Services

Internet research shows that seventy-nine percent of businesses worldwide believe they have a significant retention and engagement problem with their employees; ninety-one percent of millennials expect to stay in a job for fewer than 3 years and a lack of future career opportunities is the number one reason why people quit their jobs. It’s because of statistics like these that we decided to focus the November CIDM managers roundtable discussion on best practices associated with employee development and satisfaction.

Read the article.

Selecting the Best Technology to Support your Content Reuse Strategy

Lisa Pietrangeli, 36Software

Selecting a new technology isn’t easy.

It can be overwhelming to figure out what type of technology solution your company needs, which often leads to inaction. Companies today realize that they need to take advantage of content reuse in order to save time, save money, and generate higher quality documentation.

Read the article.

How the IoT will Transform Technical Illustration

Jeff Coon, PTC

If you haven’t read PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann and Harvard University Professor Michael E. Porter’s article on augmented reality (AR), it contains some very compelling examples of how the technology impacts the day-to-day lives of service technicians.

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—AIR Worldwide

It began with one small office in Boston and a vision. AIR pioneered the catastrophe modeling industry, creating the tools that changed how people think about risk management. Today, AIR has nine offices around the globe and is expanding our technology every day to make individuals, businesses, and societies more resilient. More than 400 organizations rely on AIR’s models, software, and services to manage their risk from natural catastrophes, terrorism, cyber attacks, and pandemics. AIR is part of the Verisk Analytics family of companies, a leading data analytics provider.

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

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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.

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