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Information Management News
Volume 9, Issue 12
December 2009

A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, CIDM Director

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CIDM News and Events


The CMS/DITA North America Conference 2010 will be held April 19-21 in Santa Clara, CA. For more information click here.

The Best Practices Conference 2010 will be held September 13-15 in Hampton, VA. For more information click here.

News & Events

Structured Publishing with an Open Source CMS Webinar

Peter Dykstra, MetaphorX LLC, reviews why to use a Content Management System for technical publishing, why to consider open source, and how to use the open source Daisy CMS to support a topic-based information architecture for HTML and PDF book publishing. This webinar will take place December 16, 2009, 11am Eastern.

SDL XySoft’s Second Annual DITA Fest an Important Venue for Sharing Emerging Best Practices

SDL XySoft™, the leading developer of Component Content Management (CCM) and Dynamic Publishing solutions and part of the SDL Group, the leader in Global Information Management (GIM), announced the resounding success of its second annual DITA Fest conference, an important industry venue for sharing emerging best practices and lessons learned in the adoption and use of DITA.

IXIASOFT Announces Strategic Partnership with XML-INTL to Streamline Global Content Delivery

By integrating the IXIASOFT DITA CMS with the XML-INTL XTM Suite, IXIASOFT customers will benefit from a fully integrated translation management suite which will further enhance their control over the localization process.

XMetaL Author Enterprise 6.0 and XMetaL Reviewer 6.0

JustSystems, the largest independent software vendor in Japan and a worldwide leader in XML and information management technologies, announced the availability of XMetaL Author Enterprise 6.0 and XMetaL Reviewer 6.0, the latest versions of the company’s collaborative XML structured authoring and document reviewing software tools.

Astoria Software and Announce Translation-Enabled Content Management™ Initiative

Astoria Software, provider of the world’s first and most successful Enterprise solution for SaaS/On-Demand XML Component Content Management, and, the world’s largest privately held localization company with over 1,100 employees in over 50 offices on four continents, have aligned to create the world’s first single, secure and cost-effective solution for managing and localizing XML content.

SDL XySoft Releases Significant New Version of SDL Contenta S1000D Software to Support Issue 4.0

SDL XySoft™, the leading developer of Component Content Management and Dynamic Publishing solutions, and part of the SDL group, the leader in Global Information Management (GIM), today announced a significant new release of its SDL Contenta® CSDB software designed to support the latest version of the S1000D specification—Issue 4.0.

Discovering how the Australian Parliament uses electronic publishing

SDL XySoft™, the leading developer of Component Content Management and Dynamic Publishing solutions, and part of the SDL group, the leader in Global Information Management (GIM), today announced a significant new release of its SDL Contenta® CSDB software designed to support the latest version of the S1000D specification—Issue 4.0.

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CMS/DITA NA Call for Speakers
The Center for Information-Development Management and Dr. JoAnn Hackos announce a call for participation in the upcoming CMS/DITA North America conference to take place April 19-21, 2010, in Santa Clara, California. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please complete the form and submit to Lisa Lambert before December 8, 2009.

DITA Europe 2009: A Measure of DITA’s Maturity
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

DITA Europe, in Munich, Germany for a second year, was exciting, informative, and a measure of the growing maturity of DITA implementations in Europe. Although a good number of the participants were DITA novices, an equal group demonstrated the experience that comes from more lengthy engagement. Speakers presented success stories as well as stories that reflected their frustrations with the DITA model and its implementation.

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More articles

December 2009 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents



The DITA Olympiad
Approaching and Managing a DITA Migration Collaboratively

Kathryn Showers, Symitar Systems, a Jack Henry Company

Adding Customer Partnering to your Information-Development Portfolio

JoAnn Hackos, CIDM

Adapting to Change through an Initiatives Program

Marta Rauch, Oracle Corporation

The Role of the Writer:
Before and After the Shift to Structure

Suzanne Mescan, Vasont Systems

Why CCM is Not a CMS: Or Why You Shouldn’t Confuse a Whale with a Fish

Howard Schwartz, SDL XySoft

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An Investigation Into Standards and Innovation
Part 1 of 6: How modern standards evolved from their farm-dwelling forebears

Laurent Liscia, OASIS

At first glance, standards are the sort of topic that a doctor might prescribe for sleep-deprived patients. That would be a misguided prescription. Not unlike the Harry Potter series, the story of how standards rose to prominence in the most exalted boardrooms and greatest chambers of government involves a battle between Chaos and Order, machinations in secret rooms, and of course quite a bit of wizardry, albeit of the technical sort.

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From Data-Driven to Results-Driven Metrics to Demonstrate Tech Pubs ROI
Chona Shumate, Cymer, Inc.

As companies work with tighter margins and increasing pressure from stakeholders to push for operational efficiency, the importance of being data-driven has become critical. Knowing your numbers is especially critical for technical publication organizations that must continue to demonstrate value and results, lest they become victims of outsourcing because their impact to the bottom line isn’t quantified. Tech Pubs groups have always been challenged to develop meaningful metrics that techcom-illiterate executives can understand and associate with company success.

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DITA Europe 2009
Nolwenn Kerzreho, THOMSON (Thales Services)

New elements and important facts
I was eager to attend the DITA Europe 2009 Conference in Munich, November 16-17. Last year’s conference enabled me, new to the standard, to implement DITA confidently within my customer’s team.

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Now On Sale: e-version ofIntroduction to DITA: A Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture
Finally! An electronic user guide for the popular OASIS DITA standard. If you have been using DITA, or are just joining the DITA community, this book provides you with the information you need to accomplish your goals. Buy the e-version today and download immediately!

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

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