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Information Management News
December 2011

A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, CIDM Director
http://www.infomanagementcenter.com

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CIDM News and Events

For a complete Calendar of Events, click on these links:

Conferences

Workshops

Webinars

Other Events


Conferences

The CMS/DITA North America Conference 2012 will be held April 23-25 in La Jolla, California. For more information click here.

The Best Practices Conference 2012 will be held September 10-12 in Monterey, California. For more information click here.

Upcoming Workshops

Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2
January 24-25, 2012
San Jose, CA

The Advanced DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.

Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2
January 31-February 1, 2012
Fresh Meadows, NY

The Advanced DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.

Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
February 1-2, 2012
Norcross, GA

In this workshop, we’ll examine the issues involved in creating documentation databases. We’ll discuss the impact of single sourcing on department organization, project management, training, writing style, document control, editing, and translation. We’ll review some of the tools available and look at both their strengths and their shortcomings.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
February 28-29, 2012
Frankfurt, Germany

Minimalism is the first step to creating user friendly content that is fully structured. It is designed for anyone faced with manuals that users complain are too big and too detailed—or that aren’t used at all.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
March 6-7, 2012
Natick, MA

Minimalism is the first step to creating user friendly content that is fully structured. It is designed for anyone faced with manuals that users complain are too big and too detailed—or that aren’t used at all.


Upcoming Webinars

Determining a Successful Roadmap for Dynamic Publishing

JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services & PG Bartlett, Quark
December 14, 2011, 11am EST

DITA Emerging Trends and Best Practices: Practical Solutions for 2012 and Beyond

JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services
December 15, 2011, 1pm EST

The Trifecta of Findability: Content Marketing, Socially-enabled Content, and Search-ready Writing

Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, Joe Pulizzi, Junta42, Eric Doster, iFixit.com & Jennifer Beaupre, Acrolinx
December 9, 2011, 1pm EST

An Introduction to Acrolinx IQ in the cloud

Presented by Acrolinx
December 27, 2011, 11am EST

Click here for recorded webinars.


Announcements

Adobe FrameMaker 10 Users Enjoy Enhanced Productivity with Tighter Integration in Bluestream’s XDocs v3.0

Componize 1.4—The Most Up to Date DITA CMS Available

DCL Restores Masterpiece for Brill

U.S. Medical Device “Total Cost of Content” Estimated at over $1 Billion

Allscripts Deploys the IXIASOFT DITA CMS to Streamline its Documentation Workflow

SDL Announces Product Content Maturity Model for Increased Online Customer Engagement

SDL Extends ‘Predictive Text’ Features and Language Capabilities for Global Technical Communication

Click here for more announcements.


DITA Maturity—Observing the Progress in Managing Content
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

At the DITA Europe 2011 conference, as well as Best Practices 2011, we have observed considerable progress in the way organizations are developing, managing, and delivering content. Much like the CIDM Information Process Maturity Model (IPMM), engagement with content management has moved from a preponderance of immature organizations exploring the possibilities to mature organizations finding new ways to capitalize on their earlier investments.

Read the article.


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 23-25, 2012, in La Jolla, California. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please complete the form and submit to Lisa Lambert before December 14, 2011.

bestpractices
December 2011 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents

Article

Author

Content Curation: Building bridges between web writing and DITA Authoring

Nolwenn Kerzreho, Technicolor IPTV

Learning from Customers—Even if it’s Difficult

JoAnn Hackos, CIDM

Medical Device Industry: Total cost of content

Marc Miller, Crimson Life Sciences

The Death of Technical Publications As We Know It or 9 Strategic Reasons to Move to Live Product Content

Howard Schwartz, SDL

Freescale’s Big IDEA

Bob Beims & Marcos Campos, Freescale Semiconductor

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**Please note that the printed newsletter and the enewsletter do not contain the same content.**


Hear From Attendees Who Participated in the 2011 Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe Conference in Prague—

Jang Graat, JANG Communication
Great Content in a Wonderful Context
Read the article.

Gunthilde Sohn, instinctools GmbH
Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe 2011 in Prague
Read the article.

Erin Freeburger & Doug Gorman, SimplyXML
DITA Europe in the Rear View Mirror
Read the article.

Joe Gollner, Gnostyx Research
Looking Back on CM Strategies/DITA Europe 2011 in Prague
Read the article.

Catriona Mc Hale, Student
CMS/DITA Europe Review
Read the article.

Nicoleta-Oana Diaconu, Globalization Partners International
DITA, Prague and a DTP Specialist
Read the article.

Tom Magliery, JustSystems, Inc.
CMS/DITA Europe 2011
Read the article.

Luc Mastelinck, Scripto
DITA Europe, Prague 2011
Read the article.

Karsten Schrempp, PANTOPIX Gmbh i.G.
DITA Europe 2011 in Prague
Read the article.


Now for Sale:
Introduction to DITA—Second Edition

This new 2011 edition of the bestselling Introduction to DITAincludes DITA 1.2 mechanisms, including keyref, conkeyref, constraint mechanism, and more information to bring DITA users up to date. The tutorial lessons guide you step-by-step through the learning process from developing information topics and maps through content reuse mechanisms and modifying the DITA environment to better meet your needs.

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