Information Management News
Volume 7, Issue 2
February 2007

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

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CIDM Calendar of Events

News & Events

Vasont Webinar Series

Packing Your Content Neatly into DITA
Presented by: Dr. JoAnn Hackos, President of Comtech Services and Mary Hush, Applications Engineer for Vasont Systems
February 7, 2007
10am PST | 1pm EST

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JoAnn Hackos’ New BookInformation Development: Managing Your Documentation Projects, Portfolio and People is Released.

Information Development: Managing Your Documentation Projects, Portfolio, and People, the new book from JoAnn Hackos, is now available on Amazon! Read the press release here

OASIS Symposium 2007

Dr. JoAnn Hackos to speak at the 2007 OASIS Symposium in San Diego, CA. Download the flyer or go to the OASIS website for more information.

OASIS Welcomes New Sponsor-Level Members

Comtech Services, Inc. becomes a Sponsor-level member of OASIS. Learn more about OASIS at their website. You can also visit the OASIS booth at the upcoming Content Management Strategies/DITA North America conference.

innovation insights 2007

ii2007 is the industry’s premier summit on Innovation, Knowledge and Content management. April 23-25, 2007 at the Wigwam Resort and Golf Club. Visit the web site for more details.

SDL’s Global XML Survey

Participate in SDL’s Global XML Survey and be entered to win a floating globe. The drawing will take place in April.

Comtech Services Releases DITA User Guide

We are accepting orders forIntroduction to DITA: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. Order your copy today!


Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use
JoAnn Hackos
March 22–23, 2007
Princeton, NJ

For more information on these and other workshops, visit the JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series web site.

Content Management Strategie/DITA North America 2007

Valentine’s Day Special

Register by February 14th and
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Technology is Never Enough
JoAnn Hackos, PhD
CIDM Director

“Let’s go buy something and do what it says.”

That’s exactly what we have heard from desperate publications managers who face a department of argumentative writers who cannot agree on the components of their new Information Model. We know, however, that buying tools is not the solution. Developing an information architecture that defines how you will consistently structure your content is independent of tools.

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More articles

Arbortext & DITA—Four Years Together
PG Bartlett, PTC

Do you remember how you first learned about DITA? Do you recall when the realization dawned that this was something really important?

That happened for me about four years ago when Dave Schell, an IBM executive who championed the development of DITA, mentioned to me, in a way that now seems almost off-hand, that I should go out to their developer site and take a look.

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Guru Talk: Exclusive Interview with JoAnn Hackos from MITWA News
Ramesh Aiyyanger, MITWA News

In an exclusive interview with Ramesh Aiyyanger for MITWA News, JoAnn Hackos, President of Comtech Services, shares her knowledge and expertise about Content Management and technical writing.

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