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Information Management News
February 2012

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

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.

Information Modeling for Topic-based Authoring
March 14-15, 2012
Research Triangle Park, NC

This workshop is the very best starting point for your implementation of DITA and XML topic-based authoring.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
March 27-28, 2012
Waterloo, Ontario

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

XLIFF in a Controlled Ecosystem

Presented by GALA
February 14, 2012, 10am EDT

Crossing the Chasm with DITA Part 2: Now Go

Presented by Comtech Services and Data Conversion Laboratory
February 23, 2012, 1pm EST

Crossing the Chasm with DITA Part 3: Next Grow

Presented by Comtech Services and Data Conversion Laboratory
March 22, 2012, 1pm EDT

Click here for recorded webinars.


Announcements

Human Kinetics Selects RSuite CMS as the Foundation to Support Its Digital Publishing Strategy

JustSystems Named to EContent 100 List

Really Strategies Recognized by Philadelphia SmartCEO Magazine as a Winner of 2012 Future 50

Skyhorse Publishing Licenses DocZone Book Publisher for Print and Ebook Production

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bestpractices The Center for Information-Development Management unites the info dev community to share information on industry trends, best practices, and developments. Click here to follow CIDM on Twitter.

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Publishing Dynamic Product Catalogs
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

As a technical information-development professional looking for opportunities to expand dynamic publishing to the enterprise, don’t overlook product sales catalogs. Product sales catalogs provide a great opportunity to demonstrate the value of single-sourcing content, integrating with purchasing databases, and automating the publishing process. Enabling sales personnel to assemble catalog copy to meet their immediate needs further exploits the potential of component content management and brings dynamic publishing to an otherwise skeptical group.

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Do No Harm: The thought process behind creating a DITA plug-in
Keith Schengili-Roberts, Independent

One of the great things about the design of the DITA Open Toolkit (DITA-OT) is that it is extensible; in other words you can tack on other processes that can further manipulate the data in your published documentation. The DITA-OT uses ant to launch the various processes that, depending on what you want, produces XHTML output, a PDF, Eclipse Help or any of the other natively supported output types. But you can also insertl routines into ant that can launch additional routines, so you can extend its original functionality. These extensions to DITA are more commonly known as “plug-ins” and they provide additional features that can process the content of a published document in a specific way.

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Learning to Manage Your Content
Mark Lewis, Quark Inc.

Managing content is like riding a bike. It’s really hard … at first.
Both managing content and learning to ride a bike are complex. Nobody does a better job of breaking down the complexity of learning to ride a bike than the autistic boy Lou in the book “The Speed of Dark.”

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Instructional Design and Information Development: Moving towards Cooperative Coexistence
Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services, Inc.

The question of separating or combining information development and instructional design departments often results in strong opinions and heated debates at all levels in the departments and in the organization as a whole. Even when the majority acknowledges the benefits of working together, decisions concerning organizational structure are often outside their control. Circumstances may make it hard, if not impossible, to collaborate in an environment of different processes, priorities, and deadlines. In such situations, even the most passionate believers in the benefits of working together ultimately return to their separate corners and hope for a more enlightened future.

Read the article.


Expand Your Info Dev Skills at Learning Solutions 2012
Explore proven best practices, case studies, strategies and the latest tools and technologies for managing, designing, developing and delivering learning content at Learning Solutions Conference & Expo, March 21-23 in Orlando, FL. No other event offers you more of today’s solutions … and tomorrow’s vision. Come discover the solutions you need to expand your skills and professional opportunities. Register today.


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Join CIDM’s LinkedIn Group Today!

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Managing, Reusing, and Repurposing Content
Effectively managing, reusing, and repurposing content promises a lot: Create deliverables quickly, synchronize content changes automatically, customize courses easily, output to multiple formats, lower translation costs, and more. In this two-day, 10-session eLearning Guild Online Forum featuring a presentation from JoAnn Hackos and Dawn Stevens on Collaboration Strategies for Training and Tech Pubs, you’ll learn about best practices for developing, implementing, and using a content management strategy, and for determining if content management, reuse, and repurposing is right for you, your organization, and your learners. Register now.


Welcome New CIDM Member—
TIBCO Software

Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., TIBCO Software Inc.(NASDAQ: TIBX) is a provider of infrastructure software for companies to use on- premise or as part of cloud computing environments. Whether it’s optimizing claims, processing trades, cross- selling products based on real-time customer behavior, or averting a crisis before it happens, TIBCO provides companies the two-second advantage™—the ability to capture the right information at the right time and act on it preemptively for a competitive advantage.More than 4,000 customers worldwide rely on TIBCO to manage information, decisions, processes and applications in real time.

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


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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