Information Management News
May 2015

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

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Other Events


Peoples Silhouettes Looking on the Empty Frame in Art Gallery fo The CIDM Online Conference: Content Curation will be held July 29, 2015. For more information click here.

The Best Practices Conference 2015 will be held September 21-23 in St. Petersburg, Florida. For more informationclick here.

The CMS/DITA Europe Conference 2015 will be held November 16-17 in Munich, Germany. More information coming soon!

Upcoming Workshops

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
June 2-3, 2015
San Jose, California

DITA Getting Started
July 21-22, 2015
Wakefield, Massachusetts

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience
July 23-24, 2015
Wakefield, Massachusetts

Content Management Strategies
September 10-11, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Information Modeling for Topic-Based Authoring
October 12-13, 2015
Indianapolis, Indiana

Upcoming Webinars

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience

Presented by Scott Hudson, Comtech Services
May 12, 2015, 1pm EDT


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Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2015 delivered a host of game-changing presentations
JoAnn Hackos, Dawn Stevens, Scott Hudson, & Patrick Wright, Comtech Services, Inc.

The Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2015 conference was held April 20-22 in Chicago, Illinois. Over 350 attendees learned best practices in four tracks: Information Design & Development, Technical Solutions, Management, and Emerging Technologies.

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Increase the clarity of text by using ASD Simplified Technical English (STE)
Mike Unwalla, TechScribe

Unclear instructions can cause accidents. Simplified Technical English (STE) helps to make text clear, but adopting STE can be difficult for management.

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Spring Cleaning: Decluttering Your File System Efficiently
Amanda Galtman, MathWorks

You have an authoring environment with the tools and practices that support your writers. Your writers understand customers’ needs and create the content they require. As writers continue to create and update content, the question arises—how do you find and delete content you no longer need? It is an easy task to ignore because it tends not to have a deadline, and the benefits are hard to quantify. However, having a large quantity of unused content can waste time and storage space and cause confusion.

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CIDM E-news Wants To Hear From You

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. Send a note to CIDM Editor, Lisa Larson, at with your idea.

Welcome New CIDM Member—Cisco Systems

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. At Cisco customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success.

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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