Information Management News

July 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 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 information click here.

The DITA Europe 2015 Conference will be held November 16-17 in Munich, Germany. For more information click here.

Upcoming Workshops

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

Advanced Publishing for DITA
August 3-7, 2015
San Jose, California

Content Management Strategies
August 18-19, 2015
San Jose, California

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

Information Modeling for Topic-Based Authoring
October 6-7, 2015
Newberg, Oregon

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

Upcoming Webinars

DITA Glass: Perceive everything as DITA
Presented by George Bina and Radu Coravu, SyncroSoft (Oxygen XML Editor)
September 16, 2015, 11am EDT

Click here for recorded webinars.


DITA V1.3 released for 30 day Public Review – ends August 7th

euroscript and Componize announce global technology partnership

Medical Device Labeling and Automation Expert Joins Vasont Systems as a Senior Content Analyst and Quality Coordinator

*instinctools partners with Design Science to bring MathML support to DITAworks CMS

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 callforspeakers DITA Europe Call for Speakers

The Center for Information-Development Management and Dr. JoAnn Hackos announce a call for participation in the upcoming DITA Europe Conference to take place 16-17 November 2015, in Munich, Germany. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please complete the form and submit to Lisa Lambert before 1 August 2015.

Getting Collaboration Wrong

JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

Collaboration is our theme for the 2015 Best Practices conference. But, while collaboration sounds like a perfect solution to developing a sound content strategy for an organization, we all know how difficult it can be to get disparate parts of our organization to collaborate effectively. In Collaboration, Morten Hansen points out the many traps that block effective collaboration, blocks that we will consider in our Best Practices discussions in September.

Read the article.

Musings from the Chicago Conference

Doug Gorman, SimplyXML

I don’t think it’s any secret that Simply XML is a small virtual company focused on one thing—letting Microsoft Word-based authors easily contribute valid XML to the burgeoning XML architecture of their organizations.

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DocBook is not dead! Long live DocBook!

Scott Hudson, Comtech Servcies, Inc.

Contrary to popular belief, DocBook is not a dead standard. In fact, it is very much alive. DocBook v5.1 has passed its first round of public review and is in the final steps of the OASIS standardization process to become an official OASIS Committee Specification. Soon after, it will go through the voting process to become an OASIS Standard.

Read the article.

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—DitaExchange

DitaExchange is committed to simplifying the way regulated organizations create, manage, deliver and re-use important content through structured content management solutions that are built to run on the SharePoint platform.

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


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

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