Information Management News

September 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


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

Information Modeling for Topic-Based Authoring
October 6-7, 2015
Newberg, OregonInformation Modeling for Topic-Based Authoring
October 12-13, 2015
Indianapolis, Indiana

Upcoming CIDM Webinars

Overcoming the Barriers — Getting Collaboration to Work
Presented by JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.
September 8, 2015, 12pm EDTDITA Glass: Perceive everything as DITA
Presented by George Bina and Radu Coravu, SyncroSoft (Oxygen XML Editor)
September 16, 2015, 11am EDTLearning to love 6am: Developing a global information model with a distributed team
Presented by Fiona Hanington, Ericsson
September 30, 2015, 12pm EDTUsing DITA-based Documentation with Salesforce for Service
Presented by Joe Gelb, Suite Solutions
October 14, 2015, 11am EDT

Other Webinars

Introduction to Structured Authoring
Presented by Rob Hanna, Precision Content Authoring Solutions
September 16, 2015, 1pm EDT

Data-Driven User Experience
Presented by Dana Wheeles, Freelance Content Strategist
September 17, 2015, 1pm EDT

Managing Deliverable-Specific Link Anchors: New Suggested Best Practice for Keys
Presented by Eliot Kimber, Contrext, LLC
September 24, 2015, 1pm EDT

Simplified Technical English as part of an S1000D or ATA ISpec 2200 implementation, what does it entail
Presented by Etteplan
September 29, 2015, 12pm EDT

Click here for recorded webinars.


Juniper Networks Launches a First-of-its-Kind Online Design and Architecture Center to Educate and Empower Data Center Customers and Partners

Conversion to XML of Industry Standards Library at SAE International by Data Conversion Laboratory Greatly Improves Productivity and Creates New Revenue Streams

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Ten Misconceptions about Minimalism

JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

In 1996, John Carroll and Hans van der Meij, the originators of the Minimalism agenda, contributed an article to the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication (Vol 39, No 2, June 1996) called “Ten Misconceptions about Minimalism.” The intent of the article was to correct what they believed where understandable but mistaken ideas that had emerged in the 10+ years in which minimalism had been developing.
Read the article.

Automated Quality Checking of Technical Information: Beyond spelling and grammar assistants

Dustin Clark, Citrix Systems & Ben Colborn, Nutanix

Quality assurance (QA), in its common usage, is often defined as a single review or checkpoint that has been reached at the end of a long authoring journey—as if it were a barrier that could be passed through once a deliverable is complete. The logic follows, then, that the act of performing a QA review is a singular occurrence at a prescribed point in the document lifecycle.
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Doug Gorman, Simply XML

My family has a house on Cape Cod, in Chatham.  This small fishing town has become the Shark Center of the Northeast.  Sharks are generally submerged and mostly a danger if you are a seal or are swimming with the seals.  I’ve never seen one from our boat, but my kids have—twice—while I was working. But I’ve got a New England accented “Shaaaaakkkk” T-shirt, and we’ve had summer guests who were at times less than enthusiastic about swimming in the ocean.  The shark on the right chased its prey up onto the beach and got stuck, then rescued. You may have seen it on the national news or read about it on the web or in the Wall Street Journal.  Shark information is always a big sell.  The shark on the left traumatized first the town of Amity Island and then a significant subset of the world population who went to see the movie.
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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—Hortonworks

Hortonworks-LogoHortonworks® (NASDAQ: HDP) is the leading contributor to and provider of Apache™ Hadoop® for the enterprise, and our mission is to establish Hadoop as the foundational technology of the modern enterprise data architecture. Our solution, the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), is an enterprise-grade data management platform that enables a centralized architecture for running batch, interactive and real-time applications simultaneously across a shared dataset. HDP is built on Apache Hadoop, powered by YARN, and supported by a comprehensive set of capabilities that address the core requirements of security, operations and data governance.

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