CIDM eNews

December 2015
A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, CIDM Director

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Megaphone isolated on white background, you can change the color in one click, vectorCMS/DITA NA Call for Speakers

The Center for Information-Development Management and Dr. JoAnn Hackos announce a call for participation in the upcoming CMS/DITA North America Conference to take place April 4-6, 2016 in Reston, Virginia. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please complete the form and submit to Lisa Lambert before December 15, 2015.

CIDM News and Events


measure_anything_icon The 2016 CIDM Online Conference will be held January 26-27. For more information click here.

CMS_2016_square The CMS/DITA NA 2016 Conference will be held April 4-6 in Reston, Virginia. For more information click here.

SantaFe Save the Date!

The Best Practices 2016 Conference will be held September 12-14 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Upcoming Workshops

Content Management Strategies
February 26, 2016
Ultimo, NSW Australia (North Sydney)

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
February 29-March 1, 2016
Ultimo, NSW Australia (North Sydney)

Upcoming CIDM Webinars

Minimalism Revisited—Let’s Stop Developing Content that No One Wants
Presented by JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.
December 8, 2015, 1pm EST

Moving to Dynamic Content–Getting Over PDFs
Presented by JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.
December 16, 2015, 12pm EST

Reinventing Content Publishing
Presented by Ann Beebe, Microsoft Dynamics AX
February 17, 2016, 12pm EST

Implementing Content Strategy through Collaboration
Presented by Ron Hickman, Siemens PLM Software
February 25, 2016, 12pm EST

Other Webinars

Developing and Implementing a QA Plan When Converting Your Legacy Data to S1000D
Presented by Naveh Greenberg, US Defense Development, DCL
December 15, 2015, 1pm EST

Click here for recorded webinars.


Vasont Systems Verifies oXygen® XML Editor 17.1 Integration with the Vasont® Component Content Management System

IXIASOFT Showcases Component Content Management System at Major European Technical Communication Events

CM Quick Tips Newsletter – November 2015

Click here for more announcements.

Hans van der Meij Demonstrates at DITA Europe that Minimalism is Alive and Well

JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

In his comprehensive review of the Minimalism agenda, Professor Hans van der Meij, keynote speaker at CMS/DITA Europe demonstrated to the DITA crowd that good information design is key. Van der Meij leads a group of student researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Their current research focus is on the development of successful instructional videos. However, they continue to gather data that shows that minimalism is crucial to good communication.
Read the article.

Build It, Then Brag It

Mike Maass, Citrix

In Silicon Valley, idea sharing is commonplace. It enables innovation and technological advancement and is the cornerstone of the open-source economy. In our industry of content design and development especially, the sharing of stories and information is not only a way to craft the narrative experiences that comprise the products and services we support; the act of storytelling is how our craft itself evolves over time.
Read the article.

Organization Site Search is still not Working

Gerry McGovern, Customer Carewords

Until organizations introduce processes that prioritize findability, then site search will continue to fail miserably.
Read the article.

December 2015 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents



Implementing Content Strategy through Collaboration Ron Hickman, Siemens PLM Software
Hans van der Meij Demonstrates at DITA Europe that Minimalism is Alive and Well JoAnn Hackos, CIDM
Doing Less, But Better: Quality Where It Matters Most Rachel Grimes, Fiserv
Integrated Content Strategy, The Agile Way Marie Girard, IBM Corporation
Scoped Keys in DITA 1.3 (Finally!) Leigh White, IXIASOFT
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