Information Management News
Volume 5, Issue 1
January 2005

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

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News & Events

Content Management Strategies 2005

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Best Business Books of 2004

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CIDM is proud to be a partner with Arbortext in the 10th annual AUGI (Arbortext User Group) conference.

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Upcoming Workshops

The CIDM sponsors the following workshops:

Structured Writing for Single Sourcing
JoAnn Hackos, PhD,
January 13–14
Fort Collins, CO

XML for Writers
Jen Linton,
March 9–10
Roseville, MN

Structured Writing for Single Sourcing
JoAnn Hackos, PhD,
March 16–17
Beaverton, OR

Managing Your Documentation Projects
Bill Hackos, PhD,
March 22–23
Mountain View, CA

For more information on these and other workshops, visit the JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series web site

What Do We Mean by Structure?
JoAnn Hackos, PhD
CIDM Director

With the burgeoning interest in content management, information developers need to think about embracing consistency as a strategic goal. If you want to mix topics written by many of your writers in the same deliverables, they need to be written consistently. We certainly don’t want our readers to think they’ve switched from Chaucer to Stephen King from one page to the next.

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More articles
The Heart of Change: Communicating the Vision—Diane Davis
Not Too Resolute with My Resolutions—Palmer Pearson
Structure in Documentation—Bill Hackos

Join those in the forefront of component information management at the 7th Annual Content Management Strategies conference. CM Strategies 2005 brings you three essential tracks. Focus on management and planning or technical design and implementation, and learn how to implement the DITA standard from the experts. At CM Strategies, you’ll find a returning community of information developers and publishers who value building core content as much as its presentation and delivery.

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The Heart of Change: Communicating the Vision
Diane Davis
Synopsys, Inc.

After developing a vision, Synopsys is now implementing a comprehensive program to radically transform the way we produce and deliver documentation. For such a far-reaching change to be accepted and supported, it is essential that…

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Not Too Resolute with My Resolutions
Palmer Pearson
Cadence Design Systems

I never make New Years resolutions. I am sure the list of things I will not get done in 2005 will be far greater than any overly positive plans I may have professed after the ball dropped in Times Square.

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Structure in Documentation
Bill Hackos, PhD
Comtech Services

We all have intuitive views about structure in the world. Indeed, without these views we would not be able to recognize things. But we have to be careful that these superficial views are not confused with the details of structure. Without an understanding of the underlying structure, we can make serious mistakes.

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The Center for Information-Development Management
The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) is an organization of information-development, training, and support managers across the United States and internationally. The CIDM is directed by Dr. JoAnn Hackos, international leader in the management of the design, development, and dissemination of information to customers and employees. Under her leadership, the CIDM conducts benchmark studies among member organizations and elsewhere, sponsors research into information development and its management, and gathers and disseminates results and resources through newsletters, the Web, seminars, two annual conferences, and research white papers. The CIDM facilitates the sharing of information among the most skilled managers in the information industry.