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Information Management News
January 2012

A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, CIDM Director
http://www.infomanagementcenter.com

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CIDM News and Events

For a complete Calendar of Events, click on these links:

Conferences

Workshops

Webinars

Other Events


Conferences

The CMS/DITA North America Conference 2012 will be held April 23-25 in La Jolla, California. For more information click here.

The Best Practices Conference 2012 will be held September 10-12 in Monterey, California. For more information click here.

Upcoming Workshops

Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2
January 30-31, 2012
Cupertino, CA

The Advanced DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.

Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2
January 31-February 1, 2012
Fresh Meadows, NY

The Advanced DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.

Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
February 1-2, 2012
Norcross, GA

In this workshop, we’ll examine the issues involved in creating documentation databases. We’ll discuss the impact of single sourcing on department organization, project management, training, writing style, document control, editing, and translation. We’ll review some of the tools available and look at both their strengths and their shortcomings.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
February 28-29, 2012
Frankfurt, Germany

Minimalism is the first step to creating user friendly content that is fully structured. It is designed for anyone faced with manuals that users complain are too big and too detailed—or that aren’t used at all.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
March 6-7, 2012
Natick, MA

Minimalism is the first step to creating user friendly content that is fully structured. It is designed for anyone faced with manuals that users complain are too big and too detailed—or that aren’t used at all.

Information Modeling for Topic-based Authoring
March 14-15, 2012
Research Triangle Park, NC

This workshop is the very best starting point for your implementation of DITA and XML topic-based authoring.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
March 27-28, 2012
Waterloo, Ontario

Minimalism is the first step to creating user friendly content that is fully structured. It is designed for anyone faced with manuals that users complain are too big and too detailed—or that aren’t used at all.


Upcoming Webinars

Crossing the Chasm with DITA Part 1: Get Ready … Get Set

Presented by Comtech Services and Data Conversion Laboratory
January 19, 2012, 1pm EST

Read the article by JoAnn Hackos

Implementing a publishing solution for the DITA 1.2 Learning and Training Specialization

Presented by Hal Trent, Comtech Services and Bill Gamboa, Vasont Systems
January 26, 2012, 11am EST

An Introduction to Acrolinx IQ in the Cloud

Presented by Acrolinx
January 24, 2012, 11am EST

Crossing the Chasm with DITA Part 2: Now Go

Presented by Comtech Services and Data Conversion Laboratory
February 23, 2012, 1pm EST

Crossing the Chasm with DITA Part 3: Next Grow

Presented by Comtech Services and Data Conversion Laboratory
March 22, 2012, 1pm EDT

Click here for recorded webinars.


Why Do We Need to Change? We Don’t Have Time.
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

In a recent article on change management in the Quality Digest, author Joanna Leigh quoted Abraham Lincoln. He said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first hour sharpening the axe.” The story that led to this famous quotation was her observation:

Read the article.


Now for Sale:
Introduction to DITA—Second Edition

This new 2011 edition of the bestselling Introduction to DITAincludes DITA 1.2 mechanisms, including keyref, conkeyref, constraint mechanism, and more information to bring DITA users up to date. The tutorial lessons guide you step-by-step through the learning process from developing information topics and maps through content reuse mechanisms and modifying the DITA environment to better meet your needs.

Order your copy today!


QRCs Are Everywhere (except in Tech Pubs)
Palmer Pearson, Industry Consultant

It is very hard to miss seeing those black squares with strange markings. QRCs (Quick Response Codes—also simply called tags) have become extremely popular with marketing and sales teams. They appear on boxes and packaging of all sorts. From store fronts to magazine ads, QRCs have become the cost-effective way to get the word out. And although the original use was product advertising, their uses have grown wildly. Instant information in the palm of your hand that does not require a laptop or even a tablet is very valuable.

Read the article.


Getting a Little Respect for Technical Writing
Suzanne Mescan, Vasont Systems
Reprinted with permission from Suzanne Mescan, Vasont Systems

Technical writers sometimes feel like the ugly step-child. They have too much work, and there’s never enough staff to do everything that must be done. And, the work was needed yesterday! In some organizations, the focus is placed on the engineering and marketing of the product, but the technical documentation is merely perceived as an afterthought. Since technical documentation is a cost of doing business rather than a revenue generator, it tends to get the small end of the budget stick.

Read the article.


Instructional Design and Information Development: Moving towards Cooperative Coexistence
Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services, Inc.

Although they create similar content, are supported by the same subject matter experts, and face many of the same challenges, instructional design and information development rarely play well together. In most organizations, they are separate entities, reporting through an entirely different chain of managers. Educationally, the staff come from different backgrounds and possess different skill sets. Personalities clash. Yet, the opportunities for sharing and reusing content abound. In an environment where organizations regularly look for cost-saving measures, the opportunities and potential benefits for working together cannot be overlooked:

Read the article.


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Welcome New CIDM Member — Gnostyx Research

Accelerating changes in the global marketplace make it imperative that organizations look closely at how they handle their content resources. More and more, traditional models that viewed content only in limited contexts cannot cope with the realities of today. More and more, content comes from many sources, travels through many paths, and is expected to reach many destinations. Strategies, standards and solutions exist that enable radically superior ways of operating and it is the mission of Gnostyx Research to help organizations make this transition as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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


bestpractices The Center for Information-Development Management unites the info dev community to share information on industry trends, best practices, and developments. Click here to follow CIDM on Twitter.

CIDM is now on Facebook! Click here to join our group.

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

Announcements

RSuite CMS Launches its Support Community

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DCL was selected as one of the Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry

Really Strategies Co-Founder Barry Bealer Inducted Into Philadelphia 100® CEO Hall of Fame Society

DocZone Celebrates 6 Years as the Leading Cloud-Based DITA Content Management Solution for Technical Publishers

 

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