Information Management News
January 2013

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

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The CMS/DITA North America Conference 2013 will be held April 15-17 in Providence, Rhode Island. For more information click here.

The Best Practices Conference 2013 will be held September 16-18 in Savannah, Georgia. For more information click here.

Upcoming Workshops

Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
February 6-7, 2013
Broenshoej, Denmark

This workshop focuses on the Scrum Agile methodology and how documentation departments can adjust to this high-speed development environment.

Information Modeling for Topic-Based Authoring
February 26-27, 2013
Natick, MA

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

Upcoming Webinars

Session 1: Modeling DITA Specialization

Presented by Tom Aldous, Adobe
January 8, 2013, 1pm EST

One Management System to Rule Them All?

Presented by Noz Urbina, Mekon
January 9, 2013, 12pm EST

Session 2: DITA Specialization—Live, Dynamic Examples

Presented by Tom Aldous, Adobe
January 10, 2013, 1pm EST

Abandoning Our Legacy Systems—Knowing When We Need to Change

Presented by DCL & Comtech Services
January 17, 2013, 1pm EST

Click here for recorded webinars.


dunnhumby Selects the IXIASOFT DITA CMS to Manage and Dynamically Deliver DITA Content

Acrolinx 3.0 Delivers SEO Capabilities

New White Paper Provides the ROI for the Vasont Component Content Management System

Data Conversion Laboratory Named to EContent’s Top 100 Two Years Running

XDocs version 3.5 Delivers on DITA Translation Promise

Acrolinx Named to EContent 100 List

ACCEPT Research Project Announces First Results and Opens Special Interest Group

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The Year in Review—CIDM 2012
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

CIDM in 2012 had a record year. We hosted three international conferences—Content Management Strategies/DITA North America in April, Best Practices in September, and Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe in November. Attendance was up at every event, with participation by 600 people from 21 countries.

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“Immersion” Technique for Training Content Developers
Ena Arel, Ayantek

What’s the best way to train Content Developers to add value to your organization? Answering this question with your business goals in mind will impact how you hire your Content Developers, how you define their success, and how you communicate their value within your organization.

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RESPECT: Showing Consideration for Readers through Economy of Words, Elegance, and Correct Grammar
Ulla de Stricker, de Stricker Associates

Have you ever winced at a grammatical blooper, stared at a sentence several times to make sense of it, or felt inundated by meaningless filler words and fad expressions? Have you ever been somewhat annoyed to be responsible for chasing back three sentences to figure out where “this” might be pointing? Does it bother you when human beings are reduced to the status of inanimate objects through the use of “that”? Do you inwardly say “ouch!” when a writer’s apparent desire to sound sophisticated results in a malapropism?

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Planning a Migration to DITA: Words of Wisdom
Joyce Du, Alesk Savic, Mario Carriere & Colleen Edwards, CSI Global Education

Is there universal advice regarding the implementation of DITA? Is there a migration guidebook so thorough it will ensure success? Of course not! Each organization is different, operating in its own mission, goals, and competitive environment.

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CIDM Member Highlight—Syncro Soft

Syncro Soft is a privately held software company founded in 1998 with a large area of expertise in XML technologies and single source publishing. The main product oXygen XML Editor provides the best coverage of the today XML technologies; it complies with the established standards released by W3C and other organisations and enhances developers and content authors productivity through an intuitive and innovative XML IDE. Syncro Soft is a member of the W3C.

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

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

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