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Information Management News
July 2014

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 Best Practices Conference 2014 will be held September 22-24 in Stevenson, Washington. For more information click here.

The CMS/DITA Europe Conference 2014 will be held November 18-19 in Munich, Germany. For more information click here.

Upcoming Workshops

Advanced Publishing for DITA
July 15-17, 2014
San Jose, California

The Advanced Publishing for 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.


User and Task Analysis for Information Design
July 29-30, 2014
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

This workshop focuses on practical techniques to learn about your users, their goals, and their work, and create a model that will serve as a decision-making tool throughout the life-cycle of your project or product.


Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
August 12-13, 2014
Toronto, 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.


User and Task Analysis for Information Design
August 14-15, 2014
Toronto, Ontario

This workshop focuses on practical techniques to learn about your users, their goals, and their work, and create a model that will serve as a decision-making tool throughout the life-cycle of your project or product.


Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
September 29-30, 2014
Seraing, Belgium

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.


Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
October 7-8, 2014
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

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


Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
December 9-10, 2014
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

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

Documentation and Training: Successful strategies for inter-department content sharing

Presented by Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services, Inc.
July 24, 2014, 12pm EDT


Developing an Authoring Environment that is both Rigid and Flexible

Presented by Frank Miller, Comtech Services, Inc.
October 16, 2014, 12pm EDT


Click here for recorded webinars.


Announcements

DCL and the Center for Information-Development Management Release Results of Survey on Technical Communication Industry Trends

Flatirons Completes Merger Integration with CORENA, Introduces New CORENA Suite

Acrolinx and K15t Software Announce Partnership and Product Integration

Assuming the Risk for Your Own eBook

XML, Workflow Tools Ease the Burden of Managing Regulations

Click here for more announcements.


Now Accepting Rare Bird Applications

The Rare Bird Award recognizes outstanding managers and their teams. The applications should describe thoroughly an innovative practice in which your organization has been engaged. The members of the judging panel look for detailed descriptions of the practice and concrete evidence that the innovation has led to organizational change.

Click here to submit your Best Practice for consideration. The submission deadline is July 14.


Showcase Your Best Practice

As a valued friend of the CIDM, we invite you to participate in the Best Practices Showcase at the Best Practices conference, September 22-24, 2014. The Showcase will give you a wonderful opportunity to learn about more best practices than we could possibly fit into the sessions.

Click here to submit your showcase. The submission deadline is August 17.


DITA Europe Call for Speakers

The Center for Information-Development Management and Dr. JoAnn Hackos announce a call for participation in the upcoming DITA Europe Conference to take place 18-19 November 2014, in Munich, Germany. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please complete the form and submit to Lisa Lambert before 1 August 2014.


Accelerating Change in your Organization
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

In the past 10 years, information developers have experienced changes in the methods they use to produce content. The innovations of single sourcing reusable content, the structured writing provided by the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), topic-based authoring, and the ability to automate publishing to PDF, HTML, and Help have changed the workplace and improved productivity. Unfortunately, many of these innovations have had little impact on the content itself.

Read the article.


CMS/DITA North America 2014: Engaging Customers with Flexible Content, Maximizing Investment with Automation—All Enabled by Standards
Lyndsey Lynch, GE Healthcare

I was thrilled that my hometown, Seattle, hosted this year’s Content Management Strategies/DITA North America conference, April 28-30. Aside from a few relaxed moments enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, conference attendees kept very busy, with 19 sessions in four subject area tracks, plus a keynote, vendor showcase, and organized lunch discussion topics. The sessions I attended revolved around some key themes: customer engagement, collaboration, flexible content, and automation, all underpinned by DITA and soon a new ISO standard for content management.

Read the article.


Hackathon 2014—Manufacturing 2020
Adam Dales, Siemens PLM

Wow, we just held our third Hackathon in less than a year! Over six months ago we had one in Pune and the very first one here in Israel was about 10 months ago.

Read the article.


Developing Content Management Systems—Lessons Learned at Nokia Mobile Phones
Laura Katajisto, Microsoft Corporation

XML and content management systems have been used to produce support materials for Nokia phones, tablets, and their accessories since 2003. We began with our own proprietary DTD but switched to DITA when DITA1.2 was approved and have developed three different versions of our CMS. This article gives you a brief history of our XML journey and provides lessons learned in our CMS development projects.

Read the article.


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 lisa.larson@comtech-serv.com with your idea.


Welcome New CIDM Member—TIBCO

TIBCO Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TIBX) is a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software. Whether it’s optimizing inventory, cross-selling products, or averting crisis before it happens, TIBCO uniquely delivers the Two-Second Advantage®—the ability to capture the right information at the right time and act on it preemptively for a competitive advantage. With a broad mix of innovative products and services, TIBCO is the strategic technology partner trusted by businesses around the world.

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


Join CIDM’s LinkedIn Group Today!

CIDM’s LinkedIn Group is growing exponentially! Join over 2,500 members today to take part in informative discussions about our industry.


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