Information Management News
Volume 8, Issue 6
June 2008

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

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CIDM News and Events


The Best Practices Conference 2008 will be held September 15-17 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, please click here.

News & Events

XyEnterprise Unveils Powerful New Version of Contenta for the DITA Specification

XyEnterprise, a leading developer of award-winning XML content management and multi-channel delivery solutions, has unveiled the latest release of its popular Contenta DITA content management software solution. Contenta DITA v1.5 now features BranchMerge, a powerful extension to Contenta’s proven version management capabilities.

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The New Breed of Chinese Outsourcers: Building Global Champions

The Chinese market for globalization and product development services is changing rapidly. As companies look for competitive market advantage, outsourcing these functions to other countries is an attractive model.

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Inmedius Introduces DITA Storm™ Desktop

Inmedius is pleased to announce the DITA Storm™ Desktop, the complete standalone XML editing solution to easily create and publish DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) documents in a self-contained environment on a single workstation.

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Break free from expensive XSLT scripting, with SiberSafe Styler and Microsoft Word

SiberSafe Styler leverages Microsoft Word’s XML capabilities and familiar document formatting interface. Open a representative sample XML document in Word, and assign Word-based styles to the tags presented (page, paragraph, font, bullet and numbering, etc.).

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JustSystems Challenges Organizations to Think Outside of the (Tech Docs) Box

JustSystems, the largest independent software vendor in Japan and a worldwide leader in XML and information management technologies, today announced its initiative to break structured authoring out of the “tech docs” box.

Read the white paper here.

X-Pubs 2008 Buddy Offer

Newsletter Readers can attend X-Pubs 2008 for 15% off if you book before June 16. Can’t make it to London? Refer this offer to your overseas colleagues, friends and professional network and they can take advantage of it too! Groups registering together can get even bigger discounts. Call 44 208 722 8400 and ask about X-Pubs or for more information. Discount Code: JHXP0108

CIDM is accepting submissions for the Fifth Annual Rare Bird Award
Are you currently engaging in an innovative practice that is pleasing your customers? Have you instituted an innovative best practice that increases your efficiency and productivity?

Click here to submit your Best Practice for consideration.
The submission deadline is July 21.

The Arbortext Edition ofIntroduction to DITA: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture has arrived! Buy your copy today!

Propinquity—A critical factor for successful content management?
JoAnn Hackos, PhD, Comtech Services, Inc.

If you’re like me, you have no idea what “propinquity” is. I wasn’t even sure how to spell it. The word appeared in one of the final chapters of our Best Practices 2008 Theme Book. At the September conference, we’ll be using the Influencer: The Power to Change Anything as a focus for our discussions of change. Authors Kerry Patterson et al. introduce the importance of physical proximity as a critical factor in change. The closer together people are, the more likely they are to build the best relationships. Better relationships should lead to better collaboration and team work.

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More articles


Industry Innovations: Trip Report from the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference
Alex Blanton, Microsoft Corporation

Making content discoverable through search. Social networking. Changing business models. Continual experimentation. Helping customers communicate with each other. Understanding how the next generation uses content.

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What is the Best Metric to Measure the Success of Your Reuse of DITA Topics?
Bill Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

You are doing a DITA pilot project, reusing topics to create three documents. How do you measure your success? I present here three metrics: Two are widely used but are invalid or give invalid results for topic sets that vary widely in size. One that I strongly recommend gives valid results by considering content rather than topics.

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