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Information Management News
June 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
June 10-12, 2014
Wakefield, Massachusetts

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.


Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
June 24-25, 2014
Pleasanton, California

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.


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

“Sprinkle the Pixie Dust”: How to Sell Your Content Management Initiative Internally

Presented by JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, Comtech Services, Inc. & Suzanne Mescan, Vasont Systems
June 11, 2014, 1pm EDT


Preparing Your Team for the Next 5 Years of DITA

Presented by Hal Trent, Comtech Services, Inc.
June 19, 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

RSuite CMS Recognized with a Voltage Award as an Emerging Innovator

9 of the Top 10 Automakers in the Fortune Global 500 are powered by Adobe TechComm products. Follow Adobe #TechComm @AdobeTCS & Retweet our posts containing hash tag #AdmiredBrandsAdmireAdobe to WIN exciting PRIZES!

RSuite CMS Announces Availability of Dynamic Management Dashboard Features

Acrolinx Chosen as EContent Trend Setting Product of 2014

Syncro Soft Announces New Release of Oxygen XML Editor version 16.0

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 isAugust 17.


DITA Europe Call for Speakers

The Center for Information-Development Management and Dr. JoAnn Hackos announce a call for participation in the upcomingDITA 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.


CIDM Topic-Based Authoring and Multilingual Quality Survey

As topic-based approaches to developing, managing, and publishing content are becoming more important than ever for global technical communication, how do we make use of these approaches to improve the quality of information products for users around the globe? The Center for Information-Development Management is sponsoring a survey that examines common quality practices when global information products are created with topic-based approaches and related technologies. This survey will help envision best practices of quality and strategies for adjusting these best practices for particular organizational contexts.

If your company has been using topic-based approaches (e.g., topic-based authoring, object-oriented writing, structured writing, single sourcing) and technologies (e.g., content management systems) for over a year and is creating or planning to create information products in more than one language, you can help us shape the results by participating in the survey linked below before June 30, 2014. We need as many answers as possible to make this study as comprehensive as possible, so if your organization employs translation/localization coordinators, please forward the survey link to them. The results of the survey will be revealed in a CIDM newsletter in summer 2014.

Take the survey.


Trends in the Technical Communication Industry 2014
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

Comparing results from the first annual survey in 2013 to 2014, our biggest surprise, reflecting an emerging industry trend, was the move to HTML publishing. In 2014, 69 percent of respondents reporting publishing content in HTML and delivering the content through a corporate website. In 2013, only 19 percent of respondents reported publishing their content in HTML.

Read the article.


How Much Reuse Lurks Below the Surface of Your Content?
Erika Allen, Innovatia

Whether you are already authoring in DITA XML, or considering the move from FrameMaker or Word to DITA, you will want to leverage the reuse of your existing or legacy content as much as possible to maximize your return on investment.

Read the article.


Is Managing Content the Same as Managing Code?
Frank Miller, Comtech Services, Inc.

Recently, in the run-up to 2014 CMS/DITA North America Conference, we posed a question to the LinkedIn CIDM user group that we thought might elicit some clarifying discussions, but one we knew could muddy the waters even further. The question: Can we and should we manage content like we manage code?

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.


bestpractices
June 2014 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents

Article

Author

Incorporating Social Media into a Technical Content Strategy

Bill Gearhart, Comtech Services, Inc.

Trends in the Technical Communication Industry 2014

JoAnn Hackos, CIDM

Mapping out a DITA Map Comparator

Michael Anthony Smith, DeltaXML

Technical Quality Assurance in Structured Content

Richard Forster, Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

If you are not a CIDM member, you can subscribe to the Best Practices newsletter online. An electronic version of the Best Practices newsletter is $99 USD. An electronic and print version is $129 USD.

**Please note that the printed newsletter and the enewsletter do not contain the same content.**


Welcome New CIDM Member—Simply XML

Simply XML provides simple solutions for creating and publishing XML content. Our goal is to allow everyone in the enterprise to take advantage of information standards including DITA, DocBook, S1000D and Information Mapping by providing authors with simple, cost effective tools for creating, storing, managing and publishing valid, high-quality XML from Microsoft® Word. We believe that standards adoption will accelerate when the vast majority of authors who use Microsoft Word can easily contribute content and documents to the corporate publishing system. Simply XML offers software and related training which is changing the value proposition for this industry segment.

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.


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.Click here to follow JoAnn Hackos on Twitter.

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

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

 

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