Information Management News
Volume 9, Issue 3
March 2009

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 CMS/DITA North America Conference 2009 will be held April 27-29 in St. Petersburg, FL. To register for this event click here.

The Best Practices Conference 2009 will be held September 14-16 in Vancouver, WA. For more infomation click here.

The DITA Europe Conference 2009 will be held November 16-17 in Munich, Germany. For more infomation click here.

News & Events

SDL Trisoft Webinar: DITA As Global Strategy: How and Why DITA Is Becoming A Strategic Competitive Advantage

This webinar discusses how and why DITA is providing this kind of strategic advantage to global companies. Discussion focuses on how DITA can be leveraged to improve a company’s global market presence. Three experts on DITA, publishing and global content discuss their experiences working with large multinationals that have adopted DITA as a key dimension of their global market strategies.

Inside Out: An e-bulletin from Stilo International: Was it all worthwhile?

The European DITA conference is finished for another year, but before we start to focus on the next big event, we should take the time to ask: was it all worthwhile? In this article, you can read feedback on DITA Europe 2008 from the organizer, an exhibitor, and a delegate.

SDL Global Information Management Conference

Learn from leading global companies about how to successfully create, manage, and publish multi-lingual global content using SDL technologies. Guest speakers will provide invaluable insights into their challenges, their Global Information Management strategies, and the business benefits they have achieved. Register today!

XyEnterprise Announces Name Change of Flagship Product to Reflect Expanding Capabilities

XyEnterprise, a leading developer of award-winning XML content management and multi-channel delivery solutions, announced it has changed the name of its flagship product ContentaView to LiveContent. The product was renamed to better reflect LiveContent’s expanding functionality and applicability.

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

Challenging Times
Bill Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

The United States and the World are in the midst of the deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. No one of working age has ever witnessed such an event. The DOW as I write has just fallen through the 7,000 point level or one half of its highest level just 17 months ago. Investors have lost half of their wealth. Corporations have lost half of their value. Some, AIG for example, have lost as much as 99% of their value, or, they no longer exist. Real unemployment in the United States, depending where you live, is well over 20%.

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More articles

One Global Platform for Sharing Language Data
Jaap van der Meer, TAUS Data Association

In July 2008 the TAUS Data Association (TDA) was established by 47 founding members representing some of the largest buyers of localization services, language service providers, and technology companies. TDA is a not-for-profit member organization bringing together the translation memories and terminology of the global translation industry. The resulting Language Data Exchange Portal is a high quality, open, and secure language database for the benefit of all.

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  Introduction to DITA: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture—Arbortext Edition picks up where the original edition of Introduction to DITA leaves off. As DITA becomes further entrenched as an ever more popular XML solution to topic-based authoring, a number of XML editors are available to assist content creators. This user guide is designed to provide its readers with a task-oriented approach to learning the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA). Buy your copy today!

Reaching Global Markets or Saving Translation Costs with DITA? Understanding the Power of Naming Conventions
Howard Schwartz, Ph.D., SDL Trisoft

There is no question anymore that DITA can fundamentally improve an organization’s ability to reach and penetrate global markets. But too often DITA is simply presented to management as a means to “save translation costs.” There is a subtle but vast conceptual difference between “translation costs savings” and “expansion of global markets” even though both describe one and the same benefit. This question of labels would not really matter were it not for the fact that words shape how management perceives and ultimately funds a DITA initiative. Misnaming benefits can undermine the perceived value of an initiative that is strategic, and ironically compromise the funding and hence very success of a project. “Translation cost savings” is not strategic, “expanding global markets” is.

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Towards an Even Better Adoption of DITA
Mirjana Sicevic, MYOB Australia

In the last four or so years numerous whitepapers and articles have been written about DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) praising its advantages over other information-management methods and advising technical communicators keen to adopt it, on how to win the hearts of their managers. DITA’s features and unique design have been discussed at many technical conferences where the advanced-thinking technical communicators gathered to hear directly from the leading experts of the benefits, best practices, tips, and tricks. A very active mailing list on Yahoo has been created to help the newcomers to the DITA world get needed advice from their peers who have already spent some time dealing with known and unknown issues surrounding DITA and DITA-OT (DITA Open Toolkit). The Swinburne University in Melbourne (Australia) even pioneered a uni course on structured authoring with the main focus on DITA.

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