Information Management News
Volume 6, Issue 5
May 2006

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

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News & Events

Best Practices 2006Registration is now open for the 2006 Best Practices conference to be held September 18–20, 2006, in San Diego, California. More information on the program will be coming soon!

Comtech Services Releases DITA User Guide

We are accepting orders forIntroduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. Order your copy today!

Host a Workshop

Organizations that host a workshop in the JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series receive four registrations for the price of one. Find out how to become a host.

JoAnn Hackos and Jen Linton to Speak at X-Pubs 2006

For information on these presentations and discounts offered at X-Pubs 2006, read the announcement.

PTC/USER World Event Registration Open

Registration is now available for the PTC/USER World Event on June 4–7. For more information, visit the event web site.

Upcoming Workshops

CIDM sponsors the following workshops:

XML For Writers
Kylene Bruski,
May 16–17
Altamonte Springs, FL

Minimalism: Creating Manuals That People Can Use
JoAnn Hackos, PhD,
May 17–18
Hillsboro, OR

DITA: Getting Started
Jen Linton,
May 17–18
Austin, TX

XML For Writers
Kylene Bruski,
May 31–June 1
Toronto, ON

Minimalism: Creating Manuals That People Can Use
JoAnn Hackos, PhD,
July 11–12
King of Prussia, PA

For more information on these and other workshops, visit the JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series web site.

Vendor Announcements

Trisoft and SDL Announce Partnership

Read the announcement from Trisoft and SDL.

Innodata Isogen Symposium

Read more about this upcoming event.

Information Developer’s Survey

1.) What areas of information do you search for in the technical publications industry? (e.g. information on minimalism, XML, DITA, etc.)
2.) What are some of the printed publications you use to find this information? (e.g. STC Technical Communication, CIDM Best Practicesnewsletter, IEEE Professional Communication Society newsletter, etc.)
3.) What are some of the online resources you use to find this information? (e.g. STC web site, CIDM web site, etc.)
4.) What are some of the listservs you are a part of to gather more information? (e.g. STC Management SIG, STC SingleSource SIG, CIDM Best Practices listserv, etc.)
5.) How often do you consult your technical publication resources? (e.g. at least once a week, monthly, etc.)

Selecting a Content Management System
JoAnn Hackos, PhD
CIDM Director

Your output requirements will drive many of your decisions when selecting a content management system. An abbreviated version of the checklist from my book, Content Management for Dynamic Delivery, follows to aid you in defining your output requirements.

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More articles

Managing Writers for Whom English is Their Second Language
Gail Angel, Cognos, Inc.

What do Heart of Darkness, Waiting for Godot, and The Maine Massacrehave in common? They all are written by internationally respected writers (Joseph Conrad, Samuel Beckett, and Janwillem L. van de Wetering, respectively) in a language that was not the writer’s mother tongue. Samuel Beckett first wrote Waiting for Godot in French and then translated it into English. Conrad was Polish, Beckett was Irish, and van de Wetering is Dutch.

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Content and Security: Some Precautions You Should Take
Suzanne Mescan, Vasont Systems

Security is a number one concern for all businesses these days. Security risks range from the obvious—building access, virus protection, and IT security—to the less obvious, such as access to technical content and compliance issues.

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Global Content Supply Chains
Ian McClure, SDL International

Across different industries, such as manufacturing or electronics, a supply chain is set up to provide a common link among a network of suppliers and a product company’s designers, procurement specialists, plant managers, operations teams, and logistics teams. These supply-chain steps involve geographically and organizationally dispersed teams of requestors, engineering teams, onshore and offshore material suppliers, subassembly equipment vendors, and product delivery participants to bring together all the parts of a product, whether it is an assembly of parts for an automobile chassis or software components for an application such as ERP or CRM.

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