Information Management News
Volume 9, Issue 5
May 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 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

Data Conversion Laboratory’s DCL Composer Creates Two-Column Pages Directly from PubMed Central XML

Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL), providing conversion services and software to publishers, industry, government, libraries and documentation developers, has introduced DCL Composer, an XSLT script which enables a two-column rendering of manuscripts and journal articles from NLM XML. Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NLM XML is fast becoming the de facto XML standard for scientific journals.

Author-it and Eurofield Information Solutions (EIS) Announce Strategic Partnership

Author-it and Eurofield Information Solutions announces a key partnership designed to leverage their mutual products for both existing and new client organizations. EIS’s product, eComPress, is the preferred electronic delivery format for a number of world-wide organizations, replacing hard copy and PDF for large reference, sensitive, mission critical and commercial information.

JustSystems Releases XMetaL Author Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint

XMetaL Author Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint extends the SharePoint platform with an easy-to-use content creation solution that seamlessly introduces XML and DITA to manage content even more effectively.

SDL Global Information Management Conference

Learn how leading global companies are reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and accelerating time-to-market with global information management technology. Hear proven, best practices from customer experiences including Fair Issac and hear market trends and strategies from Mary Laplante of the Gilbane Group.

Vasont Systems Releases Vasont® 12.0

Vasont Systems, a leading provider of content management software and data services announces the release of the next major version of their content management system, Vasont® 12, that enables users to store multilingual content once for maximum reuse and delivery to multiple channels.

XyEnterprise Announces Significant New Business for Fiscal Year 2009

XyEnterprise, a leading developer of award-winning XML component content management and multi-channel delivery solutions, announced that with the conclusion of its fiscal year 2009, which ended in March, the company has expanded in all areas of its business, including DITA and S1000D solutions.

Now On Sale: e-version ofIntroduction to DITA: A Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture
Finally! An electronic user guide for the popular OASIS DITA standard. If you have been using DITA, or are just joining the DITA community, this book provides you with the information you need to accomplish your goals.
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The Productivity Myth
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

It’s easy to claim that investing in new tools will increase productivity. Tools vendors promise that your writers will work faster, producing more content in less time, if only you will author in XML, automate your workflow, store content in a repository, and develop a single-source architecture that incorporates a reuse model. Because most of us work inside high-tech companies that produce new hardware and software applications, we are enmeshed in the technology-centric belief system that says automation will save the world.

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More articles

Spanish for Local and Global Markets
Reprinted with permission from MultiLingual
José Gambín & Igor Zubicaray

In the translation and localization business we often come across the terms US Spanish and Latin American Spanish. Are there any differences between them? In what way do they differ from International Spanish and Neutral Spanish? Despite the slight variations that may occur in US Spanish, Latin American (LA) Spanish, International Spanish and Neutral Spanish, they all have one thing in common: none of them actually exist.

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The DITA Track at Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2009
Anne Bovard, Comtech Services, Inc.

I’ve just returned from CIDM’s 2009 CMS conference and am pleased to report that the event was a great success. Despite the sluggish economy our numbers were still fairly strong. And we enjoyed a global audience—our participants travelled from 11 countries to join us. Again this year we hosted four tracks: Management, Technical, DITA, and Demo. I had the opportunity to serve as a room monitor for the DITA track this year.

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CIDM Webinar: A Case Study in Agile Adoption
Presented by: Bill Gearhart of Comtech Services and Mike Wethington of BMC Software

This presentation provides a case study of one product and documentation team’s adoption of Agile. We’ll discuss how they focused on customer needs, established priorities, worked only on high-priority items, and got buy-in from the entire team for mutually-assured success. We’ll cover what worked well, what was problematic, and lessons learned over several releases. We’ll conclude with a question and answer session to show how you can harness this powerful methodology to produce better, more usable information for your customers.

Date: Thursday May 14, 2009, 11:00am – 12:30pm EDT (8:00am – 9:30am PDT)

Fee: $75.00

(This webinar is FREE for CIDM Members, please send an email for registration details.)

To register for this webinar click here.

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