Information Management News
Volume 9, Issue 11
November 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 DITA Europe Conference 2009 will be held November 16-17 in Munich, Germany. For more information click here.

The CMS/DITA North America Conference 2010 will be held April 19-21 in Santa Clara, CA. For more information click here.

The Best Practices Conference 2010 will be held September 13-15 in Hampton, VA. For more information click here.

News & Events

Adoption of Structured Authoring Continues to Rise in Global Business

SDL, the leading provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, announced the results of the 2009 edition of its annual Global Authoring Survey, which explores trends in the authoring of technical documentation across the globe. There were a number of key observations made, including an increase in XML and DITA adoption, as well as a rise in the number of authors who are writing documentation for a global audience, whether translated or not.

IGI Global announces discount of publication

IGI Global, publisher of Books, Journals and Databases in Computer, Medical, Business, Engineering, Education, Social and Information Sciences and Technologies announces a 50% reduction of Virtual Collaborative Writing in the Workplace: Computer-Mediated Communication Technologies and Processes. Click here for the pre-order form.

SDL Global Information Management Conference

Join SDL at this complimentary conference on Tuesday, November 10 to learn key strategies and current trends for delivering and managing global content. Network with industry experts and other localization professionals from top global brands! Seats are limited—register today!

DITA & Dynamic Publishing: A Powerful Combination

During this informative webinar regarding Dynamic Publishing and establishing a powerful source content model based on DITA, we will explore how to investigate benefits and justify a solution within your organization, establish a flexible and modular source content model based on DITA, learn best practices in establishing and maintaining source content for dynamic publishing, create User Personas that accurately reflect your user base, measure to see how content is consumed, and view use case examples of Dynamic Publishing within your organization.

Content and Language Executive Forum

As a business director in a global organization, you are likely facing the challenge of increasing amounts of content and the need to provide that information in the language of the customer.

Sign 09

Sign09 will be the first event of its kind to be held. It is a joint Austro-British enterprise and the organisers anticipate active engagement from designers, architects and manufacturers with the support from the British Council, the British Embassy in Vienna and the Austro British Chamber.

CMS/DITA NA Call for Speakers
The Center for Information-Development Management and Dr. JoAnn Hackos announce a call for participation in the upcoming CMS/DITA North America conference to take place April 19-21, 2010, in Santa Clara, California. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please complete the form and submit to Anne Bovard before December 8, 2009.

Social Networking—a Collaboration Tactic
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

When information developers refer to Social Networking, they are usually thinking about Facebook, or something like it. According to the research referenced in the articles published by the Harvard Business Review, you’ll note that most people think of Social Networking as a means to keep track of friends. Much of the attraction of Facebook sites is in the pictures. Apparently, most people look at pictures to keep up with friends and acquaintances. I find it particularly interesting that the research points to differences between men and women using Social Networking, especially the pictures. Don’t miss out on the researchers insights—quite fascinating!

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More articles

Delivering Structured Documentation with the Daisy CMS
Peter Dykstra, MetaphorX LLC

Moving to a topic-based information architecture? An open source CMS can provide a more accessible alternative for organizations who want to manage and publish structured topic-based information sets but don’t need all the features and complexity of DITA.

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XML and DITA Survey Results
Bill Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

CIDM conducted a survey of XML and DITA productivity online in the summer of 2009. About a hundred DITA and XML users responded. CIDM executed the survey after a number of users mentioned to us that they had suffered losses in productivity rather than gains after moving to XML and DITA.

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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. Buy the e-version today and download immediately!

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

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