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Information Management News
September 2010

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


The DITA Europe Conference 2010 will be held November 15-16 in Vienna, Austria. For more information click here.

Upcoming Workshops

Minimalism: Creating Information People Can Use
October 5-6, 2010
Austin, TX

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.

DITA Boot Camp
October 11-15, 2010
Costa Mesa, CA

This workshop covers the concepts needed to move to DITA successfully. The Boot Camp takes you from the DITA Basics to the skills you’ll need to create a specific standard for your industry and your content.

Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2
October 25-26, 2010
Wakefield, MA

In this workshop, you are introduced to the transforms and style sheets necessary to publish DITA documents. You will gain the technical knowledge necessary to structure and style DITA content for delivery to HTML, PDF, and other desirable formats.

DITA Boot Camp
November 1-5, 2010
Cambridge, MA

This workshop covers the concepts needed to move to DITA successfully. The Boot Camp takes you from the DITA Basics to the skills you’ll need to create a specific standard for your industry and your content.

DITA: Getting Started
November 2-3, 2010
San Jose, CA

In this workshop, you learn that DITA is a standard for authoring topic-based technical information, that using DITA provides significant business advantages, and that you can get started immediately with the DITA Open Toolkit.

DITA: Getting Started
November 17-18, 2010
Vienna, Austria

In this workshop, you learn that DITA is a standard for authoring topic-based technical information, that using DITA provides significant business advantages, and that you can get started immediately with the DITA Open Toolkit.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Can Use
November 17-18, 2010
Vienna, Austria

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.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Can Use
December 8-9, 2010
Palo Alto, CA

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

DITA for the Common Man

Presented by Don Day
September 9, 2010, 12pm Eastern

Where DITA is Going: DITA 1.2 and Component Content Management

Presented by Kris Eberlein & Frank Closset, SDL
September 28, 2010, 1pm Eastern

Ugly DITA Webinar

Presented by Sheila D’Annunzio, STMicroelectronics & Marc Speyer, Independent
September 30, 2010, 11am Eastern

Click here for recorded webinars.


Announcements

1st International XLIFF Symposium

UA Europe 2010

Chris Palma from Google Books To Keynote RSuite User Conference

SDL and Leximation Team Up to Deliver World-Class DITA Solution for Users of Adobe FrameMaker

Take the SDL Global Authoring Survey 2010

eComPress announces the launch of the Getting Started Tutorial Series

Click here for more announcements.


2010 Best Practices Theme Book—The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership will help you think and execute amidst profoundly changing complexity. With its comprehensive and systemic approach to assessing candidly the situation and yourself, and then taking action, its wisdom and advice are drawn also from the experiences of people like you, committed to advancing what you care about most.

Click here to read the book review by Bill Hackos.


Part 4 of 6—Process Maturity Found: Level 3: Organized and Repeatable
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

We’ve been following Dr. Q as she works with information-development managers building more mature organizations. Checko Software, at level 2, was making considerable progress toward restructuring. Sonoita Technologies spent 3 years working out effective processes and practices. It was quite a struggle at times, particularly when Don Blue, publications manager, faced a potential revolt from some of the writers who preferred working on their own. In a few cases (a very few, fortunately), the staff members decided to move on.

Read the article.


CMS implementation: If I had to start again …
Robin Dube, Agfa HealthCare

Selecting and implementing a CMS is not usually something you get to do over. But, lately I’ve been asking myself, “If I could start again, what would I do differently?” And the answer to that question is “Support”.

Read the article.


Rare Bird Award 2010: Summary of Submissions
Anne Bovard, Comtech Services, Inc.

Thanks to all of our 2010 Rare Bird submitters. Our community members continue to strive towards improving process and efficiency with outstanding innovations and leadership.

Read the article.


Tips for Improving Collaboration Using a Content Management System
Reprinted with permission from Vasont Systems

As organizations get larger and work forces become more dispersed or home-based, it becomes harder to get the right people to collaborate on new or revised content. However, writers are not always comfortable giving up ownership of whole documents and sharing content with others in a content management environment.

Read the article.


Welcome new CIDM member!

Simply XML provides simple, easy to use solutions for creating and publishing XML content. Creating, managing, and publishing content with Content Mapper minimizes costs and ensures efficiency across your organization.

Simply XML’s goal is to allow enterprises to take advantage of information standards like DITA, DocBook, S1000D and Information Mapping by providing authors with simple tools for creating valid, high-quality XML from Microsoft® Word.

They 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.

Learn more about CIDM (Center for Information-Development Management)here.


Information Development: Managing Your Documentation Projects, Portfolio and People
With Information Development: Managing Your Documentation Projects, Portfolio and People, JoAnn Hackos looks beyond the structured project of the 1980s and 1990s. Instead, she focuses on the rapidly changing projects of the 21st century and addresses how to introduce agile information development without neglecting the central focus of planning information design and development around the needs of information users. Buy this book today!

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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