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Information Management News
September 2011

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

For a complete Calendar of Events, click on these links:

Conferences

Workshops

Webinars

Other Events


Conferences

The Best Practices Conference 2011 will be held September 12-14 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information click here.

The DITA Europe Conference 2011 will be held November 7-8 in Prague, Czech Republic. For more information click here.

The CMS/DITA North America Conference 2012 will be held April 23-25 in La Jolla, California. For more information click here.

Upcoming Workshops

Developing a Content-Management Strategy
September 20-21, 2011
Bellevue, WA

In this workshop, we’ll examine the issues involved in creating documentation databases. We’ll discuss the impact of single sourcing on department organization, project management, training, writing style, document control, editing, and translation. We’ll review some of the tools available and look at both their strengths and their shortcomings.

JoAnn Hackos, Componize Seminar in Sunnyvale
September 22, 2011
Sunnyvale, CA

Join Componize and CIDM’s JoAnn Hackos for a series of presentations and workshops for documentation and technical writers & managers on September 22, 2011 at the Grand Hotel in Sunnyvale, CA.

DITA: Getting Started
October 18-19, 2011
Cupertino, 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.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
October 18-19, 2011
McLean, VA

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 24-28, 2011
Waltham, 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.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
October 25-26, 2011
St. Leon-Rot, Germany

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.

How to Develop Truly Single-sourced and Reusable Content
November 1, 2011
Las Vegas, NV

Participants in this session will learn about DITA and how DITA is useful to them. You’ll learn the basic skills for creating DITA topics and building DITA maps for outputting different deliverables.


Upcoming Webinars

Handling Warnings in User-Friendly Documentation

Marie-Louise Flacke, CI3M
September 8, 2011, 11am EDT

Yikes! My Online Help and Documentation Project’s Gone Off the Rails! Now What?

Tom Aldous, Adobe Systems Incorporated & Neil Perlin, Hyper/Word Services, Inc.
September 13, 2011, 1pm EDT

Leveraging the Adobe Technical Communication Suite to the maximum: Integrating Adobe FrameMaker with Adobe RoboHelp

Tom Aldous, Adobe Systems Incorporated & Kevin Siegel, IconLogic, Inc.
September 20, 2011, 1pm EDT

DITA 1.2 Learning and Training: Building reusable learning objects

Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services, Inc.
September 22, 2011, 11am EDT

Publishing to Mobile Using Adobe RoboHelp 9

Tom Aldous, Adobe Systems Incorporated & Neil Perlin, Hyper/Word Services, Inc.
September 27, 2011, 1pm EDT

Your First FrameMaker EDD

Tom Aldous, Adobe Systems Incorporated & Alan Houser, Adobe Partner
September 29, 2011, 1pm EDT

Click here for recorded webinars.


Now for Sale:
Introduction to DITA—Second Edition

This new 2011 edition of the bestselling Introduction to DITA includes DITA 1.2 mechanisms, including keyref, conkeyref, constraint mechanism, and more information to bring DITA users up to date. The tutorial lessons guide you step-by-step through the learning process from developing information topics and maps through content reuse mechanisms and modifying the DITA environment to better meet your needs.

Order your copy today!


Information Delivery 2011—How Are You Getting Content to Your Customers?
JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

During the 2011 early summer, The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM), with the sponsorship of Alcatel-Lucent, surveyed CIDM members and others about the methods they use to deliver content to their customers. We received 355 responses to the survey, representing a very wide distribution of industries and specializations. The largest percentage of respondents came from computer software, representing 53% of responses.

Read the article.


Rare Bird Award 2011—Summary of Submissions
Anne Grosvenor, Comtech Services, Inc.

Thanks to all of our 2011 Rare Bird submitters. Our community members continue to strive towards improving process and efficiency with outstanding innovations and leadership.

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Book Review
How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of “Intangibles” in Business

Bill Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

The 13th annual Best Practices conference is fast approaching. This year’s conference is in San Antonio, Texas, September 12, 13, and 14, with a welcoming reception on Sunday evening, the 11th. As you may know, each year we select a conference theme and theme book. The theme for the San Antonio conference is measurement, although a significant portion of the conference will be in other areas. The theme book is How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of “Intangibles” in Business by Douglas W. Hubbard (Wiley, 2010). This year we are also privileged to have Mr. Hubbard as our keynote speaker. We urge all conference participants to read the book in advance. You can purchase the book from Amazon in either paper or Kindle format.

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Reading Is Dead
Rich Maggiani, Solari
Reprinted with permission from Rich Maggiani.

I had just parked my car in the local library’s parking lot. My seventeen-year-old son, who I just picked up from his lacrosse practice, happily sat next to me. Until I told him of my agenda in the library. That’s when he looked at me with that withering expression teenagers perfect, shrugged apathetically, and returned to his iPod earphoned bliss. As I was alighting to proceed through my attendant tasks, he exploded that ‘reading is dead’ bomb on me.

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JoAnn Hackos, Componize Seminar in Sunnyvale

Join Componize and CIDM’s JoAnn Hackos for a series of presentations and workshops on September 22, 2011 at the Grand Hotel in Sunnyvale, CA.

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Announcements

SDL Recognized by KMWorld for Product Excellence and Innovation

The Optical Society Selects Data Conversion Laboratory For Major Publishing Project

Introducing an Informal Monthly Online Community Gathering: Ask the Adobe Technical Communication team

Quark Announces Pubs-XML Accelerator Version 4

PTC Recognized as 2011 Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management Partner of The Year

DS SolidWorks Corp. deploys IXIASOFT’s DITA CMS Solution to Support its Global Documentation Strategy

Click here for more announcements.


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