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ASIS&T 2006
  November 3 - 8 The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.


ASIS&T 2006 - Call for Papers


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Information Realities: Shaping the Digital Future for All"
November 3-8, 2006
Hilton Austin, Austin, Texas

Information technology has enabled an expanding digital world, inextricably linked to our physical existence but revolutionary in terms of human creativity and thought. New technologies for mobile communication, massively distributed collaboration, and real-time information sharing are radically impacting human expressions, interactions and records. There is likely to be a continuing demand for powerful information organization, aggregation, and dissemination tools to harness these new information realities.

However, the key to understanding these trends must be found at human and social levels. To reflect on and address the challenges ahead, some of the critical questions we are interested in are:

  • What are the implications of these digital trends?
  • What opportunities are arising?
  • Are there dangers that we need to prepare for?
  • How will the future information world be shaped and who will shape it?
cmf2006
  November 7 - 9 Conference, Workshop, CM Pros Events submitted via web form.


This conference brings together practitioners from across Europe, such as executives, web managers, corporate webmasters, web editors, project managers and IT professionals. Joining us is also leading experts, gurus, and vendors from around the globe.

Adobe FrameMaker 2006 Chautauqua
  November 9 - 10 Conference Events submitted via web form.


Co-sponsored by Adobe Systems and Quadralay, and brought to you by Bright Path Solutions, this three-day global gathering of FrameMaker users is a must-attend event. Presentations specifically related to DITA include:  Leveraging DITA in a Multilingual Environment, The impact of Darwin Information Typing Architecture on Technical Communication, Adobe FrameMaker and DITA, and FrameDITA-lite. Additional presentations include: Pay No Attention to the (Wo)Man Behind the Curtain: Moving Your Team Towards Single-Sourcing, Developing Documentation with Structured FrameMaker and XML on a Small Budget, and Complexity to Simplicity with Controlled English and FrameMaker.

A special remote keynote will be delivered by Bob Doyle -- the inventor of the first handheld video game, the first desktop publishing application and much more. Additional notable keynotes/presenters include: Don Day (IBM), Eliot Kimber (Innodata-Isogen), Michael Hu (Adobe Systems), Bernard Aschwanden (Publishing Smarter) and Bret Freeman (CM Pros).

CMS Best Practice Seminar
  November 21 BNP CMS and Portal Best Practice Seminar 2006

The independent Danish consulting company BNP since 2000 annually conducts comprehensive benchmark analysis of the leading content management systems (CMS) and portal products in the European market.  
The BNP CMS and Portal Best Practice Seminar 2006 will take place on Tuesday the 21st November 2006 from 9 am to 5 pm at
Moltkes Palae, Dronningens Tvaergade 2, Copenhagen, Denmark.

At the seminar BNP will present the conclusions from the new 2006/2007 Benchmark Analysis and reveal the Award winning companies. BNP has also selected nine of the Leader Award winners to briefly present the part of their setup that entitled them to win within the category they have won. This way the participants at seminar will get a good insight to best practice in the CMS and portal world of 2006.

As a new feature this year BNP has identified vendors displaying exceptional functionality within 15 important categories. BNP will officially name a Leader and a Challenger in each category.

The BNP CMS and Portal Benchmark Analysis is unique in a European context and among the most detailed analyses of this specific market.

BNP Consulting has selected 38 leading Danish and international CMS and portal vendors to participate in the analysis. In the period of April – July 2006 the vendors have provided a large amount of information about their services and products.

More than 14.000 pages of answers to the questions in the RFI including documentation have now been analysed by BNP. As in previous years BNP has written a summary containing the main conclusions and trends within the Danish/Nordic and European CMS and portal market. The summary can be downloaded on the website of BNP: https://www.bnp.dk/123.0.html  

CM Pros European Summit
  November 21 The Future of Content Management
What''s the influence of Web 2.0 on content management? How do "faceted browsing", social media, wiki''s and weblogs fit into a content management strategy? Is Microsoft going to control the content management market with SharePoint & Content Management Server 2007? Will the innovations be instigated by ERP vendors such as SAP and Oracle. And what''s IBM''s role? Will the growth of content management vendors continue?

Listen to the vision of five well-known content management vendors active in The Netherlands. Ask them questions and debate the future of content management together with content management professionals.

Get updated on the future of content management in one evening.

Location: Leiden University
Date: Thursday November 23rd
Time : 18:00 - 21:00
Admittance: 100 euro (free admittance for CM Pros and Cascadis members, and students)
Vendors: GX, Hippo, Mediasurface, Q42, Tridion

The evening will be followed by dinner and drinks (dutch treat!).
Sign up through Adriaan Bloem, am.bloem@ics.leidenuniv.nl.

CM Professionals Fall 2006 Summit
  November 27 Conference, Workshop, CM Pros Content Management Professionals (CM Pros) Fall 2006 Summit, "Content Management and the World Enterprise", brings together content management practitioners from around the globe and from various disciplines. Practitioners with experience solving real-world globalization content management problems will deliver presentations, lead panel discussions, facilitate roundtables, and offer hands-on workshops designes to teach attendees new skills they can put to use when they return to work. In addition, attendees will gain new contacts within the Content Management Professionals international community of practice.

The day-long Summit, the sixth of its kind in three years, takes place 27 November 2006, and is co-located with the 3rd annual Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies Boston (www.gilbaneboston.com). Hotel discounts are available for a limited time.

Early registration discounts are available until 30 September 2006.

Non-members receive a one-year CM Pros membership with registration. Existing members receive a one-year CM Pros membership extension with registration.

Register today

The Gilbane Conference on Content Technologies Boston
  November 28 - 30 CM Pros The Gilbane Conferences on Content Management cover content management technologies and enterprise solutions and provide educational information for IT managers, system architects, and technically oriented business and project managers. Conferences focus on both content technology and successful case studies. All events include tracks on content technology that is strategic to all industries and IT infrastructures, as well as sessions that provide an in-depth look at application specific solutions.


The Gilbane Conference on Content Technologies Boston

Pre-conference Tutorials: November 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Main Conference: November 28, 8:30am - November 30, 5:00pm

Technology Demonstrations:
November 28, 10:00am - 7:00pm & November 29, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

Mark your Calendar!

More information on the program coming soon. In the meantime, join us inat Gilbane San Francisco or Gilbane Washington. You can also see our Boston exhibitors to-date.

If you would like to submit a speaking proposal, see the instructions. The deadline is May 15, 2006.

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DITA 2007 West
  February 5 - March 8 DITA Conference DITA Conference

DITA is co-sponsored by Bright Path Solutions and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards.

The location is Raleigh, North Carolina USA.


DITA 2007 West, scheduled for February 5-7, 2007 in San Jose, CA, brings together experts from around the globe for a three-day conference designed to help attendees leverage the power of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA).

Presenters will demystify DITA, explore its usefulness, expose its limitations, describe its components, reveal its flexibility, and showcase successful DITA implementations. Hands-on workshops and real-world case studies will demonstrate the strength and usefulness of DITA to technical communicators, while exhibitors will showcase their software authoring tools, content management systems, and consulting services designed to extend DITA functionality.

Register

Documation
  March 7 - 8 Reed Expositions France - Documation
ORGANISER, GERER ET PUBLIER VOTRE INFORMATION : LES ENJEUX DE DOCUMATION

La maîtrise de le gestion de documents et de leur contenu est devenu en quelques années un facteur clé de rentabilité des entreprises.

Aujourd'hui, il est donc indispensable d'organiser les flux d'information, de les gérer, d'en faciliter l'accès et de les publier efficacement.
 
Documation est une occasion unique de rencontrer tous les acteurs du marché et de participer à des conférences gratuites à forte valeur ajoutée!

Pour vous tenir informer des nouvelles applications disponibles sur le marché, des méthodes efficaces à adopter ou tout simplement pour bénéficier de l’expertise des acteurs clés du marché : venez à Documation 2007!

En 2006, 88.50% de nos visiteurs était satisfait de sa visite.
 
Proving Ground for Information Architecture and Taxonomy
  March 7 Workshop Events submitted via web form.



Team-based, Project-Driven, Education Combined with Hands-On Consulting

This results-oriented workshop is an intensive consultative education session in which you will receive top-notch interaction with senior Delphi Information Architecture and Taxonomy faculty. Additionally, the group workshop setting offers you the added benefit of hearing about the strategy and design ideas of other teams, which are likely to challenge and encourage your team to strive for next-level results as you work toward your team goals.

Make no mistake about it, this workshop is a must if you are serious about developing a sustainable Information Architecture.

IA Summit 2007
  March 24 - 27 Conference, IAI The Information Architecture (IA) Summit is the premier gathering place for information architects. Everyone who touches on IA is welcome to share and learn.
The 2007 conference is the 8th IA Summit and will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Important Dates

  • All session proposals & papers: October 31 2006 (closed)
  • Notification of acceptance: End December 2006
  • Programme announcement: Mid January
  • Conference registration opens: Mid January
  • Pre-conference workshop materials due (for printing): early March 2007
  • Regular presentation materials due: early March 2007
  • IA Summit pre-conference workshops: 22-23 March 2007
  • IA Summit conference: 24-26 March 2007

Theme & topics

This year's theme is 'Enriching IA', examining three things:

  • Rich information: Sharing experiences dealing with rich and complex information
  • Rich interaction: The internet is rapidly moving towards a more interactive environment. How does this affect what we do?
  • Rich relationships: There are two aspects to this - social computing radically affects how we work with information; and the IA Summit is a great place to catch up with friends and make new ones
Content Management Strategies/DITA North America
  March 25 - 28 Conference, DITA Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference 2007
CMS/DITA NA Conference 2007

Presented by CIDM


Register by February 14th and save $200!
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For 2007, find two unique conferences side-by-side to meet the needs of organizations looking for cost effective ways to create and manage content and increase the value of information for customers.

Content Management Strategies, in its 9th season, remains the premier conference if you are managing technical and business-oriented content throughout the enterprise. CMS 2007 meets your immediate needs, if you are

  • Planning to roll out an enterprise-wide content management system
  • Reusing content to decrease the costs of Global Product Deployment
  • Outputting to multiple media from a Single Source of content
  • Managing modular, topic-based content for assembly into multiple deliverables
  • Wondering how you are ever going to find enough time to do everything that needs to be done to restructure and invigorate all your legacy content

DITA North America, in its 3rd season, brings you the leading corporate adopters, industry experts, and key vendors on the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. DITA has clearly reached a Tipping Point to become the foremost international standard for technical and business content.

Learn from the best in the field who know how to get started with a DITA implementation and reap a significant Return on Investment. Learn how quickly DITA is spreading far beyond technical manuals to technical and business content in the enterprise.

At CMS and DITA NA, you’ll find a returning community of information developers and publishers who value building and managing core content as much as its presentation and delivery.

For more information and to register visit the conference web site at https://www.cm-strategies.com.


Post Conference Workshops
  • From Design to Deployment with DITA: Using the DITA Open Toolkit to Produce User Assistance—IBM
  • CMS Solutions: Six Important How To's—Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Information Modeling—Comtech Services, Inc.

Hotel Information
    The Fairmont Copley Plaza
    138 St. James Avenue
    Boston, MA 02116
    Tel: 617-267-5300
    Fax: 617-267-7668
    Web site: https://www.fairmont.com/copleyplaza
    Please ask for the Content Managment Strategies 2007 room rate.

Comtech Services, Inc.
710 Kipling Street, Suite 400, Denver, Colorado 80215 USA, +1-303-232-7586
© 2006 by Comtech Services, Inc. All rights reserved.

 
Gilbane Conference on Content Management
  April 10 - 13 The Gilbane Conferences on Content Management cover content management technologies and enterprise solutions and provide educational information for IT managers, system architects, and technically oriented business and project managers. Conferences focus on both content technology and successful case studies. All events include tracks on content technology that is strategic to all industries and IT infrastructures, as well as sessions that provide an in-depth look at application specific solutions.


Gilbane San Francisco and the LISA Forum

Are you a Content Manager? An IT Strategist or Project Manager?

A Business Manager or Marketing Manager that needs to improve or streamline information creation, management and delivery?

If so, our popular conference series returns to San Francisco with a greatly expanded collection of educational programs, including tracks focused on web and other enterprise content management applications such as enterprise digital rights management, enterprise search and information access technologies, publishing technology, wikis, blogs and collaboration tools, and information on globalization and translation technology. Learn how to apply the right technologies to your business application from experienced content management practitioners, consultants, and technologists. This is the premier content management event for business and technology decision makers who are looking for strategic, technical and market opportunities in the expanding field of content management.

The Gilbane Conference San Francisco
Palace Hotel San Francisco, April 10 - 12, 2007
Exhibit Hours

Wednesday - April 11 - 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday - April 12 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Highlights of the 2007 Gilbane San Francisco Conference include:

  • The industry's favorite Conference on Content Management Technologies covering web and enterprise content management applications with more of the high-quality educational content we are known for than ever before.
  • New! - Two-day LISA Forum USA
  • New! - Expanded Track on Enterprise Search & Information Access.
  • New! - Expanded Track on Publishing Strategies & Technologies.
  • New! - Expanded Track on Enterprise Wikis & Collaboration.
  • Understand how to leverage content management within your organization
  • Vetted Case Studies from the Content Technology Works Initiative.
  • In-depth tutorials taught by the experts who even other experts depend on.
  • Technology Showcase - 60 plus content technology suppliers will show you their latest products, services and features. Our exhibitors include the large well-known players, as well as lots of newer companies with great technology that you won't find at other industry events.
CM Pros Spring Summit
  April 13 - 14 CM Pros Summit is the main face-to-face meeting of CM Professionals, the Content Management Community of Practice. See www.cmprofessionals.org


"Managing Content Management Projects" is the theme of the seventh CM Pros Summit.

It will be held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, April 13, 2007, in conjunction with the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies.

AIIM 2007
  April 17 - 19 Conference, AIIM AIIM is the largest enterprise content & document management conference and exposition showcasing the technologies and solutions that provide intelligence behind information.


AIIM Expo


April 16-19, 2007
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

The Information Management Event

Welcome to AIIM 2007

conference expo event

Attend the AIIM Conference for Expert Insight and Advice from the World's Leading Information Management Practitioners

  • From Basic Content Services to Enterprise Deployment: Capture, Manage, Share, Store, and Retrieve
  • Define & Manage Your Information Life Cycle
  • Assess & Select the Right Technologies
  • Justify Your Content Management Investment

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Meet Face-to-Face with Hundreds of the World's Top ECM Solution Providers

  • Content Management
  • Data Capture & Storage
  • Records Management & Compliance
  • Document Management
  • Search & Information Access
  • Business Process Management
  • Content Integration



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Exhibitor Resource Center

Come Join Thousands of Industry Suppliers and Information Technology Professionals at AIIM Conference & Expo:



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X-Pubs
  June 4 - 5 The X-Pubs Conference showcases real XML end-users and global thought-leaders who have rolled out XML solutions big and small, presenting on their experiences.

X-Pubs 2007 is for Managers and Team Leaders who want to how other companies have...

  • Reduced publishing times and costs
  • Managed translation and reduced its costs
  • Increased accuracy delivered more effectively
  • Avoided implementation pitfalls
  • Simplified publishing to multiple-channels
  • Realised the benefits of:

    • Content Management
    • XML / DITA / S1000D
    • Structured Authoring and Single Sourcing

This Year’s theme is: “How did they do it?”

X-Pubs has pushed hard to make sure all presentations are pragmatic and example-based to provide real answers to the question “How did we do it?”

How did they:

  • Run a successful XML implementation?
  • Manage culture shock and change?
  • Avoid risks to their return on investment?

Register

DITA 2007 East
  October 4 - 6 Conference, DITA DITA Conference DITA Conference

DITA is co-sponsored by Bright Path Solutions and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards.

The location is Raleigh, North Carolina USA.


DITA 2007™-East

October 4-6, 2007

McKimmon Conference Center

Raleigh, North Carolina USA

DITA 2007™-East, the third BrightPath North American conference of DITA users, brings together experts from around the globe for a conference designed to help attendees leverage the power of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture OASIS Standard.

More info...

DocTrain EAST 2007
  October 16 - 20 Conference, Workshop, DITA

DocTrain (Documentation & Training) Conference


The theme of the 8th Annual Documentation & Training East Conference is Advancing Your Career. The event takes place October 16-20, 2007 and is designed to help you improve the skills and expertise you’ll need to future proof your career and improve your value as a professional technical communicator.

For $999 you get all of the following:

  • Choice of pre-conference half-day workshops (October 16-17)
  • Choice of over 40 conference sessions (October 18-19)
  • Choice of post-conference half-day workshop (October 20)
  • Access to the Management Summit (October 18-19)
  • Access to the networking cocktail reception (October 18)
  • Breakfast and carving station lunches during conference
STC UK Conference on XML/DITA/FrameMaker
  November 10 - 11 Conference, STC The Society of Technical Communications, United Kingdom Chapter, has various special events each year.

Come and join STC UK at our 2-day training event on 10th and 11th November 2007 in Manchester! If you are in the early stages of a DITA implementation, or are still considering your XML options, then this is one event that you won't want to miss. Alan Houser, principal of Group Wellesley consultants, co-author of the XML Weekend Crash Course, highly experienced FrameMaker trainer, and member of the DITA Technical Committee, is visiting England to impart some of his valuable knowledge and experience to us. And Indi Liepa of Nokia will be telling it how it is from a user's viewpoint. This is a great opportunity to participate in an intensive workshop and training event. Book before 19 October for discounted prices.

This event will take place on the weekend of 10-11 November, 2007, at the Novotel, Manchester Centre. It is sponsored by Salford Translations Ltd, not only a leading translation agency, but also experts in handling FrameMaker and XML content for its clients.

Registration details

Gilbane Conference on Content Management
  November 27 - 29 Conference The Gilbane Conferences on Content Management cover content management technologies and enterprise solutions and provide educational information for IT managers, system architects, and technically oriented business and project managers. Conferences focus on both content technology and successful case studies. All events include tracks on content technology that is strategic to all industries and IT infrastructures, as well as sessions that provide an in-depth look at application specific solutions.


The dramatic growth and diversity of enterprise content and the technologies for creating, managing, finding, sharing and delivering it, have created today's biggest challenge to organizations who need IT and information management strategies to support competitive, compliant and compelling content for both internal and external facing business applications. "Content management" is not simply an application, but a strategy that uses a wide range of tools and practices that are rapidly evolving. Some new technologies can provide significant advances in internal productivity and customer satisfaction. But how do you know what works and what doesn't? Join us in Boston where the industry experts from leading technology, enterprise IT, analyst, and consulting firms will keep you abreast of the latest successful strategies and techniques so you can ensure your organization doesn't get left behind. Conference Program

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Practical Uses for DITA - Part 1: Service Manual Application
  March 11 Events submitted via web form.


An integrated solution can be critical to realizing the key benefits of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), and a pre-built system designed around a specific document type – in this case, service manuals– can give you a low-risk way to jump start your implementation. PTC is first to deliver a complete out-of-the-box solution for service manuals that’s based on DITA.

Learn more about how SMA provides critical components of an implementation:

* Specifies the required and optional components of a service manual
* Embodies best practices for creating service information
* Specifies how service manual components are to be formatted for various types of media

Presenter

* Peter Velikin ~ PTC Director Product Marketing

Register today!

Practical Uses for DITA - Part 1: Service Manual Application
  March 11 Events submitted via web form.


An integrated solution can be critical to realizing the key benefits of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), and a pre-built system designed around a specific document type – in this case, service manuals– can give you a low-risk way to jump start your implementation. PTC is first to deliver a complete out-of-the-box solution for service manuals that’s based on DITA.

Learn more about how SMA provides critical components of an implementation:

* Specifies the required and optional components of a service manual
* Embodies best practices for creating service information
* Specifies how service manual components are to be formatted for various types of media

Presenter

* Peter Velikin ~ PTC Director Product Marketing

Register today!

WritersUA Annual Conference 2008
  March 16 - 19 Conference, STC, DITA


The WritersUA Conference goal is to provide an event with the most comprehensive and timely information specifically designed for user assistance professionals.


The WritersUA Conference includes many cutting-edge topics. As part of your conference registration you receive printed Conference Proceedings and admission to the Exhibition, Peer Showcase, Product Demonstrations, Networking Lunches and a Networking Reception.

Registration is open for the Sixteenth Annual WritersUA Conference to be held in Portland, Oregon, at the Portland Hilton March 16-19, 2008. The Portland area offers a wonderful location for visitors to choose from a variety of activities and entertainment.

The WritersUA Conference includes over sixty cutting-edge topics Sunday, March 16, through Wednesday, March 19. As part of your conference registration you receive printed Conference Proceedings and admission to the Exhibition, Peer Showcase, Product Demonstrations, Networking Lunches and a Networking Reception.

Our goal is to continue to provide an event with the most comprehensive and timely information specifically designed for user assistance professionals. The 2007 roster represented 45 of the United States, 5 provinces of Canada, and 11 other countries. Attendance has totaled over 8,000 people in the past 15 years!

Register today
Practical Uses for DITA - Part 2: Product Documentation and Training
  March 26 Events submitted via web form.


A long-standing problem at PTC, as with other companies, has been our limited ability to reuse common content among different document deliverables. To reduce cost and improve the re-usability of our documents, we needed a single-source XML authoring environment to create modular content to be used by multiple authors across multiple courses and published in multiple formats.

Attend this webinar to learn how:

* Single-sourcing using the capabilities of Arbortext allowed for 9+ deliverables from one source
* Using a DITA based solution helped to modularize course design and facilitate reuse
* Adopting a dynamic publishing solution benefited course consistency, standards and development

Presenters

    * Jeff Filo ~ PTC, Curriculum Development Manager
    * Pushpinder Toor ~ PTC, Adoption Architect

Register today!

DocTrain West 2008
  May 6 - 9 Conference

DocTrain (Documentation & Training) Conference


The theme of the 2nd Annual Documentation & Training West Conference is Web 2.0 and Its Impact on Communication.

For $999 you get all of the following:

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Gilbane Conference on Content Management
  June 18 - 20 Conference The Gilbane Conferences on Content Management cover content management technologies and enterprise solutions and provide educational information for IT managers, system architects, and technically oriented business and project managers. Conferences focus on both content technology and successful case studies. All events include tracks on content technology that is strategic to all industries and IT infrastructures, as well as sessions that provide an in-depth look at application specific solutions.


Content management is more important than ever. But even as organizations are working to get their hands around rapidly growing and increasingly diverse collections of content, new web technologies are providing opportunities to create, manage, share, and deliver richer content more easily, sometimes cheaper, and often quicker.

This does not (usually) mean you need to "rip and replace" your existing systems - "content management" is not simply an application, but a strategy that employs a wide range of tools and practices that complement each other. The challenge is to figure out what works and what doesn't, and what works together. What are the successful combinations of web content management, enterprise search, text analytics, social computing, infrastructure, etc.? This year we'll focus on helping you move beyond the mainstream content technologies you may be used to, to enhanced "2.0" versions.

Join the discussion with industry experts from leading technology, enterprise IT, analyst, and consulting firms who will keep you engaged and educated on the latest successful strategies, technologies and techniques so you can ensure your organization doesn't get left behind.

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Topics to be covered in-depth include:

  • Web Content Management (WCM)
  • Enterprise Search, Text Analytics, Semantic Technologies
  • Collaboration, Enterprise Wikis & Blogs
  • "Enterprise 2.0" Technologies & Social Computing
  • Content Globalization & Localization
  • Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
  • Enterprise Rights Management (ERM)
  • Publishing Best Practices
  • XML Content Strategies

The Gilbane Conference - San Francisco
The Westin Hotel San Francisco, June 18 - 20, 2008

Register today
X-Pubs 2008
  June 22 - 24 Conference, DITA The X-Pubs Conference showcases real XML end-users and global thought-leaders who have rolled out XML solutions big and small, presenting on their experiences.

X-Pubs 2008: Re-invent the Customer Experience


Where and When - London Heathrow Marriott Hotel, UK, June 22-24, 2008


Delivering on the XML Promise


How can XML and component based content systems fundamentally change how our content consumers see and experience information?

Presentations on:
  • Web 2.0 / multimedia delivery
  • Task-based Information Architecture
  • Innovative training and eLearning delivery
  • Innovations in presentation and collaboration models
  • Getting the most out of user-driven content
  • Effective workflow design

Who should come?

  • X-Pubs 2008 is for Team Leaders, Technical Communicators, Product Managers, Learning
    Content professionals, and so on who are looking to improve the way content is reused
    and communicated inside and outside their organisation.

Register today

DocTrain Life Sciences
  June 23 - 26 Conference

DocTrain (Documentation & Training) Conference


The theme of the Documentation & Training Life Sciences 2008 Conference is The Right Prescription For Life Sciences Content.

For $1,299 you get all of the following:

View the conference program. Additional sessions being added. Interested in presenting? Let us know.
  • Choice of pre-conference half-day workshops (June 23)
  • Choice of over 30 conference sessions (June 24-25)
  • Choice of post-conference half-day workshop (June 26)
  • Access to the networking cocktail reception (June 24)
  • Breakfast and carving station lunches during conference
Register
Training Webinar: Nuts and Bolts of the DITA Open Source Toolkit
  June 26 Events submitted via web form.


Suite Solutions is offering a series of public training webinars.
Workshops are given by an experienced consultant who’s slogged through the trenches on real projects. They will be intensive, technical, and useful. This is the first webinar in the series.
- Overview of DITA and the DITA-OT
- DITA-OT Components
- Installing the DITA-OT
- Running the DITA-OT
- Rendering outputs using different transtypes
- Filtering output using DITAVAL
- Using the DITA-OT with Antenna House and RenderX
- Common Errors and Mistakes
Each webinar will start at 1:00PM Eastern Time and will last about 3 hours with a short break in the middle. You may pick any number or combination of webinars. Visit our site for pricing information:
https://www.suite-sol.com/pages/services/services_training.html

For more information or to register, please send email to register@suite-sol.com
As an alternative to the public forum, we are happy to provide private training and support for your organization tailored to your needs.

Training Webinar: Understanding and Configuring the DITA-OT FO Plug-In: Session I: Under the Hood
  July 8 Events submitted via web form.


- Review of PDF Generation
- Getting Started with XSL, XSL-FO and XPath
- Introduction to the FO Plug-in
- Customizing the FO Plug-in - Intro

Each webinar will start at 1:00PM Eastern Time and will last about 3 hours with a short break in the middle. You may pick any number or combination of webinars. Visit our site for pricing information:
https://www.suite-sol.com/pages/services/services_training.html

For more information or to register, please send email to register@suite-sol.com
As an alternative to the public forum, we are happy to provide private training and support for your organization tailored to your needs.

Understanding and Configuring the DITA FO Plug-In: Session II: Making it Work for You
  July 10 Events submitted via web form.


Suite Solutions is offering a series of public training webinars.
Workshops are given by an experienced consultant who’s slogged through the trenches on real projects. They will be intensive, technical, and useful. This is the third webinar in the series.

- Brief Review of FO Plug-in
- Customizing the FO Plug-in - Advanced
- Customization Case Studies
- Customizing for Localization
- Configuration Issues
- Debugging Tips

Each webinar will start at 1:00PM Eastern Time and will last about 3 hours with a short break in the middle. You may pick any number or combination of webinars. Visit our site for pricing information:
https://www.suite-sol.com/pages/services/services_training.html

For more information or to register, please send email to register@suite-sol.com
As an alternative to the public forum, we are happy to provide private training and support for your organization tailored to your needs.

Training Webinar: Understanding and Configuring DITA-OT for Publishing HTML formats
  July 15 Events submitted via web form.


Suite Solutions is offering a series of public training webinars.
Workshops are given by an experienced consultant who’s slogged through the trenches on real projects. They will be intensive, technical, and useful. This is the fourth webinar in the series.

- Overview of HTML Formats: Web, HTML Help, JavaHelp, Eclipse Help
- Review of DITA-OT Components
- Overview of Transtypes and Files Generated for Each Format
- Customizing Style Sheets: XSLT and CSS
- Case Studies and Samples
- Overview: Publishing via FrameMaker DITA-FMx, WebWorks, Robohelp

Each webinar will start at 1:00PM Eastern Time and will last about 3 hours with a short break in the middle. You may pick any number or combination of webinars. Visit our site for pricing information:
https://www.suite-sol.com/pages/services/services_training.html

For more information or to register, please send email to register@suite-sol.com
As an alternative to the public forum, we are happy to provide private training and support for your organization tailored to your needs.

DITA Open Toolkit Workshop - Making it Work for You (Santa Clara, CA)
  September 9 - 11 Events submitted via web form.


Conducted by an experienced consultant who’s slogged through the trenches on real projects, this three-day workshop is intensive, technical, and useful with plenty of hands-on exercises. It is geared for those who are familiar with DITA and need to go the next step to publish their DITA content into production-ready high-quality PDF or online Help using their own look and feel and meeting their own publishing and localization requirements.

Offered jointly by XyEnterprise & Suite Solutions.

East Coast Training Session - Boston
September 16-18, 2008
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
XyEnterprise Headquarters
101 Edgewater Drive
Wakefield, Massachusetts

The Workshop will be appropriate for all levels of familiarity, from beginner to advanced user. Please note the technical prerequisite:
participants should already be familiar with DITA and XML.

Day 1: Nuts and Bolts of the DITA Open Toolkit
    * Overview of the DITA-OT and its Components
    * Rendering Outputs in Different Formats with the DITA-OT
    * Filtering Output Using DITAVAL
    * Common Errors and Mistakes
    * Where to Go for Support: Online Resources

Day 2: Understanding and Configuring the FO Plug-in for Generating PDFs
    * Getting Started with XSL, XSL-FO and XPath
    * Introduction to the FO Plug-in
    * Customizing the FO Plug-in
    * Customization Case Studies
    * Customizing for Localization
    * Rendering PDFs with Antenna House, RenderX and XPP
    * Configuration Issues and Debugging Tips

Day 3: Understanding and Configuring the DITA-OT for Publishing HTML formats
    * Overview of HTML Formats: Web, HTML Help, JavaHelp, Eclipse Help
    * Overview of Transtypes and Files Generated for Each Format
    * Customizing Style Sheets: XSLT and CSS
    * Case Studies and Samples
    * Overview: Publishing via FrameMaker DITA-FMx, WebWorks, RoboHelp

Cost
$1,200 per student. This fee includes three days of instruction, a detailed course-guide/workbook to bring home, and daily lunches.

Ask a Question
Get more information about program prerequisites, content or logistics.
traci.carmona@xyenterprise.com

Register Online
Course S101: https://www.xyenterprise.com/support/training_reg_form.html
OR
https://www.suite-sol.com/pages/services/services_training_boston_siliconvalley_xyenterprise.html

DITA Open Toolkit Workshop - Making it Work for You (Boston)
  September 16 - 18 Events submitted via web form.


Conducted by an experienced consultant who’s slogged through the trenches on real projects, this three-day workshop is intensive, technical, and useful with plenty of hands-on exercises. It is geared for those who are familiar with DITA and need to go the next step to publish their DITA content into production-ready high-quality PDF or online Help using their own look and feel and meeting their own publishing and localization requirements.

Offered jointly by XyEnterprise & Suite Solutions.

East Coast Training Session - Boston
September 16-18, 2008
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
XyEnterprise Headquarters
101 Edgewater Drive
Wakefield, Massachusetts

The Workshop will be appropriate for all levels of familiarity, from beginner to advanced user. Please note the technical prerequisite:
participants should already be familiar with DITA and XML.

Day 1: Nuts and Bolts of the DITA Open Toolkit
    * Overview of the DITA-OT and its Components
    * Rendering Outputs in Different Formats with the DITA-OT
    * Filtering Output Using DITAVAL
    * Common Errors and Mistakes
    * Where to Go for Support: Online Resources

Day 2: Understanding and Configuring the FO Plug-in for Generating PDFs
    * Getting Started with XSL, XSL-FO and XPath
    * Introduction to the FO Plug-in
    * Customizing the FO Plug-in
    * Customization Case Studies
    * Customizing for Localization
    * Rendering PDFs with Antenna House, RenderX and XPP
    * Configuration Issues and Debugging Tips

Day 3: Understanding and Configuring the DITA-OT for Publishing HTML formats
    * Overview of HTML Formats: Web, HTML Help, JavaHelp, Eclipse Help
    * Overview of Transtypes and Files Generated for Each Format
    * Customizing Style Sheets: XSLT and CSS
    * Case Studies and Samples
    * Overview: Publishing via FrameMaker DITA-FMx, WebWorks, RoboHelp

Cost
$1,200 per student. This fee includes three days of instruction, a detailed course-guide/workbook to bring home, and daily lunches.

Ask a Question
Get more information about program prerequisites, content or logistics.
traci.carmona@xyenterprise.com

Register Online
Course S101: https://www.xyenterprise.com/support/training_reg_form.html

DITA: Getting Started
  January 20 - 21 Workshop, DITA

JoAnn Hackos’s Workshop Series announces the DITA: Getting Started workshop in Chicago, IL January 20-21, 2009, taught by Frank Miler.

DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) provides you with an open-source OASIS standard to support topic-based authoring of well-structured content. Out of the box, DITA encompasses three primary information types (concept, task, and reference) that provide a structure amenable to most technical information, as well as a mechanism for extending the structure to specialize your industry's needs.

This workshop is designed as an introduction to Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA). DITA is an information architecture that presents a powerful solution for information developers. It is meant for those who need to implement structured documentation, including writers, editors, information architects, and their managers.

This workshop will cover the basics of creating DITA topics, assembling them into maps, creating relationship tables, and getting everything to process for final output. Everything is hands-on. You are required to bring a laptop computer and sample documentation to complete exercises with. Be prepared to learn how to use a DITA XML editor to author topics.

Receive the Introduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture book free with registration to this workshop.

To register and for information about this workshop please visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/dita.shtml.

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  February 7 Events submitted via web form.

Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference 2009
  April 27 - 29

Join us for the premier content management conference of the year. Content Management Strategies/DITA North America bring together speakers, vendors, and participants who are looking for the best solution to manage their marketing, technical, and enterprise content. Hear from and talk with the people who are looking for solutions that promote both efficiency of operations and effectiveness of message to customers. This year the conference will be held at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, April 27-29.

If you are looking for better ways to manage content and democratize content creation throughout your organization, CMS/DITA 2009 will meet your needs.

  • Rolling out content management across your Global Enterprise
  • Reducing the cost of translating content for Global Customers
  • Establishing methods to use content throughout the Value-Creation Stream—from product development through deployment and after-market support
  • Managing Modular, topic-based content for assembly into multiple deliverables
  • Wondering how you are ever going to find enough time to do everything that needs to be done to restructure and invigorate all your legacy content

DITA North America, in its 5th season, brings you the leading corporate adopters, industry experts, and key vendors on the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. DITA has clearly reached a Tipping Point to become the foremost international standard for technical and business content.

Learn from the best in the field who know how to get started with a DITA implementation and reap a significant Return on Investment. Learn how quickly DITA is spreading far beyond technical manuals to technical and business content in the enterprise.

At CMS and DITA NA, you’ll find a returning community of information developers and publishers who value building and managing core content as much as its presentation and delivery.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.cm-strategies.com or contact us at info@infomanagementcenter.com or at 303-232-7586.

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  August 1 Events submitted via web form.


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Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
  August 4 - 5 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment workshop in Eden Prairie, MN, August 4-5, 2009, taught by Bill Gearhart.

This workshop focuses on the Scrum Agile methodology and how documentation departments can adjust to this high-speed development environment. During the workshop you will learn to manage resources for documentation groups in an Agile environment, scope and define user stories, and prioritize your efforts when resources are scarce.

Managers and individual contributors attending this workshop will come away with a firm understanding of the Scrum process and how documentation can effectively engage in the process for both engineering and documentation-centric projects.

The course is exercise-intensive using complex but easy-to-understand examples to map out documentation planning and implementation within the Scrum process. If you have a documentation team transitioning to Scrum, we recommend coming to the workshop as a group.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/agile.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use Workshop
  August 11 - 12 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use workshop in Madison, WI, August 11-12, 2009 taught by JoAnn Hackos. We invite you to join JoAnn in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
DITA Boot Camp
  August 24 - 28 Workshop, DITA The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the DITA Boot Camp workshop in Warrendale, PA, August 24-28, 2009, taught by Bill Gearhart and Hal Trent.

DITA Boot Camp will cover 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. In this workshop you will get the core values of structured authoring, information modeling, minimalism, business process change, and DITA details and implementation. By structuring a task in DITA, learn the structure inherent in the core DITA specialized information types: task, concept, and reference.

The Boot Camp workshop requires that you bring a laptop computer, sample documentation to complete exercises with and be prepared to learn a DITA XML editor to author topics.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/ditabootcamp.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use workshop
  September 2 - 3 Workshop

The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use workshop in Portland, ME, September 2-3, 2009 taught by Bill Gearhart. We invite you to join Bill in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.

Best Practices 2009 Conference
  September 14 - 17 Conference Join CIDM members and colleagues at the 11th Annual Best Practices Conference in Vancouver, Washington on September 14-16, 2009. At this premier industry conference for managers representing documentation training, and support, learn how your colleagues are promoting and implementing industry best practices and responding to the economic downturn. Using a wealth of experience as a guide, you will exchange expertise and understanding to
  • respond to the current economic crisis by making difficult decisions about content priorities
  • use metrics to legitimize your organization’s value
  • respond to new product-development methodologies like Agile and Scrum
  • manage innovations that promote operational efficiencies and respond to customer needs
  • move content into a wiki environment
  • add social media strategies to your portfolio
  • extend content management across organizational boundaries
We are also pleased to announce the 6th Annual Rare Bird Award. This prestigious award is given to one manager and team each year. The winning applications showcase the actions of an organization that exemplifies best practices in managing information development.

We invite managers, staff, and vendor members to participate in the Best Practices Showcase at the 2009 Best Practices Conference. The Showcase provides a wonderful opportunity to converse personally with colleagues about your own best practices.

For more information about the conference, visit our web site at https://www.infomanagementcenter.com/bestpractices/2009/index.htm.
Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use workshop
  September 23 - 24 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use workshop in Cleveland, OH September 23-24, 2009 taught by Bill Gearhart. We invite you to join Bill in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
DITA Boot Camp Workshop
  September 28 - October 3 Workshop, DITA DITA Booth Camp
DITA Booth Camp
September 28 - October 2, 2008
San Mateo, CA
Register Now!

This workshop includes a complimentary copy of the Introduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture book.

In the DITA Boot Camp program you'll get the core values of

  • Structured Authoring
  • Information Modeling
  • Minimalism
  • Business process change
  • DITA details and implementation

What is DITA all about?

By structuring a task in DITA, learn the structure inherent in the core DITA specialized information types: task, concept, and reference.

What do I learn about Structured Authoring?

Structured authoring is the essential ingredient in Information Modeling. Learn how to create an Information Model for your organization.

Learn

  • the core requirements of an Information Model
  • the business value of structured writing
  • about an information architecture team
  • the DITA information Types and Content Units
  • a sample Information Model to help you create your own

What does Minimalism have to do with DITA?

Learn why eliminating empty text and focusing on what users really need to know is a critical first step toward structured authoring. You can't create structured topics out of text that nobody wants and no one ever reads.

Learn

  • to evaluate when minimalist strategies should be used
  • the minimalist agenda
  • the four basic principles of minimalism
  • why minimalist information is read by 90% of users
  • how major corporations have implemented minimalism in their technical information

What if I don't know XML?

If you're unfamiliar with the basics of HTML and XML, attend a special evening session on Tuesday night.

Learn

  • the basic XML concepts and terminology
  • how XSLT and style sheets transform XML tagged text into formatted deliverables
  • how to read a Document Type Definition (DTD)

What about DITA details?

Move from structured authoring and minimalism to the details of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA). DITA is the OASIS standard for topic-based information development. Learn why it is fast becoming the standard for technical communication worldwide.

Learn

  • build a business case for moving to the DITA
  • plan a topic-based project using annotated topic lists
  • create a DITA map to organize your topics into deliverables for PDF, HTML, and help systems
  • set up relationship tables
  • handle conditional processing and content reuse through conrefs
  • process a DITA map using the DITA Open Toolkit

Materials Needed

Bring a laptop computer, sample documentation to complete exercises with, and download the latest preview copy of Arbortext Editor.

Register NOW! We expect DITA Boot Camp to be very popular. Space is limited to 25 participants.

ATTENTION CIDM MEMBERS. Because of very limited space, we will not be offering the standard 2 for 1 deal for DITA Boot Camp. However, you will receive a 10% DISCOUNT off the regular price of $1950. Please register with Lovonya Thomas at lovonya@comtech-serv.com to receive this CIDM member discount.


For more information and to register visit the workshop web site at
https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml.


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  October 3 Events submitted via web form.


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Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
  October 6 - 8 Workshop

The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment workshop in Culver City,CA, October 6-7, 2009, taught by Bill Gearhart.

This workshop focuses on the Scrum Agile methodology and how documentation departments can adjust to this high-speed development environment. During the workshop you will learn to manage resources for documentation groups in an Agile environment, scope and define user stories, and prioritize your efforts when resources are scarce.

Managers and individual contributors attending this workshop will come away with a firm understanding of the Scrum process and how documentation can effectively engage in the process for both engineering and documentation-centric projects.

The course is exercise-intensive using complex but easy-to-understand examples to map out documentation planning and implementation within the Scrum process. If you have a documentation team transitioning to Scrum, we recommend coming to the workshop as a group.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/agile.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.

BIT’s 7th Annual Congress of International Drug Discovery Science and Technology (IDDST)
  October 22 - 25 Events submitted via web form.


The IDDST congress is initiated by BIT Life Sciences in 2003, with 6 years’ contribution in this field, it has attracted more 800 world renowned speakers with over 40,000 professionals around the world as a leading international event for the professionals to pinpoint and identify opportunities and market needs, explore Asian demand and get updated on latest breakthroughs in drug R&D.

In 2009, this is an exciting time for those in drug discovery and development field once again. With the emphasis on the practical, actionable ideas for accelerating discovery and early development, the 7th congress will be the great opportunity for the world’s leading scientists and executives to share with you the latest advancements in viral studies and their strategic approaches to win the race to bring in the next blockbuster drug to market and milestones of innovative therapeutics. Through IDDST congress 2009, you will gain a full coverage on the up-to-date with the booming drug R&D industry and its partnering potential in Asia, also deeply understand the market and current situation to get what you need, such as the strategies of major pharmacy players in integrating scientific, technological, talent and business resources in a flat world to increase business competitive capacities.

User and Task Analysis for Information Design
  October 28 - 30

The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the User and Task Analysis for Information Design workshop in Pleasanton, CA October 28-29, 2009, taught by JoAnn Hackos.

The User and Task Analysis workshop provides the basis for linking customers and goals with technical content. In this two-day workshop, you learn to analyze your users and their goals, develop task lists, and link user tasks to the conceptual, background, and reference content users need. You learn to organize user tasks and supporting content into an Annotated Topic List (ATL). You then use your ATL to produce a topic-based architecture for your modular content. Apply the results of this workshop directly to your current projects. If you are moving to topic-based authoring and modular content, this workshop moves you many steps ahead in your planning process.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.

Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use Workshop
  November 3 - 4 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use workshop in Germantown, MD November 3-4, 2009 taught by JoAnn Hackos. We invite you to join JoAnn in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
DITA Europe conference 2009
  November 16 - 17 Conference, DITA Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the 5th Annual DITA Europe Conference at the Holiday Inn Munich in Munich, Germany. The conference will be held 16-17 November. Meet publications professionals who have implemented DITA in their organizations and hear from representatives of key tools vendors who are actively supporting the DITA community.

The 2009 conference features a panel of DITA experts who will explain the most important changes to DITA included in the 1.2 Specification. Learn what is new and what it means from members of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, including
  • Generic task topic
  • Keyref mechanism
  • Constraint mechanism
  • Machinery task specialization
  • Hazard statements
  • Glossary, terminology, acronyms
  • Learning and training specialization
  • Referencing a range of elements
  • Conref push
DITA Europe gives you many opportunities to learn about DITA from people who are in the midst of their own implementations. Learn the benefits of managing information as topics and the pitfalls to avoid for success. Come away with an understanding of what DITA is, how it can improve your technical information, and what tools you will need to bring all of it together.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website at https://www.infomanagementcenter.com/DITAeurope/2009/index.htm or contact us at info@infomanagementcenter.com or at 303-232-7586.
Structured Writing for Single Sourcing
  December 2 - 4 Workshop

The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Structured Writing for Single Sourcing workshop in Santa Clara, CA December 2-3, 2009, taught by JoAnn Hackos.

This workshop is meant for those who need to implement single-sourcing and structured authoring for their content and want to understand the requirements for becoming an Information Architect. You learn how to create an Information Model, Authoring Guidelines, and project-focused Annotated Topic Lists. You consider how to develop a strategy for implementing collaborative team building. Come away from this workshop with a full understanding of how to plan and implement a structured information-development environment. This workshop gives you the tools needed to make the move to topic-based authoring manageable. .

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.

Structured Writing for Single Sourcing
  December 15 - 16 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Structured Writing for Single Sourcing workshop in Burlington, MA December 15-16, 2009, taught by Bill Gearhart.

This workshop is meant for those who need to implement single-sourcing and structured authoring for their content and want to understand the requirements for becoming an Information Architect. You learn how to create an Information Model, Authoring Guidelines, and project-focused Annotated Topic Lists. You consider how to develop a strategy for implementing collaborative team building. Come away from this workshop with a full understanding of how to plan and implement a structured information-development environment. This workshop gives you the tools needed to make the move to topic-based authoring manageable.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
Information Modeling for Topic-based Authoring in XML
  February 23 - 24 The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Information Modeling for Topic-based Authoring in XML workshop in Golden, CO February 23-24, 2010, taught by JoAnn Hackos.

Developing a sound, comprehensive Information Model is critical to your move to structured authoring, XML, and content management. The Information Model defines the structures your writers use to develop content that is consistent and reusable.

Your Information Model provides the foundation for your authoring guidelines and the implementation of content management in your organization.

In this workshop, learn how to build an information model for your organization. You learn to define your information types, the content units they contain, your standard document structures, as well as your metadata schema, naming conventions, and file and folder structure.

We ask you to bring sample materials to use in the workshop exercises. You will not need your computer for this workshop.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/info_modeling.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com .
Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2010 conference
  April 19 - 22 At CMS/DITA North America 2010, join an outstanding group of individuals who have moved their organizations into content management, implemented the DITA standard, reduced their operations costs, and solved copious technical issues. The program is divided into four segments to give you an opportunity to specialize in one area or sample from several:
  • Management—building a business case, measuring ROI, reducing costs, handling translations, and more
  • Information design and development—creating a collaborative work environment, handling variable content, developing a culture of structured authoring, thinking in topics, and more
  • Technology—XML processing and publication, feature-based profiling, reuse strategies, and more
  • Vendor demonstrations—component content management systems, XML editors, dynamic publishing, graphics management, stylesheet development, and more
Come for community, learning, expertise, and leave with a wealth of new ideas that help you reap the benefits of managing content in your organizations. In its 12th successful year, CMS/DITA NA is the premier conference for everyone who manages technical and business content in small departments and huge global enterprises.

Visit our website at https://www.cm-strategies.com or contact us at 303-232-7586 for more information and to register.
DITA: Getting Started Workshop
  May 5 - 6

JoAnn Hackos’s Workshop Series announces the DITA: Getting Started workshop in Westminster, CO May 5-6, 2010, taught by Hal Trent

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) provides you with an open-source OASIS standard to support topic-based authoring of well-structured content. Out of the box, DITA encompasses three primary information types (concept, task, and reference) that provide a structure amenable to most technical information, as well as a mechanism for extending the structure to specialize your industry's needs.

This workshop is designed as an introduction to DITA. DITA is an information architecture that presents a powerful solution for information developers. It is meant for those who need to implement structured documentation, including writers, editors, information architects, and their managers.

This workshop will cover the basics of creating DITA topics, assembling them into maps, creating relationship tables, and getting everything to process for final output. Everything is hands-on. You are required to bring a laptop computer and sample documentation to complete exercises with. Be prepared to learn how to use a DITA XML editor to author topics.

Receive the Introduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture book free with registration to this workshop.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/dita.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586
DITA Boot Camp Workshop
  May 10 - 15

The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the DITA Boot Camp workshop in San Jose, CA May 10-14, 2010, taught by JoAnn Hackos and Frank Miller.

DITA Boot Camp will cover 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. In this workshop you will get the core values of structured authoring, information modeling, minimalism, business process change, and DITA details and implementation. By structuring a task in DITA, learn the structure inherent in the core DITA specialized information types: task, concept, and reference.

The Boot Camp workshop requires that you bring a laptop computer, sample documentation to complete exercises with and be prepared to learn use an XML editor to author topics.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/ditabootcamp.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.

Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
  May 19 - 21

The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment workshop in San Diego,CA, May 19-20, 2010, taught by Bill Gearhart.

This workshop focuses on the Scrum Agile methodology and how documentation departments can adjust to this high-speed development environment. During the workshop you will learn to manage resources for documentation groups in an Agile environment, scope and define user stories, and prioritize your efforts when resources are scarce.

Managers and individual contributors attending this workshop will come away with a firm understanding of the Scrum process and how documentation can effectively engage in the process for both engineering and documentation-centric projects.

The course is exercise-intensive using complex but easy-to-understand examples to map out documentation planning and implementation within the Scrum process. If you have a documentation team transitioning to Scrum, we recommend coming to the workshop as a group.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/agile.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.

Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use workshop
  July 13 - 15 Workshop

The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Manuals People Can Use workshop in Boulder, CO July 13-14, 2010 taught by JoAnn Hackos. We invite you to join JoAnn in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/minimalism.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.

Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2
  July 20 - 22 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2 in XML workshop in San Mateo, CA, July 20-21, 2010, taught by Hal Trent.

The advanced DITA training 2-day workshop will detail the features of the upcoming DITA 1.2 spec, including the new publishing mechanisms, provide hands-on training transforming DITA content into usable formats, and introduce strategies to conditionally publish documents using the DITA provided mechanisms, XSLT, and XSL-FO/XHTML.

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. Each attendee will receive samples of the XSL-FO for PDF output and XHTML style sheet for web output covered in the course.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/advanced_dita.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
  August 19 - 21 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment workshop in Hillsboro, OR, August 19-20, 2010, taught by Bill Gearhart.

This workshop focuses on the Scrum Agile methodology and how documentation departments can adjust to this high-speed development environment. During the workshop you will learn to manage resources for documentation groups in an Agile environment, scope and define user stories, and prioritize your efforts when resources are scarce.

Managers and individual contributors attending this workshop will come away with a firm understanding of the Scrum process and how documentation can effectively engage in the process for both engineering and documentation-centric projects.

The course is exercise-intensive using complex but easy-to-understand examples to map out documentation planning and implementation within the Scrum process. If you have a documentation team transitioning to Scrum, we recommend coming to the workshop as a group.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/agile.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
Minimalism: Creating Information People Can Use
  October 5 - 6 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Information People Can Use workshop in Austin, TX October 5-6, 2010 taught by JoAnn Hackos. We invite you to join JoAnn in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/minimalism.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
DITA Boot Camp
  October 11 - 15 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the DITA Boot Camp workshop in Costa Mesa, CA October 11-15, 2010, taught by Bill Gearhart and Frank Miller.

DITA Boot Camp will cover 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. In this workshop you will get the core values of structured authoring, information modeling, minimalism, business process change, and DITA details and implementation. By structuring a task in DITA, learn the structure inherent in the core DITA specialized information types: task, concept, and reference.

The Boot Camp workshop requires that you bring a laptop computer, sample documentation to complete exercises with and be prepared to learn use an XML editor to author topics.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/ditabootcamp.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.comor at 303-232-7586.
EMC Momentum Europe 2010 Lisbon
  October 25 - 28 Events submitted via web form.


Momentum is the ultimate information exchange for the content management & archiving (CMA) community. You will gain access to world class solutions offered by EMC's partner community and benefit from a vast collection of breakout sessions, a world-class Solutions Exhibition, strategic networking activities and unforgettable social events.
Furthermore, at Lisbon ECM Consulting will present it's newest solution first time for the public, at stand S6. The new product, called Voyager CMX is the next step for satisfying of the corporate needs in ECM!

Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2
  October 25 - 26 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2 in Wakefield, MA, October 25-26, 2010, taught by Hal Trent. The Advanced DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.

After a brief overview of the DITA framework, course lectures and exercises will focus on the key pieces of a DITA publishing architecture, how to set it up, and how to optimize its publishing capabilities using customizations and plug-ins. Attendees will learn to set up a publishing architecture using the DITA-OT pipeline and learn how to configure and debug the DITA-OT.

With the publishing architecture set up and configured, participants will then be introduced to the programming skills required to customize and optimize the publishing architecture. Practical exercises will encompass all of the programming and markup languages needed to transform and format DITA XML for PDF and web output. Languages will include XSLT, XPath, XSL-FO, XHTML, and CSS.

The course will conclude with an overview of the upcoming DITA 1.2 specification and potential ramifications for the publishing architecture. Participants will learn about key features of the new specification as they relate to publishing, including keyref, conref push, constraints, and subject scheme maps. Exercises will focus on reuse and conditional processing using the keyref mechanism.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
DITA Boot Camp
  November 1 - 5 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the DITA Boot Camp workshop in Cambridge, MA November 1-5, 2010, taught by JoAnn Hackos and Hal Trent.

DITA Boot Camp will cover 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. In this workshop you will get the core values of structured authoring, information modeling, minimalism, business process change, and DITA details and implementation. By structuring a task in DITA, learn the structure inherent in the core DITA specialized information types: task, concept, and reference.

The Boot Camp workshop requires that you bring a laptop computer, sample documentation to complete exercises with and be prepared to learn use an XML editor to author topics.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
DITA: Getting Started
  November 2 - 3 JoAnn Hackos’s Workshop Series announces the DITA: Getting Started workshop in San Jose, CA, November 2-3, taught by Frank Miller.

DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) provides you with an open-source OASIS standard to support topic-based authoring of well-structured content. Out of the box, DITA encompasses three primary information types (concept, task, and reference) that provide a structure amenable to most technical information, as well as a mechanism for extending the structure to specialize your industry's needs.

This workshop is designed as an introduction to Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA). DITA is an information architecture that presents a powerful solution for information developers. It is meant for those who need to implement structured documentation, including writers, editors, information architects, and their managers.

This workshop will cover the basics of creating DITA topics, assembling them into maps, creating relationship tables, and getting everything to process for final output. Everything is hands-on. You are required to bring a laptop computer and sample documentation to complete exercises with. Be prepared to learn how to use a DITA XML editor to author topics.

Receive the Introduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture book free with registration to this workshop.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
DITA Europe conference 2010
  November 15 - 16 Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the 6th Annual DITA Europe Conference at the Imperial Riding School—A Renaissance Hotel in Vienna, Austria. The conference will be held 15-16 November 2010. Meet publications professionals who have implemented DITA in their organizations and hear from representatives of key tools vendors who are actively supporting the DITA community.

In 2010, DITA Europe features presenters ready to share a wealth of DITA experience. Vikram Nanwani of ITT and Keith Schengili-Roberts of AMD have three and four years respectively of business measurements to report. Joe Gollner of Stilo leads us through his experience developing a sophisticated publishing process. Tony Self of HyperWrite and colleague, Gjertrud Wiggen Kamstrup of Visma, demonstrate implementing DITA in a global authoring environment. Thilo Buchholz of SAP, Thomas Zschocke of the United Nations University, and Sissi Closs of Comet guide us through working with the new DITA Learning and Training Specialization.

DITA Europe gives you many opportunities to learn about DITA from people who are in the midst of their own implementations. Learn the benefits of managing information as topics and the pitfalls to avoid for success. Come away with an understanding of what DITA is, how it can improve your technical information, and what tools you will need to bring all of it together.

For more information and to register please visit the conference website at https://www.infomanagementcenter.com/DITAeurope/2010/index.htm.
DITA: Getting Started
  November 16 - 18 Workshop JoAnn Hackos’s Workshop Series announces the DITA: Getting Started workshop in Vienna, Austria November 17-18, 2010, taught by Frank Miller.

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) provides you with an open-source OASIS standard to support topic-based authoring of well-structured content. Out of the box, DITA encompasses three primary information types (concept, task, and reference) that provide a structure amenable to most technical information, as well as a mechanism for extending the structure to specialize your industry's needs.

This workshop is designed as an introduction to DITA. DITA is an information architecture that presents a powerful solution for information developers. It is meant for those who need to implement structured documentation, including writers, editors, information architects, and their managers.

This workshop will cover the basics of creating DITA topics, assembling them into maps, creating relationship tables, and getting everything to process for final output. Everything is hands-on. You are required to bring a laptop computer and sample documentation to complete exercises with. Be prepared to learn how to use a DITA XML editor to author topics.

Receive the Introduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture book free with registration to this workshop.

Register online at https://www.infomanagementcenter.com/DITAeurope/2010/register.htm or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.comor at 303-232-7586.
Submitted
  November 20 Events submitted via web form.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
  November 29 - December 1 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need workshop in Research Triangle Park, NC November 30-December 1, 2010 taught by JoAnn Hackos. We invite you to join JoAnn in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/minimalism.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.comor at 303-232-7586.
Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
  December 7 - 8 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need workshop in Maidenhead, United Kingdom December 7-8, 2010 taught by JoAnn Hackos. We invite you to join JoAnn in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/minimalism.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.comor at 303-232-7586.
Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
  December 8 - 9 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need workshop in Palo Alto, CA December 8-9, 2010 taught by Bill Gearhart. We invite you to join Bill in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/minimalism.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.comor at 303-232-7586.
DITA: Getting Started
  December 8 - 10 Workshop JoAnn Hackos’s Workshop Series announces the DITA: Getting Started workshop in Maidenhead, United Kingdom December 9-10, 2010 , taught by JoAnn Hackos.

Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) provides you with an open-source OASIS standard to support topic-based authoring of well-structured content. Out of the box, DITA encompasses three primary information types (concept, task, and reference) that provide a structure amenable to most technical information, as well as a mechanism for extending the structure to specialize your industry's needs.

This workshop is designed as an introduction to DITA. DITA is an information architecture that presents a powerful solution for information developers. It is meant for those who need to implement structured documentation, including writers, editors, information architects, and their managers.

This workshop will cover the basics of creating DITA topics, assembling them into maps, creating relationship tables, and getting everything to process for final output. Everything is hands-on. You are required to bring a laptop computer and sample documentation to complete exercises with. Be prepared to learn how to use a DITA XML editor to author topics.

Receive the Introduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture book free with registration to this workshop.

Register online at https://www.infomanagementcenter.com/DITAeurope/2010/register.htm or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.comor at 303-232-7586.
Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
  January 25 - 26 Workshop

The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need workshop in El Segundo, CA January 25-26, 2011, taught by JoAnn Hackos. We invite you to join JoAnn in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/minimalism.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
  March 8 - 9 Workshop

The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need workshop in Natick, MA March 8-9, 2011, taught by JoAnn Hackos. We invite you to join JoAnn in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/minimalism.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.

Conference for Software User Assistance
  March 13 - 26 Events submitted via web form.


Session details are now posted for the nineteenth annual WritersUA Conference for Software User Assistance. The event takes place March 13-16, 2011, in Long Beach, California.
https://www.writersua.com/conference/index.html
The conference provides the most comprehensive and timely information specifically designed for user assistance professionals. It features over eighty cutting-edge topics from over fifty experts, project demonstrations from other user assistance developers, plus an exhibition of products and services, certificate programs, and networking events.
For further information, see https://www.writersua.com/conference/
The conference topics cover a broad range of key tools, processes, technologies, and techniques.
* Multimedia Production
* DITA and XML
* User Experience
* Content Strategy
* Writing Techniques
* UA for Mobile Devices
* Hands-on Computer Tutorials
* Adobe, Microsoft, Google
* Case Studies

Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2
  March 22 - 23 Conference The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Advanced DITA Training including DITA 1.2 in Norwood, MA, March 22-23, 2011, taught by Hal Trent. The Advanced DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.

After a brief overview of the DITA framework, course lectures and exercises will focus on the key pieces of a DITA publishing architecture, how to set it up, and how to optimize its publishing capabilities using customizations and plug-ins. Attendees will learn to set up a publishing architecture using the DITA-OT pipeline and learn how to configure and debug the DITA-OT.

With the publishing architecture set up and configured, participants will then be introduced to the programming skills required to customize and optimize the publishing architecture. Practical exercises will encompass all of the programming and markup languages needed to transform and format DITA XML for PDF and web output. Languages will include XSLT, XPath, XSL-FO, XHTML, and CSS.

The course will conclude with an overview of the upcoming DITA 1.2 specification and potential ramifications for the publishing architecture. Participants will learn about key features of the new specification as they relate to publishing, including keyref, conref push, constraints, and subject scheme maps. Exercises will focus on reuse and conditional processing using the keyref mechanism.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/advanced_dita.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
Content Management Strategies/ DITA North America 2011 conference
  April 4 - 6 Conference The CIDM (The Center for Information-Development Management) announces the 13th annual Content Management Strategies/ DITA North America 2011 conference April 4-6, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.

At CMS/DITA North America 2011, join an outstanding group of individuals who have moved their organizations into content management, implemented the DITA standard, reduced their operations costs, and solved copious technical issues. The program is divided into four segments to give you an opportunity to specialize in one area or sample from several: Management, Authoring, Technical solutions, and Tools.

Come for community, learning, and expertise, and leave with a wealth of new ideas that help you reap the benefits of managing content in your organization. In its 13th successful year, CMS/DITA NA is the premier conference for everyone who manages technical and business content in small departments and huge global enterprises.

Join a community of information developers, localization experts, information architects, production specialists, and others who understand the value of useful and usable content.

For more information please visit the conference website at https://www.cm-strategies.com or contact us at info@infomanagementcenter.com or at 303-232-7586.
Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment
  April 28 - 30 The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Developing Quality Documentation in an Agile Environment workshop in San Jose, CA, April 28-29, 2011, taught by Bill Gearhart.

This workshop focuses on the Scrum Agile methodology and how documentation departments can adjust to this high-speed development environment. During the workshop you will learn to manage resources for documentation groups in an Agile environment, scope and define user stories, and prioritize your efforts when resources are scarce.

Managers and individual contributors attending this workshop will come away with a firm understanding of the Scrum process and how documentation can effectively engage in the process for both engineering and documentation-centric projects.

The course is exercise-intensive using complex but easy-to-understand examples to map out documentation planning and implementation within the Scrum process. If you have a documentation team transitioning to Scrum, we recommend coming to the workshop as a group.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/agile.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
Information Modeling for Topic-based Authoring in DITA and XML
  May 3 - 5 The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Information Modeling for Topic-based Authoring in DITA and XML workshop in Everett, WA, May 3-4, 2011, taught by Frank Miller.

Developing a sound, comprehensive Information Model is critical to your move to structured authoring, XML, and content management. The Information Model defines the structures your writers use to develop content that is consistent and reusable.

Your Information Model provides the foundation for your authoring guidelines and the implementation of content management in your organization.

In this workshop, learn how to build an information model for your organization. You learn to define your information types, the content units they contain, your standard document structures, as well as your metadata schema, naming conventions, and file and folder structure.

We ask you to bring sample materials to use in the workshop exercises. You will not need your computer for this workshop.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/info_modeling.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com.
OpenCms Days 2011 - Conference and Expo
  May 9 - 10 Events submitted via web form.


OpenCms Days 2011 - May 09 to May 10, 2011

OpenCms Days 2011 will take place from Monday, May 09 to Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in Cologne, Germany.

The OpenCms 8 User Experience

OpenCms 8 will bring a major update of the content manager user interface. The new Advanced Direct Edit feature will allow content managers to create, modify and publish new pages directly with drag & drop on their web pages, making OpenCms much more user friendly.

The final version of OpenCms 8 will be made available for public download on the first day of the conference. A release candidate version of OpenCms 8 will be downloadable earlier.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the new features of OpenCms 8 directly from the developers.

OpenCms Days 2011 conference will feature 2 parallel tracks with Showcase and Workshop sessions:

  • Showcase track sessions will present a variety of OpenCms show cases and best practices from OpenCms projects all over the world.
  • Workshop sessions for developers provide in-depth, hands-on presentations and workshops about the new technical features in OpenCms 8.

At the OpenCms Days 2011 conference expo, OpenCms solution providers will exhibit their OpenCms business solutions and enhancements.

OpenCms Days 2011 is targeted towards an international audience. The language spoken at the event is English, and all presentations will be held in English language.

Registration price:

Early bird registration (by March 15): 180,- Euro
Normal registration (after March 15): 200,- Euro

The full program and list of speakers will be available March 16, 2011 from the conference website.

DITA Boot Camp
  June 20 - 24 The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the DITA Boot Camp workshop in Fresh Meadows, NY June 20-24, 2011, taught by Bill Gearhart and Hal Trent.

DITA Boot Camp will cover 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. In this workshop you will get the core values of structured authoring, information modeling, minimalism, business process change, and DITA details and implementation. By structuring a task in DITA, learn the structure inherent in the core DITA specialized information types: task, concept, and reference.

The Boot Camp workshop requires that you bring a laptop computer, sample documentation to complete exercises with and be prepared to learn use an XML editor to author topics.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/index.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.com or at 303-232-7586.
Best Practices Conference 2011
  September 12 - 14 Join our CIDM members and colleagues for a deep dive into Measuring Anything. Based on input from all of the members who took part in our marathon conference calls in April, the Advisory Council and I selected the conference theme book:

How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business, by Douglas Hubbard

We've invited key members to present the measurements they've put into practice, and we're planning a fantastic interactive session where you get to plan the measurement that gets the attention of your management and answers your questions about what and how to measure.

But measuring isn't the only subject we highlight. Don't miss presentations on collaborating across the enterprise, developing a strategic plan, and delving into new media. If you've been to Best Practices before, you know that the presentations, showcase, and interactive sessions are only part of the experience. Join me for a one-of-a-kind community-building experience.

Find more information and register online at a https://www.infomanagementcenter.com/bestpractices/2011/index.htm.
Developing a Content-Management Strategy
  September 20 - 22 The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Developing a Content-Management Strategy workshop in Redmond, WA September 20-21, 2011 taught by JoAnn Hackos.

In this workshop, you examine the issues involved in creating a content-focused database and the information you need to develop a persuasive business case. You learn about the impact of single sourcing on department organization, project management, training, writing style, document control, editing, and translation. You review some of the best tools available and look at their strengths and their shortcomings. Content Management Strategies is designed for anyone needing to implement a content management system or tool into their information-development processes.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/content_mgmt.shtml or contact us at 303-232-7586.
DITA: Getting Started
  October 18 - 19 The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the DITA: Getting Started workshop in Cupertino, CA October 18-19, 2011, taught by Frank Miller.

This workshop is designed as an introduction to Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA). DITA is an information architecture that presents a powerful solution for information developers. It is meant for those who need to implement structured documentation, including writers, editors, information architects, and their managers. During the workshop you will learn to design and create information using a topic/task-based structured-writing approach. You will also learn how to use XML markup with DITA elements and the importance of the DITA elements to information development.

For more information visit our web site at at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/dita.shtml or at 303-232-7586.
DITA Boot Camp
  October 24 - 28 The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the DITA Boot Camp workshop in Waltham, MA October 24-28, 2011, taught by Bill Gearhart and Hal Trent.

DITA Boot Camp will cover 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. In this workshop you will get the core values of structured authoring, information modeling, minimalism, business process change, and DITA details and implementation. By structuring a task in DITA, learn the structure inherent in the core DITA specialized information types: task, concept, and reference.

The Boot Camp workshop requires that you bring a laptop computer, sample documentation to complete exercises with and be prepared to learn use an XML editor to author topics.

For more information visit our web site at https://www.comtech-serv.com/workshops/ditabootcamp.shtml or contact us at workshops@comtech-serv.comor at 303-232-7586.
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What I teach is based on my 11+ years online, and is skills-based, practical, hands-on computer training on working directly with content.

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Advanced Publishing for DITA
  November 13 - 15 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Advanced Publishing for DITA workshop in Portland, OR, November 13-15, 2012, taught by Hal Trent.

The Advanced Publishing for DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.

After a brief overview of the DITA framework, course lectures and exercises will focus on the key pieces of a DITA publishing architecture, how to set it up, and how to optimize its publishing capabilities using customizations and plug-ins. You will learn to set up a publishing architecture using the DITA-OT pipeline and learn how to configure and debug the DITA-OT.

With the publishing architecture set up and configured, participants will then be introduced to the programming skills required to customize and optimize the publishing architecture. Practical exercises will encompass all of the programming and markup languages needed to transform and format DITA XML for PDF and web output. Languages will include XSLT, XPath, XSL-FO, XHTML, and CSS.

To register or for more information please visit our website at: https://comtech-serv.com/url/advancedita or contact us at 303-232-7586.
Advanced Publishing for DITA
  December 4 - 6 Workshop We invite you to join Hal Trent December 4-6, 2012 in San Antonio, TX for the Advanced Publishing for DITA workshop.

The Advanced Publishing for DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.

After a brief overview of the DITA framework, course lectures and exercises will focus on the key pieces of a DITA publishing architecture, how to set it up, and how to optimize its publishing capabilities using customizations and plug-ins. You will learn to set up a publishing architecture using the DITA-OT pipeline and learn how to configure and debug the DITA-OT.

With the publishing architecture set up and configured, participants will then be introduced to the programming skills required to customize and optimize the publishing architecture. Practical exercises will encompass all of the programming and markup languages needed to transform and format DITA XML for PDF and web output. Languages will include XSLT, XPath, XSL-FO, XHTML, and CSS.

To register or for more information please visit our website at: https://comtech-serv.com/url/advancedita or contact us at 303-232-7586.
Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
  December 5 - 6 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need workshop in Lanham, MD December 5–6, 2012 taught by Bill Gearhart. We invite you to join Bill in understanding the key to getting the maximum return on your single-sourcing investment. Learn how to reduce the quantity of documentation you produce by focusing on the needs of the users, eliminating unnecessary verbiage, and aligning your documentation strategy with your company’s market position.

Minimalism continues to be one of our most popular workshops. As you know, information developers everywhere are being told to cut the volume, reduce costs for translation, make information more easily accessible, and provide only what audiences need to know. The Minimalism workshop gives you specific guidelines for evaluating your information and making the right decisions to reduce the volume. But the Minimalism workshop is not about cutting the verbiage alone. We focus on what readers really need to know.

Bring your own materials to the workshop and participate in a series of hands-on sessions to examine your documents and plan for major changes. Many attendees report on decreasing documentation volume by 50% and translation costs by more.

For more information visit our web site at https://comtech-serv.com/url/min or contact us at 303-232-7586.

DITA Getting Started
  December 10 - 11 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the DITA: Getting Started workshop in December 10-11, 2012 in Wakefield, MA , taught by Hal Trent.

The DITA: Getting Started workshop delivers a comprehensive introduction to the DITA 1.2 standard, providing participants with an in-depth look at the end-to-end DITA information development environment.

This training begins with the conceptual and practical challenges of moving from a book-based to topic-based architecture, then quickly progresses into hands-on exercises in an XML authoring environment. In the exercises, participants are guided through the process of making a DITA content plan, creating DITA source topics, assembling the topics into DITA maps, applying metadata, and publishing through the DITA-Open Toolkit.

The workshop is a mix of conceptual and hands-on: students are asked to understand the framework and best practices, then perform exercises to practically apply and reinforce the learnings.

To register or for more information please visit our website at: https://comtech-serv.com/url/ditagetstart or contact us at 303-232-7586.
Information Modeling for Topic-based Authoring
  December 12 - 13 Workshop The JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series announces the Information Modeling for Topic-based Authoring workshop in Lanham, MD December 12-13, 2012 , taught by Dawn Stevens.

Are you responsible for your organization’s Information Architecture? Do you need to understand how to create that architecture and capture the plans and principles in an Information Model?

This workshop is the very best starting point for your implementation of DITA and XML topic-based authoring. We will cover all aspects of the Information Model, which is the set of principles that define your information architecture. Learn how to build an Information Model for your organization. Learn how to define your information types, the content units they contain, your standard document structures, as well as your metadata schema, file and graphic naming conventions, and folder structure. You will have an opportunity to apply the principles to your own content. You will analyze your organization’s potential for content reuse and begin to define a reuse strategy.

If you are already searching for a content management solution or just beginning your content management implementation, it’s not too late. Your first draft of an Information Model prepares you for your pilot project and beyond. Even if you have implemented a content management system and DITA but you’re not getting the return on investment you had hoped, Information Modeling will set you on the right path.

For more information visit our web site at https://comtech-serv.com/url/infomod or contact us at 303-232-7586.
Advanced Publishing for DITA
  December 12 - 14 Workshop We invite you to join Hal Trent December 12-14, 2012 in Wakefield, MA for the Advanced Publishing for DITA workshop.

The Advanced Publishing for DITA workshop will provide attendees with a hands-on walk-through of the essential DITA fundamentals, programming skills, and DITA Open Toolkit configurations required to assemble, style, and publish DITA XML source.

After a brief overview of the DITA framework, course lectures and exercises will focus on the key pieces of a DITA publishing architecture, how to set it up, and how to optimize its publishing capabilities using customizations and plug-ins. You will learn to set up a publishing architecture using the DITA-OT pipeline and learn how to configure and debug the DITA-OT.

With the publishing architecture set up and configured, participants will then be introduced to the programming skills required to customize and optimize the publishing architecture. Practical exercises will encompass all of the programming and markup languages needed to transform and format DITA XML for PDF and web output. Languages will include XSLT, XPath, XSL-FO, XHTML, and CSS.

To register or for more information please visit our website at: https://comtech-serv.com/url/advancedita or contact us at 303-232-7586.