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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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  February 142012, 2012 - February 14, 2112 This Web Writing and Editing class is perfect for web content managers, editors and writers--basically, anyone migrating content from print to web, or transitioning content over to a CMS.

What I teach is based on my 11+ years online, and is skills-based, practical, hands-on computer training on working directly with content.

Merry Bruns


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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.