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Simplify the DITA Authoring Experience to Optimize Content Development Efforts

Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015

DCL teamed up with Scott Hudson, Senior Consultant at Comtech, on May 12, 2015, to discuss best practices to make the DITA authoring experience easier while still adding the value of structure and validation to content.

Scott highlighted some of the concerns writers and subject matter experts have when making the transition into DITA authoring. Writers are often leery about DITA authoring because it is so different established content creation practices they followed in the past.

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Simplify the DITA Authoring Experience to Optimize Content Development Efforts

Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015

DCL teamed up with Scott Hudson, Senior Consultant at Comtech, on May 12, 2015, to discuss best practices to make the DITA authoring experience easier while still adding the value of structure and validation to content.

Scott highlighted some of the concerns writers and subject matter experts have when making the transition into DITA authoring. Writers are often leery about DITA authoring because it is so different established content creation practices they followed in the past.

Maintain Content More Easily with Single-Sourced, Modular Topics that Map to Learning Objectives

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015

In 2014, Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), DITA Strategies, and Lasselle-Ramsay, leading providers of content development, conversion, and strategy services, conducted jointly a survey to discover educational and training content trends. Over 200 people responded to the survey, and on April 9, 2015, Adam Golove of DCL hosted a webinar with Joan Lasselle and Amber Swope to present a standout finding: although maintaining learning content is a major challenge, content developers can mitigate issues when creating, maintaining, publishing, and sharing learning content.

DCL and CIDM New Directions Webinar Shares the Results of the 2015 Industry Trends Survey

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On a day known for practical jokes, April 1st, DCL and the Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) teamed up in a webinar to share some real data gained from the 2015 Industry Trends Survey. The survey helps to develop a comprehensive view of the technical communication field by gathering new feedback, comparing it with previous years, and promoting best practices.

The webinar was moderated by DCL's Marketing and Communications Manager, Adam Golove, and the survey results were presented by Comtech Services CEO and CIDM Director, JoAnn Hackos.

DCL DITA Article Series Spotlight (Oh, and Some Time Travel)

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015

How often have you wished you could go back in time to the beginning of a project and do it all differently, knowing what you know now? A new five-part series of articles on DITA implementation, by Naveh Greenberg, DCL’s US Defense Development Director, highlights a survey of companies that likely would largely agree that some time-hopping would come in very handy.

How Data Standards Can Make Clinical Trials Less of a Trial

Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015

In a recent article for Forbes magazine, Raj Indupuri, the CEO of eClinical Solutions, revealed the long, expensive journey a new drug takes from its inception to the pharmacy. Growing amounts of development data and tougher drug regulations, as well as industry mergers, have contributed to a slower approval process. Indupuri highlights specific challenges such as clinical trial data being stored in disconnected formats and lack of repeatable trial processes.

This is where standardized data management comes in – or should.

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