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Content Engineering and The Internet of “Smart” Things

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015

Mark Lewis, Content Engineer at Quark and author of DITA Metrics 101, recently teamed up with DCL to discuss content engineering and the Internet of Smart Things, or IoST.

After introducing the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) and IoST, Mark concluded that with the varying definitions, it’s difficult to land on a precise set of ideas or guidelines to follow in development. But for content creators, it all certainly means lots of possibilities, lots of content that needs to be created, and additional complexity to manage.

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Content Engineering and The Internet of “Smart” Things

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015

Mark Lewis, Content Engineer at Quark and author of DITA Metrics 101, recently teamed up with DCL to discuss content engineering and the Internet of Smart Things, or IoST.

After introducing the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) and IoST, Mark concluded that with the varying definitions, it’s difficult to land on a precise set of ideas or guidelines to follow in development. But for content creators, it all certainly means lots of possibilities, lots of content that needs to be created, and additional complexity to manage.

DITA for Small Teams: An Open Source Approach to DITA Content Management

Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Many content teams are relatively small, working for smaller organizations. For them DITA can appear to be such a large and expensive undertaking as to be impossible for small shops. Eliot Kimber of Contrext, LLC, member of the DITA Technical Committee and DITA expert, partnered with DCL to describe a general approach for getting started with DITA, providing good news on low-cost solutions for DITA authoring, management, and production.

Managing Deliverable-Specific Link Anchors: New Suggested Best Practices for DITA and Keys

Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Eliot Kimber of Contrext, LLC, a founding and active member of the DITA Technical Committee and trusted resource in structured documents and complex markup, recently teamed up with DCL in a webinar to share best practices for delivering better anchors and references in content.

He introduced the concept of managing anchors in deliverables from DITA using keys. Various types of keys exist, including unique keys and navigation keys, and they are critical for managing topic reuse.

Data-Driven User Experience: Possible to Achieve When Teams Work Together

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2015

Dana Wheeles, freelance content strategist, recently teamed up with DCL in a webinar to guide interested audience members through the process of planning digital projects. Dana’s work with digital humanities archives, open-source text analysis, and content analysis for STEM publishers drives her commitment to serve as a bridge between software development and visual design. In this webinar, she provided her own perspectives on experiencing how conventional systems can fail, and shared best practices in how cross-functional teams can work together to see where content development and user experience design overlap, all to provide the best customer experience.

A Structured Authoring Primer

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Are you intimated or confused by the concept of “structured authoring”? Rob Hanna, ECMs, and President of Precision Content™ Authoring Solutions Inc., provides a primer for attendees who need to know the basics and more about structured authoring in a recent webinar with DCL.

After a quick introduction, Rob presented statistics related to just how much data and content are being generated in a modern era when everyone can now be a publisher of content across the web and even to mobile devices. He posed two interesting questions related to content search and management: Who did we ask before there was Google? And, how do we handle the massive amount of data generated every day?

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