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Reassemble, Reuse Content Faster and Easier
The advantage of moving to S1000D
The primary drive towards S1000D is the advantage of a common standard across the military, its supply chain, aerospace and even the industrial sector that promotes content sharing. Some of the specific advantages of S1000D are to be able to quickly and easily:
- Reassemble content
- Re-use content in multiple information products
- Re-use content in multiple output types
Read our article: Automated Auditing of S1000D Aircraft Manuals as featured in Aerospace Manufacturing & Design.
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DCL Works With the Military For S1000D Conversions
DCL is a certified WOSB, providing expertise to capture data in all its varied forms and to convert, normalize, and publish it to meet today's information needs now and in the future. DCL has been operating since 1981 with significant experience with all branches of the military. DCL was the first to do any major legacy conversion to S1000D, 40051, 3001, NAVSEA Class 2 ETM DTD, and all Air Force DTDs. Some of the many Military content projects that DCL has successfully executed:
The Air Force converted to extensible markup language (XML) using the S1000D international standard for technical manual publications to update content more efficiently.
Photo credit: U.S. Air Force
- OSD T700
- ADL (SCORM)
- Weapon Systems: B1, B52, C-17, KC-135, AWACS, F-16, Commodity Books
- DTDs: All Air Force Tech Order DTDs
- Volume: 350K pages to XML, 5M pages to PDF
- Weapon Systems: CH-47, Blackhawk, AH-64A Apache, Patriot Missile, MLRS, Bradley, Paladin, M1A1, HMMVW, FMTV, Fire finder, LCU-2000 Watercraft, Singers, Mortar, Small Arms, and others.
- DTDs: All 2361 versions, CECOM Variant, ATCOM and numerous 38784 variants.
- Volume: 285K pages to XML/SGML
- Weapon Systems: LAV, All Non-Aircraft Weapon Systems
- DTDs: JCALS & USMC V1
- Volume: 30K pages to XML, 40K pages to PDF
- Navy (NAVAIR & NAVSEA)
- Weapon Systems: Seahawk, H1, E2C, Missile Assembly, Hull, Mechanical and Electrical
- DTDs: 3001 & NAVSEA C2
- Volume: 460K pages to XML, 1.2M pages to PDF
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Existing content – rewrite or convert to S1000D?
A lot of this decision depends on the current state of your content. For many organizations, the content may already exists in a structured form of SGML such as MIL STD 38784. In that case, conversion is more cost effective than re-writing. We begin every project with an upfront analysis and plan. That helps determine if all or any content is best suited for conversion. Based on deep experience, DCL understands optimizing the balance between re-writing, building and executing automated rules and processes and the possibility of some manual cleanup We propose the approach for the best product and the best cost.
The main challenges faced in S1000D Conversions
- The key challenge is aligning the people and process to move from a “linear” book model of content to the concept of component data modules of content. Having the correct upfront analysis and doing the right planning are keys in overcoming these challenges
- Specific challenges typically exist around:
- Enriching the data by applying content tagging, making data smarter and more findable
- Identification of the Data Modules (DM)
- Intensification of the reusable content
- Identification of Applicability
Creating the right plan
With the end goal firmly in mind, DCL believes in helping you make the right decisions and constructing a plan for success. This always starts with Analysis. Especially with S1000D, upfront analysis is the key starting point for a successful project. The plan also includes:
- A project plan
- A vision of how DMRL will be constructed
- Discussion of project specific business rules
- Decision on which content to convert/not convert
- Definition of a Quality testing and assurance process
The DCL Solution PlatformDCL's platform allows companies working to run content against both analysis using Harmonizer ™ and then, specific, configured conversion tools. These tools in the platform are configured to specifically address:
- The conversion specifications and project specific business rules
- DMRL – The Data Module Requirements List
- Content re-use identification to minimize the amount of content to convert and to possibly detect applicability usage
- Configuration of Best Practice scanners - both for conversion and sustainment
- Configuration of test rules on converted content - These automated checks ensure conversion quality and verify that specification and best practices have been followed.
Case Study: For a deeper understanding, read our case study on DCL's work with the Air Force (USAF). It was no surprise that the Air Force wanted an independent audit of its first-ever legacy conversion to S1000D – an international specification for the procurement and production of technical publications. For the audit, DCL customized automated software and tools that were designed to save the Air Force a great deal of time and money. Click here for a Free download of this case study.