• Extract New Value from Legacy Content: A Four-Step Approach

    It’s easy to focus content conversion efforts solely on developing new materials, especially as companies recognize the need to move from print documents or PDF publishing into more dynamic, searchable HTML web and mobile outputs. But chances are your company maintains/owns years of information created and published by multiple departments, taking up space in servers, hard drives, even bookshelves. Often overlooked as sources to generate revenue and reduce overhead, legacy repositories can be treasure troves full of material that can support business goals.

  • Save Money and Time with a Conversion Specification and Pilot

    If you're new to the world of content conversion, it's probably a little overwhelming. You know your agency needs to prepare content to meet the current needs of more technologically savvy audiences, but you are concerned with losing valuable legacy content that is still accessed by the masses. From this standpoint, every content conversion project seems complex. And for many Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian agencies, the situation appears especially detailed and complicated, due to the size of the content library, varying content types (PDF, SGML, print), and quality (missing or inconsistent information).

  • Build Quality Control Standards into Ongoing Content Conversion Using DCL Harmonizer™

    Any federal content digitization effort incorporates significant requirements for quality control (QC), whether in the civilian or Department of Defense (DoD) sector. And many agencies mistakenly consider QC to be a fully manual, time consuming, and extremely expensive element in a content conversion initiative. In fact, by focusing on upfront analysis of your content needs, and choosing the right tools, you can bring a level of automation to the QC process that can save time, effort and dollars.

  • Managing the Quality Control Requirements of DoD Standards: Deep Dive Analysis and Continuous QC Pay Off

    Legacy content throughout the US Department of Defense (DoD) exists in a variety of formats and structures. And the older the content, the less likely it is to conform to required standards such as S1000D or the Army's MIL-STD-40051. Quality Control (QC) becomes critical, but under the pressure of high volumes and rigorous standards, DoD agencies and offices can find themselves overwhelmed by the prospect of manual review of thousands of pages of content multiple times during a complex conversion process.

  • Relying on Experience: SMEs, Consultants and Vendors Can Take a Role Implementing DITA

    Moving to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) standard for creating and maintaining content means uncharted waters for many organizations. The complexity involved, in changes to tools, processes, and the approach to creating content, requires experienced professionals, to ensure that the course to DITA and well-managed content is navigable. Companies that have made the journey shared their insights in a recent survey. And all agreed that not going it alone made the difference between success and failure.