DCL/DCL Learning Series Webinar Archive

DCL Learning Series

Below you will find our library of recorded webinars. If you would like to register for an upcoming webinar, please visit: www.dclab.com/webinars

Webinar Archive

2015 Webinars

Developing and Implementing a QA Plan When Converting Your Legacy Data

First Aired: December 15, 2015

Presented by: Naveh Greenberg, Director, US Defense Development, DCL


View this webinar and learn what steps you need to make sure your legacy data is properly digitized and migrated to XML.

Minimalism Revisited — Let’s Stop Developing Content that No One Wants

First Aired: December 8, 2015

Presented by: JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, President, Comtech Services Inc., and Director of the Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)


View this webinar and learn about designing minimalist information that gets your customers coming back for more.

Preparing Your Legacy Data for Automation in S1000D

First Aired: November 17, 2015

Presented by: Naveh Greenberg, Director, US Defense Development, DCL


View this webinar and learn what steps are needed to prepare your legacy data for S1000D conversion with automation and be successful.

Converting and Transforming Technical Graphics

First Aired: November 11, 2015

Don Larson, Founder, Larson Software Technology


David Manock, President, Vizualsite LLC.

Technical Graphics can originate from many different sources and, as a result, be stored and exchanged in varying formats. The analysis and correct preparation of data can be an enormous time and cost saver when implementing a graphics production process. Best practice can enable better and more informed decision making when converting and transforming graphical data.

Converting and Integrating Legacy Data and Documents When Implementing a New CMS

First Aired: November 10, 2015

Presented by: Greg Fagan, Sales Director, DCL


So you’re implementing a new content management system – great! But now you have to figure out how to integrate your legacy data and documents (compliance documents, disclosure forms, actuary tables, etc.). This webinar will offer a roadmap for accomplishing that with a customized conversion process.

Is Your Enterprise “Fire-Fighting” Translation Issues? Optimize the Process with Comprehensive Metrics

First Aired: November 3, 2015

Presented by: Scott Carothers, Senior Globalization Executive, Kinetic the Technology Agency


View this webinar for an overview of specific translation metrics that will assist your enterprise in optimizing the translation process, and assist you in leading your organization as an advocate of continual process improvement.

Anticipating Lightweight DITA

First Aired: October 15, 2015

Presented by: Don Day, Founding Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee


In this webinar, long-time DITA champion Don Day talks about the basic principles of lightweight structured authoring and the current work of the OASIS Lightweight DITA Subcommittee along those lines.

Content Engineering and The Internet of “Smart” Things

First Aired: October 13, 2015

Presented by: Mark Lewis, Content Engineer and DITA Educator, Quark


This webinar takes a tour of the problem and explains what content engineering is …and how it can be used to create a sustainable content life cycle. Smart products need smart content.

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

First Aired: October 7, 2015

Presented by: Eliot Kimber, Contrext, LLC


In this webinar, Eliot Kimber describes a general approach to using common and easily-available open-source tools to provision an authoring and production support system suitable for small teams of authors.

Managing Deliverable-Specific Link Anchors: New Suggested Best Practice for Keys

First Aired: September 24, 2015

Presented by: Eliot Kimber, Contrext, LLC


In this webinar, Eliot Kimber presents a general approach that uses keys on navigation topicrefs to determine the anchors in deliverables and removing dependencies.

Data-Driven User Experience

First Aired: September 17, 2015

Presented by: Dana Wheeles, Freelance Content Strategist


In this webinar, Dana Wheeles will showcase scenarios in which content analysis and design were more collaborative endeavors, and advocate for getting designers and content experts in conversation early on. The result is a better product and less stressful releases.

Introduction to Structured Authoring

First Aired: September 16, 2015

Presented by: Rob Hanna, ECMs, President, Precision Content Authoring Solutions


This session, targeted at decision makers, consultants, and information professionals, introduces the concepts behind structured content and discusses the benefits and challenges to adoption.

Metadata Matters

First Aired: August 19, 2015

Presented by: Rob Hanna, ECMs, President, Precision Content Authoring Solutions


Attend this session and explore the unseen world of metadata. Learn essential concepts about metadata and taxonomies used to organize metadata. Discuss the role standards play in the design of metadata and controlled vocabularies. Start to formulate strategies and tactics to take control of your metadata.

Using HTML5 to Deliver and Monetize Your Mobile Content

First Aired: August 18, 2015

Presented by: Greg Fagan, Sales Director, DCL


This webinar will review the best ways to deploy HTML5 for mobile delivery.

Converting and Integrating Content When Implementing a New CMS

First Aired: August 11, 2015

Presented by: Greg Fagan, Sales Director, DCL


This webinar will offer a roadmap for accomplishing that with a customized conversion process.

There's Gold in Them Thar Data

First Aired: July 28, 2015

Presented by: Greg Fagan, Sales Director, DCL


This webinar will show you how to organize and convert that legacy content into a reusable structured format.

Content Conversion Done Right Saves More Than Money

First Aired: July 16, 2015

Presented by: Greg Fagan, Sales Director, DCL


This webinar will show that thorough analysis, well-designed automation, and rigorous quality assurance will save you time, money, and headaches.

Precision Content™ Tools, Techniques, and Technology

First Aired: July 15, 2015

Presented by: Rob Hanna, ECMs, President, Precision Content Authoring Solutions


This webinar will explore fundamental principles for writing and structuring content for the enterprise. Attendees will learn how to approach information typing for structured authoring for more concise and reusable content.

When Conversion Makes Sense

First Aired: June 23, 2015

Presented by: Charles Dowdell, Director, Global Technical Service Information, AGCO


View this webinar, as we follow AGCO's journey to DITA and the process employed for determining what to convert, what to re-author and what to leave behind. We will identify the importance of considering all aspects of the project prior to proceeding with the decision-making process and ultimate conversion.

Going the Last Mile - Delivering DITA Content to Mobile Devices

First Aired: June 16, 2015

Dan Dube, CEO, Digital Dialogue


Andre Dube, CEO, CogniLore Information Solutions Inc

View this webinar, as we outline 7 tips to help technical publishers to go “the last mile” to fully leverage your DITA investment and deliver native eBooks to popular mobile device platforms like Apple iOS and Android, and it will help to answer the burning question: Why aren’t EPUB or PDF the best choices for delivering DITA content to a mobile device?

DITA, EPUB, and HTML5: An Update for 2015

First Aired: June 9, 2015

Eliot Kimber, Contrext, LLC


View this webinar, as we provide an update on the current status of the DITA for Publishers, EPUB and HTML5 transforms and their support for EPUB3, HTML5, and the implications of new features in DITA 1.3.

Results of the Second Annual Challenges of Creating and Managing Content in Life Sciences and Healthcare Survey

First Aired: May 21, 2015

Ann Rockley, CEO, The Rockley Group, Inc.


View this webinar and hear the results of the 2nd annual survey on challenges of creating and managing content in Life Sciences and Healthcare. We will analyze the results, identify the changes in results between 2014 and 2015, provide insights on the reasons for change, and provide recommendations on how the challenges could be addressed.

Optimizing the DITA Authoring Experience

First Aired: May 12, 2015

Scott Hudson, Senior Consultant, Comtech


View this webinar as we compare and contrast the ways of customizing your authoring environment and provide guidelines for their use.

Marketing and Strategy and Bears... oh my!

First Aired: April 16, 2015

Marli Mesibov, Content Strategist


View this webinar, and learn:

  • Although we *can* do everything and anything, we'll do our jobs better when we identify for ourselves, and our colleagues, what our job descriptions include.
  • Every role deserves respect, and content folk with other specialties have a lot to contribute to our projects.
  • Concrete advice for working with colleagues who don't understand what we do.

Automate to Stay Up-to-Date: 5 Ways to Maintain Your Training Content

First Aired: April 9, 2015

Joan Lasselle, Co-Founder and President, Lasselle-Ramsay


Amber Swope, DITA Specialist,
DITA Strategies

View this webinar, as we discuss the issues that are driving that result and provide some strategies to make it easier to keep content current. We'll explore some strategies for taking a step forward: use of structured content; single sourcing from XML; and tools and approaches.

New Directions 2015 – Changes in Content Best Practices

First Aired: April 1, 2015

JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD,
President/CEO, Comtech Services


View this webinar, and learn how participants are publishing information today and how they expect to be publishing information in the next 3 years. We learn that PDFs, long the stalwart of technical information publishing, continues to lose its grip on content delivery. Learn about the barriers teams face when moving to new delivery formats. Discover the perceived impediments to making improvements – search systems that don’t work and current content that is not prepared to meet future needs.

Converting Your Legacy Data to S1000D

First Aired: March 25, 2015

Naveh Greenberg, Director, US Defense Development, DCL



View this webinar, as we discuss what is needed in order to make this process as painless as possible. Some of the items we will cover:

  • A very quick introduction to S1000D conversions.
  • What makes S1000D conversions difficult but still worth it.
  • Do you convert or rewrite?
  • How to plan properly for a good conversion experience.
  • Tools to help achieve a successful conversion.

Finding Role Clarity in UX Chaos

First Aired: March 19, 2015

Marli Mesibov, Content Strategist



View this webinar and learn:

  • A stronger understanding of the history of some of the jobs now considered to be "UX" such as content strategy and information architecture.
  • Conversation and brainstorming starters that can be utilized to kick off design/content projects.

Managing Documentation Projects in Nearly Any Environment

First Aired: March 11, 2015

Sharon Burton, Content Strategy Consultant



So, what do we need to think about? Agile? Waterfall? User-generated content? Wikis? How can we update the way we've historically managed our projects to help us in this new century? How do we manage projects when the definition of "user content" is changing under our feet? This webinar discusses some answers to these and other challenges.

Coming Up to Speed with XML Authoring in Adobe FrameMaker

First Aired: February 18, 2015

Maxwell Hoffmann, TechComm Evangelist, Adobe



View this webinar and learn about the three authoring modes to choose from, as well as how to publish instantly to five online formats. Whether you’re familiar with older versions or new to FrameMaker, this webinar will give you valuable information on capabilities in XML editing.

Out of the Silos and Into the Farm

First Aired: February 12, 2015

Marli Mesibov, Content Strategist


View this webinar, as Marli identifies how teamwork, agile, and UX can work together to increase team communication, and decrease the likelihood of stalled timelines or increased scope down the line. Learn:

  1. Helpful, concrete questions to ask of other team members in collaborative settings.
  2. The secret to why “silos” exist in the first place, and why they’re not always bad.

Structuring All Your Labeling Content: Building on SPL and UDI

First Aired: February 4, 2015

Ann Rockley, CEO, The Rockley Group, Inc.


SPL (Structured Product Labeling) and UDI (Unique Device Identifier) are a way of identifying key pieces of data about your life sciences content and sharing that data with the FDA and other regulatory agencies, but structure doesn’t need to stop at data; all your content can be structured. View this webinar and learn how life sciences content, both pharmaceutical and medical devices, can benefit from structured content best practices.

10 Mistakes When Moving to Topic-Based Authoring

First Aired: January 28, 2015

Sharon Burton, Content Strategy Consultant



In this webinar, Sharon Burton will show you the top 10 mistakes made by companies and how you can avoid them. These mistakes can include missing deadlines, delivering poor quality content, or not integrating this content development strategy into the rest of the product development strategy.

Making the Most of the New Math Specializations in DITA 1.3

First Aired: January 21, 2015

Autumn Cuellar, Associate Product Manager, Design Science


Aaron Guigar, Business Development Manager, Design Science

In this webinar, we'll provide an overview of the new MathML and equation specializations, information on how you can get started using these specializations today, and your options for handling MathML in various outputs using the DITA Open Toolkit.

Demystifying SPL for Medical Devices

First Aired: January 7, 2015

Ann Rockley, CEO, The Rockley Group, Inc.


Howard Shatz, Project Manager, DCL

View this webinar and learn:

  • What Structured Product Labeling (SPL) is
  • How it affects medical devices
  • The relationship between SPL and Unique Device Identifier (UDI)
  • What medical device manufacturers can learn from the pharmaceutical industry
  • How you can automatically create SPL documents with your standard labeling content