Tonight the Toronto STC are holding their monthly meeting at North York Centre. Steve Manning will be on hand to tell us how to convert a company’s technical documentation from ad-hoc content to managed content. Content includes writings, logos, diagrams, marketing materials, procedures, and the information that makes a company more than just a collection of people at desks. Content management implies having consistent, controlled content that has been vetted for accuracy, divided into manageable chunks, and analyzed for re-use. Here’s the blurb:
At our last meeting Michael Priestly told you what you can do with Darwin Information Typing Architecture. This month Steve Manning of The Rockley Group will show you what people have already done. At The Rockley Group, Steve Manning participates in implementing DITA for a number of clients. His clients range from government departments to hardware & software companies. Some companies had content management systems, some did not. Some used DITA “out of the box”, others created specializations.
For this meeting, Steve will talk about these projects and what these companies experienced: unexpected issues, positive surprises, technology challenges, writer responses, and the measurement of success.
- is a Principal with The Rockley Group who has over 19 years of experience in documentation
- is a skilled developer of online documentation in many formats
- uses key online tools to create single-source production methodologies
- has wide experience in project management and has managed a number of multiple-media, single-source projects
- teaches “Enterprise Content Management” at the University of Toronto
- s a frequent speaker at conferences about XML, DITA and Content Management
- is a member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee.
With Ann Rockley and Pamela Kostur, Steve is also a co-author of Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy.