The Value of Partnership During Conversion to DITA

The transition from unstructured to structured content can be daunting. A good working relationship with a trusted partner can work wonders to make the process easier for the writing team and save time. On the other hand, choosing an inexperienced but seemingly inexpensive vendor can result in costly rework.


Speaker: Nicki Davis, Ph.D.

Nicki Davis became interested in user experience and content strategy while studying for her Ph.D. in chemistry. To her dismay, she discovered that it took six months to learn how to use the analytical instrument she needed for her thesis work. To improve the user experience for herself and her fellow graduate students, she wrote a task-oriented user manual -- two years before she finished her dissertation. Since then, she has pursued her goal of enhancing the user experience by whatever means are appropriate to the task, whether it's improving the user interface design, the documentation, or both.


Times:

6:00 to 7:00 pm: Networking, conversation & dinner

7:00 to 7:15 pm: Announcements 

7:15 to 8:30 pm: Presentation 

8:30 to 9:00 pm: Conversation, follow up on job announcements

9:00 to 9:15 pm: Clear the room; move conversations to the sidewalk


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  • Richard M.

    This should be very interesting. If you've gone through a big project with consultants and outside vendors, come compare notes. If you haven't, come hear what Nicki has to say. She's good at extracting useful lessons from confused situations.

    1 · July 3

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