Key Concept Archive

Secrets of a gumshoe librarian: Tips for transforming your career and staying relevant

Is your career ready for a makeover? Have you been forced into making a change? Client and employer needs evolve, and we should too. But no one wakes up and just decides to upend their career, because change can be hard and sometimes scary. In this session, Marcy Phelps shares…

Metadata: Queen to King Content

We all know (thanks, if nothing else, to the NSA), that metadata is all around us, hard at work behind the scenes making data and content more valuable, accessible, useful. In fact, the term has made it so far into the popular lexicon and consciousness that it is now used…

Concepts and Techniques of Library Science

Have you ever bookmarked a site only to go back later and be unable to find that site in your bookmarks? Have you ever bookmarked a site twice? Only to wonder why you tagged it the way you did? Have you wondered how you will find the right content to…

You Don’t Have to Build Software to Do DITA

This is a success story. Medtronic ENT deployed a brand-new DITA solution, employing all the traditional strategies and best practices for DITA such as specializing only where absolutely necessary and adopting minimalist approach to topic-based authoring. As a global organization, they had a lot of resources to draw upon when…

How to Think Like a Librarian

Have you ever bookmarked a site only to go back later and not be able to find that site in  your bookmarks? And then, have you ever bookmarked a site twice–only to wonder how you could have tagged it the way you did? Have you wondered how, when you have…

Metadata and Taxonomy Workshop for DITA Authoring Teams

Working in DITA will lead to having a large library of content units that has a high potential for reuse across product information as well as business documentation that supports operational effectivity. As the Technical publications departments plan the move to structured authoring, several concerns arise about how to address…