WEBINAR | Sharing content across the enterprise

Broadcast June 20, 2018

Presented by Amber Swope, DITA Strategies, Inc.
Introduced by Les Burnham, Stilo International

Can you easily find content created by other teams?
Is content consistently structured across the enterprise?
Do you have a common content lifecycle management strategy?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then join us for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar featuring guest presenter, Amber Swope, president of DITA Strategies, Inc., for a discussion on using content collections to share content.

Content collections are libraries of organized, labeled, source content units that are accessible by the appropriate people. Let’s talk about strategies to create and share the right content in your organization. 

What can you expect to learn?

In this presentation, Amber will explain how to:

  • Identify the requirements for the collection
  • Determine the collection scope
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders to build and manage the collection

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This is the third in a new programme of Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinars for 2018. Check our website for updates - new topics and dates are being added all the time! You can also find more Stilo DITA Knowledge Series resources at stilo.com/knowdita

Meet the presenter

Amber is an internationally-recognized expert on the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), creator of the Information Architecture Blueprint™, and president of DITA Strategies, Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the information development field and 12 years of DITA expertise, Amber helps teams design, develop, and optimize their information architecture (IA) and implement DITA to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Amber has authored numerous papers and articles on information design, development, and architecture, and has presented at leading industry conferences as a DITA expert. She holds a master’s degree in technical and professional writing and a certificate in computer technical writing, both from Northeastern University.

STC Summit 2018 | May 20-23, Orlando, FL

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the merit sponsors of this year's Society for Technical Communication Summit - you will find us in the Expo Hall on booth # 304.

STC’s Technical Communication Summit is the premier conference for technical communication education and networking. The conference attracts over 600 attendees and 40 exhibitors during a 3 day period and brings together like minded individuals to grow in their knowledge of the technical communication field.

The 2018 Summit takes place 20-23 May at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, FL.  The Summit kicks off Sunday evening with the Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall. The 2018 theme is ‘Communicate the Future’, which will be reflected in the overall program of events as well as individual education sessions.

The Summit is made up of two major parts:

The Education. Organized in tracks, these sessions begin Monday morning and continue through Wednesday morning. Sessions are offered in a variety of formats and tracks.

The Expo Hall. This opens on Sunday evening and features numerous companies, all prepared to unveil and demonstrate new and exciting products, services, and technology to the world of technical communication.

Find out more about the STC 2018 Technical Communication Summit.

Stilo's Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, will be making a technical presentation at the STC Summit 2018:

Monday 21 May 2018 | 10.30 - 11.20am

Society for Scholarly Publishing 2018 | May 30-June 1, Chicago, IL

Stilo will be exhibiting at this year's Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) annual conference. You will find us in the exhibit hall (booth number 418B).

The theme for this year's conference is:

Scholarly Publishing at the Crossroads: What’s working, what’s holding us back, where do we go from here?
As the Society for Scholarly Publishing celebrates its 40th anniversary, the theme for the conference highlights the many crossroads within scholarly publishing, including past and future practices, changing revenue models, funding challenges, regulation changes, technological innovations, and reaching new markets while maintaining established ones. These crossroads introduce new challenges as well as new opportunities for scholarly publishing and for the communities it serves and push us to keep up with the changing needs of researchers and academics who both generate and use the content. As we look back, could we have predicted forty years ago where scholarly publishing would be today? How can we anticipate the needs for the future? What questions do we need to be asking—and answering—to move forward?


  • Fueling Scholarship
  • Reimaging Research
  • Tools and Technology
  • Industry Crossroads
  • Marketing/Sales/Strategy
  • Practical Skills
  • New Challenges/New Innovations

Find out more and register for the conference


Stilo will be making a presentation as part of the Sponsored Sessions track:

Wednesday, May 30 | 12.30pm - 1.15pm
A New Approach to XML JATS/STS Content Conversion & Editing using Web-based Tools

XML-based workflows are becoming increasingly well-established. Moving to an XML-based publishing environment can save time and money and make new publishing paradigms possible. In this session, we introduce you to two new web-based tools for publishers looking to target the NISO XML JATS (Journal Article Tag Suite) and STS (Standards Tag Set) specifications:

Migrate - a cloud service that automates the conversion of content, including MS Word and HTML, to XML JATS & STS

AuthorBridge - a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to create and edit XML JATS & STS contentDiscover how Stilo can help you significantly reduce your ongoing conversion costs and associated production times.

Speaker: Patrick Baker, Stilo International
As VP of Development and Professional Services, Patrick heads up all new product development at Stilo and is actively engaged in the successful deployment of content processing solutions for publishing clients. Major ongoing product development efforts include OmniMark, the leading high-performance content processing platform; Migrate, the world's first cloud XML content conversion service; and AuthorBridge, a web-based XML editor for non-technical users. Patrick has been associated with best practices for complex content processing for over a decade, and has successfully delivered custom solutions on behalf of organizations in the automotive, airline, defence and commercial publishing sectors. With a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from McGill University, Patrick leads an expert team of highly talented content processing specialists. Twitter Handle: @StiloInt

CMS/DITA North America 2018 | April 23-25, Denver, CO

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the Content Management Strategies/DITA North America conference. Now in its twentieth year, the 2018 conference is being held in Denver, Colorado from April 23-25, 2018.

The Content Management Strategies/DITA conference offers many unique networking opportunities. Meet publications professionals who have implemented content management strategies and the OASIS DITA standard in their organizations. Hear from key tool developers who are actively supporting the standards-based community.

You should attend if:

  • You’re considering investing in a component-based Content Management System and want to meet others who have done so
  • You’re interested in enhancing your users’ experience
  • You’re interested in learning about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it can improve your content
  • You’re thinking about implementing the OASIS DITA standard for structured content in your organization
  • You want to hear tips and tricks from others who are engaged in the DITA community worldwide
  • You would like to see how your peers are using taxonomies to improve their processes
  • You would like to learn how to successfully navigate an Agile environment
  • You would like to learn how to successfully navigate through your recent Merge/Acquisition
  • You are interested in learning about emerging technologies
  • Others in your company want to develop structured content but need authoring tools that hide XML complexity

Find out more about Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2018 and register.

We will also be making the following presentation - so be sure to add it to you schedule:

Wednesday, April 25 | 9.40 - 10.20am
DITA: Start small, grow big, using open source tools
Patrick Baker, VP Development & Professional Services

Abstract: You’re considering using DITA and would like to try it out without incurring significant upfront costs, but also keeping your options open longer-term. Where do you start? How will you approach the challenges of content creation, content management, and publishing your content?

There are in fact plenty of options. The good news is that XML and DITA are open standards. This has led to a healthy ecosystem with quality commercial and inter-operable open source tools, that do away with vendor lock-in and keep operating costs down.

We will discuss the three challenges, show an example of how end-to-end solutions can be built based upon Git and other open source tools. In fact, the result may be better than you’d expect.


tekom Fair 2017 | October 24-26, Stuttgart, Germany

While not exhibiting, Stilo will be attending the tekom Fair 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany on Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26. If you would like to arrange to meet with one our representatives, drop us an email.

Learn more about Stilo’s Migrate – a cloud service that automates the conversion of content including MS Word & HTML to DITA, JATS & other XML formats, and AuthorBridge, a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to easily create and edit XML content.

The tekom fair – together with the tekom annual conference and the tcworld conference, held simultaneously in English – is the world's largest event for technical communication. The fair takes its visitors to its venue, the ICS (International Congress Center Stuttgart) – Messe Stuttgart. Find out more and register here.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 | October 11-15, Germany

Come and meet Stilo at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, you will find us in Hall 4.2 - as part of the Professional & Scientific Information Hot Spot, on booth N92.

Learn more about Stilo's Migrate - a cloud service that automates the conversion of content including MS Word & HTML to JATS, DITA & other XML formats, and AuthorBridge, a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to easily create and edit XML content.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important international trade fair for content, the center of the international media world and a major cultural event. Nowhere else in the world does the publishing and media industry show itself from a more diverse, innovative and international side than during these five days in October.

Find out more and book your fair ticket.

Bookmark our presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair:
A new approach to XML JATS content conversion & editing using web-based tools

Presented by Les Burnham, CEO | Stilo International
Thursday, October 12, 3.30pm

XML-based workflows are becoming increasingly well-established. Moving to an XML-based publishing environment can save time and money and make new publishing paradigms possible.

In this session, we will introduce you to two new web-based tools for STM publishers looking to target the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) XML specification:

  • Migrate – a cloud service that automates the conversion of content, including MS Word & HTML to JATS, DITA & other XML formats
  • AuthorBridge – a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to easily create and edit XML content

Discover how Stilo can help you significantly reduce your ongoing conversion costs and associated production times.

Migration to DITA – The Atmel / Microchip Story

Morten Haaker, Staff Business System Analyst | Microchip Technology
Introduced by Les Burnham, CEO | Stilo International
Broadcast Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Are you thinking about moving to DITA? In addition to learning DITA, tool and vendor selection, creation of stylesheets, change management and other challenges, you may be faced with having to convert thousands of pages of detailed technical information from an unstructured format to DITA.

This was the task Atmel’s Morten Haaker was faced with back in 2013 when the company embarked upon their DITA migration project. Morten and his team successfully converted hundreds of Atmel’s complex technical documentation (semiconductor-specific information and datasheets of more than 2000 pages) from unstructured FrameMaker to the DITA standard using Stilo’s Migrate cloud XML content conversion service.

But the conversion project didn’t end there. In April 2016, Atmel was acquired by Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, and Morten was further tasked with migrating Microchip’s FrameMaker documents to DITA.

Join us, and Morten, for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar to learn how they approached the issue of content conversion as an integral part of their DITA implementation and how they managed the conversion of Microchip’s technical documentation following the acquisition.

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Presenter bio | Morten is a Staff Business System Analyst at Microchip Technology responsible for the technical documentation project. Located in Norway, Morten has been with Atmel/Microchip for more than 15 years. He holds a Master of Computer Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and heads up the Nordic SDL Knowledge Center User Group.

Balisage 2017 Symposium | July 31, 2017, Rockville MD

Up-translation and up-transformation: tasks, challenges, and solutions
a Balisage pre-conference symposium

Stilo's Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis will be providing a demo of the Migrate cloud XML content conversion service and available to answer any questions attendees may have on content conversion. Visit the symposium website for more information on this and Balisage 2017.

About the symposium

Document users sometimes find that the formats of the documents available are not rich enough to support their intended uses. Conversion of content and/or increasing the specificity of markup is an important task in many different content and information workflows. Markup transformations can involve high-level structuring, detailed component structuring, and/or enhancing information by inserting or matching or linking to external vocabularies or data. Enhancing markup presents numerous challenges including lack of structure of the inputs or inconsistency of input data down to the level of spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Sources for up-translation may be XML, word processing documents, or just plain text.

The range of approaches to up-transformation is as varied as the specifics of the input and required outputs. Solutions may combine automated processing with human review or could be 100% software implementations. Transformations can require maintenance and evolution as content practices and standards evolve over time.

The presentations in this pre-conference symposium will include goals, challenges, solutions, and workflows for transformation and significant XML enhancement, including approaches, tools, and techniques. Topics include content types such as LaTeX, MS Word XML, RTF, HTML, TEI, DITA, JATS, BITS and workflows for existing content and new content. HTML as a robust intermediate format will be a major topic. The symposium will also include a session of demos of conversion tools.

A new approach to XML content conversion | July 18, 2017, 9am PDT

Join us for this free 30 minute webinar to see Stilo’s Word to JATS Migrate web service in action and discover how your organization could benefit from immediate turnaround times for document conversion with full user control over conversion results and content quality.

Presented by:
Les Burnham, CEO
Helen St. Denis, Conversion Services Manager
Stilo International

A new approach to XML content conversion

XML content conversion workflows have long been established in the scholarly publishing community with publishers typically electing to use one or a mix of outsourced services, third-party software or custom-developed scripts. These different approaches have served the community well over recent years, but Stilo’s Word to JATS Migrate web service now provides a radically different approach to help publishers significantly reduce their ongoing conversion costs and associated production times.

The Migrate JATS hosted web service enables journal, academic and book publishers to automate the conversion of documents authored in Word to the JATS XML specification, as part of a publishing workflow. The service is available in the cloud or on-premise, and is accessible 24/7. Benefit from immediate turnaround times for document conversion, with full user control over conversion results and content quality.

Why Stilo Migrate?

Migrate has been established in the XML DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) community for many years, enabling publishers of technical documentation to reduce conversion  turnaround times & costs and gain full control over content quality. It is this success within the DITA community that has inspired us to develop the Migrate JATS service for scholarly publishers.

Find out more about Migrate JATS

Convert sample document to JATS for free

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SDL Connect 2017 | October 25-26, San Jose, CA

Stilo is pleased to be one of the bronze sponsors at SDL Connect 2017, being held October 25-26 in San Jose, California - SDL's annual flagship event that offers attendees two packed days of learning, networking and connecting!

Prepare for the future of digital globalization at SDL Connect!

Join us for two packed days at SDL Connect, our annual flagship event, to discuss globalization, localization, AI, web and technical content management, and much more. We’ll also be commemorating how, for the past 25 years, SDL has been helping companies change the way they communicate with customers, and we’ll share our vision for the next 25.

Find out more about SDL Connect and register to attend.