LavaCon UX 2020 | October 23-28, Virtual

We're exhibiting virtually at LavaCon UX 2020 this October 23-28, 2020.

Join Stilo at LavaCon 2020 in New Orleans by pre-registering now! LavaCon's 18th annual conference will take place on the 25-28th of October 2020 in New Orleans. The 2020 theme: Connecting Content Silos Across the Enterprise.

The 2020 Featured Speakers include:

  • Meridel Walkington, Senior Content Strategist, Firefox UX, Mozilla
  • Eeshita Grover, Manager of Technical Documentation, Cisco Systems
  • Tim Sandfort, Senior UX Content Strategist, ExxonMobil
  • Hilary Marsh, Chief Strategist, President, Content Company, Inc.
  • David Dylan Thomas, Principal, Content Strategy, Think Company
  • Sharon Burton, Content Management Specialist, PointClickCare
  • Keith Mahoney, Technical Publications and Training Manager, Artificial Intelligence Platform Group, Intel
  • And more!

Visit the conference website for further information and to register.



CIDM ConVEx | September 21-23, Virtual

CIDM and Stilo International invite you to be a part of innovating the future as we announce ConVEx – a virtual experience for content developers: September 21-23, 2020.


 

ConVEx will air live across global time zones to give everyone, regardless of location, an opportunity to participate in this new learning experience. ConVEx is not an online simulation of an in-person conference, but an immersive experience designed from the ground up.

ConVEx has something for everyone, including sessions on:
• Collaboration
• Content Strategy
• DITA
• Management & Metrics
• Use Cases
• User Focus Strategy

Find more information and register online at https://convex.infomanagementcenter.com/.



LavaCon 2019 | October 27-30, Portland, OR

Join us in Portland, Oregon for this year's LavaCon conference!

LavaCon started in Hawaii (hence the name) to give senior content professionals an opportunity to stay ahead of rapidly changing publishing technology and customer demographics. However, LavaCon is more than just a conference. It’s a place where content rockstars gather to share tribal knowledge, network with peers, and build professional relationships that will last for years to come.

This year's conference theme is 'Creating Unified Content Experiences'
We are entering a new era of content consumption where customers expect personalized content. See how leading companies are seamlessly delivering technical, marketing, and AR/VR content to improve the customer experience (and generate revenue in the process).

Visit the conference website for further information and to register.


Helen St. Denis, Conversion Services Manager at Stilo to present at LavaCon 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 09.45 - 10.45

Can I Reuse This?

There are a number of things to consider when examining your content for reusable elements. It may seem logical to deduplicate any and all identical elements, but there are times when that might not make sense. Then there are those very close matches. Does that punctuation mark matter? How about the bold text in that warning? Then there’s content that isn’t quite a match, but could it, or should it, be rewritten for reuse?

In this session we’ll look at real-life examples of content being reviewed for possible deduplication and future reuse, and find some unexpected benefits as well as the expected ones. We will also consider some of the other things you can discover when examining your content for reusable elements that can help you improve your content for consistency and reuse purposes.


IDEAS Winter Online Conference | January 22-23, 2019

Conference Theme - Reusing Content

Reuse is one of the key business drivers for the adoption of a structured markup publishing model such as DITA. The ROI potential is compelling in today’s resource strapped technical product documentation environment, imagine being able to reduce the volume of content writers must maintain by 30, 40 or even 50 percent!

IDEAS is a two-day industry conference brought to you by The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) that you can attend virtually from the comfort of your own office. The conference includes five 60-minute concurrent sessions in two tracks, giving you a choice of 11 unique presentations. Participate live according to the published schedule or watch a recording of any session when it’s more convenient for you.

Stilo will be presenting a tools session on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12.30 - 1.30pm PST - introducing OptimizeR - a new content optimization service that analyzes your DITA content collections for exact and near-exact matches and identifies reuse opportunities at topic and element levels. Following review, it automatically deduplicates content, updates the associated conref libraries and ditamaps and provides a report of all changes that have been implemented.

Find out more about the conference, including the agenda and details of how to register.


SDL Connect 2018 | November 7-8, Santa Clara, CA

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the 2018 SDL Connect conference being held in Santa Clara, California from November 7-8, 2018.

SDL Connect is a 2 day event offering attendees the opportunity to learn about the SDL strategy and product roadmaps. Hear from customers and partners as they explore the latest trends in global content management. This year SDL will discuss a new approach that centralizes data, standardizes processes, and integrates technology into a unified platform across the entire content supply chain.

Our partnership with SDL will help your business unify and evolve your content supply chain.

Find out more about SDL Connect 2018 and register.


CMS/DITA Europe 2018 | November 5-6, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the 2018 Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe conference being held in Rotterdam, Netherlands from November 5-6, 2018.

Join colleagues from around the world for two days of career-empowering knowledge, practices, networking, and practical solutions. With insights from over 30 speakers, 13 Sessions in the Technology Test Kitchen, an exhibit hall packed with the best content management solutions, and the very best in industry networking, CMS/DITA Europe is designed with your specific needs in mind—providing strategies you can use immediately as you create and manage technical content, and expanding your professional network with information development experts from around the world.

Whether you’re a Novice or a Master, you’ll find sessions that provide inspiration and practical skills, covering topics such as:

  • Implementing a component Content Management System
  • Adopting DITA, Markdown, or other XML structures
  • Effectively reusing content
  • Creating corporate taxonomies
  • Incorporating social media strategies
  • Managing teams
  • Collaborating across the enterprise

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


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?

Tracks:

  • 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

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 and Migrate, the world's first cloud XML content conversion service. 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


LavaCon 2018 | October 21-24, New Orleans, LA

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the annual LavaCon content strategy conference being held in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 21-24, 2018. You will find us on booth # 21 in the Grand Ballroom, where lunch is being served and close by to the coffee station!

LavaCon started in Hawaii (hence the name) to give content strategists, documentation managers, and senior content professionals an opportunity to get away from the office and tend to their professional development. The conference mission is:

  • To help content developers embrace rapidly changing technology and customer demographics
  • To connect organizations experiencing content challenges with the consulting, translation, and tool vendors who can help
  • To create a community where content professionals can collaborate and advance the field as a whole

This year’s theme is Creating Content Experience Ecosystems. Visit the conference website for further information and to register.


Stilo's Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis will be making the following presentation at LavaCon 2018:

‘Tis an Unweeded Garden that Grows to Seed—Cultivating a Weed-Free Content Ecosystem
Wednesday, October 24 - 11.30-12.30

In this session, Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, will show how organizations can get rid of 'unwanted specimens and deadwood', identify opportunities for reuse—create once, publish everywhere—and put in place strategies for maintaining your content assets so as not to get overgrown again.

Helen will cover:

  • Weeding (Content audit)
  • Preparing to transplant the good stuff (Pre-conversion preparation)
  • Selecting the correct location (Identifying topic type)
  • Pruning (Ensuring content matches the content model)
  • Looking after your new garden (Post-conversion)
  • Thinning (Content deduplication and reuse)

Read the full session description


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

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.