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.


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.

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.

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 format

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

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.

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.

Migrate Live Demo | July 12, 2017, 9am PDT

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for a live 30-minute demonstration of the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service. Migrate is a unique cloud service that enables technical authoring teams to automate the conversion of their content from various source formats including XML/SGML/HTML, FrameMaker, Word, Author-it, InDesign, RoboHelp and DocBook to DITA and custom XML. It provides greater control over conversion quality, immediate turnaround times and operates on a low-cost, pay-as-you-use basis.

See why Migrate is the conversion service of choice for organizations including Altera, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Extreme Networks, IBM, Qualcomm, Teradata, Varian Medical Systems, Webtrends and many more.

Find out more about the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service
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CIDM Best Practices 2017 | September 11-13, Burlington, VT

Stilo is pleased to support the CIDM Best Practices conference - the premier annual conference for managers of information development, whether it be for user and product support, or training. Discover how organizations are pursuing dynamic publishing, content management, social media, enterprise-wide information creation through wikis and blogs, and much more.  In its 19th year, the Best Practices Conference will be held in Burlington, Vermont.

Visit the conference website to find out more and to register!  (Register on or before July 4th and save $170!)

SSP Annual Meeting 2017 | May 31-June 2, Boston, MA

Join us at the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) 39th Annual Meeting at The Westin Boston Waterfront, Massachusetts from May 31 to June 2, 2017.

You will find us located on booth #407B

The theme for this year’s meeting is Striking a Balance: Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition in Scholarly Communications and will look at the ways in which we as publishers, librarians, vendors and academics manage to explore and develop new technologies, business models, and partnerships while also remaining focused on our mission to publish and distribute quality scholarly content to researchers and students.

Find out more and register