2014

Event report tekom France

tekom DITA Day

The tekom DITA day on January 27, 2014, in Paris was addressed to all those concerned with creating technical documentation - whether they were already using DITA, intended to implement DITA in their company or were just curious about the DITA standard. Read more for details on the conference.

tekom France

tekom France is a country organization of tekom Europe, the professional association for Technical Communication, that has been founded in November 2013. Until the foundation of tekom Europe, tekom France has already been an active group as part of tekom Deutschland. The french group started its activities in early 2012 and has organized several conferences on various topics in Technical Communication since then.  

Resumé

The tekom DITA day was a great success. It became obvious that DITA is a "hot topic" in France and that many companies are in the process of implementing DITA. The conference and especially the hands-on workshop was quickly sold out. Altogether nearly 40 participants attended the event. We would like to thank our sponsor NMJ Services, our DITA trainer and our lovely presenters and of course all participants for their contributions.

Program

The tekom DITA day was addressed to all those concerned with creating technical documentation - whether they were already using DITA, intended to implement DITA in their company or were just curious about the DITA standard.

The conference day will was split in two session. During the morning we had three expert presentations and best-practices to provide the audience with a good understanding of DITA - its opportunities and challenges. The afternoon session was a hands-on workshop for DITA.

We started the day with a short welcome and introduction by the organizer tekom France, who presented the activities and benefits of the association. It was followed by a welcome speech of the host of this conference - LGM / NMJ Services, which you can download here. After that we had the following presentations:

Introduction: DITA, myths and legends

DITA certainly creates a lot of internet traffic, blogs, interest and sometimes (very) heated discussions. But what exactly is DITA? Why would your organization benefit from it? This introduction piece will provide basic information to understand DITA and tips to choose the best path for your technical publication team – avoiding fog and swamps and giving a wide birth to just a few dragons.

Download the presentation here.

 

Small Team DITA for Big Business

For almost two years, Sarah has been undertaking the inspiring challenges that implementing DITA poses to her company and team. “Small team DITA by no means indicates small scale production.” Through specific examples, Sarah takes us through her experiences of implementing DITA for a tier-one, multinational operating in over 20 countries worldwide. Starting from the first stages, to today’s challenges and beyond, she reviews the major successes and mistakes when adopting and adapting the XML-DITA standard.

View the presentation Opens external link in new windowhere.

DITA Pilot Project: A key success factor for your migration

Before moving to DITA, we were using two different tools: the unstructured version of FrameMaker for the documentation in PDF, and Help & Manual for the online help in WebHelp.This presentation will be about the implementation of a DITA Pilot Project, but it will also highlight our strategy step-by-step before migration. Both are critical to make it successful and gain the maximum benefits from DITA.

Download the presentation here.

Hands-on workshop on DITA

After building the theoretical background in the morning it was time to put DITA into practice. Therefore our trainer Nolwenn Kerzreho has organized a workshop session where she demonstrated how to produce and publish content in DITA. The workshop was followed by an open discussion. After the event an informal get-together gave opportunity to network and exchange experiences.

 

 

Agenda

09:30Welcome by tekom FranceMarc LESTRADE,
Spokesperson of tekom France
09:45Welcome by NMJLaurent ABT,
Directeur General at NMJ Services
10:00Introduction: DITA, myths and legendsNolwenn KERZREHO,
Pre-Sales Consultant at Componize Software
10:50Small Team DITA for Big BusinessSarah ROSEN,
Technical Writer at Astellia
11:40DITA Pilot Project: A key success factor for your migrationAurélia SARNOWSKI,
Manager of technical writing service at Coheris
12:30Lunch
14:00Hands-on workshop on DITA (computer required) Nolwenn KERZREHO,
Pre-Sales Consultant at Componize Software
17:30Ramp-up and discussion
18:00Adjourn

For information on the presentation and speaker's bio please click on the links in the agenda.

Download the final agenda for tekom DITA Day here.

Venue

The conference took place on January 27, 2014 at LGM Vélizy-Villacoublay. We would like to thank Opens external link in new windowLGM Group for hosting the conference and for kindly providing catering for the participants. We also would like to thank Opens external link in new windowComponize for providing the trial software and material for the hands-on session.