DITA Conferences

Upcoming Conferences:

The following are conferences that contain a significant DITA presence. All descriptions are derived from the conference website. If there is a conference that you think should be listed here, please let me know.


IDEAS Online Conference
IDEAS Online Conference

Understanding User Needs – January 24-25, 2017 (Online conference)

“Presenters at the Winter 2017 IDEAS conference share best practices and techniques for learning about your users. The conference offers 11 hour-long presentations that provide proven and practical methods for conducting user research, as well as strategies for applying the data you gather to your future information design. Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the Winter 2017 IDEAS conference on January 24-25, 2017.”

(There are several DITA experts speaking at this conference, including Vijay Kulkarni, Marie-Louise Flacke and Kirsten Peterson).


tcworld India 2017
tcworld India 2017
tcworld India 2017, Bangalore, India, February 23–24, 2017

“tcworld India is the largest conference for technical communication in India with a strong international focus. It’s the only international learning platform for Indian technical communicators and language professionals. Also, it’s the best platform in India for showcasing products and services to the Indian market.

Over 300 technical communicators, documentation managers, technical editors, and language professionals from India—and across the world—are expected at this unique learning event. The tcworld India conference committee sifts through a huge pile of paper proposals and carefully handpicks the most original, exceptional, creative, and informative proposals. In our past conferences, technical communication experts from around the world have showcased their amazing ideas, innovation, and best practices. We anticipate that the tcworld India 2017 conference, too, will witness the same or better response.”


TechCommNZ
TechCommNZ
TechCommNZ, Auckland, New Zealand, April 10-12, 2017

“Collaboration is the cornerstone of what we do and it’s the theme of the TechCommNZ conference in 2017.

Join over 400 like-minded technical communication professionals for an exciting and inspiring three days of presentations and workshops designed to challenge, inform and reignite your passion for what you do. Over the coming months we’ll be updating this site as plans progress so bookmark it now for 10-12 April!”


CMS/DITA North America 2017
CMS/DITA North America 2017

Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference, San Diego, California, April 24-26 2017

“Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the nineteenth annual Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference in San Diego, California on April 24-26 2017. We are a community of people who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future.”


Technical Communication Summit 17
Technical Communication Summit 17
Technical Communication Summit ’17, Washington, D.C., May 7-10, 2017

“The 2017 Summit takes place 7-10 May at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC. The Summit kicks off Sunday evening with an opening keynote speaker and the Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall. The 2017 theme is ‘Gain the Edge to Get Results,’ 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 until midday on Wednesday. Sessions are offered in a variety of formats, including traditional presentations, workshops, progressions, and lightning talks.

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.”


Write The Docs - Portland
Write The Docs – Portland
Write The Docs – Portland, Oregon, May 14-16, 2017

“Write the Docs is a conference focused on all things related to software documentation.

Write the Docs brings everyone who writes the docs together in the same room: Programmers, Tech Writers, Support, and Developer Advocates. We all have things to learn from each other, and there’s no better way than sitting together and talking.

We invite you to join 400 other folks for a three-day event to explore the art and science of documentation.”


soap! 2017
soap! 2017
soap! 2017, Kraków, Poland, June 7-9, 2017

“soap! is an annual conference dedicated to product-related content. It is built by content professionals and brings a fresh perspective to the world of content and product development. soap! goes beyond the already said & known – it will reshape your approach to content.”


UA Europe Conference 2017
UA Europe Conference 2017
UA Europe Conference 2017, June 8-9, 2017

“UA Europe is an annual conference for technical communicators that focuses on software user assistance and online Help. It provides a unique update on the latest industry trends, technical developments, and best practice in software user assistance.”


Recent Conferences Past:

Lavacon 2016 Las Vegas
Lavacon 2016 Las Vegas

LavaCon Conference, October 25-28, 2016, Las Vegas, NV

“LavaCon is a gathering place for content strategists, documentation managers, and other content professionals.

LavaCon 2016 will be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel Las Vegas (25-28 October).

Choose from 83 sessions and workshops on how to plan, produce, and manage content strategy initiatives—our largest program to date!”


Adobe DITA World 2016
Adobe DITA World 2016

Adobe DITA World 2016, November 2-4, 2016, an online DITA conference

“From November 2 to November 4 we’re going to host the first Adobe DITA World 2016 Online Conference. We will offer a comprehensive program with the world’s leading Technical Communication, Marketing, DITA©, Content Management and Translation Experts experts about DITA, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe’s new DITA CCMS (XML Documentation Add-on for Adobe Experience Manager) and many additional solutions in the content ecosystem.

The program will offer a wide range of topics, from high-level strategic approaches to very practical sessions. We will discuss how Adobe is helping to connect the dots between Technical Communication and Marketing Communication. We will talk about moving from Word or classic FrameMaker to DITA with FrameMaker, authoring DITA, enhancing the authoring experience and improving content quality, managing DITA, translating DITA and publishing DITA across multiple channels.”


tcworld 2016
tcworld 2016

tcworld conference 2016, November 8-10, 2016, Stuttgart, Germany

“tekom / tcworld conferences offer premium content from the world of technical communication, which you can’t find on the Internet. Our international speakers are selected by independent tekom committees and are evaluated to ensure maximum topicality, relevance and quality presentations.

At the tekom fairs and exhibitions relevant international providers in the software and service industries show the creation, management and the quality of structured information products.

Another added value of our conferences is the direct interaction with experts as well as with colleagues from all sectors and countries.”


DITA Europe 2016
DITA Europe 2016

DITA Europe 2016, November 14-15, 2016, Munich, Germany

“At CMS/DITA Europe you will 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. Join us in 2016, our 12th Year!”


Best Practices 2016
Best Practices 2016

Best Practices 2016, September 12-14, 2016, Santa Fe, NM

“The CIDM Best Practices conference is the premier annual conference for managers of information development, whether it be for user and product support, or training. From your colleagues, learn about the best ideas and innovations in the industry. Discover how organizations are pursuing dynamic publishing, content management, social media, enterprise-wide information creation through wikis and blogs, and much more.

In its 18th year, the Best Practices Conference will be held at the La Fonda On the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”


IDEAS Summer Conference 2016
IDEAS Summer Conference 2016

CIDM and Dr. JoAnn Hackos announce the upcoming IDEAS Summer Online Conference, July 19-20, 2016. The IDEAS (Information Development Exploration Applications Solutions) Conference was formally known as the Online Conference and Online Forum. IDEAS will be presented in half-day, multi-track, one-hour sessions, with short breaks in between sessions.

The theme for this summer’s IDEAS is Agile Practices for Information Development. The combination of Agile development’s high speed, limited planning documentation, and short delivery cycles creates a unique set of challenges for documentation groups. These challenges require a shift in thinking about resource management, task allocation, and information quality and completeness. How can technical publications adapt and adopt the Agile manifesto to be applicable to the work we do? Our goal for this conference is to help managers determine if Agile methodologies are right for them and to share best practices for implementing Agile.

For more information, visit our website at: https://ideas.infomanagementcenter.com.


XML London 2016
XML London 2016

XML London 2016, London, U.K., June 4-5, 2016

“This 2 day conference covers everything XML, both academic as well as the applied use of XML and Semantic Web technologies in industries such as finance and publishing.”


Lavacon Dublin 2016
Lavacon Dublin 2016

Lavacon Dublin 2016, Dublin, Ireland, June 5-7, 2016

“LavaCon is a gathering place for content strategists, content engineers, documentation managers, and other content professionals. Our first event in Europe will be held 5-7 June 2016 at the Trinity College Conference Center near the Temple Bar area of Dublin, Ireland.”


Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2016
Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2016

Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference 2016, Reston, Virginia, April 4-6, 2016

“Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the eighteenth annual Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference in Reston, Virginia on April 4-6 2016. We are a community of people who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future.”


XML Prague 2016

XML Prague 2016, February 11–13, 2016

“A conference on markup languages and data on the web.

Topics 2016:

  • Markup and the Extensible Web
  • Semantic visions and the reality
  • Publishing for the 21st century
  • XML databases and Big Data
  • State of the XML Union”

Measure Anything
Measure Anything

Measure Anything, CIDM Online Conference, January 26-27, 2016

“Managers seem to be ever on a quest for the right metrics to measure organizational well being and justify change. What are the key indicators of a healthy organization? What are the compelling statistics that grab management’s attention and inspire support?

Just as importantly, how do we measure these things? Frequently, the things we know how to measure don’t tell us what we want to know, and the things we want to know, we can’t or don’t know how to measure. How do we gather the data we need without a lot of overhead? How do we address the fears of our team?

CIDM invites you to our Winter 2016 Online Conference to tackle these questions. Learn from your colleagues in the industry about what metrics they find most meaningful and useful when managing their projects and their departments. Gather hints and tips for how to best gather and interpret these metrics.”


TC World 2015
TC World 2015

tcworld conference 2015, Stuttgart, Germany, November 10-12, 2015

“The tekom annual conference together with the tcworld conference and tekom fair, is the largest global event and market-place for technical communication. Conference attendees are employed at industrial, software and service companies with their (current) focus on Germany, Austria and Switzerland. An ever-growing number of visitors from other European countries and overseas add to the flair of the event. The event is enriched by a large number of students from different countries making first contact with their future profession. A great plus is that, on top of attendance at presentations, there is also adequate time for networking and fair visits. An entire array of subject topics is offered, providing opportunities for experts in all fields to reach their audience. The tekom annual conference is an absolute must for all companies that provide services and software pertaining to technical communication.”


DITA-OT Day 2015
DITA-OT Day 2015

DITA-OT Day 2015, Munich, Germany, November 15, 2015

“This is a full day conference dedicated to the DITA Open Toolkit project, DITA-OT which is the reference DITA implementation and the core of almost all DITA-based publishing solutions. This year we host the 2nd edition of DITA-OT Day after the huge success of DITA-OT Day 2014.”


DITA Europe 2015
DITA Europe 2015

DITA Europe 2015, Munich, Germany, November 16-17, 2015

“Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the eleventh annual Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe Conference in Munich, Germany on 16-17 November 2015. We are a community of people who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future.

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 thinking about implementing the OASIS DITA standard for structured content in your organization
  • You want to learn about the new ISO/IEEE/IEC Content Management Standard 26531 and the upcoming IOS/IEEE/IEC standard for review and testing documentation
  • You want to meet others who are engaged in the DITA community worldwide
  • You want to learn how to publish topic-based content using faceted search
  • Others in your company want to develop structured content but need authoring tools that hide XML complexity.”

DITA Festa 2015
DITA Festa 2015

DITA Festa 2015, Tokyo, Japan, December 3-4, 2015

Japan’s only comprehensive DITA conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan on December 3-4. There will be a World and Japan DITA market trends report, user cases, DITA research results, along with information on DITA products and service exhibitors from member companies.


Lavacon 2015
Lavacon 2015

LavaCon 2015, October 18-21, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana

“LavaCon is the premier conference for content strategists, documentation managers, and other content professionals.”


Information Development World 2015
Information Development World 2015

Information Development World, September 30-October 2, 2015, San Jose, California

“Information Development World 2015 is the only conference dedicated to helping organizations rethink the way they create, manage, and deliver content experiences. Last year, over 400 attendees from every conceivable industry sector convened in San Jose to learn from more than 100 of the world’s best and brightest content strategists, content marketers, information architects, community managers, experience designers, data scientists, translators, taxonomists, usability pros, content engineers, technical writers, medical writers, editors, indexers, videographers, storytellers, and more.”


Best Practices 2015
Best Practices 2015

Best Practices 2015, September 21-23, 2015, St. Petersburg, Florida

“The CIDM Best Practices conference is the premier annual conference for managers of information development, whether it be for user and product support, or training. From your colleagues, learn about the best ideas and innovations in the industry. Discover how organizations are pursuing dynamic publishing, content management, social media, enterprise-wide information creation through wikis and blogs, and much more.”


Technical Communication Summit 2015
Technical Communication Summit 2015

Technical Communication Summit 2015, Columbus, Ohio, June 21-24, 2015

“The Summit consists of two important parts. The first part is the 80+ educational sessions, organized in tracks, which begin Monday morning, 22 June, and continue until midday on Wednesday, 24 June. These sessions are offered in a variety of formats to suit every learning style, including traditional presentations, workshops, progressions, 20-minute Spotlight Talks, and even a virtual track. The second important part of the Summit is the Expo, with more than 50 companies represented; this will open on Sunday evening, 21 June, and run through 5:00 PM on Tuesday, 23 June. New this year: the Summit will come to a close with a second keynote to wrap up three busy and exciting days of learning and networking.”


Information Energy 2015
Information Energy 2015

Information Energy 2015, Utrech, The Netherlands, June 2-3, 2015

“We are living in the information age. Information is all around us. If you are a professional involved in providing information or delivering means to others to let them provide information, join us at the upcoming Information Energy conference to share your vision, show your use case and connect with other front runners of the information era.

Information Energy attracts people working with content professionally in many ways. They are looking for solutions and share experiences with eachother. They work in education, user support, marketing, government, commercial publishing and many other areas.”


XML London 2015
XML London 2015

XML London 2015, University College London, London, UK on June 6-7, 2015

“This 2 day conference covered everything XML, both academic as well as the applied use of XML in industries such as finance and publishing.”


XML Prague 2015
XML Prague 2015

XML Prague 2015, February 13-15, Prague, Czech Republic

“A conference on markup languages and data on the web.

Topics 2015:

  • Markup and the Extensible Web
  • Semantic visions and the reality
  • Publishing for the 21st century
  • XML technologies and Big Data
  • State of the XML Union”

Intelligent Content Conference 2015
Intelligent Content Conference 2015

Intelligent Content Conference 2015, San Francisco, California, March 23-25, 2015

“The Intelligent Content Conference (ICC) is the 7th annual gathering of the best and brightest content professionals on the planet. Join us in San Francisco March 23-25, 2015 to connect with a diverse mix of peers and learn from a variety of experts. You’ll learn about the topics, standards, methods, and technologies utilized today to enable intelligent content solutions. And you’ll have fun doing it!”


Madworld 2015
Madworld 2015

MadWorld Worldwide Learning Conference, San Diego, California, April 12-14, 2015

“MadWorld 2015 is the premier technical communication and content strategy conference for technical writers, documentation managers and content strategists.

  • 40 Information-packed Sessions
  • 20 Expert Speakers From Across the Globe
  • 3 Nightly Networking Events
  • 2 Ask the Experts Panels
  • 1 Hospitality Lounge with Technical Support Staff
  • 0 Reasons Not to Attend”

DITA North America Conference 2014
DITA North America Conference 2014

CMS/DITA North America, Chicago, Illinois, April 20-22, 2015

“Join us in Chicago, Illinois for the 2015 CMS/DITA North America conference, the premier content management event of the year. You will find exciting presentations in four tracks, plus many opportunities for networking with colleagues and building new relationships.

Learn from managers, information architects, technical experts, authors, trainers, and others who have worked hard to develop outstanding solutions for creating and delivering content effectively. Learn from the successes and pitfalls they’ve encountered. Engage in conversations with those who share your concerns, can address your questions, and bring their experience to bear on your plans and hopes.

We are planning a superb conference with more than 75 presentations and an Exhibition Hall bursting at the seams with the latest technology and product innovations. Each exhibitor offers technologies that help you create content, manage your content store, produce attractive and effective publications, and ensure the quality of what you deliver to customers. Remember, they are anxious to learn about your needs as well.

Come for the community, experience new insights, and leave with a wealth of new ideas that help you reap the benefits of managing content in your organization. In its 17th successful year, CMS/DITA North America is the premier conference for everyone who manages technical and business content in both small departments and huge global enterprises.”


CMS Strategies Europe 2014
CMS Strategies Europe 2014

Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe Conference, November 18-19, 2014, Munich, Germany

“Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the tenth annual Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe Conference in Munich, Germany on 18-19 November 2014.

  • You’re thinking about implementing the OASIS DITA standard for structured content in your organization
  • You’re just getting started and need more direction
  • You’re an experienced implementer and want to hear more about the innovations planned for DITA 1.3
  • You want to learn about the new ISO/IEEE Content Management Standard 26531
  • You want to meet others who are engaged in the DITA community worldwide

We are a community of people who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future. Come join us.”

TCUK 2014
TCUK 2014

Technical Communication UK Conference, 16th-18th September 2014, Brighton. UK

“The Technical Communication UK Conference (TCUK) brings together technical communicators, editors, illustrators and leading product vendors, for three days of workshops and presentations. As a delegate, you can choose from a wide range of presentation topics, including content development and content delivery, the challenges of mobile documentation, and the opportunities that exist in structured authoring.”


TC World Conference, Stuttgart, Germany, November 11-13, 2014

“The tekom annual conference together with the tcworld conference and tekom fair is the largest global event and market place for technical communication.

Conference attendees are employed at industrial, software and service companies with their (current) focus on Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. An ever growing number of visitors from other European countries and overseas add to the flair of the event. The event is enriched by a large number of students from different countries making first contact with their future profession. A great plus is that, in addition to time attending presentations, adequate time for networking and exhibition visits is available. The entire array of subject topics is offered, providing opportunities for experts in all fields to reach their audience. The Call for Papers before the event allows for presentations within the conference section.”


Information Development World 2014
Information Development World 2014

Information Development World 2014, San Jose, California, October 22-24, 2014

“Information Development World is the first—and only—conference dedicated to helping organizations create exceptional customer experiences centered around content. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds in the content arena—content strategists, technical communicators, content marketers, product managers, customer assistance specialists, translators, localizers, taxonomists, and user experience professionals—to demystify the methods, standards, tools and technologies needed to deliver exceptional omni-channel customer experiences.

In addition, the conference will also include:

  • Special vendor-sponsored pre-conference educational events
  • A selection of pre-conference, half- and full-day workshops
  • The University of California, Berkeley Innovation Forum, and
  • The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) Summit

WritersUA on the Road
WritersUA on the Road

WritersUA on the Road: The Conference for Software User Assistance, Charleston, South Carolina, October 28-29, 2014

“Topics include Responsive Design, Mobile UA, DITA, Agile, eLearning, Single-sourcing, Structured Authoring, Writing Concisely, Touch Language, Managing Projects, Video Creation, HTML & CSS, RoboHelp, Flare, and Strategies for Authoring Tools and Emerging Technologies.

  • Twelve experts presenting twenty-four sessions in two tracks over the two days.
  • Registration includes networking activities, lunch, and wifi.
  • Charleston has a lot of amazing historical attractions to make for a fun and educational visit.”

Best Practices 2014
Best Practices 2014

Best Practices 2014, September 22-24, 2014, Stevenson, Washington

“The 2014 Best Practices conference brings together a community of young professionals and seasoned hands who share how they grapple with our rapidly changing information world.

Hear from managers who need to solve the same problems you face every day. Hear from colleagues who have transformed their teams, merged diverse specialists, created new knowledge resources, brought together content from global sources, and kept their sanity (as far as we can tell). Learn about funding new change initiatives from our keynote speaker, Melissa Rach, author of Content Strategy for the Web. Attend her Tuesday morning workshop on funding opportunities.”


Lavacon Conference 2014
Lavacon Conference 2014

The LavaCon Conference on Content Strategy and User Experience – October 13–15, 2014, Portland, Oregon

“LavaCon is a gathering place for content strategists, user experience designers, documentation managers and other content professionals. Our speakers are practicing professionals, industry experts who have volunteered to share their best practices and lessons learned—both what worked, and what didn’t. Choose from over 90 sessions, workshops and case studies on how to implement user experience strategies that reduce costs and generate revenue.”


Congility 2014
Congility 2014

Congility 2014, June 18-20, 2014, Gatwick, U.K.

“Congility: Today’s content needs agility. Pre-conference workshops on 18 June followed by three conference tracks across two days on 19-20 June. Congility is definitively Europe’s foremost content strategy conference for component and structured content and is gearing up for its 7th year. Join us and learn more about giving content agility and how it can benefit you and your organisation.

Finally, no longer ahead of its time! Since 2006 the Congility team has been looking at overcoming format boundaries, multi-device delivery, structure and semantics, and user-lead information design for increased ROI. Back then, we were on the absolute cutting edge. Now our whole industry is buzzing about how multi and even omni-channel strategies impact how we work and how we create, manage and deliver our content. Join the event that shows you not only what’s happening, but what’s going to happen.”


CMS/DITA North America 2014
CMS/DITA North America 2014

Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2014, Seattle, Washington, USA, April 28-30, 2014

“Join us in Seattle for the 2014 CMS/DITA North America conference, the premier content management event of the year. You will find exciting presentations in four tracks, including the Emerging Technologies track we inaugurated in 2012.

Learn from managers, information architects, technology experts, authors, trainers, and others who have worked hard to develop outstanding solutions for managing content effectively. Learn from their successes and the pitfalls they’ve encountered. Engage in conversations with those who share your concerns, can address your questions, and bring their experience to bear on your plans and hopes.”


Writers UA West 2014
Writers UA West 2014

The Conference for Software User Assistance, Palm Springs, CA, March 3-6, 2014

“Networking & Social: Meet new and old contact in a fun, collegial environment. Fast-paced Learning: 50+ practitioners present 40+ sessions over four days in four tracks Design & Planning: Techniques for improved content and usability. Tools & Production: The software, hardware, and techniques to implement our designs”

While not devoted exclusively to DITA, there are several DITA-related sessions, including:
– DITA for Beginners – Tony Self: Tony Self will briefly explain the principles of DITA, This is your chance to learn how DITA may be relevant to your circumstances, and how it might influences your writing practices. No previous knowledge of DITA is required or expected.
– Extending your DITA Implementation to Training – Joan Lasselle: This presentation takes a look at opportunity space to use DITA for learning content and to share and repurpose content cross functionally.
– The New Generation of DITA: DITA-NG – George Bina: As any technology, DITA evolves, and a core step in its next evolution is the move to Relax NG as the schema language for expressing the DITA document structures. We will explor Relax NG, Schematron, and specializations.
– Migration to DITA for a Large-scale Help System – Monica Denby


Intelligent Content 2014
Intelligent Content 2014

Intelligent Content 2014, February 26-28, 2014, San Jose, California, USA

“If you’re still hand-crafting content for each individual channel, device and audience segment, you’re doing it wrong. More importantly, you’re locking your content up in silos, hiding it from those who need it. And, you’re making it nearly impossible for those who want it to find it, to use it, to repurpose it, and to share it with others. That’s a huge mistake. It not only prevents you from reaching new audiences, but it also prevents you from becoming the lean, mean, content-producing machine you need to be in today’s hyper-connected global marketplace.

Don’t fret. You’re not alone. Outdated publishing models are one of the biggest challenges yet to be overcome in most organizations around the globe. But there are shining examples of companies that are doing it right. Companies that, in order to beat the competition, transformed themselves into publishers. Publishers whose content production methods are optimized to be hyper-efficient and extremely fluid. Publishers of content that is both valuable and compelling. Content engineered to attract, acquire, and engage a clearly defined target audience. Content that, when put to work for a brand, helps it drive profitable customer action. Effective content. Liquid content. Intelligent content.”


tekom France DITA Day
tekom France DITA Day

tekom DITA Day, January 27, 2014, Paris, France

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

We will start the day with a short welcome and introduction by the organizer tekom France, who is going to present the activities and benefits of the association. It will be followed by a welcome speech of the host of this conference – LGM. After that we have the following presentations:

  • Introduction: DITA, myths and legends
  • Small Team DITA for Big Business
  • DITA Pilot Project: A key success factor for your migration
  • Hands-on workshop on DITA”

Structured Content Strategy Spain
Structured Content Strategy Spain

Structured Content Strategy Spain, February 10, 2014, Valencia, Spain

“Spain’s 1st Structured Content Strategy Seminar

Both enterprise customers and individual consumers want more information, on more devices, and they’re never been more impatient to get it. The old ways and tools can’t keep up. Like moving from horses to motors, industry must take on the right technologies and methods to multiply the result of their efforts as never before possible. The techniques we will discuss are especially popular in high-tech, software, medical and manufacturing industries, but they’re relevant everywhere.

This seminar is brought to you by Bluestream Software and Urbina Consulting and will also feature content from Culturecom and Softonic – all international businesses based in Spain, who are at the forefront of information management solutions. This event is free of charge. Secure your spot – Only 40 seats available!”


Conferences from Previous Years:

DITA Europe 2013
DITA Europe 2013

This year’s Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe 2013 conference is being held in Munich, Germany on November 18-19, 2013.

“Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the ninth annual Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe Conference in Munich, Germany on 18-19 November 2013.

If you’re thinking about implementing the OASIS DITA standard for structured content in your organization—if you’re just getting started and need more direction—if you’re experienced and want to hear more about the innovations planned for DITA 1.3 and those introduced by colleagues across the world, we invite you to take part. We are building a community of those who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future. Come join us.

Meet publications professionals who have implemented content management strategies and the OASIS DITA standard in their organizations and hear from key tools vendors who are actively supporting the information-development community.”

Here’s the latest conference abstract listing, packed with DITA-related talks.


TCWorld Conference 2013
TCWorld Conference 2013

tcworld conference 2013, Wiesbaden, November 6-8, 2013.

“tekom / tcworld conferences offer premium content from the world of technical communication, which you can’t find on the Internet. Our international speakers are selected by independent tekom committees and are evaluated to ensure maximum topicality, relevance and quality presentations.

At the tekom fairs and exhibitions relevant international providers in the software and service industries show the creation, management and the quality of structured information products.

Another added value of our conferences is the direct interaction with experts as well as with colleagues from all sectors and countries.”

Here is a line-up of DITA-related speakers and topics for the conference.


Technical Communications Conference Krakow
Technical Communications Conference Krakow

This Soap! Technical Communications Conference is happening on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT), in Krakow, Poland

It includes a talk by Eliot Kimber called “Using DITA to Generate PowerPoint Slides from Learning Content”, as well as a talk from noted DITA advocate Noz Urbina.


Ixiasoft DITA CMS Conference 2013
Ixiasoft DITA CMS Conference 2013

Again this year, IXIASOFT is hosting its annual DITA CMS User Conference in Montreal, June 12-14, 2013.

This will be a great opportunity to:

  • Exchange with your peers about your experience with the DITA CMS
  • Learn more about the DITA CMS and best practices
  • Discuss the evolution of the solution with IXIASOFT
  • Foster networking opportunities amongst your peers

We look forward to seeing you in Montreal!

A more detailed agenda will be provided shortly.


Information Energy 2013
Information Energy 2013

Information Energy 2013

, Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 13-14, 2013.

The main event for content and information professionals and for professional users of content and information products, their customers and their service providers. Interactive sessions, discussion, presentations and workshops.

DITA: Technology supports content. Based on minimalism and XML the DITA standard helps in creating, managing and publishing knowledge and educational products.


Congility 2013
Congility 2013

Congility 2013

, Crawley, U.K. June 25-27, 2013.

Congility 2013 is Europe’s largest event bringing together Structured Content, Content Strategy and Component CMS under one roof. The theme for 2013 is:

“The next 5 years: mastering communications in a multi-device world”.

Congility 2013 will cover more than just tools and technologies. Come and further extend your knowledge into the world of dynamic, future-proof delivery across multiple audience and device profiles. Learn from global thought-leaders and diverse real-world case studies.

The last Congility conference was, by many accounts, our most successful event to date! Attendees told us that social and vibrant networking, and an excellent series of presentations and workshops, made the conference a stimulating place to get new ideas and learn from our peers. Feedback included:

  • “Good balance of thought, theories, and case studies to make it real.”
  • “Coming from a ‘word’ dominated environment this conference has allowed me to see how and where improvements can be made in the production of manuals, the potential for customer interfaces and where self-development can be made.”
  • “Conferences such as this should be attended by the management of business considering or contemplating moving to DITA and content strategy, particularly those who doubt the process.”
CMS/DITA North America 2013
CMS/DITA North America 2013

Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2013, April 15-17, 2013

CMS/DITA North America is the premier conference on the most effective and efficient ideas and methods for managing enterprise content. Meet presenters who may have started with technical publications but are now branching out to training, support, marketing, human resources, policies and procedures, and other content developers.

In the 2013 CMS/DITA North America conference, you will certainly find much valuable information on managing content more efficiently, as well as implementing the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) standard and others. Inaugurated in 2012, the Emerging Technology track focuses on new ways of offering up valuable content to customers and other consumers of our messages.

Come for community, learning, and expertise, and leave with a wealth of new ideas that help you reap the benefits of managing content in your organization. In its 15th successful year, CMS/DITA NA is the premier conference for everyone who manages technical and business content in small departments and huge global enterprises.


Intelligent Content Conference 2013
Intelligent Content Conference 2013

Intelligent Content Conference 2013

, San Francisco, CA., February 7-8, 2013

“The Fifth Annual Intelligent Content Conference takes place in San Francisco on February 7-8, 2013 at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF. This year’s event focuses on helping organizations better understand the emerging discipline of corporate publishing with an emphasis on teaching you what you need to know about the standards, methods, and tools needed to deliver the right information, to the right people, at the right time, in the right format and language, on the device of the customer’s choosing.”

Though the program so far does not list any presentation with “DITA” in it as yet, there are a number of well-known people in the DITA-community who are listed as presenters, including the likes of France Baril, Don Day, Joe Gelb and Mekon’s own Noz Urbina, so it is safe to say that there will be some DITA representation at this conference.

When more details are released, look for more information on presentations specific to DITA here on DITAWriter.com.


DITA Festa Japan 2013
DITA Festa Japan 2013

DITA Festa Japan, February 7-8, 2013

国内唯一のDITA総合セミナーとして第4回を迎える DITA Festa ですが、
今回のテーマは「DITA導入への道のり」。
日本でも各社でDITA導入が進行する中、日立製作所で確立されつつあるDITAトピック指向によるマニュアル制作の状況、DITAユーザ交流会で議論された日本企業のDITAへの期待とためらいの実情、そしてDITA Europe2011で発表された海外企業のDITA導入プロセスや活用事例の紹介など、今回も盛りだくさんの内容です。
参加無料となっています。皆様のお越しをお待ち申し上げております。

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Université Paris Diderot
Université Paris Diderot

Third Conference on Technical Communication/Troisième Colloque Communication technique de plein champ, Paris, France, January 26, 2013

3ème Colloque Communication technique de plein champ : Modèles d’information et mutualisation des bases de connaissances

DITA or not DITA (les débats sont lancés !), les recherches sur les modèles d’information pour améliorer les pratiques et les outils.

Mutualiser les bases de connaissances pour répondre à des situations de complexité, créer des ontologies pour représenter les connaissances et aussi mettre en place des outils d’aide à la rédaction.

Voilà les thèmes abordés. Très belle journée à tous !”


Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe 2012

Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe 2012

, November 12-13, 2012, Frankfurt, Germany

“Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the 8th Annual Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The conference will be held 12-13 November 2012. Meet publications professionals who have implemented content management strategies and the OASIS DITA standard in their organizations and hear from representatives of key tools vendors who are actively supporting the technical communication community.

If you develop, produce, and deliver technical information today, you know that ‘content is everything.’ You also know that you have to keep costs under control and provide new solutions that deliver content in multiple ways to your customers. You’ve thought about ‘chunking’ your content into smaller, reusable topics, but you don’t know how to get started. You’ve already begun your DITA implementation but you want to know what new features are coming in DITA 1.2. DITA Europe is your best starting point.”


DITA Fest 2012
DITA Fest 2012

DITA Fest 2012

, October 23, 2012, Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay, California

“Year after year, the DITA community turns to DITA Fest to stay informed of the latest DITA trends and share ideas about DITA, both practical and visionary. We invite you to join us in Redwood City, CA on Oct 23, whether you’re a DITA Fest veteran or new to the community, for exciting, thought-provoking discussions and presentations on DITA, product content, and customer experience.

Joining us will be keynote speaker Jane McGonigal, PhD, a renowned game designer and best-selling author of Reality is Broken. Dr. McGonigal will bring us insight and perspective from her years of experience working with games and virtual communities and how that translates to the real world.”


Technical Communications UK 2012
Technical Communication UK 2012

Technical Communication UK 2012

, October 2-4, Newcastle, U.K.

“Technical Communication UK (TCUK) is:

  • The most exciting and comprehensive technical communication event on the UK calendar
  • The best way to keep up with industry trends
  • The best way to socialise with top industry suppliers and find out about their latest products
  • The best way to find out how your professional neighbours get things done”.

There were several DITA-related presentations of note at this conference:

  • A Style Guide for DITA Authoring, by Tony Self
  • Why Would We Want to Talk to Customer or Them to Us? by Ian Ampleford and Peter Jones
  • Content Quality: Clarity and Cost Savings Start at the Source! by Berry Braster
  • The Future of Techcomm is Socially Enabled and Embedded, bu Julian Murfitt
  • Metadata: Why Should Technical Communicators Care?, by Nolwenn Kerzeho

LavaCon Conference 2012
LavaCon Conference 2012

The LavaCon Conference on Digital Media and Content Strategies

, October 6-9, 2012 Portland, Oregon

“LavaCon 2012 will start with a panel discussion about the State of The Industry, as viewed from various segments of the industry: CMS vendors, Localization Vendors, Corporate Content Strategists, Independent Consultants, and maybe a tablet/eBook manufacturer or two to represent the future of mobile content consumption.”

There were several DITA-related presentations of note at this conference:

  • “Collaboration and Instantiation: Engineering Content in DITA XML”, by Tom Aldous, Adobe Systems
  • “Optimizing your DITA Content Model for Translation” by Amber Swope, DITA Strategies
  • “Migrating to DITA: How Automated Conversion Works and Why it Matters” by Patrick Baker, Stilo International
  • “Collaboration and Instantiation: Engineering Content in DITA XML” Cheri Mullins, Mullins Consulting

More information available from their schedule.


2012 RSuite User Conference
2012 RSuite User Conference

2012 RSuite User Conference

, September 20, 2012, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Now in its 6th year, the annual RSuite User Conference provides a forum for members of the RSuite community, and those considering RSuite, to interact, learn about the latest version, and get tips and tricks that will benefit your organization. RSuite CMS manages the full life cycle of content. From content creation through multi-channel distribution of print, ebooks, and licensed content, RSuite CMS is used by some of the world’s leading publishers.

Join other publishing executives and hear:

  • best practices and how-to’s
  • expert panels and case studies
  • tips for building a successful digital publishing strategy

Best Practices 2012

Best Practices 2012, September 10-12, 2012, Monterey, California

“Best Practices is the premier annual conference for managers of information development, training, and support. You learn from your colleagues the best ideas and innovations in the industry. You discover how organizations are pursuing social media, dynamic publishing, content management, enterprise-wide information creation through wikis and blogs, and much more. You have the opportunity to interact with a community of peers, all of whom are struggling with many of the same challenges that you are. You learn about the experiences of managers and organizations that have introduced amazing innovations or seen significant increases in effectiveness and productivity.”


CMS DITA La Jolla

Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2012, La Jolla, California, U.S.A., April 23-25, 2012

“At CMS/DITA North America 2012, join an outstanding group of individuals who have moved their organizations into content management, implemented the DITA standard, reduced their operations costs, and solved copious technical issues.”


NLDITA Information Energy 2012

NLDITA Information Energy 2012

Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 8, 2012

“Information Energy 2012 is the name for NLDITA 2012: Europe’s premier Conference and Exhibition for Innovation in Content Development and Publishing. Each year the event brings together industry’s leading professionals with professional users to focus on usability and new developments in this field.”


NL DITA 2012

NLDITA Tools

Utrecht, The Netherlands, April 5 2012

“NLDITA Tools 2012 will be one day full of featured vendor presentations of tools and best practices. Tools for authoring, publishing and managing information and modular content, DITA, XML and HTML5.”


XML Prague

XML Prague 2012, Prague, Czech Republic, February 10-12, 2012

“XML Prague is a conference on XML for developers, markup geeks, information managers, and students.”


Intelligent Content 2012

Intelligent Content 2012, February 22-24, 2012 Palm Springs, CA, U.S.A.

Need To Reach Your Customers Anywhere? Anytime? On Any Device? Then Intelligent Content 2012 Is The Conference For You! In order to profit — literally — from new digital markets created by the global mobile device explosion, you must rethink the way you create, manage, publish, and deliver content. Old school production processes, technologies, and ideas won’t cut it. To succeed in the mobile revolution you must think differently. The first step is to adopt a content strategy that takes into account your goals and how you’ll achieve them in our socially-enabled, always-on, location-aware, globally-connected, mobile device-dependent world.


PublishingExpo
PublishingExpo

Publishing Expo, February 28-29, 2012, Earls Court 2 London, U.K.

The UK’s only multi-platform publishing show. Publishing is changing fast, with new and traditional forms combining to create truly multichannel content. In 2012 Publishing Expo will shape the future of publishing with over 100 leading industry suppliers and ground breaking education from publishing’s best, covering any content and any channel, in digital, print or mobile.


Software UA

Software User Assistance Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., March 11-14, 2012

“The focus of the Conference for Software User Assistance is on developing the best possible user experience for all types of software applications through well-designed interfaces and helpful and accessible support information.”


NLDITA 2011

NLDITA Winter

, Utrech, The Netherlands, December 15, 2011.

“A full day of vendor demonstrations, lectures and we will also present one or two workshops.”

 


DITA Fest 2011
DITA Fest 2011 Logo

DITA Fest 2011, Santa Clara, California, U.S.A. October 25-26, 2011

“This year’s DITA Fest focuses on how product content can be leveraged more broadly in the organization, to drive value beyond the walls of the technical publications team. We come together to hear others’ experiences with DITA deployments – what has worked and what hasn’t — and the way they envision its future expansion.”


XML Amsterdam 2011

XML Amsterdam 2011, October 26, 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“XML Amsterdam 2011 is the conference for XML Developers worldwide, looking for the latest and best on developing based on XML and related standards. The conference will be hosting sessions by renowned speakers in the international XML developing community.”


DITA Europe 2011

Content Management Strategies/DITA Europe Conference, Prague, Czech Republic November 7-8, 2011

“Meet publications professionals who have implemented content management strategies and the OASIS DITA standard in their organizations and hear from representatives of key tools vendors who are actively supporting the technical communication community”.

4 thoughts on “DITA Conferences

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I have added the two upcoming conferences + descriptions to this list and also mentioned the most-recently passed conference that happened in December as well.

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