Next SDIG Talk on Reuse Challenges

Here’s information on the next Semiconductor DITA Implementor’s Group (SDIG) talk, scheduled to take place on February 23rd:

Title: Create once, Approve once, Re-Use many times!

Abstract: Once of the biggest challenges in the digital era is how to get consistent, current and correct information to the customer on-time and in multiple channels.
For semiconductor companies an area of particular interest is the parametric product information which is often published in multiple places and formats.
This parametric data is often crucial for a customer to find the right product, therefore it’s crucial that the content is the same wherever the customer looks.

The IEC 61360, or Component Data Dictionary, can help to realize:

  • Smoother publication processes
  • Shorter throughput time
  • Less redundancy
  • Zero inconsistency

This presentation will describe:

  • The basics of IEC 61360
  • How NXP Semiconductors have benefited from it’s use
  • Database publication via DITA
  • A look to the future benefits of integrating DITA and IEC 61360

Speaker: John Walker has been implementing and rolling out data models, processes and tooling for product information management and publication at NXP Semiconductors since the company’s inception in 2006. The first publications using the single-source methodology were published in 2007. In April 2010 a DITA-based PDF output was implemented and over 400 DITA documents have been published with the to-date.

Prior to his business analyst role, he worked as a Graphics Specialist in the technical documentation group of Philips Semiconductors. Notably, John defined and deployed a new standard for technical drawings in the company that is still in use today.

John graduated from the University of York in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He lives in Eindhoven, Netherlands with his partner and son.

Will post more information about how/when to connect when I have it. The talks are free and while they are aimed primarily at those who are implementing DITA in the semiconductor industry, anyone who is interested in learning more about the issues surrounding DITA implementation will find something of interest. (It is also definitely not for people who are trying to learn the basics of DITA).

Hope to see you there!


"DITAWriter" is Keith Schengili-Roberts. I work for IXIASOFT as a DITA Specialist/Information Architect. And I like to write about DITA and the technical writing community. To get ahold of me you can email me at:

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