New York DITA Users Group

NYDUG’s mission is to provide a vehicle for technical communication professionals in the New York metropolitan area to assist each other in adopting DITA, and to promote the growth of the local DITA community via information sessions, training programs, and networking.

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Next Meeting

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 6:15 pm (RSVP required for building security)

Program: Reuse and Repurposing Content With DITA

One of DITA’s key selling points is that you can reuse content in multiple places or repurpose content for multiple outputs. But what does it really take to do this? Amber Swope will explore the architectural considerations. We'll look at reusing content in maps, topics, and elements, as well as conditionally generating output. We’ll also cover repurposing content to use it in multiple deliverables.

Amber Swope, a Principal Consultant in the XMetaL division of JustSystems, Inc., is an experienced information architect with almost 20 years experience in the content development lifecycle. At XMetaL she applies her DITA and information architecture experience to help JustSystems clients address their business challenges. While at IBM, Amber led the first HTML-to-DITA migration project for the Rational division and implemented DITA in a production environment. She is a member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee.

6:15 Networking
6:30 News & business
6:45 Presentation begins
8:00 Meeting ends

Location: midtown Manhattan, at the Information Builders Conference Center, located at Information Builders headquarters, 24th floor, Two Penn Plaza, at 32nd Street and 7th Avenue (atop Penn Station). Directly above the LIRR, New Jersey Transit, and many subway lines. One block from PATH. One subway stop from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Two subway stops from Metro North. Parking nearby.

Allow 5-10 minutes for building security registration and clearance (have a photo ID). Bring dinner; coffee and tea will be provided. If you need to reach someone at NYDUG just before the meeting, call NYDUG November Meeting Coordinator Mark Nazimova, 917-339-6736.

You must RSVP by 4:30 on Friday, November 10th,
even if you’re just considering attending, so we can list your name with building security (required for entry). Please RSVP to


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