DITA and Metadata on an Enterprise Scale

DITA has elements and domains designed for metadata, but how useful are they in the enterprise environment? Or how can they be best deployed when working within an enterprise environment where there are so many application stakeholders in the mix.

Join Joe and Kris for a discussion of basic DITA metadata elements, the classification domain, and, of course, specializations of and . Joe and Kris will look at what exists in the DITA toolbox, and what best practices are emerging for adapting DITA to work well in these challenging contexts. One question that continually surfaces is whether or not metadata should be handled externally from the DITA source so that it can be flexibly adapted as the context changes.

What can the audience expect to learn?

People struggle to make the best use of DITA metadata. It can be embedded in topics, associated with topics using classification maps, and managed externally from the DITA source. What works? What does not work? And where do we need to go as we work toward implementing a common metadata layer across the company ecosystem?

Meet the presenters

Kris EberleinKris is the Lead Content Engineer for — simplea.com — where she spearheads client structured-content initiatives and and grows the content engineering team. Working with complex content sets and publishing teams, Kris applies and enhances [A]’s Master Content Model methodology and the Content Intelligence Framework.

She also is Chair of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee (TC), where she works to set the future direction, growth, and health of the DITA standard. She has been active with the DITA TC since 2007, and has served in several leadership roles: Secretary (2007-2010), Co-chair (2010-2013), and Chair (2014-present). She is co-editor of the DITA 1.2 and 1.3 specifications.

Trained as a historian, she’s worn almost all the content worker hats you can imagine: Information developer, team lead, information architect, tool smith … When not herding (technical) cats, she cooks, quilts, enjoys the culinary mecca of Durham, NC, and drives her 2002 Mini Cooper a little too fast.

Joe GollnerJoe is the Master Architect and Steering Committee Chairman at (http://simplea.com) where, for a number of market-leading customers, he is helping to bring to life the next generation of content intelligence systems. He is also an independent researcher and advisor at Gnostyx Research Inc. (http://gnostyx.com), where he provides objective and research-based guidance on the strategic acquisition and use of content technologies.

To these roles, Joe brings well over 25 years of experience as a successful manager of businesses, software products, strategic partnerships, research & development efforts, intellectual property portfolios, and solution projects — all within the content industry. He also brings a history of designing and deploying award-winning content solutions, many of which leverage DITA and XML (and even SGML) in novel ways, for customers around the world that include silicon-valley startups, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and global enterprises.

He blogs as the Content Philosopher (http://www.gollner.ca), is still working on a book about the effective and sustainable management of content and content technologies, and is often found zooming through the mountains and along the coastlines of Vancouver Island in a decidedly overpowered black Merc.

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