Applying DITA to the Next Generation of Health Information

At EBSCO Health we provide evidence-based reference information, skills, patient information resources, and shared-decision tools that inform the global healthcare industry. We initially adopted a more generic approach to DITA, but as our product delivery needs evolve, we are finding need for a more flexible, granular content model. As such we are now delving into a new EBSCO Health content model that better suits the needs of all of our content infrastructures, beginning with content which supports our patient/physician decision tools. The new “unit model” will help us achieve our vision of delivering content using a platform-based approach, providing more opportunities for reusability across our current product lines, and provisioning a Content as a Service (CaaS) that dynamically delivers content to partners, customer integrations, and EHR systems. In this session we will sketch out our journey with DITA, introduce the thinking around the unit model, and demonstrate a new interactive decision support application that showcases what we are seeking to enable.

What can the audience expect to learn?

* A view at a strategic alternative to fully modeling content up-front
* A glimpse at how DITA may be employed to gradually unify siloed content
* An example of modeling content-driven UI components for flexible UI design

Meet the presenter

A librarian by education and a “standards-junkie” at heart, Scott Farrar has been at EBSCO Information Services for 14 years, spending his time at EBSCO digging deeply into aggregated content and metadata from a multitude of publishers in both XML-based standards and other lesser known standard formats. His most recent role in the organization has been as a Content Engineer for EBSCO’s medical reference product line, bringing DITA to into one of the few areas where EBSCO authors its own content. When not at work Scott is often cooking, singing choral music, or playing video games with his two children.

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