Engineering and manufacturing professionals routinely need to access standards documents, and SAE is one of their primary resources. SAE made use of Data Conversion Laboratory’s automated conversion system, which quickly and easily converts content to a more usable format with unparalleled accuracy (which is critical considering that even a missed decimal point can be disastrous for engineers).
Publishers in all industries, especially those delivering scientific, technology, and medical information and products, feel the pressure from customers to make content available anytime, anywhere, on any device. Publishers need to manage that pressure with a content strategy to develop materials from scratch, but should also focus on a significant alternative: extracting extraordinary value from legacy content that exists in a variety of formats and locations.
With the speed at which new products develop and change today, and their increasing complexity, getting training and learning materials together quickly is more critical than ever. The sheer volume of information alone makes going green and mobile a necessity. In the case of one Fortune 100 technology company, global content management processes need to accommodate hundreds of new product introductions each year, with each requiring at least six months to create the required customer-friendly training materials and documentation.
Traditional editorial procedures such as copyediting, proof-reading and indexing are rigorously applied to digital formats, pre- and post- conversion, to review every character, correct any structural and formatting errors, and style documents as needed. DCL is experienced with a variety of online publishing packages, DTDs and online industry publishing standards. We work closely with our clients to meet every requirement. Our editorial solutions are available as bundled packages or a-la-carte.
The ongoing innovations in technology have created many new opportunities for companies of all types but in particular for those in this highly aggressive industry. The ongoing influx of new products and services present continued data management challenges for technology manufacturers. Manufacturers need to quickly provide updated manuals and guides—each created in multiple formats—for print, online, and a myriad of mobile devices.
FRESH MEADOWS, N.Y., August 10, 2015 – Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), a pioneer in electronic document conversion since 1981, teamed up with SAE International to convert a massive library of engineering documents to XML format. The project's long-term goal is to convert approximately 10,000 standards documents covering a range of industries. XML is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format which is both human-readable and machine-readable, and allows XML-encoded documents to be used on the web, ebooks, and the many other ways that documents will get distributed over the next years.
Manufacturers face immense pressure to increase revenue and decrease costs, but reusing the content in existing catalogs, documentation and training materials rarely springs to mind as a path to either. Frequently outdated sales materials, and the relative ease of gathering competitive information online, contribute to challenges facing manufacturers who need to stand out from the crowd and dominate their markets. Take some cues from retail channels and focus on customer experience and content strategy, and you can open up new opportunities to add to the bottom line.
If you're new to the world of content conversion, it's probably a little overwhelming. You know your agency needs to prepare content to meet the current needs of more technologically savvy audiences, but you are concerned with losing valuable legacy content that is still accessed by the masses. From this standpoint, every content conversion project seems complex. And for many Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian agencies, the situation appears especially detailed and complicated, due to the size of the content library, varying content types (PDF, SGML, print), and quality (missing or inconsistent information).
Any federal content digitization effort incorporates significant requirements for quality control (QC), whether in the civilian or Department of Defense (DoD) sector. And many agencies mistakenly consider QC to be a fully manual, time consuming, and extremely expensive element in a content conversion initiative. In fact, by focusing on upfront analysis of your content needs, and choosing the right tools, you can bring a level of automation to the QC process that can save time, effort and dollars.
Legacy content throughout the US Department of Defense (DoD) exists in a variety of formats and structures. And the older the content, the less likely it is to conform to required standards such as S1000D or the Army's MIL-STD-40051. Quality Control (QC) becomes critical, but under the pressure of high volumes and rigorous standards, DoD agencies and offices can find themselves overwhelmed by the prospect of manual review of thousands of pages of content multiple times during a complex conversion process.