Manufacturing today is a complicated business requiring a lot of information to be maintained and distributed to all who need it. You have a lot of content in the form of design documents, repair and maintenance manuals, training materials, OSHA documents, parts catalogs, to name a few. I think we can all agree that, besides being critical to running a business, easier maintainability and availability of all this content would contribute greatly to the overall value of your products, services and business — and make for happier customers.
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.
There are over 1 billion websites on the Internet today, each of which has content. New content is created basically in perpetuity across the Web on sites for news, retail, sports, health and wellness, education… the list could go on and on. Is this news to you? I doubt it. You might be thinking that this is all rather obvious – that the Internet is full of content. But the key point here isn’t so much about putting new content up on the Internet, but getting older, complex, legacy content ready for the Web, a much bigger challenge.
For a long time, the corrections industry has been decidedly low-tech. Training materials for correctional officers are often available only as print documents; as it turns out, many of the huge technological leaps made by the talent development field during the past few years have passed the corrections industry by. For instance, New York City Department of Corrections Officer Academy trainees would have to carry around large binders, which were unwieldy and, of course, difficult to update. APDS, whose mission is to improve correctional facilities, felt it was time to digitize its training materials.
Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), and the Center for Informational Development (CIDM) asked publishers how they are developing and publishing their content in our 4th annual survey, “Following the Trends.” With close to 350 participants ranging from writers to content strategists, information architects, and publishers, the breadth of knowledge and insight was prodigious.
In the past two years, growth in e-book sales has slowed and in some cases declined. Publishers have hailed the shift as a break in the digital revolution, and some have gone so far as to say the digital revolution is behind us. A recent study conducted by CIDM, the Center for Information-Development Management, suggests the digital revolution in publishing is far from over. On several fronts, the survey indicates, the impact of digital formats is just starting to take hold.
DCL prepares digital content for electronic publishing, data distribution, and the Web; converting all types of information from all major word processing, typesetting, and document formats, as well as paper, into all structured formats, including XML, S1000D, SGML, proprietary schemas, and others.