Bill Swallow: Welcome to The Content Strategy Experts podcast brought to you by Scriptorium. Since 1997, Scriptorium has helped companies manage, structure, organize and distribute content in an efficient way. In episode 42, we’re talking about our upcoming event, LearningDITA Live, 2019. Hi, everyone. I’m Bill Swallow. I’m here with Kaitlyn Heath.
Kaitlyn Heath: Hi.
B. Swallow: And we’re going to talk a little bit about our upcoming event LearningDITA Live 2019. To give you a little bit of background, LearningDITA Live is a free online conference completely devoted to all topics concerning DITA. The online conference has sessions from seasoned DITA experts and practitioners alike. And last year at the 2018, which was our very first year doing this conference, we had nearly 1,000 people registered for the event. And in some cases, we had over 300 people in a single session so it was quite popular and it seemed like it was what people had wanted so we’re going to do it again.
B. Swallow: To learn a little bit more about last year’s event, you can go over to LearningDITA.com and go into the “Courses” area. And from there, you’ll be able to find a course that’s basically labeled LearningDITA Live 2018 recordings. So you can go in and listen to the recordings from last year and check it out.
B. Swallow: So Kaitlyn, do you want to talk a little bit about the form of the conference this year?
K. Heath: Yeah, so the conference is going to be free and it’s online. So you don’t need to go anywhere or pay anything. And it will start on February 25th and end on February 28 with a total of 16 sessions. They all start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. eastern time with, of course, a 12:00 to 1:00 lunch break. You can register pretty easily on our LearningDITA.com website. And you’re going to register only once for all of the sessions. But you’ll be able to just kind of come in and out for the sessions that you’re interested in.
K. Heath: So you can look at our program to see which sessions you want to attend and then you can add those particular ones to your calendar from the links that we provided in the program. And this year we’ll also have two foreign language tracks. We’ll have a German track and a Chinese track. You’ll be able to register separately for those events and you can check out their websites for more information and we’ll link to those in the show notes.
B. Swallow: Great. Yeah, we have a whole bunch of links that we’ll put into our show notes this time because it’s going to be very difficult to actually speak out the URLs for you.
K. Heath: Yeah, I think that’s not the best practice for podcasts. So uh …
B. Swallow: So do you have any tips for people who want to attend?
K. Heath: This conference is what you make it. We have beginner, intermediate, and advanced session for different types of users. If you’re someone that’s just learning about DITA and you want to learn more about it, you can only attend our beginners’ sessions. If you already know what DITA is and you want to see the intermediate and advanced sessions that we offer, you’ll be able to skip the beginner sessions and just dive into the more advanced ones.
B. Swallow: Sounds good. And what’s the general breakdown of the sessions that we have?
K. Heath: The beginners’ sessions are going to be more of an introduction to DITA. So we’re including things like a case study from one of our clients that implemented DITA for the first time. You’ll be able to hear from that company and a representative from them. You’ll get the basic introduction to DITA, how to get started, and how to talk to people in management about implementing it.
K. Heath: Then we have our intermediate sessions and that will include DITA best practices, some ways of collaborative authoring. And then we’ll also include a session about Lightweight DITA and then also some just general tips and tricks about DITA. And the last one is the advanced sessions and we’ll dive a little bit deeper into implementing DITA with quality assurance and system integrations.
B. Swallow: Very cool. So where can people go to sign up?
K. Heath: So you can go to our learningdita.com website and there’s a link in our main navigation that says, “LearningDITA Live 2019″ in the blue navigation bar. The registration page is right up top and you’ll be able to put in your name, answer a few questions, and you’ll get an email confirmation from GoToWebinar.
B. Swallow: Very cool. And once you do get that link from GoToWebinar, it’s probably a good idea to go ahead and follow any of the instructions in there to download the GoToWebinar client. And I believe it will come with a quick check to see if GoToWebinar can run on your system and I would recommend going ahead and doing that ahead of time just to make sure that everything is good to go when the conference starts.
K. Heath: Yeah, exactly. And once you’ve registered, you can go into our program. We’ve got calendar links for each of the sessions that you can add to your Google Calendar or your desktop calendar which should be really easy. And then, once you do that, you can follow learning DITA on Twitter @LearningDITA. You can follow us for updates on our sessions and things like that.
B. Swallow: Very cool. Well, thank you, Kaitlyn.
K. Heath: Yeah. Thank you, Bill.
B. Swallow: Great. And we hope to see you at the event. Thank you for listening to The Content Strategy Experts podcast brought to you by Scriptorium. For more information, please visit Scriptorium.com or check the show notes for relevant links.