Month: February 2008

XML in Clinical Research and Healthcare Industries

Interested in life sciences and healthcare related standards? There’s a lot of them to keep track of. To make your job easier, the folks at XML Cover Pages have created XML in Clinical Research and Healthcare Industries, an online directory of clinical research and healthcare industry standards. While not complete, it’s a great place to start your research. Here you’ll find information about: ASTM Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics CBER Biological Lot Distribution Data (eLDD) Electronic Submission Specification CDC Public Health Information Network (PHIN) CEN/TC 251 Health Informatics CEN ISSS eHealth Standardization Focus Group Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium...

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The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives

Updated January 22, 2013: This article was originally posted February 27, 2008. Since then, it has been one of the most popular articles at In light of this, we have decided to give this article an update for 2013: we cleaned out some obsolete links and added a New for 2013 section. Enjoy! In The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives, Jimmy Atkinson of WDDb explores a wide variety of commercial software applications and their open source alternatives. Jimmy’s list is useful but not an apples to apples comparison of products. For instance, he suggests DocBook as an alternative to Adobe FrameMaker. Of course, this is not an accurate comparison as DocBook is not a software tool, it’s a documentation standard. Errors aside, it’s a good read and full of useful links to all sorts of open source...

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“One Site Fits All” Doesn’t Fit

The Web has absolutely improved the world for shopping. With a few minutes effort, you can get almost anything… from almost anywhere. The opportunities are endless. On the flip side, e-commerce companies can now attract customers from almost anywhere at any time. With a solid, usable site, the world is their customer base, right? Maybe. Organizations struggle with globalization-localization issues. Can one site fit all? Can parts of the design be standardized? Which parts need to be localized? Human Factors International shares the results of recent...

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DITA Evolution and the Effect on Content Management Systems

By Joe Gelb, Suite Solutions, special to TheContentWrangler As the Darwin Information Typing Architecutre (DITA) gains wider acceptance as an XML standard for technical documentation, there has been increased activity towards interoperability with other standards, such as S1000D and SCORM, specialization for uses in specific industries, and adaptation for different use cases. Noteworthy is the current effort to adapt DITA for monolithic business documents other than technical documents. This adaptation opens the possibility for techdoc groups to implement DITA without requiring the paradigm shift to topic-based authoring. While Content Management System (CMS) tools with strong Component Content Management (CCM)...

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How Long Will It Take To Choose A New Content Management System?

According to James Robertson at StepTwo Designs, there is a simple answer to the question, How long will it take to choose a new content management system? To quote: “It will always take longer than hoped to select a new content management system. While an ‘accelerated’ approach can be taken, the reality is that somewhere between 6 and 12 months will probably be needed, from beginning to end. To help clarify this statement, this briefing provides a breakdown of the individual steps and the amount of time needed for each. Use this to set appropriate stakeholder expectations, and to develop a realistic project...

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