Monday, March 17, 2014

S1000D Events in 2014

The general S1000D environment seems to be picking up. We have noticed an increased activity regarding enquiries for our Software and general communications about more recent issues of S1000D than Issue 2+. This has also become apparent in interest in S1000D events.

UK Based

Here in the UK the Congility event is going to take place on June 19th and 20th in Crawley with pre-conference workshops on the 18th.

In the past these Congility events have been very well received and the feedback around the S1000D material has been of high quality. Of course part of attending these events is not only the presentations but the networking that goes on. Over the years old acquaintances have been seen as well as those new to S1000D. I think that it is in the latter area that Congility is so good, people are very happy and indeed keen, to share their knowledge and experience. S1000D will be more quickly adopted in the civilian sector with the mystique removed. Your will need to have a look at the programme to see which days you need to attend because as in the past it is a Joint DITA and S1000D programme.

No doubt you will remember me waxing on about just how good S1000D is for a wide range of non-defence projects and in these days of globalisation of development and manufacture, and the increasing use of common parts, S1000D is the obvious choice for many of these.

One big stumbling block that we have come across is the management of projects. Expensive engineers being used to produce the maintenance documentation in MS Word (oh yes!) instead of using an industrial strength standard on a choice of several platforms with guaranteed reliability and re-use with Authors doing the work. But that is a perennial problem which has been running for years and years and is likely to take many more years until it has become a miniscule problem with a small handful of companies.

So for those in the UK and wondering if you should dip your toe in the S1000D world and with an increasing confidence in the future, see if you can get funding to visit Congility and quickly ramp up your knowledge and confidence.

You can find out more about this by visiting the Congility website at but I will keep an eye on the programme and find out more details and let you know items of interest.

In the US

In the recent past S1000D and ATA have go in bed together to present a single conference which covers the AeroSpace industry. This year is no exception. We have the ATA e-Business Forum and S1000D User Forum taking place in San Antonio, Texas from June 23 to 25, 2014. their byline is Driving Value Through Effective Information Sharing and this is definitely what happens there. The programme is not so advanced as that for Congility but generally they manage to put on an informative set of presentations with a number of the S1000D influential members taking part or attending.

When I find out what is being presented I will update you but in the meantime you can have access to the programme as it is at present by going to the User Forum.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Congility S1000D Has Passed

It does not feel like it was two weeks ago that we had the Congility S1000D Conference is Crawley.

After the first session there were two tracks which meant of course that I could not see all the presentations. But follows some impression of those that I did manage to get to.

Here is the first a a small number of Blogs on my impressions - starting of course at the beginning......

Opening Session - S1000D Direction (given by Dennis Hoyland)

In his usual style Dennis gave us a very good short history of the S1000D specification taking up to the here and new. Having been involved with S1000D in its early AECMA days through to today he is very well placed to provide this useful reminder of why the specification was so necessary then, and of course why it is still.

The current organisational tree was discussed. This really shows just what a wide range of organisations and people are involved in the ongoing development of the Specification - it is certainly not standing still. He reminded us that it is important to be involved. Unlike a number of other Specifications there are not full time employees working on the upkeep - all of the participants are holding down increasingly challenging jobs in addition to this voluntary work.

From History to the Future was covered with a very useful view of the direction of the Specification development and its interaction with other S specifrications which are being managed by ASD. Considering that Issue 1 Change 6 formed a central part of the Def Stan 00-60 specification with its links to LSAR 1388 and S2000M (and the Tri-service approach at that time) it is good to see taht this interoperability is being pursued.

Dennis followed this by flagging up some personal goals for the specification which clealy has necissitated some changes in the way that the Specification has been grown. His last slide showed a very good summary which is worth sharing.
  • We are learning from the lessons of the past
  • We will:
    • Change process
    • Develop modularisation
    • Develop a detailed plan
    • Fix Issue dates
    • Develop packages of work to be incorporated when finished

Other presentations?

Other presentations that I found interesting (and one of those was a 'light bulb' event) will be covered in subsequent blogs.

Can we get the presentations?

Yes! The slides from the presentations are available for download from the Agenda section of the Congility S1000D site