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Typefi User Conference

Friday, 3 May 2019, 7:30am–6:00pm ($120)

Be inspired by a range of guest speakers, hear real stories from Typefi users, learn the latest Typefi news, and provide your input and feedback on Typefi’s products and services!

We have some exciting new conference features in store for you this year, including a ‘lightning session’—a fast and fun series of short presentations on things you can do with Typefi (and maybe a few other surprises as well).

We’ll also be offering a Brilliant Bar throughout the day, where you’ll be able to sign up for a short session (10–15 minutes) with a Typefi team member. If you have a burning question or a tricky problem, bring it along—our support team is ready for anything!

Your ticket price includes a light breakfast (served in the conference room from 7:30am to 8:30am), the full-day program, lunch, breaks, and the conference cocktail reception from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Register now!

Program highlights

The Value of Descriptive Markup for Discovery, Utility, and Preservation

B. Tommie Usdin  |  President, Mulberry Technologies, Inc.

Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies

Publishers and other content creators are finding themselves pushed towards XML. Many see this as an expense, a burden, yet another technical thing they don’t understand but are obligated to deal with. Part of this is valid: it is new, it can be expensive, and it is in your future. However, XML is not the point, it is a tool. The point is the logic that is encoded in the XML, which does not need to be mysterious and can be the source of significant value.

In this keynote, B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies, will argue that the long-term value of XML is not in the XML itself, but in the nature of the markup.

By focusing on “descriptive markup” rather than “XML syntax” we can talk about the real value in the push towards interchange of XML documents. It is descriptive markup that allows the identification of document parts by what they are in system-independent ways, and while understanding the details of XML may be a task for specialists, understanding the nature, structure, and parts of documents is a task for publishers.

Tagging your content using detailed descriptive markup—rather than a proprietary format or procedure-based markup—is the key to long-term publication value. It increases the utility and longevity of your content, enables high quality discoverability, and allows you to produce content in a range of formats and for a variety of uses, including accessibility. Putting your tagged documents in XML format is valuable, too. XML makes documents easily interchangeable, validatable, and give you access to a wide variety of tools.

Whether you’re an XML old-hand or a markup rookie, Tommie’s presentation is sure to provide plenty of food for thought. The session will also include ample time for Q&A and discussion.

Online Collaborative Authoring: An Australian Government Case Study

Tim Siers  |  Technical Director & Co-founder, MasterDocs

Tim Siers, Co-founder of MasterDocs

Cloud-based collaborative authoring tools are an increasingly appealing option for many organisations, enabling concurrent writing and editing of documents in real time, anywhere in the world.

In this presentation, Tim Siers, Technical Director and Co-founder of collaborative online authoring tool MasterDocs, will share how the Australian Government is using MasterDocs combined with digital publishing to develop content for its new Transparency Portal.

This whole-of-government portal brings the annual reports of various departments into a single location, providing easy access to the Parliament and the public.

Information located at the Transparency Portal is searchable through a single interface, and selected data within the reports can be easily visualised, compared and analysed. This level of interrogation was not feasible in the past when content was isolated across numerous websites and authored in a variety of formats.

The result is a rich and dynamic experience that goes beyond traditional delivery methods, and which promotes transparency and accountability by making information easily discoverable, searchable, and comparable.

The Ideal Project Team for Typefi Development and Implementation

Jason Mitchell  |  Director of Professional Services, Typefi

Jason Mitchell, Director of Professional Services at Typefi

Anyone who has developed and implemented a Typefi-based publishing project knows that it’s a team effort!

In this presentation, Jason Mitchell, Director of Professional Services at Typefi, will identify the key roles needed for a successful Typefi project team, and the skills and competencies each team member should ideally have.

Jason will talk about the power of training, as the necessary skills and competencies for a successful Typefi project can, of course, be learned.

Finally, he will also share some inspiring customer success stories where good teams and fabulous training have made the earth move!

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