DCL Learning Series

Upcoming Webinars

The DCL Learning Series covers topics that relate to content and data conversion with an instructional twist. DCL speaks with industry experts and brings meaningful presentations and conversation direct to your screen. Topics include metadata, DITA, Section 508 and accessibility, XML standards, and much more.

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KEYWORDS: life sciences, robotic process automation, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, clinical content management, regulatory compliance

Technology and Life Sciences: Tool Selection, Systems Implementation, Data Migration, and Security

August 11, 2021 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

The Life Science market is not an early adopter of technology related to IT systems and content management. Life Sciences demands security and regulatory compliance, particularly throughout the drug development life cycle. In this webinar, we identify a number of tools that have been used successfully in other markets and have been adapted to support the needs of Life Sciences. We’ll explore how digital technologies improve the time to market for numerous drug candidates and what it will take to gain wider acceptance within the regulatory community.


This webinar discusses the following technology and underlying concepts

  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

  • NLP (Natural Language Processing) 

  • AI (Artificial Intelligence)

  • ML (Machine Learning)

  • Voice, video, and image processing in clinical settings


Panelists: David Turner, Consultant, Data Conversion Laboratory; Keith Parent, CEO, Court Square Group; Ron Niland, President, JANA Life Sciences

KEYWORDS: life sciences, legacy data, data mapping, metadata management, enterprise life sciences systems

Map or Scrap? Consolidating Data Between Inherited Enterprise Systems in the Life Sciences

September 8, 2021 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

Mergers and acquisitions often involve many moving parts. One of those parts is an organization’s enterprise content management system and how to reconcile multiple systems into a single one. Mapping data between multiple systems causes numerous problems and requires continuous updates. Best practices suggest consolidating multiple systems into one. This approach forces organizations to conduct a content audit, harmonize duplicate content, and normalize content structures and metadata.


We’ll cover the following topics and help ease the burden of what seems (but is not) an insurmountable task

  • Running two systems simultaneously, what are the pitfalls?

  • Integration with other enterprise systems

  • Competing metadata and naming conventions

  • Enterprise search across systems

  • The best system doesn’t always win

  • Archiving legacy data

  • Rationalizing data between systems

  • Audit trails and governance


Panelists: Mark Gross, President, Data Conversion Laboratory; Keith Parent, CEO, Court Square Group; Ron Niland, President, JANA Life Sciences

KEYWORDS: content reuse, content strategy, content structure, content standardization, Harmonizer, Content Rules

Content Standardization and Structure: Is It Really Worth the Effort?

September 15, 2021 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

Great effort, time, and money are spent by organizations when they embark on enterprise-wide efforts to standardize and structure content. The lure of streamlined workflows, improved content discovery, and content reuse can seem so distant when a project is bogged down halfway through the transformation. In fact, you may ask yourself “is this really worth the effort?”. In this webinar we’ll discuss interoperability, the flow of data and content, and the value of content standardization. Not only does standardized and structured content enable automation but also it helps to train AI at scale in a manner far more accurate and precise than just leaving it up to the AI engine to randomly generate from unstructured big data. Join DCL and Content Rules as they demonstrate YES, it is worth the effort.


Panelists: David Turner, Consultant, Data Conversion Laboratory;

Val Swisher, CEO, Content Rules

KEYWORDS: content reuse, content delivery, CMS, content ROI, Fluid Topics

The Fast Lane to Content ROI: Delivery First; Structure Second

October 6, 2021 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

Many organizations want to boost the user experience with content and offer content services that bring visible value to customers. Organizations want to switch to modern content delivery but often feel they must first move to structured content authoring, implement a CMS (content management solution), and migrate all their content before they can begin. Overhauling the tech doc production process is daunting and the risks of a multi-year project getting canceled due to poor ROI are all too real and lead to many failed projects.
However, the truth is you can move to dynamic content delivery and provide outstanding user experience with a fast impact on your company without needing to re-architect your content. In fact, shifting the paradigm to delivery first and content structure second can be an approach that works for tech writers AND executive management (i.e., your bottom line!).

Join DCL and Fluid Topics as they discuss this paradigm shift of starting with content delivery to optimize the process of restructuring content and get fast, solid content ROI. 


Panelists: David Turner, Consultant, Data Conversion Laboratory; Fabrice Lacroix, CEO, Fluid Topics