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The S1000D User Forum 2013 in Vienna

“Common Global Standards. A Benefit for ALL!”


That is the theme this year at The S1000D User Forum 2013 in Vienna, Austria.

The annual event is taking place next week September 16th – 18th. It is one of our favorite premier events in the Technical Publications community. It is hosted by the Austrian Aeronautics Industries Group (AAI) on behalf of ASD.

The 40+ industry leading experts that occupy the agenda are expected to have an audience of more than 200 international attendees.

Our team at Crowell Solutions is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces roaming the conference halls and meeting many new colleagues in S1000D marketplace.

Check back here often as we blog about our Vienna experience and the latest enabling software and hardware technologies that will drive innovation into the S1000D and ILS marketplace.

If you are at the event, we would love to connect with you. Contact us via our website.


Hoffe dich bald zu sehen.


Using S1000D Architect

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We have implemented quite a few S1000D applications over the past few years and this experience led to the creation of S1000D Architect. Many S1000D applications that are on the market today are focused on the storage of data modules via a CSDB. While this is very important, equally (or maybe evey more imporatant) is how the S1000D program is managed. What we mean by that is:

  • How do you create data modules?
  • How do you insure you’ve created all the data modules you need?
  • How do you manage creating DMRLs and SNS structure?
  • How do you manage the project(s) itself as well as the people assigned to the project?

We have addressed each of these critical issues within S1000D Architect. Request our whitepapers and, by all means, give us some feedback!

Capstone S1000D Productivity Suite

In my previous post I mentioned S1000D Architect™ and BREXCheck™. I want to circle back to these posts and actually introduce our new suite of applications all of which fit under the name of Capstone™.

In the coming weeks we will be rolling out our latest product: Capstone S1000D Productivity Suite. Capstone is comprised of several individual applications which can be purchased individually or as a bundled item. These applications include:

  • Architect
  • DecisionPoint
  • BREXCheck
  • Delivery Manager
  • Applicability Manager
  • CSDB

I’m going to be blogging about these one at a time. First up is a re-introduction to S1000D Architect.

S1000D Architect

As I mentioned previously, we’re referring to S1000D Architect as our ‘next’ or ‘second’ generation S1000D applicaiton. First generation applications tend to focus on the storage of S1000D content. While important, we want to shift tool focus from storage to management. As such, some of the things you’ll be able to do in Architect are:

Develop DMRLS – Build your project roadmap
Knowledge – Know what data modules you need to create, how many in total there are, to whom they are assigned, and their current state.
Collaborate – Across your company and with vendors. Expose only the data that certain groups need to see.
Define and Manage Information Sets
Short cuts – Generate stub data modules from your DMRL list
Reporting – Use multiple configurable reports to manage S1000D projects

An important thing to note is that S1000D Architect is CSDB agnostic. It can sit on top of an existing CSDB or on top of ours. Your choice. We will be demoing Capstone along with our other tools and services at the AIA Tech Pubs Consortium May 10-11, 2012 in Clearwater, Fl and at the AIA S1000D User Forum in Denver, Co. June 18-21, 2012. Drop us a line in advance and we will set up a demo time for you!


Two New S1000D Applications

It’s March already! Where does the time fly? In Texas we decided to skip winter altogether. We have flowers blooming and, at present, I’m typing this with the windows to the office wide open.

Ahead of changes to our website and the various marketing initiatives that businesses must take when rolling out new products, I wanted to let you know that We are going to be rolling out a couple of new applications during March:

BREXCheck™ and S1000D Architect™.

BREXCheck™ – BREXCheck allows for on-the-fly BREX validation while creating S1000D content. It can work in the XML editor of your choice. Technical authors and content creators author their S1000D data modules as normal. BREXCheck operates in the background. If the author attempts to enter an element that is dissallowed, or an incorrect attribute value, BREXCheck will offer a notification. This should greatly speed up and improve the S1000D authoring and the QA processes.

The second is S1000D Architect™, which is a layer of logic that sits on top of an S1000D CSDB (Content Storage Data Base). S1000D Architect allows you to truly control and manage your S1000D project(s). Management of your S1000D project(s) includes:

  • Knowing how many data modules comprise your S1000D project(s).
  • Knowing where these data modules are coming from (your team, vendors, etc.).
  • Managing multiple SNS schemes (yours, your vendors)
  • Managing vendors’ data modules
  • Ability to efficiently build a list of all necessary data modules
  • Tying this list to a ‘stub-out’ of the data modules themselves (i.e., create a rudimentary XML document for each and every data module in your project).

Look for posts, additions to our website, and email notifications in the coming weeks. We are excited about these applications and rolling them out to general availability. If you want a sneak peek, contact us at info@crowsol.com








Annoucing Crowell’s S1000D Schema View

Helping customers develop S1000D Business Rules through the years has often led us to dig around in the S1000D Schemas. Somewhere along the way we decided there had to be a better way to quickly see the content and properties of S1000D data module types, elements, and attribtues.

Well, there is a better way. And now we’re making it available to the public. Check out our site:

S1000D Schema View

It provides a hyperlinked, browseable interface to the S1000D document types, data module types, and every individual element and attribute.

S1000D Schema View makes it easy to get all kinds of information from the S1000D Schemas without having to dig into the gritty detail.

Please take a look and let us know what you think.

Donald T. Smith