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In 2019, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) began working with Precision Content to transform tens of thousands of pages from DocBook to DITA. The project requirements identified the need for microcontent use cases to support a complex regulatory content lifecycle, automation opportunities, and dynamic delivery needs. This session will walk you through the novel lessons we learned.

Presented by Rob Hanna and Josh Anderson at ConVEx 2022 Tempe on May 2, 2022.

In 2019, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) began working with Precision Content to transform tens of thousands of pages from DocBook to DITA. The project requirements identified the need for microcontent use cases to support a complex regulatory content lifecycle, automation opportunities, and dynamic delivery needs. This session will walk you through the novel lessons we learned.

Presented by Rob Hanna and Josh Anderson at ConVEx 2022 Tempe on May 2, 2022.

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On the road to Boca Raton.pptx

  1. 1. Our Microcontent Story at the National Council for Compensation Insurance (NCCI) On the Road to Boca Raton MICROCONTENT IN ACTION
  2. 2. 2 Associate Information Architect Sessional Instructional Assistant Precision Content Authoring Solutions Inc. Information Architecture University of Toronto Faculty of Information Josh Anderson
  3. 3. 3 Rob Hanna CIP CEO & Co-Founder Precision Content Authoring Solutions Inc.
  4. 4. 4 About The Company We are experts in structured content. We’re a full-service, end-to-end technical communications consultancy, technology innovator, and systems integrator offering professional services, training, and technology. Areas of Expertise Precision Content is home to thought leaders and expertise in the areas of • structured authoring methods • content lifecycle management • DITA/XML design and implementation • information architecture • content strategy, • and structured content delivery.
  5. 5. 5 Presentation agenda Introduction Microcontent overview The NCCI project Architecture overview Delivery roadmap Summary
  6. 6. 6 Microcontent Is content that is • about one primary idea, fact, or concept • easily scannable • labelled for clear identification and meaning, and • appropriately written and formatted for use anywhere and anytime it is needed It's not microcontent just because it's small!
  7. 7. Difference between topics and blocks TOPICS All content is authored, reviewed, and approved as a topic Topics represent individual files that are versioned and uniquely identified Topics consist of one or more blocks Topics represent a unit of work Topics can be reduced to a block Topics are suitable for publishing to print and online as pages BLOCKS (MICROCONTENT) All content exists inside blocks contained within topics Blocks are virtual as part of a topic or referenced by a topic Blocks exist in one or more topics Blocks are a medium for interchange Blocks can be expanded to a topic Blocks are suitable for publishing to chatbots and automated assistants as responses
  8. 8. Topic architecture Consider what happens if we focuses writing at the block- level within topics The short description supports the title of the topic as a block Every block is an information type supporting the topic Task Topic Task title Task body Context Purpose Prerequisites Steps Post-requisites Result Primary Block Blocks REFERENCE PRINCIPLE TASK PRINCIPLE REFERENCE
  9. 9. Microcontent as a medium for exchange Microcontent is not strictly an input nor an output format. Instead, microcontent is a medium for exchanging information across different platforms and formats. Units of microcontent need to contain piece of standalone content, and metadata records. Content and metadata can be automatically extracted at publishing time. CONTENT METADATA
  10. 10. 10 Four Principles of Intelligent Microcontent
  11. 11. 11 Focus • Microcontent must be about only one subject • "Every Page is Page One" • Allows content to operate as building blocks of information
  12. 12. 12 Function • Microcontent must be typed to identify user intent • Precision Content information types • Reference • Task • Concept • Process • Principle • "Information is what information does"
  13. 13. 13 Structure • Microcontent must use predictable patterns and language • Structured authoring • Systematic labelling • Modular, topic-based architecture • Constrained writing environments • Separation of content and form Source: The DITA Style Guide – Best Practices for Authors. Tony Self. www.ditastyle.com
  14. 14. 14 Context • Microcontent must be easily relatable to other content • Microcontent is designed to fit within a larger ecosystem of information
  15. 15. 15 The NCCI Project
  16. 16. 16 Who is NCCI? • NCCI gathers data, analyzes industry trends, and provides objective insurance rate and loss cost recommendations • Provides extensive documentation and guidance on compensation insurance to private industry insurance carriers • Under the guidance of 37 state regulatory bodies • In 2021, NCCI analyzed 3.3 million policies worth more than $26 billion in premiums
  17. 17. 17 Their content • The Basic Manual • The biggest and oldest of the many manuals and guides NCCI maintains • Roughly 800 pages of information and tables used to administer workers’ compensation policies • Content is only published to carriers after state regulatory approval • Database of job classifications • More than 4,000 job classifications • Used by companies to classify their own operations • Extensively cross-referenced across all their manuals
  18. 18. 18 Topic-level breakdown RULESEC TOPIC 1 REFSEC TOPIC 2 REFSEC TOPIC 3 REFSEC TOPIC 4
  19. 19. 19 Content lifecycle • Irregular review and approval cycles • Publications include both filed and non-filed content • There is no set approval schedule for each state • Some states are often several filings behind other states • Occasionally states leave or join NCCI’s services
  20. 20. 20 Roadmap • Our long-term goals for the project included • transforming all manuals and guides targeted for new delivery channels • developing a new web content delivery platform • single-sourcing publishing and delivery of content • retiring legacy publishing and authoring platforms • deploying a new content-as-a-service platform • providing new options for regulators to assist with filings • developing new conversational UIs, and • continuously improving quality, efficiency, and cost metrics.
  21. 21. 21 NCCI UAC solution architecture Manuals and Guides Filing Microsites APIs
  22. 22. 22 Architectural highlights
  23. 23. 23 Architecture highlights • Strongly-typed content structures • Core/exception modelling • Use of maps for managing changes • Baselining releases • Taxonomy integration
  24. 24. Topic architecture Moving to a pure microcontent solution with very granular content required a close examination of our topic architecture Metadata and change-tracking was needed at the block level We needed topics to be about one thing only for tracking Task Topic Task title Purpose Task body Context Prerequisites Steps Post-requisites Result Steps Task Block
  25. 25. Core/exception modelling Managing variations of content across more than 30 states required an examination of how we use conditional profiling across the corpus Simply trying to manage inline conditions for so many variations was not advisable For conditional reuse, we conditionalized entire blocks for individual states as core or exceptions Task Section Topic Task title Topic Prolog Task Block Task title Steps Steps Task Block Task title Steps
  26. 26. Core/exception modelling Core content is the default content for all states without a state-specific exception Exceptions are added for each state with a variation from the core Exceptions can also be used to exclude or opt-out a state from a particular rule or section Task Section Topic Task title Topic Prolog Task Block Task title Steps Exception Block Task title Steps Exception Block Task title Exclude TX, FL ND, RI Core Block
  27. 27. Core/exception modelling For example, let’s see what happens when we publish 1. Maine 2. Florida 3. Rhode Island Task Section Topic Task title Topic Prolog Core Block Task title Steps Exception Block Task title Steps Exception Block Task title Exclude TX, FL ND, RI Task Section Topic Task title Topic Prolog Core Block Task title Steps Task Section Topic Task title Topic Prolog Core Block Task title Steps Exception Block Task title Steps FL 1. Publish for Maine 2. Publish for Florida Task Section Topic Task title Topic Prolog Core Block Task title Steps Exception Block Task title Exclude RI 3. Publish for Rhode Island Core block renders Core is dropped and the exception block renders The topic and its children are excluded + don’t render
  28. 28. Maps for managing complex content lifecycles Master Map Contains all subject maps for one publication across all states Subject Map Organizes all topics, index terms, and search metadata for a subject area Keys Map Organizes key definitions across states for a given publication Filing Map Contains just the topics that changed during an update Work Package Map Contains the topics an author will update during a single two-week sprint State Publishing Map Reuses applicable subject maps from the master for individual state publications
  29. 29. 29 Content lifecycle Baseline Analyze Author Organize Approve Release File Baseline topic Revised topic Approved change Master Map v1 Master Map v2 Filing Map v1 Filing Map v2 Work Package Maps State Publication v2 State Filing v1 ALL STATES EACH STATE
  30. 30. 30 Baselining • Authors can manipulate and freeze specific versions of any object in a publication • Topics, maps, and media can be continuously updated in other publications where they are used
  31. 31. 31 Topic baselines Events 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 FL A0 F1 F2 R1 A1 R2 F3 A2 A3 F4 A4 MO A0 F1 F2 R1 A1 F3 R2 A2 R3 A3 F4 A4 TX A0 F1 R1 A1 F2 A2 F3 A3 F4 A4 MA A0 F1 A1 F2 A2 F3 A3 F4 A4 SC A0 F1 A1 F2 A2 F3 A3 F4 A4 VERSION 1 2 3 NC 4 5 6 7 8 9 NC 10 NC 11 NC DATE Jan 1 Feb 1 Mar 1 Apr 1 May 1 Jun 1 Jul 1 Aug 1 Sep 1 Oct 1 Nov 1 Dec 1 Jan 1 Feb 1 Mar 1 Jan 1: Baseline Feb 1: First Filing Mar 1: F1 Approved MA, SC; R1 Revisions TX Apr 1: R1 Approved TX May 1: Second Filing Jun 1: F2 Approved SC; R1 Revisions FL Jul 1: F2 Approved SC; R1 Revisions MO; R1 Approved FL Aug 1: F2 Approved TX; R1 Approved MO; R2 Revisions FL Sep 1: Third Filing Oct 1: R2 Revisions MO; F2 Approved FL Nov 1: F3 Approved MA, FL; R2 Approved MO Dec 1: F3 Approved TX Jan 1: F3 Approved MO, SC Feb 1: Fourth Filing Mar 1: F4 Approved All States First Filing Second Filing Third Filing Fourth Filing FL (5) Jun 1 (7) Aug 1 (8) Sep 1 (11) Feb 1 MO (6) Jul 1 (9) Oct 1 (10) Dec 1 (11) Feb 1 TX (3) Mar 1 (4) May 1 (8) Sep 1 (11) Feb 1 MA (2) Feb 1 (4) May 1 (8) Sep 1 (11) Feb 1 SC (2) Feb 1 (4) May 1 (8) Sep 1 (11) Feb 1 Timeline
  32. 32. 32 Data-driven publishing scenario Events 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 FL A0 F1 F2 R1 A1 R2 F3 A2 A3 F4 A4 MO A0 F1 F2 R1 A1 F3 R2 A2 R3 A3 F4 A4 TX A0 F1 R1 A1 F2 A2 F3 A3 F4 A4 MA A0 F1 A1 F2 A2 F3 A3 F4 A4 SC A0 F1 A1 F2 A2 F3 A3 F4 A4 1 2 3 NC 4 5 6 7 8 9 NC 10 NC 11 NC Jan 1 Feb 1 Mar 1 Apr 1 May 1 Jun 1 Jul 1 Aug 1 Sep 1 Oct 1 Nov 1 Dec 1 Jan 1 Feb 1 Mar 1 Release
  33. 33. 33 Delivery highlights
  34. 34. 34 Delivery highlights Dynamic web delivery Create a content time-machine Class lookup tool Easy lookup for job classifications Regulator microsites Web-based reviewing sites Microcontent delivery Sharing content across all departments Chatbots Finding answers fast On-demand PDF publishing Combining states and dates RTF policy forms Industry insurance forms Detailed change tracking guides Capturing material changes and reasons Content-as-a-service delivery Creating open APIs to access content Intelligent push-technology for circulars Triggering client notifications in workflow
  35. 35. 35 New format for the Basic Manual 2021 edition
  36. 36. 36 New Class Lookup Tool
  37. 37. Microcontent management system WittyParrot stores content and metadata in containers called Wits. Content can authored or loaded from Office documents or DITA content using our WittyDITA plug-in. These Wits become searchable and servable across many channels such as Chatbots Microsites Office 365 Dynamics SalesForce, and more.
  38. 38. Reusing microcontent
  39. 39. Content as a Service (CaaS) Content as a service is a service-oriented model where the service provider hosts collections of content in the cloud and delivers the content on demand to the service consumer via web services. This serves as a centralized repository where content has been optimized for delivery against any number of source formats. The content and associated metadata are extracted and normalized so that other services can more readily consume that content on demand.
  40. 40. Render as chatbot
  41. 41. 41 The case for microcontent
  42. 42. 42 Summary • We selected a microcontent strategy to help accommodate complex • content lifecycle requirements, and • publishing needs. • Microcontent demonstrated through • Focus—each block chunked • Function—each block strongly-typed • Structure—each block written for intent, and • Context—each block rich with metadata. Focus Function Structure Context
  43. 43. 43 Full NCCI whitepaper available at our booth
  44. 44. Please visit our booth on the exhibit floor for more information Come work with us at PrecisionContent.com/careers

Editor's Notes


  • Precision Content is a consultancy specializing in end-to-end services for technical communications.
    We provide services in writer training, content strategy, content lifecycle management, systems integration, and content publishing.

    We use our expertise in microcontent and structured authoring with DITA/XML to empower our clients across a variety of industries to modernize their content. [click]
  • Rob will take over at “The NCCI project”
  • Josh will read the concluding slide

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