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Reusing Structured Content in an Agile Environment | Content Rules, Inc.

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If structure and taxonomy are well-thought out, and content is semantically-rich, reuse should be much easier than finding a needle in a haystack.

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

Another great blog post by one of my favorite content strategy gurus, Val Swisher. I admit I don’t know what is involved in the Agile method (although I’ve heard of it), what I’m gleaning from it is that information should be posted in a timely manner and in a way that can be changed on the fly. I have to agree with Val, based on the example that she uses in the article, that this doesn’t always fly well, and a strategy is needed. I’ve spent the last year cleaning up an internal website that definitely did not think about reuse or taxonomy–or it didn’t follow taxonomy as closely as it should have. I’ve been working on setting things up so that information can be found and retrieved more easily than originally set up. Having worked on this site for almost a year, I know if the information is in the CMS, and if I’m not sure, provided I set it up, then I can find it easily. If it was done by my predecessor, then I have a much harder time locating where it might be. In rebuilding the back-end of this website for the past year, strategy was everything!


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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