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(October 2013) posted on Fri Oct 04, 2013

A better educated staff will revitalize your shop.

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The 2014 DIMA Conference, part of PMA@CES 2014 (, takes place at Bally's Las Vegas, January 5-6, 2014. An educational event for digital-imaging professionals, the conference will include sessions focusing on photo publishing, imaging technology, marketing, and retail strategy. Registration includes a CES exhibits pass.

Dscoop (, the Digital Solutions Cooperative, is a user-driven community of HP Graphic Arts press users. The organization’s yearly conference brings together Indigo and other HP users from around the world. Dscoop9 will be held March 6-8, 2014, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center in Orlando. In addition, the second annual Dscoop EMEA conference will be held November 6-8, 2013, in Rome; Dscoop Asia 2013 took place May 12-13 in Beijing, in conjunction with China Print 2013. This spring, the group announced Dscoop University, a community-driven training program with its first components put into effect in November. Powered by HP, it will offer courses online as well as via in-person venues; additionally, interactive instructor-led classroom sessions will be held on a range of topic tracks in various locations.

IDEAlliance ( offers various webinars and conferences throughout the year. In addition, the group offers its G7 Digital Press Operator training program in conjunction with the Printing Industries of America in October, and at Print13 it’s scheduled to release the Inkjet RoundUp 2013 study of 25 leading wide-format inkjet systems for the sign industry. In late 2013 it will release Digital Press Certification for Wide/Grand Format Inkjet. Its series of “IdeasOnline” webinars include topics such as Color Management, Integrated Production Workflow, Marketing Strategies, and more. IDEAlliance also offers downloads of various best-practices standards and papers on color management and other topics.

The Information Management Institute ( sponsors a number of conferences throughout the year, in the US and Europe. In November, it will host its Thermal Printing and Security Printing conferences in Scottsdale, Arizona. Its IMI Industrial Digital Showcase and Ink Jet Academy will take place in Hong Kong in January 2014. The institute also makes available content from its previous years’ programs.

The 2013 Kodak GUA North American Conference ( for Kodak users took place this past April in Atlanta. The conference included educational sessions, user panels, roundtable discussions, and hands-on demonstrations, as well as networking with industry peers. In-depth GUA University classes also were offered.