The next ISTC Southern Area meeting will be in Winchester on Tuesday 5th August from 7pm.
Eran Kolber will talk to us about life in “the cloud”. The “Cloud” is something that is already playing a major role in shaping the work environment of technical authors and others in the industry. The rate of “cloudization” will increase dramatically over the next few years. Essentially, you can run, but you cannot hide. Eran will explain what “the cloud” is, why it is inevitable, and what the implications are for those of us working in the documentation profession.
The venue is the Royal Oak, entrance on Royal Oak passage (between High Street and St Georges Street) and also on St Georges Street (postcode SO23 9AU). We have reserved the lower bar (which is supposedly the oldest bar in Winchester).
The event is free, and is open to ISTC members and non-members. But if you are planning to come, please register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southern-area-meeting-winchester-5th-august-2014-tickets-11995720523 so we can let the venue know how much space to reserve for us. You’ll also find directions and parking information in the Eventbrite listing.
See you there!
The Southern Area Group met at the Keep in Guildford on 13th May 2014, for a very interesting talk by Graham Armfield about how to develop websites using WordPress. WordPress has evolved from a blogging platform to a true website development tool, and now powers 20% of the world’s websites. The turnout was high, including several non-ISTC members and also some folks who weren’t even technical communicators. If anyone who wants to know more, Graham has posted his slides on SlideShare here:
The June meeting was quieter than our recent meetings, with only a couple of attendees. Nevertheless, we had interesting discussions about topics such as the importance of effective product management in facilitating documentation work, the challenges involved in trying to produce meaningful documentation metrics and what it’s like to work in organisations where colleagues may be based in different countries or continents.
Summary by Katja McLaughlin
The next ISTC West of Scotland area group meeting in Glasgow will take place on Tuesday 3 June 2014. The event is free and open to all. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technical-communicators-meeting-in-glasgow-3-june-2014-tickets-11478238721 for details and to sign up.
You can also join our LinkedIn group, “West of Scotland Area Group” (a subgroup of the “Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators” group).
The next ISTC meeting will be held on Thursday the 24th April.
The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communications to talk about the latest news and trends in communication, and to meet other communication professionals.
Venue: Le Monde, George St.
To help us anticipate numbers, please sign up for the event at:https://istcedinburgh-april14.eventbrite.co.uk