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The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators is the largest UK body representing information development professionals. Its members create or manage information that has an impact on people. This includes creating user guides, manuals, installation instructions, operating and safety procedures, business processes, training materials and software user assistance.

We encourage professional development, training courses in technical communication, standards, research resources and networking opportunities for our members and industry affiliates. The ISTC also promotes the value of technical communication and the profession.

Thames Valley group meeting – 1st December 2015

The next meeting of the Thames Valley group will be held on Tuesday 1st December at the Plowden Arms, Shiplake Cross, Henley on Thames from 7.30 to 9.30 pm http://www.plowdenarmsshiplake.co.uk/

You are invited to design and bring along technical communication themed Christmas cards. All are welcome so please forward this to anyone who you think may be interested. If you would like to attend, please register via Eventbrite

The organiser for this event is Darren Mitcham who may be contacted by email: thamesvalley_areagroup@istc.org.uk

SW England Group – 13th January 2016

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th January at the George Inn, Bristol from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Please head upstairs to “Abbot’s Retreat” http://thegeorgeinnbristol.co.uk

The general topic for discussion this time is “structured authoring”. Some ideas to get you thinking:

• What would you most like to know about structured authoring?
• What are some good resources for learning about it?
• What tips can you share about getting ‘early wins’, or avoiding pitfalls?
• Can you compare and contrast different standards such as DITA and S1000D?
• What difficulties are you having that you think structured authoring could help to solve? How?

All are welcome and if you would like to attend, please register via Eventbrite

The organiser for this event is Eric Weston who may be contacted by email: southwest_areagroup@istc.org.uk

ISTC East Scotland group meeting: 12th November | Edinburgh

The next meeting of the ISTC East Scotland group will be on Thursday the 12th November at 6:30pm in the The Kenilworth on Rose Street, Edinburgh,

There will be two short talks talks (5-10 mins) each followed by a Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to stay after the talks to discuss the topic further.

Topics for this month’s talks

  • Translating Flare content with Lingo
    Chris Burden (doc-department) will cover some key points to watch out for when using the MadCap translation path.
  • Developing support videos
    Bridget Khursheed (KAL) will share some ideas about creating videos for partner support training.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in technical communications to learn about the latest news and trends in communication, and to meet other communication professionals.

Venue details

The meeting will be in the back room; Go straight through the bar, the room is on the left.


Please register your interest for the event if you intend to attend.

Southern Area Group Meeting – 13 October 2015

This meeting will be to share experiences of what happened at TCUK15 Glasgow and to discuss as a group what happens after you’ve finished a project and how you prepare for the next one. For example:
– Source Control best practices and Source Tool Policies – Does your company have a policy? Have you found that you have had to create one?
– Do you have to “prepare” files for another project? If so, what do you do?
– What happens after a Help File or PDF is published? What do you do next? Do you survey your customers, use an analytics tool or both?
When: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

Where: The Royal Oak Pub – Royal Oak Passage Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9AU GB

Click here to register  your place.

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