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MadSIG Meeting Wednesday 29th October 2014, Ripley, Surrey

MadSIG will meet on Wednesday 29th October 2014 at the offices of 3di in Ripley, Surrey, from 7pm onwards.   Alison Turner will share her experiences of Global Project Linking and help us understand how to use it successfully. After that, there will be time for questions and discussion and also an opportunity to eat cake and share our MadCap knowledge.

The event is free, but numbers are limited, so book your place and find out more details here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/madsig-global-project-linking-in-flare-wed-29th-october-ripley-tickets-13446090619

We’ll be there from around 7pm, and the talk will start around 7.45pm. Coffee and cake will be available.

Anyone who uses the MadCap authoring products or is interested in finding out more about them is welcome.  You don’t need to be a member of the ISTC, so tell your colleagues!

For more information, contact madsig@istc.org.uk or find us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=5081593&trk=my_groups-b-grp-v

ISTC Annual Survey Trend Report 2011-2014 out now

Since 2011, the ISTC has conducted annual electronic surveys, covering a broad spectrum of questions, from academic qualification and training, through employment status, title, experience to remuneration and type of work carried out.

The next ISTC annual survey, planned for early 2015, will be updated and therefore no year-on-year comparisons will be possible post 2014. The ISTC has therefore decided to publish a survey trend report for the surveys conducted 2011–2014.

You can log in to the surveys page here on the ISTC website to read the report.

Report on Southern Area Meeting, Tuesday 5th August 2014, Winchester

A good number of us met at the Royal Oak in Winchester, in what is believed to be the oldest bar in the country, to hear Yuri Kolber talk about life in the cloud, and why the cloud matters to technical communicators.

He explained the different kinds of cloud available, ranging from IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service, where the cloud provider makes the servers available, and you do the rest), through PaaS (Platform as a Service, where the provider also provides and maintains the operating system) to SaaS (Software as a Service, where hosted software applications are also supplied, and you only need to add the users and the data).

I was fascinated to learn that some large cloud data centres have over 1 million servers, cover an area the size of a football field, and that 20,000 servers can be located in a big metal box the size of a shipping container, because each server is just a card in an array of servers.

The number of connected devices has now exceeded the number of people in the world, and with the Internet of Things well under way, the cloud is here to stay. Apparently, Yuri is looking forward to a day when the cloud can offer FCaaS (Frozen Custard as a Service) too.

Yuri’s slides are here, if you would like to know more.

Southern Area Meeting, Tuesday 5th August 2014, Winchester

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!

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