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West of Scotland area group meeting 3 June 2014: meeting report

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

West of Scotland area group meeting 3 June 2014

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).

Technical Communicator’s meeting in Edinburgh: 24th April | Le Monde, George St | from 6:30

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

North West Group meeting 3rd April

We will be having another workshop. Primarily we will be looking at:

  • Word macros
  • Embedded video in web help – including a look at Camtasia
  • Alternative publishing formats
  • Moodle – the open source learning platform

While the focus will be on the above and depending on interest on the day likely to concentrate on only one or two subjects, we welcome any other topics that attendees would like to look at. If we don’t have time to look at it on the night we can look at it at a later date.

To get the most out of the session a laptop is recommended.

For further details  and booking see eventbrite.

Southern Area Meeting, Guildford 13th May 2014

WordPress Websites, with Graham Armfield

The next ISTC Southern Area meeting will be in Guildford on Tuesday 13th May from 7pm at The Keep in Guildford, from 7pm onwards.

Graham Armfield will talk about WordPress, how it has evolved from a blogging platform into a website creation tool, how it works, and how to set up and maintain a WordPress website. Graham will also explain how to ensure that your WordPress site is accessible, secure and appears in search engines.

Afterwards there will be the usual opportunity for questions, for serious discussion, or light-hearted chat, depending on your mood and inclination.

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/wordpress-websites-with-graham-armfield-tickets-10997910045 so we can let the venue know how much space to reserve for us and how many people are likely to want food.

Parking is available in the Tunsgate Multi Storey right next door to the Keep, or the Sydenham Road Multi Storey about 250 yards away, but be aware that some roads in the area are one-way streets, so check your directions carefully!

For more information, contact: southernengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk

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