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Cambridge Group – Heritage Weekend visits

In case you have not seen it there are a couple of events for Heritage Weekend that may interest ISTC folk. For full details and booking of the following and all other events (there are lots) go to www.cam.ac.uk/opencambridge

University Library

You may remember (with affection I hope!) the tour we had of the University Library. If you want to go again or missed our tour you can go on Friday 13th Sept or on Saturday 14th. You must book at www.cam.ac.uk/opencambridge. Three tours on each day.

Cambridge University Press Museum

Available on Friday 13th only. Includes an exhibition of book, printing presses and type founding. There is also an associated lecture.

Southern Area Group Meeting 6th August !!! CHANGE OF VENUE !!!

We’ve had a change of venue for Richard Hodgkinson’s talk about his work on the FaceSymbol project on 6th August. It’s now being held at The Green Man, 53 Southgate St Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9EH, starting at 7pm. Richard’s talk will start at around 7.45.

See the EventBrite listing http://facesymbol.eventbrite.co.uk/ for directions and parking details.  If you’ve not registered yet, and would like to join us, then please use this link to register.

Southern Area Group Event – Tuesday 6th August in Winchester

The next ISTC Southern Area event is at The Ship, 3, Wales Street, SO23 0ET, Winchester, on Tuesday 6th August 2013, from 7pm.

The event is free, but numbers are limited, so if you plan to attend, please reserve your place at: http://facesymbol.eventbrite.co.uk/

Richard Hodgkinson will talk about his work on the FaceSymbol project, which produced a set of symbols for biometric facial recognition systems for UK international airports, seaports and rail stations. His presentation will cover the design, development and testing of these symbols to current ISO standards and provide an update on his article in the Spring 2013 edition of the “Communicator”.

Richard is a graduate from Southampton College of Art, and has designed over 4,000 icons for IBM software products, as well as participating in in standards development and lecturing on the MA in Technical Communications course at the University of Portsmouth.

We’ll be there from 7pm, and Richard’s talk will start around 7.45pm.

The Ship has a large car park, but if that is full, free parking is available after 6pm in the Durngate car park (on the right about 100 yards past the Ship, if coming from the M3, junction 9). The entrance to the Durngate car park is disguised among the trees, so if you miss it, turn left into the one-way system, follow it round, keeping right where you get a choice, and you’ll come back to where you started.

More information from: southernengland_areagroup@istc.org.uk

Technical Communicator’s Meeting Edinburgh – Report

It was great to see some new faces at the meeting this quarter – including our guest of honour all the way from Weston-Super-Mare. The meeting also provided the opportunity to re-aquatint a few former colleagues.

The conversation was light and the topics broad, including a discussion about editing of scientific papers for non-English speakers.

A recurring theme was “Life Before Flare”. One attendee – relatively new to the profession and only experienced with MadCap Flare – was shocked to hear about the hoops that non-Flare (read Adobe) users need to jump through to achieve what are simple tasks in Flare.

I am encouraged to see more writers attending the meetings and look forward to hosting speakers soon.

Cambridge Group – Document Hackathon

Bring along your documents for peer critique. What happens is this…

You bring along one of your documents and let the others critique it. As you’ll already know the more eye balls you have look at something the better it gets. And what can be better eye-balls are there than other Technical Communicators!

The comments must be positive and constructive to enhance the learning experience and if possible backed up by examples and experience, NO FLAMING allowed! (not that you would of course).

This event was scheduled for earlier on in the year and has been moved to this new date.

Meet at CB2 Bistro at 19:00. Full details on EvenBrite.

All are welcome. Please book on EventBrite.

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