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Future Meetings in the North West

We have two meetings coming up:

  • Your Intranet is bad and you should feel bad – is on the 6th December at Madlab from 7pm – 9pm. Spaces are limited so please book on eventbrite here: http://intranetbad.eventbrite.com/#

Cambridge Area Group – What Next?

We had a good evening meet on the 21st, it was good to welcome a new face. CB2 was very lively because is was flemenco night. However we had a good chat and talked about future meetings.

Which brings me to… Stevenage and Luton.

We have members living and working in these two major towns and I was wondering you would like to have a meeting held there. It would save having to come to Cambridge, thus saving you time and money. We are going to keep the Cambridge meetings going so Stevenage and Luton are additions.

If this seems like a good idea and have the local knowledge to suggest a venue (pub or whatever) or your employer can put us up please make contact via the linked in group.

All the best, Richard.

North West Area Group Meeting – 6th December

Our next meeting is on the 6th December at Madlab from 7pm – 9pm. Spaces are limited so please book on eventbrite here http://intranetbad.eventbrite.com/#

Title: Your Intranet is bad and you should feel bad

Details: See http://evolve.barnsleyhospital.nhs.uk/2012/07/your-intranet-is-bad-and-you-should-feel-bad/

Speaker: Michael Kimb Jones

Bio: Michael is a professional web designer developer specialising around the WordPress open-source platform. He considers himself open-source evangelist and proponent of standards-based web design and development. His major vocational activities have been in the NHS (the UK Public Health Sector) at Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust. He has worked in a number of roles to create bespoke web-based solutions including Intranet applications, clinical tools, data collection applications and the Trust public website.

West of Scotland Area Group 25 October 2012: meeting report

In Glasgow on the 25th October, a loud and dark Waxy O’Connors played intimate host to the quarterly meet-up of tech comms professionals based in Scotland’s Central Belt.

Over a few light drinks, and with no specific agenda or discussion points, attendees mingled and added their own $0.02 to various conversations, including:

  • the strength of the jobs market in Scotland versus elsewhere in Europe;
  • the differences of writing in a team of one to a team of eight;
  • MadCap Flare, its dominance of the HAT market in recent years, and how version 8 measures up;
  • the recent improvements to the ISTC Web site;
  • how small the world really is when it comes to the Tech Writer community, especially in Central Belt Scotland;
  • the differences of technical documentation between industries, but also the strong similarities involved

and many more besides. Copies of ISTC Communicator were also made available to those without their own.

On a personal level, having just returned from a year working abroad, it was pleasing to see these meetings continuing and attendance being maintained at a consistent level. However, the meetings are open to all styles of professional communicator and we will always welcome technical communicators from all ends of the industry, whether you’re an ISTC member or not.

So please do join us at the next meeting in January/February. Keep an eye on the ISTC site for details nearer the time.

Report written by Graham Campbell.

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