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Technical Communicator’s meeting in Edinburgh: 27th June | Le Monde, George St | from 6:30

The next ISTC meeting will be held on Thursday the 27th June.

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. Front bar area by the entrance.

Please sign up for the event at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6689876601/estw  to help us anticipate numbers.

New business opportunities for ISTC members

The Technology Strategy Board have just released their 2013-14 Delivery Plan, the first ‘full-speed ahead’ year of the 2011-15 National Strategy for Business Innovation.

Of particular interest to ISTC members will be the launch + initiatives of the 7 ‘catapults’ – industrial clusters comprised of an academic institution/s + industrial infrastructure + government programmes & funding. Each catapult will drive national initiatives, while being focused in one lead city, as judged most propitious :

– High Value Manufacturing, seven partner centres around the UK (admin : Swindon)

– Cell Therapy, Guy’s Hospital London

– Offshore Renewable Energy, Glasgow

– Satellite Applications, Harwell

– Connected Digital Economy, London

– Future Cities, London

– Transport Systems, to be announced.

Every catapult, and their constituent parties, many of them new entities, will be needing document & media origination, management and maintenance.

If you are not already involved, a good starting point is :

https://www.innovateuk.org/-/2013-14-delivery-plan-published?&utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fengage.innovateuk.org%2ftechnologystrategyboardlz%2f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=May+13+newsletter&utm_term=News%3a+2013-14+Delivery+Plan+is+published%2c+and+more…&utm_content=115826

North West Regional Group Release Notes Clinic

Inspired by the Cambridge group’s Style Guide clinic we will be holding a clinic for Release Notes.

This will be held on the 6th June at MadLab (in the trendy Northern Quarter of Manchester) from 7pm – 9pm.

In this clinic will look a various types of release notes how they vary from company to company and try and answer the following questions. How vital are they? What exactly should we put in them? How long and detailed should they be? How can they be distributed? Does anyone actually read them?

If you plan to attend we encourage you to bring along a copy of some of your own release notes so we can compare them with others. Bring paper copies or a copy on a memory stick. Talk us through them and we will compare them with others. The idea is that, after plenty of questions and discussions, by the end of the evening we may have made some interesting observations and conclusions.

Further Details and booking can be found at eventbrite here: http://nwtcgjune2013.eventbrite.co.uk/#

If you are contributing by bringing your own release notes please make sure you get a “I’m bringing mine ticket”.

North West Regional Group Planning Meeting 2nd May

This will be a planning  meeting  to discuss our plans for the following year or so. If you are interested in technical communication, information design, technical editing etc and would like to be involved then come along. We are looking for volunteers to speak on subjects covering the whole range of technical communication, as well as people who are willing to offer up some of their time to help run the group.

The meeting will take place on 2nd May, 7pm – 9pm, at MadLab. Further details and booking can be found on Eventbrite.

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