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Organisers: Derek Cooper

Email: cambridge_areagroup@istc.org.uk

If you are a Technical Communicator who lives or works in or around Cambridge, the Cambridge Area Group will be pleased to welcome you to our group.

The group gives networking opportunities to meet other Technical Communicators for support or to swap ideas and experience. Working as a sole Technical Communicator can be difficult and it’s good to get together with others that share a common experience.

The group aims to extend our professional knowledge and skills with talks from industry experts along with demonstrations on tools and techniques.

You do NOT have to be an ISTC member, all are welcome, and we aim to keep most of our events free of charge.

We also have the Cambridge Technical Communicators LinkedIn group for discussions, news and announcements.

Dates for 2014 Cambridge Group meetings

Here are the dates for 2014’s evening meetings. Some are provisional and some change, and some are in course of preparation,  so check in frequently for the latest information.

August

12th Aug 19:00 – 21:00 : Clouds – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Venue: ARM, 110 Fulbourn Road, Cambridge CB1 9NJ

Speaker: Yuri Kolber — Regional Director | Platform Value Evangelist | Microsoft / Director – Training & Professional Services | OnTarget Communications

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, one can run, but one cannot hide.

Please register your interest through Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/edit?eid=12368136429

September

3rd Sept 19:00 to 21:00 : Document Engineering: lessons for technical communicators from the field of software engineering

Venue: ARM, 110 Fulbourn Road, Cambridge CB1 9NJ

Speaker:
Marjorie Jones — Before becoming a technical author, Marjorie was a software engineer who regularly wrote more than her fair share of documentation. Eventually, she realized she preferred writing about software to writing software, and the rest is history.

The more structured content she develops, the more parallels she sees between software engineering and document engineering, and the more convinced she is that techniques to manage the complexity of the former can also help with the latter.

She and her husband are owned by two Schipperkes. In her spare time she likes wine, walking and sitting in fields in a camper van.

Abstract:
You have your content strategy, you’re using topic based authoring, and a structured authoring tool. You’re probably single sourcing for multiple products and output media. Suddenly you find yourself drowning in a sea of conditions, variables and snippets. And there’s documentation for previous product versions that still needs to be supported and updated.This session will look at the software lifecycle and the parallels with the modern structured authoring process. We’ll see practical examples of how best practices and techniques borrowed from software development can help organize and structure your content components, avoid errors and ensure quality, efficiency and maintainability.

Please register your interest through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/document-engineering-lessons-for-technical-communicators-tickets-12523053791#

 

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