Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Update from Philadelphia

I'm at the STC Conference in Philadelphia this week and there are loads of good things hapening.
Being at a conference like this, with lots of people I usually only meet on lists and networking sites is great fun, but there are plenty of serious things going on.
The opening keynote address was given by Howard Rheingold, the first editor of HotWired and the man who gave the world the term "virtual communities", As you might expect, he gave an entertaining and stimulating presentation.
I went to a session on the STC's ongoing work on creating a "body of knowledge" for the technical communication profession. This is a descriptive, not a prescriptive, exercise and the aim is to build a comprehensive taxonomy of our profession. This will eventually become a web portal with links to relevant resources. Although this project is separate from any work on "technical writer certification" (a bit of a perennial argument in STC circles) it does have implications for education, and I will keep my academic colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University updated.
I'm also attending various practical eductaional sessions which I hope will make my own work easier.

1 comment:

Rahul Prabhakar said...

Hi David,


Glad to see that you made it safely home. Hope the trip wasn't too exhausting!

It was a pleasure meeting you at the STC Summit in Philly. Hope we'll be able to keep up our conversation over this long distance!


-- Rahul Prabhakar

PS: You are encouraged to join my technical writing listserv called TWI (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/technical_writers_india/). Your presence on the list shall be highly cherished.