In cooperation with tekom, the German professional association for technical communication and information development
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|tcworld newsletter December 2012|
2012 is almost over and tekom and tcworld look back at a very successful year. This year, the tekom Annual and tcworld conference witnessed a ten-percent increase of conference participants and visitors. This trend reflects the fact that technical communication is a thriving industry with a promising future.
During the year tekom expanded its network of international partner organizations and further increased its global activities. For the first time in its history, tekom delegates travelled to China to actively discuss standardization and education issues at the International Symposium on Developing Standards for Instructions for Use of Products of Consumer Interest.
The tcworld India and tcworld Japan conferences strengthened the bond between tekom and its other Asian partners and allowed for a highly requested exchange of knowledge and expertise between technical communicators from diverse cultural backgrounds. Both conferences will be repeated in 2013 and participants can expect high-quality presentations and productive discussions.
Another milestone was the publishing of the standard IEC 82079 (“Preparation of instructions for use – Structuring, content and presentation”), in which tekom and its Japanese partner association JTCA played an active role.
In November 2012, tekom celebrated the foundation of a new Country Group: tekom Danmark now provides a common roof for Danish tc professionals.
A sneak peek into 2013
The tc community of Belgium is expected to join the association’s European network of tekom Country Groups in spring 2013, and tekom looks forward to this fruitful collaboration.
A roadshow through the established and new Country Groups (including Romania, Turkey, France and Denmark) will enable continuous personal communication among European technical communicators.
Next TCTrainNet intake in January
There have been many discussions on LinkedIn groups and other social media regarding the benefits of professional certification for technical communication, and the TCTrainNet certificates are becoming more widely known and better understood. The first of our Training Partners received accreditation in November (World Translation, Denmark), and three other sales partners are now operating in the geographical regions of Japan, Korea, and Spain.
We hope you had an equally successful year 2012, and we look forward to jointly serving our tc community in 2013.
|Adding value through glossaries
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