Last week, we had the first Structured Content Strategy meeting in Spain (to our knowledge) organized by Urbina Consulting and Blue Stream Software in Valencia. The turnout, as expected, was small. OK – it was WAY smaller than expected. Still, it was the occasion for a few practitioners to start to make some headway towards creating a community in this country where “content” as a business asset is still unknown or misunderstood, and many content professions don’t even exist in the official repertory of professions.
Posted in Rants, Report
Tagged Arvato, Communication, Community, Content Strategy, Culture, Culturecom, Softonic, Spain, Structured Writing, Technical Communication, Urbina Consulting
I can’t begin to express how much this year’s EuroIA conference affected me – in so many positive ways.
This was a conference of Information Architects, which I attended for the first time 2 years ago, in Prague. This year’s edition was in Edinburgh, and I was pleased and honoured to be included among the speakers.
What struck me most about the programme, was that without having any announced theme, almost all the presentations, from Lisa Welchman’s opening keynote to the closer by Andrea Resmini, touched at some point on the need for those of us who design and develop content and the systems that deliver content to people to think humanistically, to be ethical, to think about doing – or “designing for” – good. Continue reading
Posted in Recommendations, Report
Tagged Andrea Resmini, Communication, Content Strategy, Culture, Design for Good, Eric Reiss, EuroIA, Humanities, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Joe Sokohl, Lisa Welchman, Ray Gallon, Transformation Society
In June and September your Humanist Nerd spoke at four different conferences. In this post, I’ll tell you about UA Europe, Congility, and TCUK. I’ll save a separate post for EuroIA.
UA Europe – In a Class By Itself
UA Europe has always struck me as different from other tech comm conferences in Europe. I’m not totally sure why, but the audience seems a bit different – perhaps with more of a traditional tech WRITING orientation. This is not to say that they aren’t interested in new aspects of tech comm practice, just that they may be more preoccupied with the specific writing aspects.
Posted in Report
Tagged Adobe, cognitive science, Congility, Content Strategy, DITA, EuroIA, future, Humanist Nerd, Ray Gallon, tcuk, Technical Communication, UA Europe, XML
This is the title of my guest post at Adobe TechComm Central. Please have a read there.
You are welcome to add comments here or in the Adobe blog.
I left Facebook on June 16, 2013.
I hated to leave – ever since I’d been in touch with former classmates, and people from my original home town, an extraordinarily special place, I have really cherished my Facebook contacts, old and new, as my network has grown and thrived.
I had to do it, though. I couldn’t stand the hypocrisy any longer.
Some of you may have heard me talk, already, about The Transformation Society – a new research group that I have co-founded in Barcelona with Dr. Neus Lorenzo, a specialist in new technologies applied to education.
I’ll be blogging more about The Transformation Society in the near future – but you can already see the results of some of our research.
Dear Readers, please visit the Gather Content blog, where I have just published a guest post: Your Software Needs a Content Strategy Too!