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Subject:Re: Information Architect From:jlshaeffer -at- aol -dot- com To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Thu, 20 Dec 2007 15:34:38 -0500
Uf you poke around at the site posted earlier (see below), you'll see that self-identified Information Architects do both "Content Development" and "Technical Writing." (Yes, they are listed as two different tasks.) Also, the range of salaries reported is as varied as what we Tech Writers seem to experience (though skewed to the upper end of the scale). Also, I should note that their salary survey only had 575 respondents.
From: Chris Vickery <cvickery -at- arenasolutions -dot- com>
To: Jim Barrow <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Sent: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 12:50 pm
Subject: RE: Information Architect
An Information Architect is necessary (at least, that's what JoAnn
Hackos says) for a company implementing a structured scheme like DITA.
The information architect is generally separate from the actual writers,
and performs more planning tasks: How to divvy up existing info into
topics, what deliverables should be made from single-sourced content,
CMS scheme, etc.
I think a tech writer could move into such a role with ease. Heck, I do
it for my company now, and it's not on my business card.
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