Re: Information Architect

Subject: Re: Information Architect
From: Jim Barrow <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 16:16:39 -0600 (CST)

The original post had nothing to do with educating people. Information Architects seem to have been around for a while. I just wanted to know how the roles and responsibilities of an IA matched up with that of a TW.

>From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
>Date: 2007/12/21 Fri PM 03:37:34 CST
>To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>Subject: Re: Information Architect

>Well, there are some people who hear "engineer"
>and think "Casey Jones."
>Trying to respond to peoples' ignorance about what
>"technical writer" means as opposed to "data entry
>clerk" by inventing a new title is futile. Unless you
>educate people about what you do, a few years
>down the line people will hear "information
>architect" or "technical communicator" and just
>think "data entry clerk with delusions of grandeur."
>Gene Kim-Eng
>"Jim Barrow" <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote in message news:mailman -dot- 5 -dot- 1198247506 -dot- 2537 -dot- techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- -dot- -dot-
>> Yes, and not necessarily. Most of the threads posted here have dealt with calling oneself a technical writer, which may lead some
>> people to think that we are nothing more than data entry clerks, rather than skilled writers, analysts, GUI experts, etc. In
>> trying to create a job title that encompasses the depth and breadth of what we do, Technical Communicator or Information Architect
>> was suggested. In this thread I'm pointing out that IA has seemed to gain traction as someone who does the things we have been
>> quietly doing all these years.


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