Link to Body of Knowledge: Adopt a topic

Subject: Link to Body of Knowledge: Adopt a topic
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:27:48 -0700

On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 7:48 AM, Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com> wrote:
> Now I don't doubt for a minute that developing a comprehensive BOK for
> technical communication is a massive undertaking but having that BOK in
> place would give STC certification an imprimatur that certification by
> evaluation couldn't possibly achieve.

Mike, and everyone, the BOK is already underway, and written and
verified by people like you.

The invitation to crowd source the BOK was announced at Summit, and
posted in the STC notebook blog:

[quote source="from the blog post"]

The Body of Knowledge relies entirely on volunteers to be populated,
and starting with the 2010 Summit, the population push is on! Visit
the TCBoK site and click on “Volunteer – Adopt a Topic.” Or if you
want to jump right into it, go directly to the Adopt a Topic page!

[Connie Kiernan, co-manager of the TCBok Committee explained]:
“Technical communication as a profession is defined in many places.
There are a lot of resources but no one place that pulls it together.
The Body of Knowledge will be that place.” She pointed out that the
topic pages would link to works, articles, the Summit’s Proceedings,
books, and more.

Realistically, she said, the site will be fully “ready for prime time”
in 12-18 months. “But that depends on how much help we get,” she
cautioned. And, of course, it will never be fully done. “There will
always be updating, editing, consistency checks, etc.”


The experience of techwhirlers is vast. That knowledge deserves to be
captured in the BOK.

Peace out.


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