Re: New Term for Tech Writers?

Subject: Re: New Term for Tech Writers?
From: Mark Baker <mbaker -at- OMNIMARK -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 15:18:26 -0400

Sarah Carroll writes

>And more and more of the larger companies,
>principally hardware companies, are looking
>for ways to re-use existing material. I seem
>to be constantly hearing the cry that "this
>stuff has all been written before - we just
>want somebody to retrieve it and present
>it in a slightly different format".
>Is this a trend others have noticed? Is it
>a reason for the "information developer"
>rather than "writer" or "communicator"

Noticed it? The company I work for develops the systems and methodologies
that make this possible.

But I don't think that the need to multi-purpose information is the thing
that is directly driving the current change in names. When technical
communication groups really begin to break away from the document-project
model and move to the information set-content management model of
development, I expect we'll see another set of new titles. Maybe "content
manager" or "content management specialist". We don't know how the job
categories will break down yet, but I begin to suspect that the profession
to organize itself into three broad job categories something along the lines
of "content creator", "content manager", and "presentation builder".

Mark Baker
Manager, Corporate Communications
OmniMark Technologies Corporation
1400 Blair Place
Gloucester, Ontario
Canada, K1J 9B8
Phone: 613-745-4242
Fax: 613-745-5560
Email mbaker -at- omnimark -dot- com

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