RE: Technical Writers or Information Developers?

Subject: RE: Technical Writers or Information Developers?
From: "Brady, Joy" <JBrady -at- alldata -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>, "'edunn -at- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com'" <edunn -at- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 11:17:57 -0400

I like what you have to say about these silly new titles.
For "information developer," it has a "BS-y" sound to it. And yet... I
regularly find myself taking a lot of raw data and turning it into
meaningful information, so there may be an information development aspect to
a lot of tech writers' work. (Still, I'm not going to start bandying about
this new title.)
Joy M. Brady
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From: edunn -at- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
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Sent: Monday, September 27, 1999 11:11
Subject: Re: Technical Writers or
Information Developers?

Hmm. Part of the horrible trend towards
administrative assistants, sanitation
engineers, and store associates. People seem to
think the title elevates the job
status I suppose. Personnally I don't view any of
the preceding any different
than secretaries, janitors, and store clerks.
I'll use what ever title the company gives me (right
now: technical writer and
trainer). There was quite an exhaustive thread on
the various titles used and
accepted in our field. Check the archives. Technical
communicators is probably
the best (IMO) if you want to be inclusive of all
the various facets of the
proffession are represented on the list and in the
I would have a problem with "information developer"
however. To me, this does
not describe what we are supposed to be doing. We
present, organise, and filter
information but we certainly do not create or
develop it.
Eric L. Dunn

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