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Documenting Structured Data: JSON and XML

Peter Gruenbaum, President, SDK Bridge

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

The need for writers who can document software APIs has exploded over the last few years. Software developers now access data sent over the web, and the two most popular data formats are JSON and XML. Companies need good documentation so that developers can understand how to create and interpret this data, and, fortunately, it’s much simpler than documenting code. Come learn about structured data: how it works, how it is used, and how to document it.

FREE STC Member-Only Webinar: Optimal Use of Microsoft Word for Web Publishing

Pierre-Paul Lemyre, Director of Business Development, Lexum Inc.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 | 2:00–3:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Why fight it! Microsoft Word is the go-to solution to create and stylize original content. We’re not all ready to make the switch to XML. Can you optimize how you use Word? You are an expert, but maybe we have a few tricks up our sleeves! Learn from Lexum, a creator of web products and a leader in web publishing of legal text-heavy documents (a sector notoriously loyal to Word). Join us and pick up on tips assembled over the last 20+ years and get a glimpse of Zoupio, our intuitive UI for text-heavy documents.

Your Country Needs You! Communicators in the US Government

David L. Caruso, Sr. Health Communication Specialist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Skilled communication professionals are in high demand within the US Government. Have you considered working in this field before? If so, then join us for this webinar where real position descriptions and job postings will be decoded along with insider tips on how you can build a resume that will help get you an interview. With more than 12 years of Federal service, David will offer insights of what core communication skills he has found most valuable and what he learned on-the-job. This presentation will also help the mid-career professional who may be looking to try something new or just add more value to their workplace.

FREE STC Member-Only Webinar: Translation Metrics 101: Why Tracking Your Translations Will Make Your Job Easier

Scott Carothers, Senior Globalization Executive, Kinetic theTechnologyAgency

Thursday, 17 September 2015 | 2:00–3:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Have you ever caught yourself thinking “Wow, translations are an easy task that is transparent, efficient, and completely painless!” Me neither. Translations are plagued with a lack of the quantified data needed to validate quality, and improve process efficiency. By tracking five specific metrics, you will open a treasure trove of data that can be used a variety of ways to make this facet of your job easier, and improve the quality of your translated technical content. This webinar will provide actionable details on which metrics to track, how to track them, and how to use the data to clarify and simplify the translation process, while improving process efficiency.

Designing an Information Architecture for SharePoint

David Dick, Technical Writer, Calaburn

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Are you frustrated with using SharePoint? Do SharePoint libraries contain hundreds of folders with multitudes of nested folders? Do you often feel as if locating documents in SharePoint is a scavenger hunt? If you want to learn best practices for structuring libraries and a few of SharePoint’s powerful tools for managing documentation, you don’t want to miss this webinar.

Your At-Home Office—Organization Rules!

Judith E. Shenouda, Owner, Shenouda Associates Inc.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

When it comes to working smart, having an organized at-home office is key. Whether you work at home on a full-time basis or part of the time, or primarily work outside of the home but also have an at-home enterprise, you can make your at-home office one that is well-suited to the task at hand. In this webinar, we will explore how paper, people, products, and processes can be managed when organization rules.

Full-On DITA Strategies Beyond Technical Publications

Rob Hanna, ECMs, President, Precision Content Authoring Solutions Inc.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

This webinar will explore fundamental principles for writing and structuring content for the enterprise beyond technical publications. Attendees will learn why better information typing for structured authoring can lead to more concise, consistent, and reusable content.

Great Minds Think Differently

Mark Cornillie, Author, "The Brainiac Paradox"

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Great technologists, you can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. Whether you work with technologists or are one yourself, this twist on an old quote will likely resonate at some level. But what is too often overlooked, or merely endured, are the tremendous inherent implications. Participate in this webinar to both understand the origins of this phenomenon and learn practical techniques for addressing it.

Content Strategy: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Denise Kadilak, Information Architect/Team Manager, Blackbaud, Inc.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Effectively and efficiently managing your content has never been an easy job, but with the recent evolutions in the technical communication field, managing content has gotten even more complex. This presentation addresses the new complexities and offers some suggestions on dealing with them.

When Words Just Don’t Cut It: Communicating Data Visually

Michael Opsteegh, Sr. Communications Specialist, Eyefinity, Inc.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

Engage your readers and help them understand information, see relationships, and make decisions by visualizing data. We’re all swimming in big data, and our job as technical communicators is to help our users understand information and make smart choices. Understanding what types of data should be visualized, the different types of visualization, and what tools to use can give you more confidence in visualizing data for your readers.

TechComm and Search Engine Optimization: A Powerful and Cost-Reducing Combination

Chris Raulf, Search Engine Optimization & Digital Marketing Expert, Boulder SEO Marketing

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Every day, companies around the globe invest massive amounts of money to develop customer-facing technical content... and they often fail in developing content that’s actually optimized for online search. Content that doesn’t get found on Google and other search engines increases costly calls to a company’s call centers and ultimately drags profitability down. Learn how to infuse search engine optimization (SEO) into your technical communication strategy and help boost your company’s bottom line.

Got Questions? Get Answers! Conducting Interviews with SMEs

Cheryl Landes, Technical Communications Consultant, Tabby Cat Communications

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Gathering information is the most critical task in our jobs as technical communicators, and often the information we need is in the subject matter experts’ heads. To extract that information, you need to interview them. In this webinar, learn practical, effective tips for asking questions and getting answers.

Retrain Your Brain: Using Brain Plasticity to Become a Better Leader

Sarah Baca, Agile Coach, Pentaho

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 | 2:003:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

Want to make changes in your company culture or team but not sure where to start? The best place to start is with yourself – and your brain. Join us to learn practices that will rewire your brain so you can create a culture of courage and innovation.