October: Taxonomy…your roadmap for the future

Join us on October 17 and see why Leigh White’s taxonomy presentation was standing room only at the 2012 STC Summit!

A taxonomy is a valuable tool for helping you discover and organize your content. If you’re going to provide your content to clients in a searchable form, a taxonomy is essential for a positive search experience. A taxonomy can be as simple or as complex as necessary, and you’ve probably already made a start without even knowing it.

A solid taxonomy can be the key to optimizing your content for search, indexing, and gap analysis. It can be your roadmap for the future. Join us as Leigh explains what a taxonomy is, how it can benefit you, and how to start developing one.

This meeting will be held on October 17 in a private room at Rocky Vanders Cafe & Bar (just west of Willow exit off 294). The cost for STC members is only $15, students $10, and not-yet-members $20, which includes networking, a fantastic presentation, and your choice of non-alcoholic beverage and a pizza buffet, including salad. Full meals and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, if you prefer.

About our speaker: Leigh White is a technical communicator with over 20 years of experience as a content creator, content manager, and production coordinator and information architect. One of her primary interests is exploring ways that small technical publications groups can leverage existing tools and improve processes to maximize the reuse of their content, improve their efficiency, increase their offerings and save their sanity.

To accomplish these goals, Leigh advocates that effective technical communicators need to be more than writers; they need to be part programmer, part designer and part project manager. She is also a devotee of XML and structured documentation and she believes that DITA might just save the world. Her other professional interests include DTD and XSLT design, FrameMaker template design, and relational database design for small, proprietary content management systems. Her book, Custom PDFs from the DITA Open Toolkit, will be published in 2013.

As always, there will be time for networking before and after the speaker presentation. Registration/check-in begins at 6:30pm and the presentation begins at 7:00pm.

Register now to join us.

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