Welcome to the STC Central Iowa Community
The Society for Technical Communication is a nonprofit international organization devoted to educating, recognizing, and advancing technical communicators around the world. Technical communicators include anyone who develops technical information for use by others
An overview of STC Central Iowa.
The Society for Technical Communication is a nonprofit international organization devoted to educating, recognizing, and advancing technical communicators around the world. Technical communicators include anyone who develops technical information for use by others (visit Who Are Technical Communicators?).
The STC Central Iowa Community, chartered in 1986 as the STC Des Moines Chapter, today includes over 70 technical communicators throughout Iowa.
Worldwide, the Society for Technical Communication has more than 18,000 members and 147 chapters (or communities). STC is the largest organization of its kind.
Understanding Technical Communication
The field of Technical Communication can encompass a wide variety of materials that may be communicated in print, on plans, over the Internet or in a manual. The means of communicating the information and the level of expertise needed in doing so varies with the purpose of the communication and the audience to whom it is being presented. A team of biochemists might require a very in-depth manual with lots of illustrations for the use of a new type of microscope.
On the other hand, a manufacturer upgrading the software for a key part of his production line’s computer equipment might be better off with a CD that walks him through the process. In each case, the writer or team of communications specialists will need to amass the required information, organize it in an efficient, easily assimilated manner and then convey it to their audience in the format most likely to assist them in understanding the technical materials being presented to them.
Today’s technical communications are more complex than ever. In the old days, a writer and illustrator could come up with a manual that was printed. Then, the computer generation arrived and now the boundaries of traditional technical communication are expanding to include web-based applications and other cyber-communications techniques. As such, the expertise required to properly perform the art of technical communications now requires not only a knowledgeable writer and illustrator, but also might also require a technical engineer, a web-programmer, a software analyst and a few other specialists depending on the depth of the subject matter.
Today we are dealing with levels of technology undreamed of a few generations back. Today’s technical communication experts need to be adept in many areas of their trade to keep up with a constantly evolving area of specialized communications.