07
Jun
2014

This post is primarily for Indian information architects, or for you if you are interested to make a career in IA, or if you want to get involved and participate in IA events, in India.

For our work and professional self, we connect and stay updated on what is happening in our industry, in our areas of interest.

Local groups, communities, autonomous bodies and organizations plan and organize a variety of professional events for virtually all disciplines and professions, including for technical communication, content strategy, information development, information architecture, UX, and such disciplines that are related to tech comm.

Information Architecture (IA) In India

In India, we see some exceptional events related to technical communication. However I feel that we do not have any ‘IA specific’ event in India.

There may be occasional and city-level meet ups, but as information architects, we should have a bit formal structure to plan for IA events. In last few weeks, I approached a few experienced communicators in my community (LinkedIn, facebook, and other online media) and many communicators say that they would welcome something for IA that helps Indian community know more about IA and IA practices, to understand its role and importance in product development, and the related business and career opportunities.

IAI and WIAD

In 2013, I planned an organized an event in Chandigarh, as CoMoDay 2013 (The Content Motorists Day).

While planning the same event for 2014 (current year), I explored IAI. IAI (The Information Architecture Institute) is a professional organization, operated by a dedicated, multi-national group of people who are committed to promoting the concept, craft and community of information architecture.

Please see http://www.iainstitute.org/ and http://www.iainstitute.org/en/about/ to know about IAI, its objective, its organization and structure, the community, and for the opportunities.

IAI organized its first WIAD (World Information Architecture Day) in 2012, with the objective to bring the global IA community together.

Being an IAI member (http://www.iainstitute.org/en/members/), I have been closely watching this annual event.

Please see http://2012.worldiaday.org/ for more details on the event that was organized in 14 different cities. Now it has been an annual affair; check out http://2013.worldiaday.org/ and http://worldiaday.org/ for details (it has expanded from 14 cities in 2012 to 24 cities in 2014).

WIAD 2015 in India

I approached IAI few weeks back to know if I could have WAID 2015 in India, and they are excited. So, here we go.

If you are an IA, OR if you are interested to make a career in IA, OR if you want to get involved and participate in IA events, please send me some basic details listed at the end of this email, at vinish.garg@thecontentmotorist.com.

Once we have some numbers, I shall coordinate with IAI (Kate, Bev, Erin, and the team), to plan for WAID 2015, in India.

  • Your Full Name:
  • Email (preferably a Google account if you have because I plan to use a Google group for this purpose):
  • Current Position/Title:
  • Current Employer (Mention if you are self-employed):
  • Current City:
  • LinkedIn Profile URL:
  • Twitter:

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Any questions, let me know at:

  • Twitter: @vingar
  • Email: vinish.garg@thecontentmotorist.com

PS: I got your contact details from multiple sources, particularly the IAI member directory and from LinkedIn. Please let me know if (a) you have an alternate email ID where I can contact you for IA in India (b) you do not want me to contact you for this purpose.

[Post update on 05 July 2014: Unfortunately, it did not work out the way I had planned for. So, I am not going forward; sad to conclude it here itself. If you sent me your details for your interest in IA in India, wish you good luck for other such opportunities.]

04
May
2014

If you were not a technical communicator!

If you carried the same thought process as an individual, similar approach to problem-solving, same response-mechanism to work and life situations, what could been your full-time profession or business?

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01
May
2014

As technical communicators, we plan documentation that is well-structured, accurate, clear, concise, and accessible. We mingle with taxonomy, DITA, CSS or map Ids, and amidst our limitations, dependencies, and not-to-do’s, we deliver the agreed deliverables.

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20
Apr
2014

Time for change. When I started enjoytechnicalwriting blog, I was primarily doing product documentation. However we all move on and love something new, and make decisions in our career path. Except for a very few government agencies and their ‘state of the art, and branded’ thought process, we all keep on evolving.

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23
Feb
2014

I attended the tcworld India 2014 conference and it had a mixed variety of topics on authoring tools, project management, innovation and trends, and a dedicated track on language and localization. Here are a few takeaways from this event.

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01
Feb
2014

At the TCWorld India Conference 2014, I will be speaking on ‘Content Modeling, What, Why and How’. After working as a technical communicator for first few years, I am enjoying my current work in project scoping and analysis, and information architecture. Here are the details in brief.

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01
Jan
2014

This particular day of 01 January gives us a good reason of how we can connect or disconnect our immediate past with our immediate future. As I create new folders 2014 in mailbox, in D:vh12014, and for specific projects and program, here is a quick recap of how my professional year 2013 connects with 2014, in 34 points.

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21
Dec
2013

As the year 2013 comes to close, I take a moment to go back to my blog and pick a few posts that I really enjoyed writing in 2013. Here is my pick of ten favorite posts on this blog, in no particular order.

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14
Nov
2013

A few weeks back, I saw a young couple asking ‘top three’ from each other, by turn. For example, the questions were ‘Your top three preferred holiday destinations’, or ‘three persons you love to meet whom you have never seen and who are alive’. Their conversation gave me some food for thought as I tried to apply it to my work life.

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08
Nov
2013

My first job was as a support centre executive (SCE) and that experience actually helped me understand the finer points of documentation responsibilities and challenges. I talked about in detail at, Technical Writing and HelpDesk: The New Order.

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