November 2015
By Kiriaki Kampouridou

tekom Europe Roadshow: focus on intelligent information

From September 15 to 29, TC experts gathered to present and discuss industry trends and developments in five European countries. The tekom Europe Roadshow, now in its third year, provides a platform where technical communicators can share expertise and spread information.

cuThe conference offered participants a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge and exchange ideas regarding TC standards and processes. Intelligent information was the main topic of this year’s conference.

It’s all about intelligent information

The main topic was selected to reflect tekom’s latest focus, which is laid out in the framework of the "Intelligent Information Initiative –  in3". In his opening presentation, tekom’s CEO Michael Fritz explained that the dynamic provision of user information based on use cases is the future of technical communication: individualized information at the right time in the right place, in the medium of choice. Challenges in information creation will involve structured authoring, component content management, metadata, intelligent provision, use cases and user experience.

Many international TC experts presented on topics such as DITA, the Internet of Things, component content management systems (CCMS), and terminology and localization.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Networking opportunities

During the interactive sessions, participants were encouraged to discuss in small groups topics such as content management, project management in international teams, or mobile documentation and the Internet of Things.
                                                                                                                                                                At the end of the day, participants presented their results from these interactive sessions.

In their feedback, participants rated the opportunity to discuss current and future topics in technical communication with their peers as very positive. The coffee breaks also offered an excellent setting for networking and exchanging thoughts with fellow TC professionals.

For tekom Europe, it was a wonderful opportunity to touch base with the evolving TC communities in these countries. 


Image 1: tekom Danmark delegate Per Harbo Sørensen opens the Roadshow in Copenhagen


Image 2: Dr. Michael Fritz presents in Zurich


Image 3: Interactive session in Copenhagen


Image 4: Presentation of results in Linz


Image 5: Coffee break in Bologna