The STC-Boston Technical Editing special interest group (TE SIG) brings together and supports individuals around Boston who provide technical editing services to clients on a contract basis or to employers. All who edit technical (including computer-related, engineering, scientific, medical, legal, and financial) material full-time or as part of other work responsibilities, or who are interested in doing so, are encouraged to come learn and share knowledge and experiences with other editors.
The STC-Boston TE SIG is a chapter version of the Society-level Technical Editing SIG, which maintains a Web site offering additional information and resources.
February 9, 2005
Offshoring: Bridge to the World
Like it or not, documentation work is being sent to editors outside the U.S. No company has developed a completely successful approach to offshoring tech pubs work, and return on investment, whether monetary or in terms of customer satisfaction, is hard to calculate. However, the trend to offshore technical publications will probably continue as more companies take a creative, long-term investment approach to the work. STC-Boston TE members have expressed mixed feelings about offshoring documentation, stemming from mixed experiences:
Some in our group maintain that American workers must push government to take a greater role in regulating offshoring as executives' and employees' salaries diverge. Others contend that offshoring could ultimately benefit all, and that U.S.-based editorial groups are needed to take formal responsibility managing information architecture, language standards, core tools, editorial review schedules, and in-house style guides. In any event, U.S. tech editors are well advised to develop new skills, including group and project management, project planning, online editing, and knowledge of infrastructure tools like XML and CMS.
This meeting will offer a forum for sharing information to help self-marketing and also management decisions about offshoring. Come join us!
Sheraton Lexington, 727 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02173
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Please register online for this meeting by February 7.
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