What Does Technical Indexing Really Mean?

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What Does Technical Indexing Really Mean?
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1600 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA (meeting room of a condo complex). For directions, please contact Theresa Duran at theresa@duraneditorial.com.
From : Saturday, 11 June 2011 13:00
Until : Saturday, 11 June 2011 17:00
(UTC -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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Sponsor: Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society for Indexing (GGASI)

Many people who have heard of technical indexing assume that the term refers simply to embedded indexing. In reality, technical indexing encompasses a variety of specialties. Besides embedded indexing, a technical indexer might also focus on online help, taxonomies and controlled vocabularies, search engine optimization (SEO), and metadata (which can overlap with taxonomies and SEO).

With the rapid explosion of digital content on the Internet, mobile devices, and e-books, technical indexing is growing and will continue to grow. Content managers realize the value of indexing because they know that their content isn’t effective unless users can retrieve and consume it. As indexers, technical or nontechnical, we are in a prime position to market our skills to these content providers and land lucrative projects.

In this session, veteran technical writer and indexer Cheryl Landes will describe what technical indexing is and show examples of different types of technical indexes and some of the software tools used to produce these indexes. She will also discuss best practices for technical indexing and how indexers can expand their services to this field.

About the Speaker

Cheryl Landes, an award-winning technical writer, is the founder and owner of Tabby Cat Communications in Seattle. She has more than twenty years of experience as a technical writer in several industries: computer software, energy savings, marine transportation, manufacturing, and the trade press. An active member of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) and STC on both the chapter and national levels, Cheryl speaks frequently at STC and ASI meetings throughout the United States and Canada. She is also the author of dozens of articles and three books on Northwest travel and history.


Workshop only - $20 ASI members, $25 nonmembers

Workshop plus lunch - $32 ASI members, $37 nonmembers

1. The optional lunch begins at noon.
2. STC members receive the ASI member discount because of a partnership agreement signed last year between the two organizations.

Please mail your check, payable to GGASI, to Amy Apel, 1127 Curtis Street, Albany, CA 94706.

We will be ordering gourmet boxed lunches from Beautifull catering. If you’d like to join us for lunch, please RSVP to amyapel@yahoo.com by June 8 and let her know if you’d prefer a vegetarian meal or have any other dietary restrictions.

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