23 May 2015, 8th formal, ISTAR-IUL + APCOMTEC + EuroSIGDOC + TWL

Nineteen different people attended the meeting, including sixteen in the morning, twelve at lunch, and fourteen in the afternoon. Some people only came in the morning or afternoon.

At the end of the day, we believe that the attendees met new people, enjoyed themselves, and learned. Of course, we always wish for more people.

This was a special full-day joint event, organized by ISTAR-IUL, APCOMTEC, EuroSIGDOC, and Technical Writers @ Lisbon.

Rosário Durão, New Mexico University
Reframing, or: how I learned to stop worrying and love putting students at the helm. (9h00-12h00)

Our conversation will begin with an active-learning class. After the break, I will share my experience as an educator at a technical university in the US. I will talk about the contents of the visual communication classes I taught in the Spring 2015 semester and my teaching-learning methodologies. We will wrap-up the conversation brainstorming ideas for your own classes and workshops.

Joaquim Baptista, Knowledge Management consultant
ISTC Survey 2014: What can we learn from it? (13h30-14h00)

The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (like APCOMTEC for the UK) did a survey to characterize its members. 203 people answered the survey, including 26 people from outside the UK. This will be a structured interaction where we will capture our reactions to each of the ISTC answers.

Ana Figueiras, Digital Media PhD candidate
ReThinking Visualization (14h00-15h00)

The project’s main goal is to help building a better understanding all the pieces that compose a visualization and to help detecting patterns in visualizations across different areas or disciplines. It is part of my research as a PhD student at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in visual forms of storytelling and how to introduce narrative in visualizations.

Rute Costa, Centro de Linguística da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
On the importance of terminology (15h30-16h30)

Our conversation will start by characterizing both terminology and terminologists, including the ISO standards that bootstrapped the area in 1932. Then we will talk about the importance of terminology and provide examples. Finally, we will cover quality criteria for good terminology.

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