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Report of the year 2023

Report of the year 2023 Let's look back at tekom Europe's 2023: highlights, achievements, learning. First of all, we want to thank all our volunteers involved in the country organizations, working groups, and other initiatives for organizing events, sharing ideas and contributing to the community – you are great! We look forward to a new year together with you. The first highlight of 2023 was the founding of tekom Ireland as a new country organization.

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tcworld conference 2023: 10 Years tekom Europe

At this year’s tcworld conference, we celebrated tekom Europe’s 10th anniversary. The celebration began with the Honors Banquet on Tuesday evening. The founding members of tekom Europe, who signed the founding papers of tekom Europe at tcworld conference 2013 in Wiesbaden, were honored. It was a wonderful evening with good food and good company.

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tekom Austria organised an event dedicated to the S1000D, a standard that originally comes from the aviation and military industries. The event was held at the FH Joanneum Graz. Several guest speakers shed light on the standard, its theoretical foundations and its practical implementation from different angles.

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Report NORDIC TechKomm Copenhagen 2023

This year’s conference started on Tuesday, September 19 with a networking event in the afternoon. Attendees discussed tools and trends in technical communication, including content writing, systems, and challenges in translation. The most hotly discussed question was “Will AI help us get rid of PDF as a format?” The overall consensus was that, at some point, PDF formats will probably be replaced by AI – however, it will take a while. In the evening, there was a guided tour through the city center of Copenhagen, where we visited the most important sights and learned about the history of Copenhagen. Since this networking format was well received by attendees, providing an excellent start for the next two conference days, we will probably host it again next year, maybe in a different setting.

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Pure fraudulent scam about passing on addresses of trade fair participants

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10 Years of tekom Europe!

As tekom's members became increasingly international, longing for an international association, tekom Europe was founded in 2013. The two founding members are tekom Deutschland and COM&TEC Italy. tekom Deutschland and COM&TEC Italy agreed to take the step of creating a European organization in order to have greater representation and develop locally, via national communities, to bring together and represent technical communicators. The two founding and corporate members and country organizations set the beginning in motion: Germany, Italy, Austria, Romania, Turkey, and France.

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Evaluating the readability of patient-facing documents

Using a medical device as a non-medical professional is often stressful; whether you have to inject yourself with insulin because your blood sugar is off, take a sick child's temperature or perform dialysis during a break, stress is a factor. This stress only increases if you're unsure about what exactly you need to do.

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Machinery Regulation Published

New Machinery Regulation published On June 29, 2023, REGULATION (EU) 2023/1230 on machinery was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Here are the key points with regard to technical communication. The scope of the Machinery Regulation remains almost the same compared to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, except for changes in two definitions: → "safety components" → "partly completed machinery"

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IC Meeting in June: tcworld Conference and Summer Break

During the last IC meetings, the topic of digitalization has often been on the agenda: there are some things that should be updated on the website, but new ideas should also be implemented. A new email program is also being considered, as this would facilitate cooperation between the various IC boards as well as the communication with the head office. The 10th anniversary of tekom Europe was also discussed – it will be celebrated at this year's tcworld conference in November. A small get-together with tekom Europe members is planned during the conference; more information will be published soon on the website and in the program.

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The impact of AI and LLMs in training technical writers and translators

Results from the last meeting of the tekom International Network of Universities (IUNTC) Innovative artificial intelligence technologies and Large Language Models will fundamentally change teaching, but also learning, in the near future. What consequences this will have and how the changes be can countered, what new teaching and learning methods are needed to continue to ensure high-quality education – these issues were discussed at the recent meeting of the International Network of Universities in Technical Communication and related disciplines (IUNTC).

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