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News from tekom Europe

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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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Revision IEC/IEEE 82079-1 Ed. 2

ICE/IEEE 82079-1 Ed.2 'Preparation of information for use (instructions for use) of products - Part 1: Principles and general requirements', the most important standard for technical communication, will be revised. The parent committees of this standard, IEC’s Technical Committee 3 “Documentation, graphical symbols and representations of technical information” and ISO’s Technical Committee 10/Sub Committee 1 “Basic conventions”, have decided that a revision of Part 1 is necessary.

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In-person IUNTC Meeting

The first in-person meeting of the International Network of Universities in Technical Communication – IUNTC - took place in the late afternoon of May 4 at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany, preceding the European Academic Colloquium (EAC) on May 5.

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We moved!

Since April we are working in our new offices in Heilbronner Straße 86, in 70191 Stuttgart. Thus, we will remain at your service in the heart of the city. You can still reach us by phone using the same numbers.

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tekom Ireland has been established as a new tekom Europe country organization

tekom Europe is growing! We are pleased to welcome tekom Ireland to the tekom Europe community. The tekom Europe executive board made the decision to establish the new country organization tekom Ireland – celebrated with a founding event – on March 30 in Cork.

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tekom Ireland Founding Event

tekom Europe is expanding to include a new country organization. We are glad to inform all members and non-members of the founding event of tekom Ireland, which will take place in Cork on March 30 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM (GMT).

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