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Information Development and Artifacts
Audio and video interviews, lectures and presentations on information development and artifacts. Topics include writing techniques, plain language; genres; knowledge domains and subject matter, LSP, databases, terminology, corpora, and lexicography. Index by connexions • international professional communication journal | revista de comunicação profissional internacional (ISSN 1647-2373)
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Sandra Fisher-Martins, "The right to understand"

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Description. "Medical, legal, and financial documents should be easy to read, but too often they aren’t. With spot-on (and funny) examples, Sandra Fisher Martins shows how overly complex language separates us from the information we need -- and three steps to change that. In Portuguese with English subtitles."

 

Keywords. Documents, Understand, Literacy, Information apartheid, Plain language, Consumers, Citizens

 

Type. Presentation | Format. Video | Language. pt [subtitles. en]

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Beth Kolko, "User, Hacker, Builder, Thief: Creativity and Consumerism in a Digital Age"

Description. "The not very slow but definitely steady flow of computer technology into far corners of everyday life has changed fundamental cultural processes and affected how people work, learn, and play. It’s also provided lots of cool stuff to buy. But by some measures there has also been a somewhat fundamental failure of imagination in envisioning what hardware, software and services can look like which has resulted in users from outside targeted demographics adapting technology in unexpected and creative ways. One might argue that such examples of adaptation could serve as potentially valuable illustrations of what technology that is relevant across contexts could look like, if only users were seen as more than consumers – perhaps, also, as citizens.

This talk is about diversity of design, the cult of expertise, and why hackers are the good guys. It’s also about how people use technology in Cambodia and Kyrgyzstan, what user generated content looked like before PCs, and why EULAs fundamentally threaten innovation. Essentially, this talk lays out the argument that theories of subjectivity and axe grinders can be part of the same conversation, and that encouraging users to become hackers, builders, and thieves may be the best way to ensure creative and diverse design."

Keywords. Design, Expertise, Technology, User-generated content, Creativity, Consumerism, Hackers

Type. Presentation| Format. Video| Language. en

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Xosé Castro, "Escribiendo para la red"

Description. Content is the most important feature of the Internet. But do we really know what and how to write to attract users? We should do it with the same care as when writing for print, or a book. The major difference is the audience, which is potentially unlimited, and which you can use to your advantage. By the hand of Xosé Castro, you will learn the principles of writing for the 21st century. (trans.)


Keywords. Communication, Writing, Article, Social web, Language as cultural marker, Context, Purpose, Medium, Public, Client


Type. Presentation| Format. Video| Language. es

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Carolyn Miller & Charles Bazerman, "Gêneros Textuais | Genres" [1/12]

Description. Carolyn Miller and Charles Bazerman answer questions about the concept of genre, and the role of cognition in interpreting genre, pedagogical and historical issues, new genres like weblogs, and the influence of culture in theories of genre as social action.

Keywords. Genres, Social action, Multimodality, Culture, Cognition, Pedagogy

Type. Interview | Format. Video [1-12 series] (Available on YouTube, and the Federal University of Pernambuco)| Language. en [interview], pt [subtitles]

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