Society for Technical Communication (STC) is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication. It is the largest organization of its type in the world. Its 14,000 members include technical writers and editors, content developers, documentation specialists, technical illustrators, instructional designers, academics, information architects, usability and human factors professionals, visual designers, Web designers and developers, and translators – anyone whose work makes technical information available to those who need it. (DISCLOSURE: Dr. Ugur Akinci is a due-paying member of STC.)
Technological evolution has been an essential factor of European integration. In all branches of industrial production, communication and services, common markets have been created. The achievements of the information society should be easily accessible to everyone. Promoting technical communication in Europe is an important contribution thereto. Aiming at this, TCeurope was founded as a European umbrella organization for technical communicators integrating most of the national organizations in Europe.
The Gesellschaft für Technische Kommunikation e.V. – tekom is the German professional association for technical communication. It is a platform for the exchange of information and experience, and promotes the training and advanced qualification and further professionalization of its members. The tekom is committed to increasing the standing and position of technical communication in companies and among the public. It was established in 1978 in Stuttgart and has retained its offices there to this day.
The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a fully representative, non-profit, international industry association for the translation, internationalization, localization, and globalization industry. The association gives its 200+ members a common forum to discuss issues, create innovative solutions, promote the industry, and present a joint – and more powerful – voice within the industry and to the outside community. It was formed in 2002.