About the TCBOK Project
There is a huge amount of knowledge in the technical communication profession. This knowledge currently exists on many different websites and publications. There is no central point directing people to technical communication topics.
We are developing a Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK) to help people find knowledge they need. The project started in 2007.
Our Project Charter
The Board of the Society for Technical Communication approved our Project Charter in August 2009. The Charter explains the goals for TCBOK in particular:
"While the project is called TCBOK, the team is not creating a body of knowledge for the TC profession, but rather attempting to organize, make accessible, and connect together the plethora of information necessary to train for and practice within the profession. To accomplish this, the team is creating the architecture for a web-based portal that will provide access to TCBOK. This portal will be owned by STC".
Personas and the STC TCBOK
From Wikipedia.com: Personas are fictitious characters that are created to represent the different user types within a targeted demographic that might use a site or product. more
TCBOK's development committee created personas that should represent the majority of users who might be accessing TCBOK. The technical communication community is so diverse that there is no way we can create enough personas to exactly represent everyone—that would take an infinite number of personas!
Instead, these personas are intended to represent a wide cross-section of the community. For example, we have a persona representing an actively working technical writer who wants to keep his/her skills current. That persona alone might represent a majority of people visiting the site.