Industry 4.0 is a technical model from Germany that supports factory automation and data interchange. It’s driven by standards like iiRDS, RDF, the Internet of Things, and more. Information 4.0 is the recently proposed information component of Industry 4.0. It’s basically a cool term for tech comm technologies, some current, some cutting edge, and some emerging.
Technical communicators won’t be defining Industry 4.0 protocols, but we’re likely to be documenting them. And the knowledge and skills needed to do that documentation will apply in other areas as well. So Information 4.0 is essentially a view of the future of tech comm arising from a specific and, for now, niche perspective. Think of it as equivalent to SDK/API documentation in 2005 and you’ll have the right idea.
Information 4.0’s characteristics have been defined as “molecular, dynamic, offered, ubiquitous, spontaneous, and profiled automatically”. What does that mean? Is it something in some vague future or can it be implemented now? How might it affect your company? Tech comm? You? It seems far off and conceptual but bits of it exist now. This presentation looks at those bits to define Industry 4.0 and Information 4.0, their direction, and their impact.
We’ll look briefly at Industry 4.0. We’ll then turn to Information 4.0’s concepts and characteristics per Andy McDonald’s overview at Documation 2017 in Paris in March 2017. We’ll then look at existing and emerging technologies and tools that support these characteristics to see what kind of implementation is possible today. You’ll leave this presentation with a sense of an emerging technology and a possible future for tech comm.
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Neil Perlin is an internationally-known online content consultant for companies from startups to F100. He created and ran the Beyond the Bleeding Edge sessions at the STC Summits for 15 years, was an Intercom columnist for15 years, and is a 2010 STC Fellow. He now writes the Beyond the Bleeding Edge technology blog. He has been a popular speaker at various STC conferences, Lavacon, DocTrain, MadWorld, TCUK, and others, since 1992. Neil is MadCap-certified in Mimic and Flare, Adobe-certified in RoboHelp, and Viziapps-certified for the Viziapps Studio app development platform. He offers training, consulting, and development for online help, mobile app creation, mobile readiness, and related areas through Hyper/Word Services. His web site is hyperword.com. Find him on LinkedIn, and Twitter. Contact him at email@example.com.