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Albuquerque, NM
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Kirk S. adds energy to your enterprise by adding clarity and excellence to Web content about products and services. Technical marketing is one of his editorial specialties... converting accurate and crucial technological detail into marketable copy. He generates material that drives the conversation for you!

This highly-skilled editor asks focused questions of any development team and Website content creators, to generate helpful user documentation and/or marketing materials such as banner taglines, blog postings, animated PowerPoint presentations and Web page ideas.

When drafting a press release or new Web page, Kirk S. smoothly translates that information into related document types for crosslinked publicity that covers a range of audiences: key players in IT, marketing and the organizational decision makers.

He has experience ensuring information quality in both private industry and the government sector. Trained as a production editor in a data processing environment, specializations include technical writing, project management, branding and creativity from PDF coverpage to WordPress slides! Kirk S. is familiar with the rigors of editing to comply with complex standards such as the HHS.gov accessibility requirements for print and electronic documents, referred to as 508(c) compliance. His portfolio includes thousands of pages of highly technical software, medical and data-related information.

Kirk S. maintains strict Quality Control for all editorial and content creation deliverables.

Highlights

Last Login
7/10/15
Samples
6

Industry Projects

  • Health50+
  • Medical20+
  • Education3

Summary of Industry Experience

Health

As the Technical Editor for the federal agency Indian Health Svc. Div. of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, Kirk S. edited a range of document types from 1000+ page batches of diabetes guidelines (translational medicine) to 200-character Website flash module descriptions -- for an audience of health educators, providers and patients. He improved the style and readability on all the Division’s primary Web pages and sub-pages, added a new flair to print publications such as the Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices, Revised 2011, and created concise, intriguing taglines for many kinds of activities for instant distribution via email blasts, Web-based tools and health grant-related presentations.

Medical

Kirk S. worked for a federal government agency in the area of medical translation editing for publication: ensuring that guidelines for medical providers and educators met rigorous standards for clarity, accessibility of format/navigation and informational accuracy. One example of a large document he edited is the Standards of Care and Clinical Practice Recommendations: Type 2 Diabetes from IHS Div. of Diabetes Treatment of Prevention. This publication was 300+ pages in its print form, now distributed primarily as a linked version.
He also edited all 20 publications in the set of Indian Health Diabetes Best Practices, Revised 2011, for rigorous medical translation principles, accessibility and superior navigability features.

Education

To help Triumph Learning manage its content development more effectively, the company designed and built a structured vocabulary relevant for teaching mathematics and English language arts. The taxonomy contains terms reflecting concepts, skills, and learning standards in a hierarchical structure. Kirk S. communicated with the client about project goals, led the editorial and programming teams to achieve them, with close feedback happening at all stages of Phase I - development. He generated program requirements, data syntax specifications and a complex coding scheme, to capture the client's information in structures reflecting term usage and systematic coherence within the data set.

Product Projects

  • Web Page100+
  • Presentation50+
  • Press Release2

Summary of Product Experience

Web Page

M.A.I. Batch Processing: Published
Kirk S. copyedited and finalized the Batch Processing Guide for this feature, and created the product Web page excerpted here. He is experienced in platforms like WordPress for Website updates: technical, marketing and image content at www.DataHarmony.com for example, Technical View and Products landing pages and sub-pages plus the slideshow taglines at Main.
For all Web copyedits and content creation, Kirk S. ensures correct spelling, punctuation and name conventions, along with consistent capitalization and use of emphasis. Reducing distraction for Web readers is a paramount goal; sticking to the point of material with no errors is a method he employs systematically.

Presentation

Triumph Learning Taxonomy Development: Delivered the project design, coordinated data input, communications and specified custom export formats. Here's the presentation as delivered to Data Harmony Users Group international conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2013.
Spoiler Alert! His editors and the DataHarmony programmers visualized solutions and combined efforts creatively to make them succeed. Accomplishing taxonomy goals required repeated reconfigurations of the data elements and adaptations to workflow. Multiple software customizations were requested, conceived, and built at the same time as we were producing the taxonomy data sets, synergistically.

Press Release

Common Core Standards-integrated Taxonomy: Marketing
Kirk S. managed a taxonomy design and development project for supplemental education publisher Triumph Learning, headquartered in New York City. He drafted much of the copy for this press release, and is quoted. A gifted technical writer, Kirk S. coordinated the full publication cycle for the user manuals, project administration guides and software help screen text -- his skills for technical communication are limited to the realm of marketing or userguides; he thrives in both domains.

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