The professional society of indexers in Canada since 1977
The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is Canada’s national association of indexers. We invite you to find an indexer for your project, read our publications, discover our conferences, events, and resources for indexers, find out about membership, and learn about the Society.
Congratulations to the Society of Indexers on organizing their fourth annual National Indexing Day on March 31. They are holding a half-day conference on book indexing that will be of interest to editors and anyone else in the publishing industry.
The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) has announced its Diversity in Canadian Publishing Bursary.
This bursary is part of the ISC/SCI’s special program to contribute to filling a proven lack of diverse voices and the demand for them in the Canadian publishing industry by helping to achieve equality of opportunity for aspiring indexers belonging to underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.
The application deadline for the 2020 bursary is April 1. It will be granted to one person and will cover fees for an approved indexing program, two years of ISC/SCI membership with listing, and entry into the Mary Newberry Mentorship program.
Please check out the bursary application for more information, including eligibility requirements. Pass this information far and wide!
The program is administered by the ISC/SCI Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee (TIDE). To learn more, visit the committee page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before I became an indexer, I worked for a company that made long-term services contracts with large companies. At the start of each engagement, we formed a deal team consisting of specialists—sales, solution designers, finance, and legal. The next thing we did was have a kickoff meeting where we introduced ourselves and our roles and talked about the deal’s goals. The meeting was often followed by a dinner and a social so that the deal team members could “bond”. Those were fun times, even for the introverts, which was almost everyone except the sales and legal people, for some weird reason.
Getting a book published is a big deal too, especially for the author. Perhaps the publisher and the author start with some kind of “deal team” formation, with a kickoff meeting and socializing. If there is, we indexers wouldn’t know. We swoop in near the end of the engagement. If there were any bonding moments, we missed them.
And what indexer would have the time for that kind of team building anyway?
Instead, there’s another way to begin a satisfying relationship with your client. And Pierke Bosschieter is going to show us how, when you come to the conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland this June 12-13. Visit the conference page for details.
When Wikipedia launched in 2001, it was almost a
free-for-all. What a concept! Anybody can contribute and anybody can edit this
free and open resource that aimed to be a living collection of the world’s
But the question on everyone’s mind was, how do you control
the accuracy of the information? Indeed, there were digital dust-ups in the
earlier years as writers and editors fought back and forth over ideological slants,
as well as inaccuracies and nonsense. Wikipedia was forced to work through
these battles, and as a result, they’ve implemented sophisticated processes and
controls for creating, editing, and reviewing articles.
Wikipedia now has 6 million articles on just the English site alone. If you’re a notable subject, meaning you have attracted attention for a significant period of time, you should be in there. And if you’re in there, what’s written about you had better be complete and accurate because that’s where online researchers look first.
The Centre for Newfoundland Studies (CNS) at Memorial
University recognized this when they thought about the availability of research
on Newfoundland and Labrador. And so, last fall, historian Jenny Higgins was
named CNS’s first Wikipedian-in-Residence. You can hear about Jenny’s
adventures in bringing depth to articles when she speaks at the conference in
St. John’s, Newfoundland June 12-13. Register now and get your early bird