This year’s tekom Spring Conference in Koblenz was a big hit. The theme this year of standards in a time of digital change created a great deal of interest. One of the most hotly anticipated topics was, of course, iiRDS version 1.0, which was launched in parallel to the opening of the Spring Conference. As well as content delivery, there was also a lot of discussion about the challenges technical documentation will face in the future.

After a reception with complimentary beer on the day before, the Spring Conference was officially opened with a keynote speech on the Thursday afternoon. In her speech, Ms Yvonne Hofstetter explored how much influence machine intelligence in our day-to-day lives has on our basic rights. An intriguing subject with which to open the event that remained on everyone’s minds for a long time afterwards.

The speech was followed by the presentations, which naturally all revolved around the central theme of ‘standards’. For example, in his presentation ‘IEC 82079-1 on the home run’, Roland Schmeling introduced the second edition of the standard, which is expected to be published in 2019. The publication of this new edition is particularly significant as it is a crucial standard for the technical communication sector. Similar attention and care was also devoted to presenting the other relevant standards.

These standards included iiRDS, the Intelligent Information Request and Delivery Standard. iiRDS aims to standardise the exchange of information between the systems of different manufacturers. The standard essentially forms a guideline for preparing intelligent information in readiness for Industry 4.0. As a member of the iiRDS Consortium, the standard is particularly close to our hearts.

At this point we must also mention the new VDI guideline 2770, introduced at the Spring Conference by Christoph Attila Kun, which has the similar goal of standardising the transfer of manufacturer information. iiRDS and VDI guideline 2770 go hand in hand with each other – they both address similar issues and are closely aligned with one another.


The calm before the storm – our stand shortly before the opening of the conference

I would also like to highlight the OpenLab on the second day of the conference. Being an ‘unconference’, visitors could suggest and discuss their own topics, collaboratively creating their own agenda. This meant that nobody felt their subject was overlooked.

All in all, it was a very successful event in a wonderful location with lovely weather. The topics were well-chosen, relevant and generated a lot of discussion. We’re looking forward to coming back and we hope to see you there!