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volinExperienced communicator

Fred BrownFred Brown brings over ten years of technical communication experience working largely with high-technology firms specializing in software and telecommunications. He also brings expertise in information systems, strategic planning, and market research. He is coauthor of Index It Right!: Advice from the Experts (vol. 1).

AuSI Web Index AwardRecipient of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Web Index Award for the Writer's Block web index.


volin Professional indexer

Fred Brown became interested in indexing through a workshop offered by the local chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) on "Indexing Technical Documents." He was struck by how challenging it is to write an effective index.

Fred then completed the "Basic Indexing" course from the USDA Graduate School in Washington, DC. This course is considered the standard for anyone entering the indexing profession.

He has written indexes for book publishers, computer firms and government agencies, including:

  • Addison-Wesley Professional
  • Align Technology, Inc.
  • DY 4 Systems Inc.
  • Manugistics Group, Inc.
  • McGraw-Hill/Osborne
  • Multiprocessor Toolsmiths Inc.
  • New Riders
  • Niva Inc.
  • Nortel Networks
  • OnWord Press
  • O'Reilly Media
  • Showbase Media
  • SitePoint
  • Solicitor General Canada
  • Statistics Canada
  • TimeStep Corporation
Fred has also delivered workshops on indexing to the
  • American Society of Indexers (ASI)
  • Indexing Society of Canada (ISC)
  • MITWA (Mentors, Indexers, Technical Writers & Associates)
  • Society for Technical Communication (STC)
  • Special Interest Group for DOCumentation (SIGDOC), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Fred holds an Honours B.A. in Economics and a General B.A. in Geography from the University of Western Ontario.

volinAbout Allegro Technical Indexing

Fred Brown started Allegro Technical Indexing in April, 2000 after doing contract work in technical communications since 1992. Over this period, he developed a specialty in indexing and information access strategies for technical documentation. Allegro also designs web indexes, site maps, taxonomies, metadata and topic maps.

As a speaker and trainer, Fred sees the opportunity to share his expertise with organizations around the globe.

Allegro Technical Indexing is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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