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Published by: Dan Alexis Morco Arinzana on Jul 12, 2012
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is a term used in several different ways. Generally, documentation (todocument) refers to the process of providing evidence. Modules of Documentation are Helpful.The most common meanings are:
the process of documenting knowledge (or rather knowledge claims) (as done in, forexample, scientific journals).
the writing of software documentation(or other kinds of product documentation)
a synonym for the termdocument
a synonym for the termbibliography
a field of study and a profession founded byPaul Otlet(1868-1944) andHenri La Fontaine(1854-1943), which is also termeddocumentation science.Professionals educated in this field are termed documentalists. This field changed its name toinformation science in 1968, but some uses of the term documentation still exists andthere have been efforts to reintroduce the term documentation as a field of study.Documentation may include
written information for any read, projection or technical performing,
data media of any format and for any reproduction,
other content.Common types of documentation include user guides, white papers, on-line help, quick-referenceguides. It is less common to see hard-copy (paper) documentation. Documentation is distributedvia websites, software products, and other on-line applications.While associatedISOstandards are not easily available publicly, a guide from other sources forthis topic may serve the purpose 
 David Berger has provided several principles of document writing, regarding the terms used, procedure numbering and even lengths of sentences,etc.
The following is a list of guides dealing with each specific field and type:
documentation in health care 
thesis writing 
 Further information:Dissertation
papers for academic journal publishing (i.e.Journal of Food Science 
[edit]Procedures and techniques
The procedures of documentation vary from one sector, or one type, to another. In general, thesemay involve document drafting, formatting, submitting, reviewing, approving, distributing,repositing and tracking, etc., and are convened by associatedSOPsin a regulatory industry 
[edit]Producing documentation
Technical writers and corporate communicators are professionals whose field and work isdocumentation. Ideally, technical writers have a background in both the subject matter and alsoin writing and managing content (information architecture). Technical writers more commonlycollaborate with subject matter experts (SMEs), such as engineers, medical professionals, orother types of clients to define and then create content (documentation) that meets the user'sneeds. Corporate communications includes other types of written documentation that is requiredfor most companies.

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