SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: Membership and clubs
Re: SIGIA-L: Membership and clubs
From: javier velasco (mantruc) (lists_at_mantruc.com)
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 14:05:25 EST
I believe that this field of work and study is still in early stages, and that
it is very important for us to concentrate our efforts in doing things together.
I believe that if we start splitting in different groups the strenght of this
group will diminish.
Andrew Dillon wrote:
> ... if I am told that IA is ONLY about online or networked or taxonomy or any
> other one thing then I know I will feel more excluded than included and I will
> chose to look elsewhere for debate, challenge and stimulation, especially
> about what I consider to be info architecture.
Althought i might not feel unmotivated by an online only IA conversation, I
deeply appreciate the input of related - yet not the same - fields. I think that
one of the most interesting things of our discipline are the differents
backgrounds each one of us brings along, and the different emphasis we each put
on our conversations. (It would also be a big loss to lack Prof. Dillon's
To furhter explain my point, one of the most interesting documents i've read
about Navigation is a study of the problem of Designing Navigable Information
Spaces. There, Mark Flotz analyses information spaces, both computer-mediated
and computer-devoid, and it is very eye opening to see the similarities and
differences. I absolutely recommend the reading.
Foltz, Mark. Designing Navigable Information Spaces. Master's thesis,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 1998.
> Furthermore, there is a limit on how many groups I can
> slice my attention and funds into.
I also agree that the more groups there are, the tougher it is for one to
follow. This is specially important for people who, like myself, live in far
countries, our main contact point are groups like this.
> Anything we might want to do as an IA group we can do. Doing so within ASIST
> leverages a lot of benefits for us as a group, if we chose to use them. Now
> is a good time to get involved. Such a move might be a first step to an
> eventual independent IA group, but right now I think building on what is
> there is a useful way of increasing IA's professional image in otherwise
> difficult times.
I think we should take this opportunity, if we have the chance to mold this
organization according to our needs and interests, it's a much better option
that to start from scratch.
Javier Velasco M. - nurun Chile
Information Architect - http://www.nurun.cl
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