SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] DUX2003
Re: [Sigia-l] DUX2003
From: Louis Rosenfeld (lou_at_louisrosenfeld.com)
Date: Fri Jun 06 2003 - 17:57:34 EDT
On 6/6/03 2:09 PM, "Peter Merholz" <peterme_at_peterme.com> wrote:
>> Ah, the beauty of conference-wide WIFI... Bob Baxley just gave a good talk
>> too. So far DUX is somewhat reminiscent of the first IA Summit (Boston,
>> April 2001):
D'oh. I of all people should remember that.
>> So more questions for the next Summit's program committee: should a goal be
>> to ensure that a diverse audience attends? How might this be done? Should
>> the next Summit be advertised in other communities? Should other
>> organizations be invited co-sponsor?
> I think "most definitely not."
> DUX is designed to meet the need for having 'diverse audience' conferences.
> But, we still need specific professional community audiences, and the IA
> Summit is a great forum for information architects to get together and talk
> about information architecture. There is *no other* venue for that.
> Conferences need to be very careful about wanting to be all things to all
Of course, but we can still cast the net more widely.
Consider the many people who have been grappling with IA issues for years
without realizing it. They might benefit immensely from finding out that a
field exists, that there are useful IA techniques for them to learn, and a
shared vocabulary to help them articulate IA issues. They may wish to
attend the Summit and join the IA community.
There are also other practices--content management comes to mind--that are
highly related to IA but do not seem to enjoy a strong sense of community.
I don't think that the conference should transmogrify into an IA/CM Summit,
but perhaps it'd be useful to consider adding coverage in that area to the
There are so many unexplored opportunities out there to grow our field; the
Summit presents us with just one such vehicle for driving that growth.
> I do think that we should continue to find non-IAs to play particular roles
> at the IA Summit, like we had Stewart Brand give the keynote, and Mark
> Bernstein's contribution was invaluable. But I strongly feel that the IA
> summit should *not* be a general user experience conference.
I agree 100%; in fact, it was really nice to see so many IAs participating
here at DUX and who value UX in general.
Louis Rosenfeld :: information architecture
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