December 14, 2001
Hi all; here is where we are as of today (12/14/01). Let me know if you have questions, comments, or if I've missed something/someone.
Well, it's still not clear that IA needs its own association, but there are certainly a number of existing associations that have demonstrated real interest in supporting the growing IA community. There have been conversations with people from ASIS&T, AIGA, and SIG-CHI, with plans to talk soon with folks from STC, UPA, and other associations to gauge their interest in our community, not to mention collaborating (not competing) with each other to attract and support the broader UX world. And the informal Info-Arch.Org "advisory board" has discussed some ways to structure such a greater degree of collaboration, ranging from an "interfaith council" to a "superSIG" spanning multiple associations. These discussions are just starting, and we'll keep you up to date.
With most of these projects, we're moving into the phase of "OK, we've got enough ideas; now what are we going to get done, who's going to do it, and when?". In other words, the need for project management is coming to the fore, and in some cases, leaders are emerging. In other cases, we're falling prey to the dissipation of interest and effort that is typical of many volunteer efforts.
But in all cases, we need more volunteers: the wish list includes more project managers and more with skills in database development.