Information Architecture Summit 2008 – Call for Papers

31 Aug 2007 - 7:46pm
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The Information Architecture Summit is the premier gathering place for
those interested in information architecture. The 2008 conference will
be the 9th IA Summit and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in
Miami, Florida, USA from April 12-14 with pre-conference sessions
from April 10-11.

The 2007 IA Summit attracted over 570 attendees with varying degrees of IA

experience and from many related fields. Attendees are passionate about
information architecture and user experience and many are actively
involved in the community and the summit itself – over 230 of the
attendees provided feedback about the event with 93% indicating
that they would attend the summit again and 95% indicating they would
recommend the summit to a colleague.

This is your chance to contribute and take part! We’re now calling for
submissions for presentations, panels, research papers, pre-conference
workshops, posters and management track content.

The 2008 theme of “Experiencing Information” shifts the focus back to
users. A user experience exists only to allow people to “do things”
(in the broadest sense ... buying books, sharing photos with friends,
looking something up on wikipedia, etc).

What dimensions of information do users typically experience while “doing
things”, and how can we design information environments that best support
these users and activities? Such dimensions might include:

- Information quantity and the experience of choice (e.g. Barry Schwartz
The Paradox of Choice);

- The timing of information encounters and information use (e.g. Jared
Spool – “seducible moments”);

- The subconscious consumption of information (e.g. BJ Fogg – Persuasive

- Rapid or intuitive processing of information (e.g. Malcolm Gladwell –

- The social and participatory aspects of information and information
communities (e.g. David Weinberger’s work);

- The wide range of information media: the Web, virtual worlds,
ubiquitous computing, mobile technology, physical
spaces (e.g. Joshua Prince-Ramus’ and Michael Bierut’s work)

Proposals can address core IA principles, emerging trends and
technologies, the management of IA or UX teams, or the business of IA.
We are also interested in cross-disciplinary contributions to the practice
of IA from related fields such as library science, user experience,
interaction design, and user centered design.

We encourage submissions from practitioners, managers, academics, and
students. We also enjoy hearing from developers, business analysts, and
others who work with information architects and/or information

For more information, details about submission procedures and deadlines
please see the summit website,

Richard Dalton
2008 IA Summit Chair

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