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The Information Architecture Institute Presents: World IA Day NYC, Sponsored by Bloomberg

Information Architecture Summit 2014

Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)

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World Information Architecture Day NYC, Sponsored by Bloomberg 

World IA Day 2013 brings an international community of academics, practitioners, technologists and business leaders together for a global conversation about "the architecture part" of information architecture.

In New York City on February 9, 2013 you can learn from world-class IA minds, network with your peers, showcase new ideas and attend events tailored specifically to your community. Expect a full day of talks, panels, town hall activities and other networking opportunities. This event is free, although we do hope you’ll consider paying for a membership to the Information Architecture Institute because you love IA so much.This event is being sponsored by Bloomberg. If you've never experienced Bloomberg's hospitality before, now's your chance. Their generous support makes this event possible.


Saturday February 9th, 2013
9:30 am - 6:00 pm 


Bloomberg LP
731 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022


09:00 - 9:45 Security Check-in & Continental Breakfast provided by Bloomberg

9:45 - 10:00 Welcome & Announcements

10:00 - 10:30 Where Did "The Architecture Part" of IA Come From? (Dan Klyn - The Understanding Group)

10:30 - 11:00 IA for the Web: Original Intent (Lou Rosenfeld - Rosenfeld Media)

11:00 - 11:30 Putting the Architecture Back Into Information Architecture (Christina Wodtke - Boxes and Arrows)

11:30 - 12:00   Panel Discussion with Dan Klyn, Lou Rosenfeld and Christina Wodtke

12:00 - 01:00 Topic Tables & Lunch provided by Bloomberg

01:00 - 02:30 The State of IA Education: A Town Hall (Moderators and Sketch-noters TBA)

02:30 - 02:45 Coffee Break

02:45 - 03:30 How Data Becomes Information (Rick Smolan - Author of 'The Human Face of Big Data' and Andreas Gebhard - Getty Images

03:30 - 04:45 Real Life Information Architecture: A Panel of Unexpected Uses (Panelists List Below)

04:45 - 05:00 Closing Remarks

05:00 - 06:00 Networking & Refreshments provided by Bloomberg

Presentation descriptions below



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The Information Architecture Institute is a 501(c)6 professional organization, operated by a dedicated, multi-national group of people who are dedicated to promoting the concept, craft and community of information architecture.

We live in exciting times. As the information age rolls forward, our businesses, markets and societies are being transformed into adaptive, connected networks. The Internet of today only hints at the ubiquitous communication infrastructure of tomorrow. The construction of this brave new world requires a new kind of architecture, focused on digital structures of information and software rather than physical structures of bricks and mortar. As we spend more time working and playing in these shared information spaces, people will need and demand better search, navigation and collaboration systems.



Where Did "The Architecture Part" of IA Come From? (Dan Klyn - The Understanding Group)

This year we will celebrate 15 years since the publication of the seminal, "touchstone" work of Rosenfeld and Morville. Their venerable Polar Bear Book provides crucial understanding of "the information part" of users' experiences with digital products and services. What about "the architecture part"? One particularly compelling set of answers come from a body of work developed over the course of three decades by Richard Saul Wurman, FAIA. The majority of this work pre-dates the Web and personal computers, and using a combination of photographs and authentic artifacts, @UMSI lecturer Dan Klyn unpacks 30 years of IA treasure from RSW's Architecture of Information in 30 minutes.

IA for the Web: Original Intent (Lou Rosenfeld - Rosenfeld Media)

Lou Rosenfeld, co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, will regale us with stories of where the field was when the book first debuted in 1996, how things have changed since, and what might happen next.

Putting the Architecture Back Into Information Architecture (Christina Wodtke Boxes and Arrows)

What can we learn from dancing buildings, giant bowler hats, and purposely obscured views? More than you'd suspect... architecture has been struggling with how buildings create human places where we can fall in love, discover the divine, and even buy clean socks for centuries. It doesn't matter if your medium is bricks or bits, humans just don't change that much. In this 30 minute talk, Christina Wodtke will walk you through highlights of architectural thinking from Vitruvius to Gehry, and along the way perhaps we'll find a clue for the future of digital products.

The State of IA Education: A Town Hall (featuring instructors and students from General Assembly, Parsons, Pratt and The School for the Visual Arts)

Although its roots may be in Library and Information Science, members of the IA community come from a diverse array of educational and professional backgrounds. While its interdisciplinary nature is one of the field's greatest assets, it also creates significant challenges for IA education. In this Town Hall session, we will convene IA practitioners, researchers, and educators to discuss the question of how to best prepare future IA professionals. Is there a "best" path to becoming an IA? Are certain disciplinary backgrounds more or less valuable than others? Can and should formal education play a role in preparing students for IA careers? This town hall will provide an open forum to address these questions.

How Data Becomes Information (Rick Smolan - Author of 'The Human Face of Big Data' and Andreas Gebhard - Getty Images Moderated by: Heather Ricciardi, Director of UX, Rokkan

Collection of data within most technical projects is no longer a pipe dream, but instead a best practice. A core tenet of information architecture is that data must be turned into information in order to be understandable by people. This tenet applied to today's world of data overload leaves a few big questions that we believe should be discussed:

▪ What is the process by which data is turned into information that is able to be understood and can information architects help?

▪ How is this process expected to change as data becomes more available and the collection of data across multiple channels becomes more reliable?

During this conversation we have invited someone focused in Big Data to compare notes with someone whose focus is in small data.

Real Life Information Architecture: A Panel of Unexpected Uses (Panelists TBA)

The skills of information architects are much more common than the job title itself. In this panel conversation we will be inviting people without the title information architect to share with us their experiences in architecting information.


  • Andrew Nicklin, Director of Research and Development, NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications
  • Clark Holmes, Analyst, Bloomberg Open Symbology
  • Rhonda Ranney, Instructional Designer, Insurance Industry
  • Bruce Esrig, Northern New Jersey IA/UX Meetup Leader, Design for Wellness
  • Moderator: Kate Wilhelm, Information Architect, RIM

Special Thanks to:

The School of the Visual Arts for hosting our instructors and students for a free sketchnoting workshop in prep for the education town hall that will be held at World IA Day NYC.

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