Over the past several years it’s become increasingly clear that the IA community needs to move beyond being a practice and figure out how to become a discipline.
To explore what this entails, and begin to craft a way forward, we’ve convened a series of Academics’ and Practitioners’ roundtables at IA Summits past. In the 6th year of this community event we will focus on the topic of Ethics.
As much as we would wish it, Information, and by extension, information architecture, is not neutral. IA is a channel and provides a lens through which people view information or an experience. All design, and therefore all of information architecture, involves value choices.
We have been considering this at the micro level, finding ways to do good in specific interactions, but what about as an overall profession? Do we, as practitioners, surrender our moral authority to someone else? Or do we follow a code? If we follow a code, what is it? Is it shared among our collective IA community?
We need a discussion around ethics that we can:
- leverage for discussion with our business partners
- engage with society
- acknowledging the change in scope that our practice has been going through (moving beyond just web sites to broader practices)
This day-long session will offer a set of lightning talks focused on ethics, some active scenarios for participants to play out, then group discussion to better understand what the information architecture community needs at a macro level to guide professional behavior and activities.
About the speakers
An architect, teacher, and researcher, Andrea Resmini is the author of Pervasive Information Architecture and Reframing Information Architecture, and a two-times past president of the Information Architecture Institute. He co-founded the Journal of Information Architecture, Architecta, the Italian Society for Information Architecture, the Academic / Practitioner Roundtable, and World IA Day.
Andrea is a compulsive reader of WWII submarine warfare trivia, Tolkien drafts, and Jack the Ripper case studies. He is also one of the regular hosts of Acoustic Jam Night!
Stacy Surla has created and led workshops for government, industry, and the UX community for over 20 years. Drawing on her experiences as a performance artist, UX practitioner, and teacher, Stacy helps people transform meetings into more engaging and effective ways to get work done. Recent workshops include a bootcamp-style training for Lean UX delivery managers, a team-driven workshop for integrating UX into Agile, co-planning the annual IA Academic and Practitioners Roundtable, and a workshop on designing and facilitating workshops. As with all her work, she integrates design thinking, Lean UX, and user-centered methods to put people at the heart of each effort. Stacy is Vice President of MetaMetrics Inc., an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland iSchool, and was a twice-elected officer of the Information Architecture Institute.
Ren Pope is the Owner and Principal of Info-Do based out of Washington DC. He has over 25 years of leadership and vision in the information science field. Ren has held various interesting positions both in and out of the UX career field these include speech and policy writing, modeling and simulation, and designing knowledge management systems.
Ren focuses his passion for information sciences, where he designs content management systems. He has studied and strives to perfect the use of taxonomies, ontologies, concept maps as well as overall information modeling to ensure the intent of design endures in the product. Ren enjoys writing and speaking about the theory and practice of the information sciences; and in his free time, he likes running around in the outdoors, pushing buttons and turning knobs to make music, and throwing things into barrels to age them.
Sarah Rice is an information architect with over two decades of strategy and consulting experience, designing and executing excellent user experiences for companies such as Google, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, eBay, Princess Cruises and Yahoo!
She has a master’s degree in Information Science and consults with a number of user experience firms under Seneb Consulting. She served on the Board of Directors of the Information Architecture Institute, is active in the American Society for Information Science and Technology’s Information Architecture Summit. She also speaks regularly at industry conferences.
A creative leader with roots in sculpture and graphic design, Bern delights in combining the aesthetic with the usable. She has developed award-winning experiences and holds two patents in color-selection methods. Whether launching a business-changing product or revamping a company division, Bern relishes the juicy problems that can only be solved when designers and change agents collaborate.
Dedicated to empowering women to design and code, she can be found on weekends teaching user experience, prototyping, and facilitation. Bern founded and leads the Los Angeles Chapter of Ladies that UX and currently sits on the Board of AIGA Los Angeles.
Keith Instone is a seasoned & compassionate user experience professional with 20 years of experience as a consultant, corporate practitioner (10 years with IBM), and professional leader. He is a freelancer based in Toledo, Ohio, who volunteers his UX skills for local nonprofits. He’s also co-founder of Tech Toledo and lectures at Bowling Green State University.