April 21 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM local time April 22 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM local time (various groups around the globe on 21st or 22nd depending on their location/timezone) April 23 at 7:00 AM EDT
Roundtable framing: The 9th Academics & Practitioners Roundtable welcomes information architecture practitioners and academics of all levels of experience as well as anyone from IA-adjacent or IA-overlapping fields. The Roundtable’s unique value proposition lies in its diversity of its participants and how it drives discussions of how information architecture continues to evolve as a discipline and profession.
2021 Theme: The Value of IA.
Information architecture has evolved to think broadly about designing information ecosystems. IAs play a vast and pervasive role in daily life, social structure, and the organization of economic and political power. And yet we still need, and struggle to be able to explain what information architecture is and what its value is.
If IA practitioners and academics aim to demonstrate the value of their work and improve the wellbeing of human beings surrounded by and immersed in information systems, there are critical questions they must answer:
- What is the value of IA in society, present and future? Specifically, what is the value of IA as a discipline?
- What narratives do we share in our IA communities about our origins, purpose, and value? What are the limitations of those narratives?
- How can we redirect conversations about economic value or “return on investment” (ROI) toward a broader, more meaningful range of human values?
- What concepts or vocabulary can we use in order to explain the value of information architecture to our colleagues, clients, and communities?
This workshop sets out to address these questions and to clarify the ‘Value of IA’. The multi-day Roundtable is open to anyone with an interest in IA and continues the Roundtable’s tradition of gathering practitioners, researchers, and educators of all levels of expertise and from around the world to discuss critical aspects of our discipline and share what is discussed with the broader IA community.
Day 1 consists of framing presentations, a series of lightning talks, group activities and discussion. Day 2 consists of asynchronous group make-a-thons aimed at developing artifacts capturing, summarizing, or developing the outputs of Day 1. Day 3 concludes with group presentations of their outputs and synthesis.
To learn more about the Information Architecture Roundtable and the themes for the previous eight roundtables, visit https://www.iaroundtable.org/.
Sign in now to access workshop resources.
About the speakers
Andrea Resmini is associate professor of experience design and information architecture in the Department of Intelligent Systems and Digital Design at Halmstad University.
An architect turned information architect, Andreas is a two-time past president of the Information Architecture Institute, a founding member of Architecta, the Italian Society for Information Architecture, the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Architecture, and the author of Pervasive Information Architecture (2011), Reframing Information Architecture (2014), and Advances in Information Architecture (2021).
Andrea’s research focuses on the information architecture of blended spaces, placemaking, and the design of games to explore wicked problems. He knows way too much about the Whitechapel murders, Tolkien, and WWII submarine warfare for his own good.”
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.
Dan Zollman (Cambridge, MA, US) is an information architecture, UX strategy, and human-centered design practitioner with an orientation toward responsible, ethical, and systemic design. His theory and practice of IA has been shaped by more than a decade working in complex environments including finance, higher education, and state government.
Dan leads the Strategy, Information Architecture, and Research community of practice at Last Call Media, a small, internationally-distributed design and development agency that enjoys doing work with purpose.
In the IA community, Dan has organized World IA Day Boston, co-organized the IA Academics & Practitioners Roundtable, contributed a chapter to the recent book Advances in Information Architecture, and held multiple presenter and volunteer roles at the IA Summit/IA Conference.
Jeff Pass made his first website in 1997 and has been involved in digital communications, design, usability, and IA ever since. For the past 23 years, he has been a federal contractor and has worked on dozens of digital government sites including COVIDtests.gov, USPS.gov, HealthCare.gov, CFTC.gov, and MyHealth.VA.gov.
Jeff attended his first IA Summit in New Orleans in 2012 and most Summits thereafter. He was Diversity & Inclusion co-director for the inaugural IA Conference and has been an IAC organizer/volunteer ever since. He helped draft the original IA Summit code of conduct and to adapt and iteratively update it for the IAC.
Jeff is very excited for the IAC to return to NOLA!
Beyond IAC, Jeff has helped organize other industry events including World IA Day DC, UXDC, DCUX, GoodGov UX, IA Summit, and UXPA DC. He has also helped organize and lead UX and IA communities of practice for his employers since 2007.
Jeff lives in Takoma Park, MD with his beloved family. He is an audiophile, cinephile, bibliophile, epicurean/mageirocophile, and LEGO maniac.