IA - Professional Associations
December 09, 2002
Although the subject of some controversy at it's inception, AIfIA looks like it could turn into a good resource for IAs. In the words of the organization's founders, AIfIA "serves to advance the design of shared information environments. We support a global community infrastructure that connects people, ideas, content, and tools. Through research, education, advocacy and community service, we promote excellence within our field and build bridges to related disciplines and organizations." [from the About]. Visit AIfIA...
June 05, 2002
"The purpose of AIGA is to further excellence in communication design as a broadly defined discipline, strategic tool for business and cultural force. AIGA is the place design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice." [About]
"The Usability Professionals' Association was formed to:
- Provide a network and opportunities through which usability professionals can communicate and share information about skills and skill development, methodology used and/or proposed in the profession, tools, technology, and organizational issues.
- Present the viewpoints of the profession to the public and other interested parties.
- Educate the general public and others on the usefulness of the profession.
- Represent the profession before governmental bodies and agencies.
- Provide the methods and means to increase the members' knowledge of the profession through seminars, newsletters, magazines, and other communication tools, and through meetings and conventions.
- Serve the best interests of the usability profession." [About]
"STC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication - it is the largest organization of its type in the world. Its 25,000 members include all technical communicators including technical writers, content developers, information architects, usability and human factors professionals, visual designers,web designers and developers, technical writers, translators and others whose work involves making technical information available to those who need it." [About]
"IIID endeavours to develop information design as an independent interdisciplinary field of knowledge and professional activities, to document and to make generally accessible specifically relevant information, to do research within its possibilities and in co-operation with its members and to find new ways of educating information designers." [About]
"The Society's mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds.
The Society furthers serious consideration of knowledge about the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines, whether people serve as operators, maintainers, or users in the system. And, it advocates systematic use of such knowledge to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems of people, machines, and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety, and ease of performance." [About]
June 04, 2002
"ACM SIGCHI brings together people working on the design, evaluation, implementation, and study of interactive computing systems for human use. ACM SIGCHI provides an international, interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas about the field of human-computer interaction (HCI)."
ACM is an invaluable resource. Visit the website...
"ASI is the only professional organization in the United States devoted solely to the advancement of indexing, abstracting, and database building."
It's great, if you're into that kind of thing. Visit the website...
"Since 1937, the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) has been the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information." [About]
I belong to ASIS&T, and it's my belief that they are the organization most committed to supporting information architects as a profession. In particular SIGIA, which is the Information Architecture special interest group, is particularly useful for IAs, and sponsors the essential IA mailing list.
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