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Jan 05, 2002: Go Team

Just posted this to SIGIA-L; please excuse the duplication:

Subject: perpetual hopeful push for progress

Hi all, happy new year and all that. Now that it's 2002, can I make a corny request?

If you're like me, you've already made the standard new year's resolutions, like flossing more regularly, laying off the formaldehyde, not frightening the neighborhood kids quite so much, and not burying strange things in the root cellar at odd hours of the night.

But how about making a resolution to help build the information architecture community and, I dare say, the profession?

There are already many great projects underway, many listed at www.info-arch.org/infrastructure/. Some well underway, some stumbling along, some just a gleam in your eye. And all opportunities to do ourselves good. (See progress reports at www.info-arch.org/progress/.)

What if we could look back on 2002 as the year we got our shit together? The year we built the most kick-ass mailing list archive the world has ever seen? Ditto for a professional directory? A job board? An IA library? A journal? A site network? Support services for local cocktail hours? Wouldn't these be cool? Or if not cool, at least tediously valuable?

Even if we fail at these noble tasks, it's OK: we still get knit together in the process of trying. And we learn good stuff in the process, like what it takes to get distributed teams of volunteers to design and implement information architectures for a distributed community. Plus there's always the war stories to tell at the next cocktail hour. Or to tell your grandkids.

Please think about what would make your life easier as an IA professional, then have a look at www.info-arch.org/infrastructure/. If what you're looking for is described there, hook up with the folks involved (or let me know and I'll hook you up). If not, describe it there and get the snowball rolling.

And while you're at it, don't forget to floss more regularly.

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