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Sep 23, 2003: IA Summit 2004 Call for Papers

This February, the fifth IA Summit will take place in Austin, Texas. Each year, these get better and better (and as the chief programmer for the first two, I'd say the first ones were pretty good to begin with!). The content is great, the price is low, and the social vibe is always outstanding. Even if you find the conference somehow not to your liking, Austin is a great place to kill a weekend.

The BBC's Margaret Hanley is chairing this one, and her call for papers is appended below:

IA Summit '04 -- Breaking New Ground
Hilton Austin, Austin, Texas
February 27-29, 2004

CALL FOR PAPERS

Scope of the Conference Some of us in the IA field are solidifying the IA foundation, digging deeper, while others are pushing the boundaries working with other fields and platforms. In both cases, we are "breaking new ground". The ASIS&T IA Summit 2004 is seeking submissions from information architecture practitioners and researchers that support this theme. If you are developing the IA practice in your organisation by documenting methods, applying IA principles to new platforms and devices like interactive TV or handheld devices, using techniques from related disciplines in your day-to day work or researching the latest ways to connect people and content, we want to hear from you.

We are open to contributions from people with solid and relevant ideas, including areas that may be considered ancillary or outside of Information Architecture. If selected, we simply ask that you put in the time required to create a solid and professional presentation for the conference attendees.

We encourage submissions by students, developers and designers, work of a specialised nature, work concerning new features, design elements, methods or processes, controversial topics, and work in progress. We are especially interested in receiving submissions from speakers in our field who have not presented at the Summit in the past, including academics, professionals in related fields and information architects who have not yet had the opportunity to share their knowledge. We want to invigorate our conference with new thoughts. If you have a solid idea and proposal, but aren't an expert speaker, we can help. Our planning committee has experienced authors and presenters who can give a hand in fine-tuning your ideas and presentations.

How do you know if you have an idea worth pursuing? Imagine that you traveled out to Austin to attend the conference and sat in on your presentation? Would it hold your attention? Would it give you new focus or insight that you could apply to your work? Does it provide fresh perspective to what you think? If so, great. Go ahead and send along your proposal idea. Don't be shy...

The Summit seeks proposals for:

  • Case Studies: specific examples showing the use of IA in completed projects
  • Presentations: talks that discuss principles and ideas, or provide insightful analogies and mind-opening explorations to open the minds of information architects
  • Tutorials: opportunities for information architecture practitioners to discuss and develop a topic for a half-day
  • Panels: differing opinions and discussion on the topics of the day lead by a moderator
  • Posters: illustrating a concept from research or practise

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

The submission deadline for case studies, presentations, tutorials and panels is October 31st 2003. The submission deadline for posters is December 5th 2003.

Go to the ASIS&T web site for more details on submitting your paper:

www.asis.org/Conferences/IA04/index.html

--Margaret Hanley
Technical Chair
IA Summit 2004

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