Saturday, March 14, 2009

Information Architecture Summit '09 Recap at Wayne State

What: Information Architecture Summit, Detroit Recap
Where: Kresge Library Auditorium, Wayne State University
When: Thursday, March 26, 11:00 am

The 10th Information Architecture Summit will be March 20-22 in Memphis, The IA Summit is the premier event for the IA community and represents the state of the art of the field. Hear from people who attended this session to get an overview of what happened at the conference and what you need to know as an information architect in today's rapidly changing world. Check out the conference program at and come prepared to ask questions about what intrigues you. Panelists will talk about their favorite (or least favorite) sessions from others and may talk a little about what they presented at the conference.


Peter Morville is President of Semantic Studios and co-author of the Polar Bear book. He is presenting a pre-conference session on IA 3.0 at the Summit.

Keith Instone is the Information architecture lead for He is helping to organize the Content Strategy consortium at the Summit.

Chris Farnum is a Senior Information Architect at Enlighten. He is giving a talk on remote user research at the Summit.

Heidi Blanton is an Information Science student at Wayne State University and President of the ASIS&T student chapter. She is attending the summit as a student volunteer.

The panel session will be recorded and streamed live for virtual participants via UStream. If you are interested in attending please RSVP.

There will be a meet and greet after the panel on the 3rd Floor of the Kresge Library, refreshments will be served.

is available at several garages on the WSU campus. For visitors, parking is $3.50 at the gate, quarters or dollar bills only.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Web Standards and Accessibility Presentation

We want to thank Nick DeNardis for his wonderful presentation on web standards and accessibility today. Nick gave us an overview of the topics and presented us with a great list of resources at the end of the presentation, which I will post here as well.

First though I want to post the video of today’s presentation. This is the first time that ASIS&T used UStream to stream a presentation live. We still have some things to learn, but it was great to see people participating and viewing online as the presentation was taking place. The room was really too large for our purposes, and the video and audio quality were about as good as my web cam would allow (oh and Nick has a much louder speaking voice than I do, I'm apparently afraid of microphones!) But one really great thing about ASIS&T is we get the opportunity to play with new tools and services all the time, and it was certainly great to include virtual participants in a live event.

Nick’s slides are difficult to read in the video, but you can follow along with the slides included here.

Nick DeNardis Presentation Slides

We got a wonderful list of resources that seem too good not to share with everybody.

Opera Web Standards Curriculum

The W3C Markup Validation Service

Section 508: The Road to Accessibility

jQuery: The Write Less, Do More JavaScript Library

My DebugBar | IETester

Cynthia Says – Accessibility Tester

A bonus link from Nick later in the day:

Web Development Tools – What’s in your web toolbelt?

And a bonus link from Deborah who participated in our UStream chat room:

Understanding Web Accessibility Obstacles

We would like to thank Nick for this very educational presentation, and those who took time out of their schedules to join us in person or online. As Wayne State students it’s great to see these techniques put into place on many of the websites we use every day.