2007 Annual Meeting
|Social Information Architecture Workshop|
Full Day Seminar, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, 9:00am-5:00pm (separate fee)
The rise of social media and sharing sitesólike YouTube, Digg and Flickróhas meant new challenges for information architects. Such sites demonstrate how the information discovery experience is enriched by the addition of a social dimension. IAs working on findability for all sorts of sites must consider adding a social dimension to the information sharing and discovery experience. In addition to their usual bag of tricks, they can
incorporate new classification techniques like tagging,
anticipate social uses of information and design for sharability,
create architectures for user-created content, and
design feedback loops that change their architecture in response to user input.
This workshop will collect the latest research, techniques and case studies into a one-day session for intermediate and advanced IAs. By the end of the session participants will learn
social software fundamentals,
the secrets of successful tagging applications,
how to design for sharing,
how to incorporate real-time feedback into their architectures,
navigation design for social media,
social IA for intranets, portals and collaborative sites.
This workshop will mix theory with hands-on activities and real-world examples and case studies.
Thomas Vander Wal
In Thomas' more than 18 years as a professional in information services and web he has worked in many industries and in many roles. He has always been the problem solver and the person who can see the big picture and put it into details to get it accomplished.
Thomas coined folksonomy in 2004 as part of his interest with how a novel approach to tagging aids a person refinding information and is also used to augment other information structuring methods so to help other people find information.
Thomas also presents and trains at many conferences, workshops, and in-house events. In 2005 Thomas presented and lead discussions at more than 15 events across the U.S. and Europe on a broad range of topics including: folksonomy, Personal InfoCloud, social software, information architecture, design, web standards, ubiquitous computing (ubicomp), tagging, and designing for use and reuse of information across devices.