This post is primarily for Indian information architects, or for you if you are interested to make a career in IA, or if you want to get involved and participate in IA events, in India.
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Information Architecture (IA) In India
In India, we see some exceptional events related to technical communication. However I feel that we do not have any ‘IA specific’ event in India.
There may be occasional and city-level meet ups, but as information architects, we should have a bit formal structure to plan for IA events. In last few weeks, I approached a few experienced communicators in my community (LinkedIn, facebook, and other online media) and many communicators say that they would welcome something for IA that helps Indian community know more about IA and IA practices, to understand its role and importance in product development, and the related business and career opportunities.
IAI and WIAD
In 2013, I planned an organized an event in Chandigarh, as CoMoDay 2013 (The Content Motorists Day).
While planning the same event for 2014 (current year), I explored IAI. IAI (The Information Architecture Institute) is a professional organization, operated by a dedicated, multi-national group of people who are committed to promoting the concept, craft and community of information architecture.
IAI organized its first WIAD (World Information Architecture Day) in 2012, with the objective to bring the global IA community together.
Being an IAI member (http://www.iainstitute.org/en/members/), I have been closely watching this annual event.
Please see http://2012.worldiaday.org/ for more details on the event that was organized in 14 different cities. Now it has been an annual affair; check out http://2013.worldiaday.org/ and http://worldiaday.org/ for details (it has expanded from 14 cities in 2012 to 24 cities in 2014).
WIAD 2015 in India
I approached IAI few weeks back to know if I could have WAID 2015 in India, and they are excited. So, here we go.
If you are an IA, OR if you are interested to make a career in IA, OR if you want to get involved and participate in IA events, please send me some basic details listed at the end of this email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we have some numbers, I shall coordinate with IAI (Kate, Bev, Erin, and the team), to plan for WAID 2015, in India.
- Your Full Name:
- Email (preferably a Google account if you have because I plan to use a Google group for this purpose):
- Current Position/Title:
- Current Employer (Mention if you are self-employed):
- Current City:
- LinkedIn Profile URL:
Any questions, let me know at:
- Twitter: @vingar
- Email: email@example.com
PS: I got your contact details from multiple sources, particularly the IAI member directory and from LinkedIn. Please let me know if (a) you have an alternate email ID where I can contact you for IA in India (b) you do not want me to contact you for this purpose.
[Post update on 05 July 2014: Unfortunately, it did not work out the way I had planned for. So, I am not going forward; sad to conclude it here itself. If you sent me your details for your interest in IA in India, wish you good luck for other such opportunities.]