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World IA Day

The average information user today expects a highly efficient and attractive

experience. As user anticipation rises with the volume of data, Information

Architects are ever more in demand. On February 21, 2015, several students and

faculty from USF participated in World Information Architecture Day (WIAD), held

for the first time in downtown Tampa. Joined together with locations in 24 countries

and 38 cities, participants collaborated and discussed how best to shape the future

of Information Architecture. USF School of information’s Dr. Heiko Haubitz joined

other professionals and fielded questions about how Information Architects could

create structures to promote a happier customer experience. Attendees also

participated in workshops focused on solving real-world information architecture

problems, specifically in a non-profit environment.

Bachelor of Science in Information Studies student Nanchy Velez expressed appreciation at the event’s

focus on user experience assessment. The occasion gave her greater insight into

how these important evaluations go much deeper than basic questionnaires.

Because the event was so successful at bringing together information professionals,

students, and design enthusiasts, planning is already started for the next WIAD.

For more information about WIAD: http://2015.worldiaday.org/what-is-world-ia-

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