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Linking Hypertext Researchers & Information Architecture Practitioners

The theme for the Hypertext 2012 conference (June 25-28, Milwaukee, WI, USA) is building systems for linking people, data, resources and stories. This workshop, "Linking Hypertext Researchers & Information Architecture Practitioners," will try to connect hypertext researchers and information architecture practitioners, establishing professional relationships that will help enable more and better people-data-resource-story linking systems in the future.

Key dates

  • June 25: Workshop
  • TBD: Position papers accepted and final workshop prep begins
  • TBD: Call for participation ends
  • TBD: Call for participation begins
  • TBD: Workshop committee established
  • February 26: Workshop committee recruiting starts
  • January 30: Workshop proposal accepted

More details on the "Linking Hypertext Researchers & Information Architecture Practitioners" workshop are coming....

Past, related efforts

Addressing gaps between researchers and practitioners with the broader user experience field has been getting more attention lately:

The information architecture practitioners have made several attempts over the years to connect with researchers, mostly in library science:

Examples from the flip side - where hypertext researchers have attempted to close the gaps with practitioners - have also happened over the years, but not as much recently.

Perhaps the most useful artifact for helping practitioners understand the existing literature has been Jakob Nielsen's book Multimedia and Hypertext, with its many references to the HCI and hypertext research literature.

Using a hypertext-related conference workshop to help bridge the research-practice gap has been done in several different contexts:

Paul Kahn's keynote at the Hypertext 2001 conference is probably the most prominent recognition that hypertext research can benefit from the practice of information architecture. A few quotes from the abstract:

  • "It is possible to link things well but far easier to link things badly...Information architecture for the web is the practice of connecting things well..."
  • "A major part of information architecture for the web is the design of hypertext. Information architects analyze, plan, organize, visualize, design."
  • "This talk will explore current best practices in the design and organization of online publications. What can hypertext research learn from these practices?"

All of these past efforts provide background material for this workshop to build upon.

Current efforts

As different branches of user experience professionals have matured, they have started to reach out to research communities to help provide a foundation for their profession. The UPA Body of Knowledge is an example.

For the information architecture profession, Research and Practice in IA lays out some action items and resources that will help with IA research-practice challenges. Recent activities include:

These recent activities provide a set of ideas for workshop topics.

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