Our work as information architects and UX designers is no longer confined to web pages or even the browser. We design and shape digital solutions for an ever more complex world full of connected things. And we rarely do this from scratch. The contexts are often so complex that we cannot define every detail and aspect of our solution.
We are challenged to architect systems
- which are ecosystems of connected devices
- which provide cross-channel user experiences
- where humans can barely intervene in the cybernetic interplay of sensors, processors and actuators (e.g. in logistics)
- where algorithms do the job and humans are hired for sub-tasks (e.g in financial or legal services)
- where businesses and networks drive their power from connectedness
- for internet of things devices
What role do we information architects play within these realms? With our specific skills and heritage, how can we contribute to them? How do we practice information architecture for connected things? What are the results of work already accomplished in this area, which solutions have proven right and what challenges do we still face?
Finally, what are the cultural and ethical consequences of such complex systems of connected things? It is our responsibility to shape solutions that are not only efficient and helpful but also respect the privacy of individuals and communicate accurately the extent to which people are sharing their data.
At the EuroIA 2016 conference, we will bring together IA & UX practitioners and people from other fields of practice who are all structuring and shaping environments of connected things. The conference will offer a mix of theoretical and practical material, with talks and workshops both for beginners and advanced practitioners. We will be offering a dedicated track for senior information architects.
We hope to see you there!