IA Summit 2004

XIA@UT: An Extreme Makeover

We have been selected to participate in the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Information Architecture Summit to be held in Austin, Texas from 27-29 February 2004. Woohoo!

These pages will serve as our work area as we prepare for the summit.

Our abstract

XIA@UT: An Extreme Makeover

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) library system, the General Libraries, encompasses over seventeen different physical facilities and 8 million volumes. In addition to maintaining the physical collection, the General Libraries embraces the virtual world through its web sites. An enormous undertaking, the library web presence attempts to meet the needs of many, if not all, potential library users.

For a class project, a group of graduate students in the university's School of Information re-engineered portions of the General Libraries web site to create a jump-start portal for researchers. The intent was to design a web site that would help new or experienced library visitors to maximize the research potential of the library, according to their unique research needs. The graduate student team used a new set of information architecture (IA) methods, XIA (extreme information architecture - based on the extreme programming methodology), to organize and frame their development work as they cooperated to redesign elements of the UT library web site as a research portal. The XIA team sought to advance the state of the art in conceptualizing IA by adopting a more modular approach to development and conceptualizing the library services. New and cutting-edge technologies, including Cascading Style Sheets, XML and a web services architecture were implemented in the design, transforming the library web site to be more compliant with web standards, and easily upgradeable as technologies change.

This presentation will discuss the process of designing the research portal of the web site, with emphasis on the lessons learned by the XIA development team.

Our bios

Jill Burkart is a PhD student in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin with research interests in usability and information architecture.
In addition to her schooling, she is employed full-time as a research scientist with the Institute for Advanced Technology at The University of Texas at Austin.

Leonard Liaw is a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin interested in information architecture, and database as well as multimedia design. Recent works include two Flash company/project demo CDs and a database design for the Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.

Diana Miranda-Murillo was born in Costa Rica, where she obtained her bachelors degree in Library Science. Currently, she is a Masters candidate at The University of Texas at Austin, writing a thesis about the importance of service as part of the library science curriculum. Other interests include: information architecture, databases, and digital libraries.

Andrew Switzky is a Master's candidate at the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are focused on the ways in which people interact with electronic systems. He is interested in looking at how systems may conform to the user, how to apply concepts from social psychology to HCI, and both validating usability heuristics through experimental research and exploring how these heuristics change as society adapts new technologies.

Amaris Vigil received a BA in English and a MS in Information Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

Don Turnbull is an assistant professor in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. Don's teaching and research focuses on designing Web information architectures, information systems analysis, Web searching and Knowledge Management Systems. He has also co-authored a book "Web Work: Information Seeking and Knowledge Work on the World Wide Web" published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 2000. In the nascent days of the World Wide Web, Don was the Lead Technical Architect at IBM Interactive Multimedia, working on the World Book/IBM Multimedia Encyclopedia and other large-scale information architecture design and development projects. See http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~donturn/ for more information.

Our presentation

Summit version - 28 Feb 2004 (almost 1.5MB) - download

Thank you for visiting!

The XIA2003 Team:
Jill Burkart
Leonard Liaw
Diana Miranda
Andy Switzky
Amaris Vigil

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