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Rooftop Garden New York City

New York City 2024

New York United States


North America

We are planning our celebration! If you would like to volunteer, sponsor, or attend in person (seats are limited) please get in touch: newyork @

Our global theme this year is Context and you can read more about it here:

Our local sub-themes this year are Accessibility and Semiotics Web. We have an exciting line up of speakers including accessibility experts.

There is a $35 fee to attend in person payable directly to the NoMad venue for their day pass when you arrive. Lunch will not be provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own. NoMad offers coffee, tea, or water only in the cafe area.

If you would like to attend our celebration virtually on Zoom, it is free! Please register below. We will update our content frequently in the upcoming days. We look forward to seeing you! If you do not want to sign up on meetup, please get in touch via email: newyork @

Join Information Architecture Gateway (IAG) meetup here:

Join W3C Information Architecture Community Group (IACG) and plan for W3C Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) 24:

A few people asked about the photo. It is a view of Manhattan New York City from Building 92 rooftop garden at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


Event date
Sat, 2 March 2024


Saturday March 2, 2024

10am - 4pm EST (NY USA)

10am Convene & Welcome, Dr. Ryan Letts

Opening Keynote:
10:30am Christina NemrWhose Context Is It Anyway? Preserving Information Integrity in an Age of Contextual Complexity

Ensuring the integrity of the information landscape at the macro level is paramount for building and sustaining trust, the basis of cohesive, functioning societies. Yet information intake and resonance is a micro level experience. Context shapes how we consume, understand, and act on information about the world around us. This talk will delve into the intricate relationship between context and the information environment, specifically looking at the impact of context on the spread and resonance of misleading or manipulated information. How does context mold perceptions, beliefs, and actions and what does that mean for fortifying information integrity?

11am Dr. Jeffrey Allen, IA of AI Part II, Taking the Aies! out of AI for IA

After teaching linguistics at universities in the US and France for 10 years, Jeff Allen started working on AI-enabled technologies in 1995. He was at the leading AI research institute in the world (LTI of Carnegie Mellon University), at solution providers such as Systran, Reverso, TransPerfect, Mycom, at the primary language database warehouse in Europe (ELDA/ELRA), at multinational buyers of language AI systems (Caterpillar, SAP) and provided AI solutions for dozens of renowned enterprise level customers.

This session is part two as a deep-dive of last year's presentation. While working for the AI Engineering department at SAP over the past year, Jeff has been putting together a series of videos on how AI technologies are impacting each individual role in production workflows across various industries/sectors. For this conference, Jeff will focus on the impact for those in Information Architecture related roles. He will also cover how AI is dependent on context, and how Semiotics plays an important role with multi-dimensional views. Examples of AI in the music industry will help reveal the extent to which AI is both at an advanced stage concerning Legacy AI approaches, and yet also in its infancy with regard to the GenAI approach.  At the end of the session, he hopes that the audience will have a better understanding of how the technology hype cycle and fear-based media have been positioning AI as a menace rather than a way to boost and enhance the human intelligence element of technology use.

11:30am Dr. Ole Olesen-BagneuxOn Information Architecture and Data Catalogs

Data catalogs were conceived by computer scientists and programmers. However, implementations of this technology often fail. The main reason is that exactly the information architectural element is neglected, making data stored in haphazard structures with low retrievability. Furthermore, the most suited technology, a knowledge graph, is a rare occurrence as the technological foundation under data catalogs, resulting in poor search capabilities. In this talk, Ole presents Information Architecture as a key to unlock the potential success of a data catalog. 

12:00pm Lunch & Meetup, Rachel Patterson and Lisa Najarian

Afternoon Keynote:
01:00pm Dr. Henry Neeman, Research Computing Community of Practice Microcredentials and Macrocredentials

The Certified Cyberinfrastructure Facilitator Training & Development (CCIFTD) program is developing microcredentials (badges) that can be aggregated into a professional development certification. CCIFTD is based on the highly successful Research Computing Facilitators Virtual Residency program, which trains professionals who work with researchers to help them learn and use large-scale and advanced computing, to improve and expand the computing/data-intensive aspects of their research. In this presentation, we'll explore the Virtual Residency and CCIFTD, and hear about progress and experience in developing the badges and certification.

Afternoon Panel:
01:45pm Shari Thurow, Janina Sajka, Eugene WooInformation Architecture and Accessibility: Fostering Innovation Through Inclusive Design

In this panel, we explore the dynamic relationship between organizing information and ensuring accessibility. This intersection not only enhances usability but also drives innovation by embracing diverse user needs and experiences. Through inclusive design practices, we pave the way for creative solutions that benefit all users, regardless of their abilities or limitations.

Join us and learn how to integrate accessibility into your IA workflow, enhancing inclusivity while streamlining your design and development processes.

03:30pm Q&A, Discussion, Wrap up, Chris Novell, Rachel Patterson, and Lisa Najarian

04:00pm Adjourn