February Meeting | Tagging: It's the Interface Stupid!

A presentation by Joseph A. Busch, Founder and Principal, Taxonomy Strategies LLC

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: GSI Commerce, Inc., 935 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA (map)
RSVP: Please let us know if you are coming at phillyCHI@gmail.com

Interest in content user-assigned tags is one of the big new stories on the Web. But content tagging is not a new story. What’s new about Web 2.0 is that end users are doing the tagging instead of librarians, and the results are being shown almost instantly on websites like flickr, del.icio.us, Wikipedia, and Technorati.Librarians have long contended that end users cannot usefully tag content because they are not trained in how to do indexing. More correctly, end users cannot tag content the way librarians tag content. But this begs the question about what kind of tagging is useful.

Joseph will discuss the usefulness to be found in tagging as it relates to librarians and usability professionals, the Semantic Web, and document and content management practices.

Joseph Busch is the Founder and a Principal of Taxonomy Strategies. Joseph is an authority in the field of information science, a past President of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and an appointee to the Board of Directors of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. He is a frequent speaker on metadata, taxonomy, indexing, classification research, information retrieval, and content management. Read more about Joseph at Taxonomy Strategies.

GSI CommerceThe February meeting is sponsored by GSI Commerce, Inc. in King of Prussia, PA. GSI Commerce is a leading provider of outsourced e-commerce solutions for approximately 50 partners. More information about GSI COmmerce, Inc. can be found at gsicommerce.com.

February Happy Hour

Open Bar, Good Conversation, and Networking

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: Bar Noche – 1901 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia (http://www.noche215.com)
RSVP: Appreciated but not necessary at phillyCHI@gmail.com.
* Please pass this along to anyone you think will be interested! Thanks.*

MissionStaffJoin us Thursday, February 15th for drinks and networking in Center City Philadelphia. Our sponsor this month is MissionStaff, a full-service IT staffing firm based in Center City Philadelphia. MissionStaff places professionals in the fields of Web and Application Development, Database Administration, Business Analysis / Project Management and User Experience Design / Information Architecture. They provide contract staffing services as well as direct placement to a client concentration that spans from Princeton, NJ to Wilmington, DE. You can find out more about MissionStaff at their website at www.MissionStaff.com.

During 2007, phillyCHI will host a happy hour every third Thursday of the month, giving folks interested in HCI a chance to get together to socialize. So mark your calendars and please join us!

January Meeting: PhillyCHI Design Slam 1

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2006
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Levine 307, UPenn Campus 3301 Walnut, Philadelphia PA
Map of the building: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/mapsBldgs/view_map.php3?id=407

Sign up now!
If you would like to participate, please RSVP Now. Why now? We may need to cap attendance.

What’s a “design slam”?
During the meeting, participants will be teamed and introduced to a full-fledged hypothetical project, including appropriate client-side deliverables. They’ll then have an opportunity to interview key players on the client’s team. The session will conclude with proposal presentations from each of the groups to the “clients” and the assembled audience.

Then the “clients” team will choose a winner. Members of the winning team will receive a plethora of praise from your peers and perhaps an award.

What’s in it for me?
This is a chance for interested IAs, designers and usability practitioners to get their hands dirty working side by side with colleagues as they tackle tough business problems in a fun and sometimes crazy environment. Knowledge transfer, technique sharing, and a social atmosphere makes this session stand out from the garden-variety “lecture-and-powerpoint” presentation.

Those that want to participate need to be at the meeting by 6:15pm at the latest. The client team will be introducing the design challenge promptly at 6:25.

If you do not want to participate due to not being able to get to the meeting on-time or a severe case of social phobia, fear not! We would like to have an audience during this session to play the role of users, and help choose the winning team.

This idea is shamelessly stolen (with permission) from the IA Summit’s IA Slam.For more information about the IA Slam, visit http://www.e-reiss.com/Seminars.aspx

December Meeting: PHICHI Holiday Party

Mark your calendar for the PHICHI Holiday Party on Friday, December 15th!

Join us in celebrating the holidays! We have a terrific night planned with lots of good food, drinks and surprises! This will be a great opportunity to combine celebrating the holiday season with getting to know your fellow PHICHI members better. We also hope you’ll take this opportunity to become better acquainted with the new officers and volunteers for ’07!

When: Friday, December, 15th
6:30 – 9:30 PM
**Try to arrive on time to take advantage of our one hour open bar.**

Where: Noche
1901 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(conveniently located within 4 blocks of Suburban Station)
Parking options

RSVP: Not required, but appreciated. Please send RSVPs to phillychi at gmail dot com.

This event would not be possible without the support of our proud sponsors, GSI Commerce and Usable Interface:

GSI Commerce (http://www.gsicommerce.com) is a leading provider of outsourced e-commerce solutions for over 50 partners in the United States. GSI’s integrated e-commerce platform offers services in three areas: technology, logistics and customer care, and marketing services. Headquartered in King of Prussia with two fulfillment centers in Kentucky, and customer care centers in Florida and Wisconsin, and presence in the international market as well with GSI Commerce Europe, Inc.

Usable Interface (http://www.usableinterface.com) is an independent consulting company specializing in product usability and user interface design. Usable Interface provides consulting services in the areas of: user research, usability testing, interaction design, and information architecture.

'07 Officers

The new PhillyCHI chapter officers for 2007 will be…
Chair: Dave Cooksey
Vice Chair: Bill Bulman
Secretary: Crystal Kubitsky
Treasurer: Amber Derosa

Congratulations to all the new officers!

2007 PhillyCHI Officers

All Smiles: Amber, Bill, Dave, and Crystal.