Earlier today I delivered a presentation called “The Evolution of Information Architecture” at the Colloquium on Information Architecture being hosted by the École normale supérieure in Lyon, France.
The presentation ran for just under an hour, followed by a half hour of good questions, primarily from the students who are taking the Master’s program in IA being offered at the École.
The focus of the presentation was primarily on the history of Information Architecture and how it is changing as IA techniques are more readily applied outside of the web. In addition to talking about what and how I teach my IA courses at the University of Toronto’s iSchool, I also talked about my work as a consultant with Mekon working with Information Architects seeking to move from unstructured to structured content. And yes, I do mention DITA and how it has become one of the prevalent XML schemes for writing technical documentation.
The presentation was not recorded, but for those who are interested in seeing it, the original Prezi version of the presentation is available here, here is a PDF version of the presentation, and here it is on SlideShare.