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Bulletin, August/September 2009

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Irene L. Travis, Editor

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Our annual special section on information architecture (IA) – A Tonic for the Busy Troops – is the centerpiece of this issue and a very fine one. Stacy Surla, our associate editor for IA, has put together a collection selected from presentations at the 2009 IA Summit. As they were coming in, I was already emailing friends saying that a number of the articles were going to be must-reads. Immediate utility and impact were Stacy’s selection criteria, and she certainly implemented them well: lots of very timely information for practitioners and some fine thought-pieces. Stacy’s introduction says it all in terms of what’s there and why. Don’t miss it.

Our feature article is another one not to miss. Marko Rodriguez writes about the Web of Data – the RDF (Resource Description Framework) side of the web – and the problems of exploiting it. Whether you are an RDF novice or someone for whom RDF is daily fare, Marko’s ideas and insights will intrigue you. It’s an outstanding contribution.

As though that weren’t enough, we also have our first video clips in this issue – fittingly in one of the IA articles. Adaptive Path IA senior practitioner Kate Rutter considers organizational change through the metaphor of slime mold behavior – and we get to see the amoebas sensing their environment, reorganizing and moving on. One small slither for the slime mold; one large step for the Bulletin.

On the ASIS&T side, President Donald Case outlines the Society’s response to proposed revisions in the accreditation criteria for LIS schools that the American Library Association is now considering. Some of the proposed changes could have a big impact, particularly on schools that emphasize programs besides traditional librarianship, including, of course, IS and IA. 

In short, it’s an issue with excellent discussion on cutting-edge challenges, and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did while preparing it.