Abby Covert is an independent information architect working and living in New York City. With a proven track record in establishing user-centric practices in a variety of creative environments, Abby has a reputation for stellar information architecture work in a variety of consulting contexts.
Abby holds credit for inventing World Information Architecture Day. The inaugural event was held in 2012 serving 14 locations; IA was celebrated on that day by over 1600 attendees globally. World IA Day 2015 looks to serve 25 locations. Since its inception, World IA Day has reached 10,000 attendees globally.
Because of her continued service within the IA community, Abby was elected as the President of the Information Architecture Institute in 2014. Abby teaches information architecture at Parsons the New School and The School of Visual Arts.
Professor David Nicholas
David Nicholas is the Director of the CIBER research group (http://ciber-research.eu). The group is best known for monitoring behaviours in the virtual space, especially in regard to the virtual scholar and the Google Generation, which has been featured widely in the media, including BBC TV. David is also a professor at the University of Tennessee, University of Northumbria and Tomsk State University (Siberia). Previously David was Head of the Department of Information Studies at University College London (2004 – 2011) and previous to that was Head of the Department of Information Science at City University, London. David’s interests also include the digital consumer, mobile information (information on-the-go), e-book and e-journal usage and scholarly communications. David has undertaken more than 70 funded research studies, published more than a dozen books and over four-hundred peer reviewed articles.