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Board Meeting Minutes 2005

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2005 Annual Report - mailed to all members in the final 2005 issue of UX Magazine

December 2005

Conference Call - November 2, 2005; 10:00 a.m. CST

  • The first issue of the Journal of Usability Studies was released on November 22
  • Conference acceptance notices will go out on December 9

November 2005

Conference Call - November 11, 2005; 10:00 a.m. CST

  • Approval of the Research Triangle Chapter of UPA
    A motion was made by Dave Mitropoulos-Rundua and seconded by Thyra Rauch to approve the Research Triangle Chapter of UPA. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • Chapters are being organized in India-Chennai, Brazil, and Belgium
  • The first issue of the Journal of Usability Studies is on schedule for a mid-November release.
  • UPA’s LinkedIn group has 344 members.
  • UPA has 2267 members.
  • World Usability Day had events in approximately 100 locations in 34 countries.

October 2005

Conference Call - October 7, 2005; 10:00 a.m. CST

  • Steve Denning will be UPA’s opening plenary speaker for the 2006 conference.
  • The fourth issue of the UX for 2005 will be mailed out in November, and will include the Annual Report.
  • The October issue of the Voice is available on the UPA website.
  • To date, UPA’s LinkedIn group has 330 members.
  • To date, UPA has 2235 members.
  • UPA has 28 chartered chapters.

September 2005

Conference Call - September 2, 2005; 10:00 a.m. CST

  • UPA Code of Conduct Approved
    UPA has approved the Code of Professional Conduct. for use by all UPA members. The new code is posted on the web site, and is listed in the membership information pages.
  • The 2006 Call for Participation opened on August 25
  • The Conference Committee is currently looking for a Publicity Chair, and starting to collect names of reviewers
  • HCD-Net, in Japan, and UPA have confirmed their interest in collaborating on projects of mutual interest
  • The Journal of Usability Studies has begun reviewing their first articles, in preparation for the first issue, planned for November of 2005.
  • To date, there are 60 events in 28 countries scheduled for World Usability Day. UPA is working with CivicSpace, an open source community program, on the web site for the event.

August 2005

Conference Call - August 5, 2005; 10:00 a.m. CST

  • The 2006 Call for Proposals will be posted on the website in mid-August, with a deadline for submissions of September 19
  • The Journal of Usability Studies website is live, and they are accepting submissions.
  • To date, there are 61 events scheduled in 26 countries for World Usability Day.
  • Human Factors International has agreed to be the Title Sponsor for World Usability Day.
  • The UPA Monthly is now in Portuguese in addition to English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
  • The Body of Knowledge project is working on an online survey to help clarify the needs of the BoK audience.

June 2005

Summer Board Meeting - June 25, 2005, Montreal.

Summer 2005 Board Report

The status of UPA membership and projects is good:

  • UPA’s membership continues to increase.
  • As of June 25, there were currently 511 registrations for the 2005 UPA Annual Conference.
  • UPA’s LinkedIn group currently has over 290 members.
  • UPA is currently conducting a Salary Survey.
  • UPA currently has 26 chapters and 12 in formation.
  • UPA is working on a Body of Knowledge for the UPA website.
  • The User Experience printing and editorial vendor  rovides better prices, more pages, and more issues. The User Experience is coming out on a quarterly basis.
  • The first issue of the Journal of Usability Studies is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2005.
  • UPA is currently working on a web redesign contest. The information is scheduled to be released in August.
  • Whitney Quesenbery has been working with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Guidelines Committee on the Design for Democracy Project.
  • UPA is arranging the first annual World Usability Day to be held on November 3, 2005.
  • The 2006 UPA Annual Conference will be held in Broomfield, CO, from June 12-16. The theme for the conference is “Storytelling”.

May 2005

Conference Call - March 4, 2005; 10:00 a.m. CST

  • Kerrie Green announced the new Voice editorial staff of Judy Blostein, Brenda Murray and Natalia Minibayeva. The deadline for articles will be the 22nd of the month before publication. Issues will come out in "even numbered" months (June, August, October, etc).
  • Registrations and hotel rooms for the conference are both doing well.

April 2005

Conference Call - April 8, 2005; 10:00 a.m. CST

  • The UPA Conference Committee is excited to be able to offer Annual Conference Registrants the ability to enjoy the internationally renowned Jazz Fest as the entertainment at this year’s meeting.
  • The UPA Board will be meeting on Saturday, June 25, 2005, immediately preceding the Annual Conference.
  • A motion was made by Richard and seconded by Elizabeth to approve the proposed awards for 2005. They will be presented to the recipients at the conference.

March 2005

Conference Call - March 4, 2005; 10:00 a.m. CST

  • Registration for the 2005 UPA Annual Conference opened on March 1, with conference registration and the advanced program available on the UPA website.
  • UPA's LinkedIn group group currently has about 200 members.
  • The World Usability Day Committee is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested should contact Elizabeth Rosenzweig at eliz@ziffgroup.com.
  • A motion was made by Richard and seconded by Dave to approve a statement to send to the Department of Transportation. The motion was approved unanimously.
  • The Body of Knowledge Committee continues to have monthly phone meetings and is close to defining the format for usability methods. The Body of Knowledge webpage has been posted.
  • The board reviewed the newly approved User Experience magazine editors.

February 2005

Winter Board Meeting - January 22 - 23, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Winter 2005 Board Report

  • In 2004, UPA's membership increased, there was increase in the amount of job postings
  • The Vice President is organizing an event at the conference about the Code of Conduct and will be doing work to make all members aware of it.
  • UPA has began sending out the first dues notice to UPA members via email. We will be tracking responses against a baseline established by the office
  • As of January 22, 2005, the UPA LinkedIn group had about 150 members.
  • The Thursday event at the 2005 UPA Annual Conference will include dinner at the hotel and attendance at the Jazz Fest held in Montreal.
  • DeeDee DeMulling proposed Carol Smith and Stephen Hatfield as the Conference Co-Chairs for the 2006 Annual Conference, and they were accepted by the board.
  • The theme for the 2006 Annual Conference is Storytelling.
  • The date for World Usability Day was set for November 3, 2005. The goal of World Usability Day is to promote usability worldwide.
  • UPA is currently working on providing a members only side to the website.
  • The UPA Board has approved a logo for members to post on their websites. The logo identifies the individual as being a UPA member.

January 2005

Conference Call - January 7, 2005; 10:00 a.m. CST

  • The Conference Commitee held a conference planning session the weekend of December 3 to decide on the schedule for the 2005 UPA Annual Meeting. This work was reported as more efficient and effective than previous phone and email meetings. The program will be announced in late January or early February.
  • Elections were held for the 2005 Board of Directors Executive Committee, with Whitney Quesenbery as President, Richard Bellaver as Vice-President, Thyra Rauch as Secretary/Treasurer.
  • The 2007 UPA Annual Conference will be held from June 11-15, 2007 at the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas.
  • Policies for member use of the UPA logo were approved. They will be implemented and the membership informed as soon as possible.
  • UPA members on LinkedIn can now be identified as part of the UPA group. An announcement about this program will be made by mid-January.
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