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UPA Monthly: February 2009

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The monthly newsletter of the Usability Professionals' Association

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If you would like to learn more about your Board of Directors.

Usability in the News

New Usability Standard Punches its Weight (Usabilitynews.com, 7 Feb 2009)
"A revised version of the human-centred design standard ISO 13407, renamed ISO 9241-210, is now out for public comment. This international standard, which aims to ensure that interactive systems have usability at the heart of their design, is endorsed in the UK by many organisations including Usability Professionals Association, the Office of Government Commerce and the Equality and Human Rights Commission."

Wikipedia hopes to make editing user-friendly (The Age, 4 Dec 2008)
"Concerned that many would-be contributors to Wikipedia are being scared away, the foundation that runs the internet encyclopedia is getting an $US890,000 grant to try to make the editing process more user-friendly."

The Internet In 2020: Mobile And Mean (InformationWeek, 17 Dec 2008)
"A Pew Internet & American Life Project prediction suggests voice recognition and touch interfaces will become more prevalent."

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UPA News & Events

UPA 2.0 - A NEW HORIZON - by Silvia Zimmermann and Dan Szuc
In January 2009, the UPA Board of Directors met in Portland to outline the UPA Strategic Goals and Visions for 2009 and the next 3-5 years. It was a fruitful and productive time as we looked ahead at how the UPA can develop its full potential and become the association we all think we want it to be. We discussed how the UPA can learn more from leading industry trends, market shifts, our membership, and our regional leadership & partners.

UPA MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
The 2008 UPA member satisfaction survey is under way. Add your input and help align our strategic five-year plan with the needs and requirements of our members.
For further questions please contact Trent Mankelow - marketing2008@usabilityprofessionals.org

USABILITY BODY OF KNOWLEDGE
The Usability Body of Knowledge (BoK) project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the usability profession and provides an authoritative source of reference and define the scope of the profession.
Learn more - http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_projects/body_of_knowledge/bok.html

Learn more about UPA Chapters
Contact: chapters@usabilityprofessionals.org

Join the Chapters Group

Sponsor a Young Professional
The UPA Student and Young Professionals Board is happy to announce that Apogee - www.apogeehk.com has donated sponsorship of 8 x UPA student memberships.
Contact: info@apogeehk.com for more details on eligibility

Events

UPA 2009 - Bringing Usab ility to Life
Will be held in Portland, Oregon on June 8-12, 2009

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Keep your member profile up to date, so you don't miss any mail.

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UPA Publications

User Experience Magazine: Usability in Transportation Volume 7, Issue 4
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/user_experience/past_issues/2008-4.html

UPA Voice
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/upa_voice/

UPA - Journal of Usability Studies - November 2008: Volume 4, Issue 1
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/jus/

Designing the User Experience Poster
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_publications/ux_poster.html

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VISIT THE UPA STORE

No, we can't pre-package usability, but you can buy conference and other UPA materials to help you develop and promote usability in your own organization.
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/upa_store/index.html

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Usability RESOURCES

http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/usability_resources

LINKEDIN – Networking among UP A members and more
Do you want to find quickly and easily other UPA members with similar backgrounds and needs? Join us on LinkedIn today.

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Thanks to Our Contributors

  • Pauline de Robert (UK Chapter), French
  • Silvia Zimmermann (Swiss Chapter), German
  • Alberto Lacalle (Spanish Chapter), Spanish
  • Michele Visciola (UPA Italia), Italian
  • Adriana Betiol (Brazil Chapter), Portuguese
  • Yaniv Michaeli (UPA Israel), Hebrew
  • Daniel Novichkov (UPA Russia), Russian
  • Denny Huang (UPA China), Chinese
  • Tadashi Kobayashi (HCD-Net), Toyohiro Kanayama (UPA), Japanese
  • Ali Berkman, Turkish
  • Daniel Szuc (UPA China-Hong Kong), English, News scout

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** UPA 2009 **
UPA 2009: Bringing Usability to Life will be held in Portland, Oregon USA on June 8-12, 2009. istration opens February 23, 2009. Registration opens February 23, 2009. http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/conference/2009/


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