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From: marvin hunkin
Date: Sep 21, 2006 8:30PM





From: russ - maxdesign < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
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Subject: [WSG Announce] Introducing the Web Industry Professionals
Association (WIPA)
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 19:14:02 +1000

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This email will cover:

- Introducing the Web Industry Professionals Association Incorporated (WIPA)
- What is WIPA?
- Who is WIPA for?
- Aren't there already enough Web Associations in Australia?
- Does it cost to join?
- So why join?
- Some upcoming events
- Our initial committee
- We need your help!


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INTRODUCING WIPA
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For the last four years, members of the Web community have been discussing
and debating the formation of an industry Association for Web Professionals.
The idea has also been discussed at numerous Web Standards Group meetings
since its inception.

Over the last eight months we have gradually been working towards this goal.
The wait is finally over...

We are very excited and proud to announce the Web Industry Professionals
Association Incorporated (WIPA) - for Australian Web Professionals.

http://wipa.org.au/


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WHAT IS WIPA?
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The Web Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) will focus on broader
issues and objectives such as:

- Provide information and assistance to Web industry professionals through
forums, mail lists, seminars, events and workshops
- Provide assistance to individuals who are trying to enter the Web industry
- Lobby governments and decision makers, when required, on behalf of Web
Industry Professionals
- Educate the broader public about roles and responsibilities of Web
Professionals
- Be a catalyst for change within the Web Industry
- With the assistance of different sectors of the industry, prepare best
practice guidelines and policies for dissemination to members
- Work with other industry and special interest groups to improve the Web
Industry
- Together with Port80, run the Australian Web Awards

The Web Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) is a democratic
organisation with elected office bearers.


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WHO IS WIPA FOR?
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WIPA is an association for all web professionals including:
Project managers, website producers, web developers, information architects,
web designers, application developers, web content writers, web researchers,
interface developers, usability specialists, accessibility specialists, web
indexers, Web Security specialists, Interaction specialists, Search Engine
Optimisation specialists and more.


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AREN'T THERE ALREADY ENOUGH WEB ASSOCIATIONS IN AUSTRALIA?
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There are currently a range of Web related Associations within Australia
including the Web Standards Group, Internet Industry Association, the
Australian Interactive Media Association and the Australian arm of the
Internet Advertising Bureau.

All of these Associations have their place, but none of them focus
exclusively on the needs of the wide range of Web Industry Professionals
working in Australia.


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DOES IT COST TO JOIN?
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The Web Industry Professionals Association will soon be inviting Web
Professionals to join the association. Membership fees will be announced
after the first committee meeting.

Membership applications will be available within the near future.


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SO WHY JOIN?
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- Keep up with industry news and events
- Participate in industry based discussions
- Receive reduced ticket costs to WIPA events
- Have a say in how the industry develops in Australia
- Post jobs ads on the WIPA Network
- Post individual profiles on the WIPA network

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SOME UPCOMING EVENTS
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Port80 and WIPA will shortly be announcing details about the first
Australian Web Awards which will start with state based awards and culminate
in a National Award, including an Award Ceremony to be held in Canberra in
June 2007.

There is also a possibility that Webstock may be organising a New Zealand
Award to co-inside with the Australian Web Awards.

There will be a series of planned events throughout next year on a variety
of topics such as 'Improving Flash accessibility', 'What role interactive
Television?', 'Designing for new web technologies', 'Facing the pressure: a
day in the life of a creative'.

More information on the Port80/WIPA Australian Web Awards and other WIPA
events to come soon!


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OUR INITIAL COMMITTEE
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The Foundation Committee includes representatives from a wide variety of
professions:

Priscilla Brice-Weller - Oxfam
Gavin Dispain - Department of the Environment and Heritage
Andrew Downie - NSW Department of Education and Training
Lisa Herrod - Access Testing
Roger Hudson - Web Usability
Dominique Lee - NineMSN
Belinda Lego - NSW Sport and Recreation
Donna Maurer - Maadmob
Kay Smoljak - Clever Starfish
Joe di Stefano - Tribal DDB
Russ Weakley - Max Design

At the first Annual General meeting the committee and all office bearers
will be elected.


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WE NEED YOUR HELP!
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The Web Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) is community-based. We
will soon be inviting all web industry professionals to join the
Association.


Thanks
Russ






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Hi.
all you web designers and web accessability gurus.
thought i would post this as to help this association develop accessible
websites.
cheers Marvin.