Wakefield, MA—The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) significantly revamped its structure in order to provide increased opportunities for members to collaborate on solutions to imaging challenges and to better serve organizations affected by the new imaging ecosystem.
I3A believes that the imaging industry, once a well-defined, vertically oriented industry comprised of core leaders and supporting processors and retailers, has evolved into a “well-defined industry transformed into a horizontally oriented ecosystem with many new players and new areas of focus.” First digital imaging, then mobile imaging and most recently social media have become important parts of the way users capture and share pictures.
In order to effectively address the needs of this new imaging ecosystem, I3A has reinvented itself to provide additional value and a place to collaborate for all players in the imaging market. The effort has two facets: new membership categories and benefits; and reorganization into eight horizontal, focused interest groups.
“I3A’s new structure will deliver greater value to each segment of the new imaging marketplace,” said Lisa Walker, president of I3A. “We believe that the changes we are implementing will provide all participants with increased benefits, as well as improved service and value to the wide range of entities that make up today’s imaging ecosystem. What does not change is I3A’s commitment to the fast development and delivery of the highest quality technical standards and programs that address and solve significant imaging challenges.”
The new membership structure streamlines membership levels from three to two: I3A’s former associate and participating membership levels are merged into a single “regular” membership level. In addition, I3A has increased value at all membership levels by including more automatic benefits, such as a seat on the Image Technology Committee of a member’s choice.
The eight new interest groups are: mobile imaging; image preservation; photo books; digital photography; metadata; photo sharing; advocacy; and health imaging. These groupings are designed to offer greater and more immediate involvement for all members, allowing them to target resources in the area where they have the most interest, and affording more collaboration opportunities with companies with similar objectives.
The interest groups will function as communities—forums where like-minded members can identify problems and work together, through initiatives and development of standards, to generate solutions to issues affecting their businesses. i3a.org