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The special section in this issue is devoted to health informatics. My thanks to Prudence Dalrymple, our guest editor, and her authors for a broad look at developments in this field. Topics include standardized nursing terminologies, public health informatics, e-health, big data in pharmaceutical and other health informatics applications and the use of visioning to explore the potential of future technologies.

Our two feature articles focus on information architecture (IA) and taxonomies, respectively. Nate Davis argues that structure is a defining element of IA as a field, while Marjorie Hlava details for practitioners how a taxonomy can be integrated with a database or website application.

Inside ASIS&T gives the flavor of two recent ASIS&T events: the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit and Information Architecture (IA) Summit. Our annual issues on these topics will be in August/September and October/November. Our RDAP Review columnist for this issue is Rachel Mandell from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her topic is the UCLA data registry.

Finally, on the President's Page, ASIS&T president Andrew Dillon discusses the future of our Association in the context of declining membership among all scholarly societies.