A new networking community called Catalyze.org has made its debut. In Beta, its niche is the usability industry, specifically business analysts and user experience professionals. Anyone involved in web site design will find something of interest there.
The homepage features immediate links to blog and forum posts. The last column is set aside for files. Additional sections target education, events, a jobs board and articles. It is joint venture provided by the International Institute of Business Analysis and the Usability Professionals Association.
From their About Us page:
Catalyze is a member-driven community for all professionals involved in defining business systems, designing software applications and creating websites. If you are a business analyst, usability professional, UI designer, information architect, interaction designer, product manager, project manager or anyone else involved in the definition process of software applications, this community is for you and will be worth your time.
Professionals approach application definition from many different angles and this community will “catalyze” or gather strength from all points of view to heighten the importance of this space. The challenges, issues and topics are similar across all of these professional functions, and Catalyze is the first community to bridge these diverse disciplines.
Catalyze is free to join. You don’t have to be a member to gain access to all the content, but once you do register, your experience with the site is more robust, intuitive and designed to permit more networking.