IA Institute Newsletter - #5.05 2010

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asis&t Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows and the Web Indexing SIG of the American Society for Indexing. Also, there's a brief list of events with discounts for members and job postings at the end, so read on!


IAI News

  • IDEA Conference Dates Announced
  • Journal of Information Architecture Latest Issue Released
  • UX Hong Kong and UX Australia to offer IA Institute Discount
  • Free IAI Member Membership to Students Registering for EuroIA
  • Member Initiatives Update

What's New with Our Partners?
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
Job Postings


IAI NEWS - http://www.iainstitute.org

IDEA Conference Dates Announced

This year, IDEA2010 in Philadelphia provides the perfect place where we as UX professionals can come together to exchange insights and share perspectives for designing better experiences across physical and virtual information spaces.

IDEA2010 will be hosted at the unique Independence Seaport Museum on Oct 1st and 2nd with a workshop day at Messagefirst studios on September 30th.

Registration opens in August, sign up for the mailing list to be the first to know. In the meantime, Get the IDEA experience started early by checking out our Crowdvine: http://idea2010.crowdvine.com/.

Journal of Information Architecture

The Spring 2010 issue of the Journal of Information Architecture is now available. Issue 1, Volume 2, consists of three articles that span from the more technical approaches to information architecture to the more exploratory.

Editorial: A Good Start
by Dorte Madsen

Topic Maps - From Information to Discourse Architecture
by Lars Johnsen

Lars Johnsen suggests how Topic Maps may function as a means of extending "information architecture" into "discourse architecture".

Beyond Findability
by Spagnolo, Bolchini, Paolini, & Di Blas

Luigi Spagnolo, Davide Bolchini, Paolo Paolini and Nicoletta Di Blas introduce Search-Enhanced Information Architecture (SEE-IA), a coherent set of information Architecture design strategies.

Maturing a Practice
by Hobbs, Fenn, & Resmini

Jason Hobbs, Terence Fenn, and Andrea Resmini introduce practitioners and the fields of UX and IA at large to the basic concepts of practice-led research (PLR), and they ask "How can PLR improve information architecture and user experience design at large?".

UX Hong Kong and UX Australia to offer IA Institute Discount

Two new member discounts are available from UX Hong Kong and UX Australia.

UX Australia, held on 25-27 August in Melbourne, is a 3-day user experience design conference, with one day of workshops and two days of presentations about designing great experiences for people. IA Institute members receive a $100 discount off registration by entering your IAI member number.

UX Hong Kong will be held in February 2010 and features an interdisciplinary, intimate, one-day program designed to learn, discuss, experience, and share ideas with some of the leading User Experience Design professionals together with the local Asian community who work together to design human-centered solutions to problems that face our global community. UX Hong Kong is offering a 10% discount to IA Institute members. Registration is currently open for both events. See the calendar below for details.

Free IAI Member Membership to Students Registering for EuroIA

EuroIA is offering a IA Institute members a Û30 Discount off registration to the EuroIA Summit in Paris, September 24-25, 2010. Use your member ID number to receive your discount. We are also offering a Free IAI Membership to all student registrations (to be provided after September 25 conference), so register today! http://www.euroia.org/

Member Initiatives

  • Member Database: Our aMember experimentation has been successful. Board member Christian Crumlish and volunteer Nicola de Franceschi will plan and execute the full migration from MemberClicks to aMember most likely to be completed before the end of the summer. aMember has an open API and will allow full integration with our other systems. Way to go Nicola!
  • Events Calendar: The ACM has expressed interest in incorporating our calendar feed with their calendar, aggregating UX related events worldwide. Amy Francis is testing a Drupal calendar module so that we can move our current MovableType based calendar to a universal format. The current format supports RSS but Drupal will allow us to interface directly with iCal, Outlook and other calendar formats.


WHAT'S NEW WITH OUR PARTNERS? - http://iainstitute.org/en/about/people/partners.php

ASIS&T Bulletin - http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html

In the June/July issue of the IA Column, "Possibilities Abound," Thom Haller takes us back to Richard Saul Wurman's IA Summit 2010 keynote where he discussed making the journey from not knowing to knowing.

Read the entire bulletin at:


Boxes and Arrows - http://www.boxesandarrows.com
The definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape.

There have been no new postings since April, but editor Chris Baum says to stay tuned for new articles soon.


Interaction Design Association (IxDA) - http://www.ixda.org
The IxDA is a non-profit professional organization whose focus is promoting both the field of interaction design and the interests of an international community of practitioners, managers, educators, and students of interaction design.

IxDA announced the first two of eight invited keynote speakers: Brenda Laurel and Jason Bruges. Brenda is a designer, researcher and writer whose 25-year career has focused on interactive narrative, human-computer interaction, and cultural aspects of technology. She currently serves as chair of the new Graduate Program in Design at California College of the Arts. Jason is the founder of Jason Bruges Studio, a London-based firm creating interactive spaces and surfaces that sit between the worlds of architecture, interaction design and site-specific installation art. His projects range from large-scale building facades and public art to interactive interior environments and products. the August 1 deadline. We want to hear from you!

IxDA's Interaction11 Conference will be held on February 9-12, 2011 (Wednesday through Saturday) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Registration is now open: http://www.ixda.org/interaction/reg.html

Call for Participation: Submissions for 20 minute lightening sessions and pre-conference workshops will be considered through August 1.


Web Indexing SIG of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) - http://www.web-indexing.org/
Promoting the human indexing of Web sites and HTML documents worldwide.

The Web Indexing SIG is now offering a free web index creation service for non-profit organizations with small web sites. Visit the Web Indexing Pro Bono Progam page for details.


UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS - http://www.iainstitute.org/calendar/

The following events offer discounts to IA Institute members. Visit our Member Center website for discount codes.

UX Week
August 24, 2010
San Francisco, CA, USA
20% discount for IAI members

UX Australia
25-27 August 2010
Melbourne, Australia
Enter your IAI member number to receive $100 discount

EuroIA 2010: Europe's Sixth Information Architecture Summit
September 24, 2010
Paris, France
Enter your IAI Member Number for Û30 Discount

To add your event to our calendar contact us at membership AT iainstitute DOT org.


IAI JOB POSTINGS - http://www.iainstitute.org/jobboard/

The IAI Job Board lists job postings related to information architecture, as well as information design, interaction design, user experience, and HCI. Visit the job board at http://www.iainstitute.org/jobboard/.

The following are just a sample of recent postings:

SapientNitro, Muenchen, 81667 DEU

Senior IA / UX Designer at Fox Mobile Group - 7/16/10
Fox Mobile Group, New York, NY USA

Information Architect - 7/16/10
Recruiter for a digital ad agency, Chicago, IL, IL USA

Information Architect - 7/14/10
DAXKO, Birmingham, AL USA

Senior Interaction Designer - 7/14/10
Blackbaud, Charleston, SC USA

Information Architect - 7/14/10
Access Creative , New York, NY USA

SR Information Architect/User Experience Designer - 7/14/10
Salient6, Bellevue, WA USA


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