IA Institute Newsletter - #5.06 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

  • 2010-2012 Board of Directors Nominations Are In
  • First of Two 2009 IA Progress Grant Studies Released
  • Introducing the IA Turkey Group in Istanbul
  • Mike Wilkey: The UX Community in Mourning

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


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

2010-2012 Board of Directors

Nominations Are In

Nominations for five (5) seats on the IA Institute Board of Directors 2010-2012 term are in.  Please visit http://iainstitute.org/en/about/people/nominations_2010.php to view the list of nominees.  Russ Unger will be contacting each nominee individually to determine if they want to declare candidacy.  Candidate position statements will be published as they come in: http://iainstitute.org/en/about/people/candidates_2010.php.

With 5 open positions, there is an opportunity for sweeping and long-lasting change to the Institute, keeping in mind that the organization faces challenges which cannot be ignored. We are documenting several initiatives the current board is working on, which will need to be addressed first by the newly elected directors, and hope that potential board candidates will draft their personal statement to not just address these open initiatives, but others they may be passionate in pursuing.

Annual elections for the IAI Board of Directors will be held from September 8 to September 14, 2010.  Each newly elected director will serve a two-year term from October 2010 through September 2012. For additional details about the Election and to view an Election and Nomination guide, please visit http://iainstitute.org/en/about/people/election_2010.php.

First of Two 2009 IA Progress Grant Studies Released

The IA Institute is proud to release the first of two studies from our 2009 IA Progress grant program.

Neha Modgil of Mumbai, India was one of the 2009 grant winners. Neha's paper, "Emotional Scale" - Measuring User Feedback in Rural India, explores some of the drawbacks of Likert Scale, a widely used statistical tool for measuring attitudes, emotions, opinions and feelings.

From the Abstract:

"It is observed consistently and extensively by social researchers that Likert scale is not understood uniformly by various people across various regions of the world. Major reasons being levels of literacy and education, differences in perception of the terminology (good, very good, bad, very bad), avoidance of giving extreme responses (tendency to give safer responses than the genuine responses owing to social desirability).

"This study attempts to gather responses on Culture specific scale which is devised as an alternate to the regular Likert scale, in rural and semi-urban India. It further attempts to provide a possible solution to the problem."

Download Neha's paper on "Emotional Scale" - Measuring User Feedback in Rural India.

Introducing the IA Turkey Group

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new IA local group in Turkey.  Local Group leader, Emrah Yayici of Istanbul, reports that the group will be hosting monthly meetings and special events in Turkey.  For more information, please contact Emrah at emrah.yayici@uxservices.com.

Turkey IA Group
Monthly meetings and local events
Phone: +90 212 290 76 61
Email: emrah.yayici@uxservices.com

Mike Wilkey: The UX Community in Mourning

It is with great sadness that the IA Institute mourns the passing of Institute and UX community member Mike Wilkey, who lost his battle with cancer on Monday, August 16, 2010.

Mike was a UX designer at Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester, MA, and was working to improve the experience of plan members. But his first and foremost allegiance was to his family. Mike leaves behind a wife, Michelle, and three children.

In an outpouring of hope and community action, several UX community members formed F*ck Cancer, a donation website for the Wilkeys at http://helpmike.uxsters.com/, to help Mike and his family cope with mounting bills during his treatment. While the original fundraising goal has been met, the family's needs continue to be great, and they are requesting continued support via the website. Any donation is appreciated.

The IA Institute recognizes and is very proud of the support that our community has shown for one of its own. Thanks to all who have participated.


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

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

The August/September 2010 issue of the ASIS&T Bulletin containing the long-awaited, annual Special Feature on Information Architecture, is now available. The issue contains Guest Editor and IA Column regular, Thom Haller's, thoughts for our second decade of practice.  Also included is a practice framework from Nathaniel Davis and redefinition of IA job descriptions from Dan Klyn.  Both authors gave their first IA Summit presentations this Spring, and present a fine addition to the literature on information architecture.  This is a must read issue for all IA/UX practitioners.

What Is Information Architecture? Practical Definitions and Useful Principles for our Second Decade of Study and Work
by Thom Haller, guest editor

A Posting for a Job That Doesn’t Exist: How We Might Define Information Architects in Today’s “Integrated” Advertising Agency
by Dan Klyn

Research and Practice in IA
by Andrea Resmini and Keith Instone

Information Architecture, Black Holes and Discipline: On Developing a Framework for a Practice of Information Architecture
by Nathaniel Davis

Eight Principles of Information Architecture
by Dan Brown

Download the complete August/September 2010 ASIS&T Bulletin PDF (Size: 3.7mb)

In addition, ASIS&T has been working hard on developing a team for IA Summit 2011 in Denver, Colorado. We will announce the call for presentations as soon as ASIS&T releases the information.  In the meantime, visit the official conference napkin drawing at http://iasummit.org/ and keep in touch via twitter @ias11.


Boxes and Arrows - http://www.boxesandarrows.com
The definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape.
Emotional Design with A.C.T. - Part 1: Defining Emotion, Personality and Relationship
by Trevor van Gorp

We form relationships with products and services for the same reasons we form relationships with people. In this first of two installments, Trevor explains how emotion commands atention.


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’s Interaction11 Conference will be held on February 9-12, 2011 (Wednesday through Saturday) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.  The submission period for lightening sessions and pre-conference workshops is now closed.  The planning team is now busily reviewing over 300 lightning session proposals and over 80 workshop proposals.  The full schedule will be announced on October 1st. Stay tuned for the full conference line up, including frequent Keynote updates.

Registration is now open: http://www.ixda.org/interaction/reg.html
Early Bird registration ends November 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 welcomed a new SIG manager, Rachel Lurie. Rachel (RL@lurieinfo.com) will take over from Rebecca Linford as the manager of the Web Indexing SIG on September 1. Rachel Lurie is Managing Principal of Lurie Information Consulting, LLC. Her firm provides records and information management services to a diverse group of clients.  Recent projects have included -- implementing a records management program in a hospital, developing a categorization scheme for a modern dance company, and compiling a taxonomy for a database of consumer psycho-educational materials.


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.

September 09, 2010
Netherlands UX Cocktail Hour
Amsterdam, Netherlands

September 24, 2010
EuroIA 2010: Europe's Sixth Information Architecture Summit
Paris, France

October 19, 2010
Follow the UX Leader
Ottawa, Canada
Oct 19: Stop Searching, Start Finding
Oct 20: Creating Web Content That Clicks
Oct 26: People Before Pixels

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://iainstitute.org/jobboard/.

The following are just a sample of recent postings:

Information Architect - 8/30/10
Fry, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI USA

Director, User Experience - 8/30/10
Vistaprint, Lexington, MA USA

Information Architect - 8/30/10
Fry, Inc., Westmont, IL USA

Sr. Business Analyst, Information Architecture - 8/30/10
TD Bank Financial Group, Toronto, ON CAN

Human Factors Senior Engineer 99942 - 8/30/10
Pitney Bowes, Inc., Shelton, CT USA

Associate Information Architect/Product Manager - 8/27/10
Human Resources, Marina Del Rey, CA USA

Information Architect - 8/27/10
Horizontal Integration, Minneapolis, MN USA


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