IA Institute Newsletter - #6.04 2011

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


IAI News

What's New With Our Partners
New IA Library Additions - NEW!
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
IAI Job Postings

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

Finding IA at the Enterprise Search Summit
By Noreen Whysel

Last month in May, I had the pleasure of attending the Enterprise Search Summit East in New York City with IA Institute board member, Shari Thurow.  Shari and I were on a quest to discover the role of information architecture in Enterprise Search.  We didn’t have to look too far, as both days were keynoted by IA Institute veterans: former IA Institute president and CEO of FatDux, Eric Reiss, on Day 1 and IA Institute co-founder and Principal and Senior Consultant at InfoCloud Solutions, Inc., Thomas Vander Wal, on Day 2. IA Institute co-founder Bev Corwin was also in attendance and I quite was pleased to make a personal connection with a former coworker from PricewaterhouseCoopers, whom I hadn't seen in ten years.

IA/UX was a prominent theme.  Throughout the conference we noted terminology from the information architecture/user experience umbrella nestled within discussion of ECM, SEO, text mining, predictive analytics, policy and governance.  Terms like information glut, findability, folksonomy, facets, and rich semantics, as well as a big focus on the user experience.  We noted concerns that most in the information architecture world will recognize, questions such as looking beyond what the tools do toward what the user needs are and communicating the value of enterprise search to management and the users themselves.  Many search practitioners feel they are either on a frontier or deep in a jungle and are looking toward our world of IA to map out a solution for these problems.  Where are you?

Read Noreen's full article at:

iainstitute.org Reboot

We are moving ahead on our plan to migrate our site to a new and more secure Drupal based system.  The migration will include the launch of a more compact website and ultimately (finally) to a new aMember database system.  With board member Shari Thurow's expert SEO help, we will be able to make additional improvements to the design of our web presence without compromising our position in the search rankings.  However, because we decided to move on this a bit ahead of schedule, you may find that some of our pages are inaccessible and some resources will not be available during the migration and for some time afterwards as we perform quality assurance on new pages.  Please be patient as we improve your experience.  If you want to help, please contact us at volunteer@iainstitute.org.  We need database people, Drupal experience welcome, as well as data cleaners, QA technicians and (yes!) content strategists.  Thank you for your patience.

IA Institute Member Discounts at Content Strategy Forum and Dynamic Intranets

Content Strategy Forum 2011 is offering a discount for IAI Members: £65 off standard rate valid through August 1. Join content strategists, information achitects, user experience designers, managers, entrepreneurs and more from around the world the 5–7 September in London for Content Strategy Forum 2011.

Ark Group Australia presents: Dynamic Intranets on 8-9 September 2011 in Melbourne.  IA Institute members save up to $350. Visit the Member Center for discount code.  Look for more events from Ark Group Australia to be announced soon.

For more details and to get the discount codes, visit the IA Institute Member Center.


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

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

Current Issue
June/July 2011
Vol. 37, No. 5
Full Text: PDF (Size: 6.3mb)

The June/July edition of the ASIS&T Bulletin includes articles by Nathaniel Davis and Melissa Weaver that specifically address Information Architecture:

Information Overload, Reloaded
by Nathaniel Davis

Counterpoint -  RDAP: Need for IA and LIS Expertise a Common Theme
by Melissa Weaver


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 has launched the Interaction Awards, a new contest celebrating global excellence in the discipline of Interaction Design. The inaugural awards opened in June 2011, and will be celebrated at the Interaction
12 Conference in Dublin, Ireland in Feb 2012.  Entries are being accepted from now through September 1, 2011.  To find out more about the Interaction Awards and to enter, visit http://www.ixda.org/awards.


NEW LIBRARY ADDITIONS - http://iainstitute.org/library/

Introducing a new feature of the IA Institute Newsletter:  The IA Library is a selection of resources related to the field of information architecture. The collection includes articles, books, blogs, translations and more. Each month, we will post the latest entries to the IA Library in this newsletter.

3 SEO Myths About Information Architecture (3/18/2011)
by Shari Thurow

Findability, SEO, And The Searcher Experience (1/21/2011)
by Shari Thurow

UX Storytellers
by Jan Jursa, Stephen Köver, and Jutta Grünewald


Definicja Architektury Informacji (11/14/2002)
Polish Translation of Definition of Information Architecture
by Jesse James Garrett, Donna Maurer, Peter Morville, Todd Warfel

Hoe maak je een facetclassificatie en hoe plaats je haar op het web? (11/2003)
Dutch Translation of How to Make a Faceted Classification and Put It On the Web
by Williiam Denton

The Information Architecture of Everyday Things (3/17/2002)
Farsi Translation (.PPT)
by Jesse James Garrett

International Information Architecture (7/14/2003) -
Chinese Translation (.DOCX)
by Peter Morville

We are actively adding new resources, particularly in languages other than English, to create a more well-rounded collection. If you know of a resource we should include, please send us your suggestions


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 code

17 June 2011
Web Analytics Webinar with Jim Jansen
Online Webinar

4 July 2011
EuroHCIR 2011: The 1st European Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval
Newcastle, UK

14-15 July 2011
Big Design Conference 2011
Dallas, TX, USA

8-9 September 2011
Ark Group Australia presents: Dynamic Intranets
Melbourne, Australia

22-24 September 2011
EuroIA: Europe's Seventh Information Architecture Summit
Prague, Czech Republic

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:

User Experience Designer & Information Architect - Maryland - 6/20/11
DBNet Systems Inc, Maryland, Maryland USA

Web Developer Intern (Fall Semester) - 6/20/11
Magnani Caruso Dutton, New York, NY USA

Lead User Experience Consultant - 6/18/11
The UX Recruiter, Bristol, GBR

Senior User Experience Architect - 6/18/11
The UX Recruiter, London, GBR

Principle User Experience Consultant - 6/18/11
The UX Recruiter, London, GBR

Interaction Designer - 6/17/11
Fishbowl, Alexandria, VA USA

SapientNitro, Munich or Dusseldorf , 81667 DEU


Newsletter archives can be found at http://iainstitute.org/news/cat_newsletter.php.

Comments about this newsletter? Questions? Things you would like to see included in future issues?
Contact feedback AT iainstitute DOT org

Thanks for reading and we'll be back with another newsletter in about a month!


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