IA Institute Newsletter - #6.05 2011

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asis&t Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, IxDA and Web Indexing SIG. 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

Finding IA at the Enterprise Search Summit – Part 2

By Shari Thurow

In May, I attended the Enterprise Search Summit East in New York City with our illustrious Operations Manager for the IA Institute, Noreen Whysel. We wanted to see the role of information architecture in Enterprise Search. As a search engine optimization (SEO) professional and an information architect, I have a passion for effective search interfaces, ones where the searcher experience is supported via both querying and browsing. I have known for years that an effective information architecture can actually help deliver more accurate search results. And my personal quest was to see if other search professionals validated my research.

Read on for more on Shari's report on governance and information architecture (IA) in Enterprise Search at http://iainstitute.org/news/001262.php.

Read Noreen Whysel's article, "Finding IA at the Enterprise Search Summit", Part One at: http://iainstitute.org/news/001244.php

Journal of Information Architecture Issue 1, Volume 3 Released

The Spring Issue of the Journal of Information Architecture, Issue 1, Volume 3 is now available. In this issue the authors explore themes on the unique way of seeing what Jorge Arango terms "Environments for Understanding" and how they persist across channels and media. The Journal of Information Architecture is an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Its aim is to facilitate the systematic development of the scientific body of knowledge in the field of information architecture. The Journal of Information Architecture is published biannually in English.

Five Years

The end product of information architecture can be many different things: a website, a movie, a book, a game such as chess, the location of products in supermarkets. Indeed, as more of these cultural become digital, their purely informational nature is becoming more prominent.

Issue 1, Volume 3 of the Journal of Information Architecture

Table of Contents:

Dan Klyn
Editorial: Information Architecture is a Way of Seeing

Jan Eckert
SnowSense - A Case Study of User-centered Location-based Services

Sally Burford
Web Information Architecture - A Very Inclusive Practice

Jorge Arango

2011 IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey Launched

We are pleased to announce the 2011 edition of the IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey is now open. We will be collecting data from now through November 30. Please visit the following survey site to participate:


Find more information about our Salary Survey and download previous years at the Salary Survey page on our website: http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/salary_survey.php

Board Names Bev Corwin Development Researcher/Advisor

The IA Institute Board of Directors has authorized Bev Corwin to research grants and affiliate opportunities. Bev, one of the Institute’s founders, has developed a maturity model for the IA Institute and is working on a framework for identifying organizations having similar and complementary missions to our own as well as potential channel partnerships for providing services that would benefit our community. If you are interested in learning more or know of an opportunity that we should explore, please contact Bev at development@iainstitute.org.

Member Discounts for Online Information UK

The 2011 Online Information International Exhibition and Conference will be held in London from 29 November to 1 December. We are proud to support this event. In return, IA Institute members will receive 25% off registration through October 28 and 15% off thereafter. The theme for this year is “Information and Collaboration: Meeting the challenges of a mobile generation”.

Online Information 2011 is a unique and comprehensive event showcasing the best and the latest in the information and information management arena. The Online Information Exhibition covers the full spectrum of online content and information management solutions and with vendors exhibiting from all over the world, it is the definitive showcase for the information industry covering: Content Resources; ePublishing Solutions; Library Management; Content Management; Social media and Search Solutions.

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

We were also very pleased to support Device Design Day hosted by Kicker Studio, 5 August at the San Francisco Art Institute. We finalized our in-kind sponsorship too late to make deadline for this newsletter, but be sure to follow @devicedesignday for updates, videos and photos from the event, coming soon.


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

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

Current Issue

August/September 2011
Vol. 37, No. 6
Full Text: PDF (Size: 6.1mb)

The August/September edition of the ASIS&T Bulletin is the long awaited Special Edition on Information Architecture with an introduction by Thom Haller:

Practicing Information Architecture - What's in It for You?
by Thom Haller, guest editor of special section

An Information Architecture Story: Reshaping www.plainlanguage.gov to Meet Changed Needs
by Thom Haller

Exploring the Taxonomy Underlying www.plainlanguage.gov
by John Heffernan

Persuasive Design: Putting It to Use
by John Whalen

Socially Enabled Information Structure: Understanding the Help 2.0 Revolution
by Scott Abel

Defining the Search Experience
by Marianne Sweeney

From Tsunami to Rising Tide: How to Plan for a Successful Information Architecture Strategy
by Nathaniel Davis


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.

There is still time to submit to IxDA’s inaugural Interaction Awards, a new contest celebrating global excellence in the discipline of Interaction Design. The 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.

While we plug in the articles from the Journal of IA and ASIS&T Bulletin, here are some more must reads for your summer list (or winter holiday if you’re below the equator). Hopefully, you still have a late season vacation ahead of you for all this reading!


Information Architecture (8 August 2011, Semantic Studios)
by Peter Morville

Interview with Louis Rosenfeld, Author of Search Analytics – Part One (8 July 2011, SearchEngineLand.com)
by Shari Thurow

Interview with Louis Rosenfeld, Author of Search Analytics – Part Two (5 August 2011, SearchEngineLand.com)
by Shari Thurow

We Are All Leonardo Now (6 May 2011, Italian IA Summit Keynote)
by Christian Crumlish
Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/xian/we-are-all-leonardo-now
Video: http://vimeo.com/23597174
(Note: Christian's keynote begins at around minute 7:00)

Il Ruolo della Classificazione nella Rappresentazione e nella Scoperta della Conoscenza (Traduzione di Federica Lignini 08 Giugno 2011)
Originale di Barbara H. Kwasnik: The Role of Classification in Knowledge Representation and Discovery (07 Aprile 2004)

We have recently obtained copyright permission to translate several articles into Italian by authors like Eric Reiss and Andrew Hinton. We are actively seeking new resources, particularly original work in languages other than English, to create a more well-rounded, international collection. If you know of a resource we should include, please send us your suggestions.


UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS - http://www.iainstitute.org/calendar/
Some sponsored events offer discounts to IA Institute members. Please read descriptions carefully for instructions on discounts, if available. Visit our Member Center website for discount code

August 11, 2011
UIE Webinar: Combining Curation with Your Content Strategy
Online, 90-minute webinar

September 05, 2011
Content Strategy Forum 2011
5-7 September 2011
London, UK

September 08, 2011
Ark Group Australia presents: Dynamic Intranets
8-9 September 2011
Melbourne, Australia

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

November 29, 2011
Online Information International Exhibition and Conference
29 Nov-1 Dec 2011
London, UK

February 24, 2012
Symposium on Usability, Information Design, and Information Interaction to Communicate Complex Information
24-25 February 2012
Greenville, NC, USA

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:

Mid/Sr UI/UX Designer for Web Products - 8/8/11
REOL Services, New York City, NY USA

Visual / Digital Designer - 8/5/11
The UX Recruiter, Bristol, ABI GBR

Principle User Experience Architect - 8/5/11
The UX Recruiter, Bristol, ABI GBR

Information Architect / UI Designer - 8/5/11
RemX IT Staffing, Irvine, CA USA

Instructor - 8/5/11
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL USA

SapientNitro, Muenchen und Zuerich, 81667 DEU

SapientNitro, Muenchen und Zuerich , 81667 DEU


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