IA Institute Newsletter - #7.03 2012

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asis&t Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, IxDA and Web & Electronic 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
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
IAI Job Postings

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

2011 IA Institute Annual Report Released

In 2011, the IA Institute Board of Directors developed a new framework to guide our strategy and allow us to meet the needs of an evolving membership. This framework defines a series of constituent relationships that we believe will create value and enable both the Institute and the discipline to stand out in a growing, yet still turbulent space. We are confident that all of our members, partners and others interested in our progress will find themselves and their respective needs within these relationships.

Read the 2011 Annual Report.

2012 Annual Members' Meeting Summary

The 2012 IA Institute Annual Members' Meeting was held on Saturday, 24 March in New Orleans during the IA Summit. This event is an opportunity for us to showcase achievements over the year and discuss challenges and future direction. At last year's meeting in Denver, the board presented a new framework for defining the Institute's activities, which engages membership through eight defined relationship channels.

At this year's meeting, Chris Baum presented an overview of our plan for developing a semantic web solution for the IA Institute online presence, based on research and tools developed by Dorian Taylor. World IA Day producer, Jessica Duverneay also presented on our efforts toward developing local communities with global impact through World IA Day events, the first of which were held on 11 February 2012 at 14 locations worldwide. Jason Hobbs, our Grants Chair, discussed our new research grant proposal process which you can read about below. We opened the floor for member questions and concerns which led to a lively discussion of options for our business model and revenue sources.

Our Development Manager, Bev Corwin, is assembling a team to explore alternative revenue streams through grants and affiliate programs. If you would like to help out, please send us your ideas for improving the sustainability of the IA Institute to feedback@iainstitute.org.

Boxes and Arrows Turns 10!

Boxes and Arrows website

We'd like to congratulate our partner Boxes and Arrows on turning 10 this year!

The peer-review web magazine started on March 11, 2002 with "Welcome to Boxes and Arrows" by founder/publisher Christina Wodtke. It was the first web 'zine to focus on the newly emerging practices of information architecture and interaction design for the web, and many of our favorite thought leaders started there.

In the first year, B&A published stories on such diverse topics including personas,cross-cultural design, role definition, new markets for design and interactivedesign history. Revisit that first set of  articles and you'll be surprised how many are still relevant a decade later. All-in-all, over 400 stories have been published in the magazine, written by practitioners and edited by their peers. Because it has been written by those in the trenches, it's provided practical actionable advice for anyone trying to design better.

B&A would like to thank this amazing community for its support over the years. If you would like to be involved in the next decade of the magazine, see how "you can help". You have the ideas, passion and knowledge to grow the practice; we cannot do it without you.

B&A will be sponsoring a very special retreat in august to look at the future of our profession as well the next generation of the magazine. Learn more here. If you are interested in helping make it happen, please contact retreat@boxesandarrows.com.

IA Institute Research Grant 2012/2013 - Call for Proposals

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) is calling for research proposal submissions for its new research grant program.  This year we are offering a single, USD $3000 grant.  Deadline for application is the 15th of April 2012.

Applications should propose work that will forward the theory and practice of information architecture. This can include original research, a synthesis of existing research, the development of a new technique, method or tool, or something that could otherwise support the IA community of practice.

A successful grant project could:

  • help solve a particular problem or challenge for IA practice or theory
  • illuminate or explain an otherwise unclear or overlooked issue
  • improve an existing approach, with verified results
  • create helpful connections and syntheses between IA and one or more other disciplines

The IAI is looking for Journal-ready research papers as an output. Our aim is to use the grant to directly contribute to the body of scholarly knowledge we are creating for our community of practice and the development of the discipline.

For more information about the selection criteria and process, distribution and publication, eligibility and the award jury please visit http://iainstitute.org/en/members/grants/research_grant_details.php or contact us at grants2012@iainstitute.org.

Member Discount for the Polish IA Summit, UX Sofia and Web Visions Portland

Polish IA Summit, 18-20 April 2012, Warsaw, PolandThe Polish IA Summit is the leading European conference based in Warsaw dedicated to human computer interaction, user experience and information architecture, which deal with functional and useful information environments. 40 speakers from 11 countries will give presentations to UX experts community. We are proud to sponsor this event for the third year in a row.

The Third Polish IA Summit, held from 18-20 April 2012, is a unique opportunity for the confluence, in one place and at the same time, of scientists and practitioners working in different environments and fields of professional interests: from interaction designing, user experience, information architecture of IT systems, Internet and mobile solutions, entertainment applications to games.

Register at www.polishiasummit.com or contact m.waligorski@polishiasummit.com for details. IA Institute members receive 15% off registration. Visit the Member Center for the discount code.

UX Sofia, 5-7 June 2012, Sofia BulgariaThe second iteration of UX Sofia, the UX and web design conference to be held 5-7 June 2012 at the Radisson Blu in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference features two days of workshops, followed by a seminar, plus an optional 3-day tour around Bulgaria. Some of the topics covered include HTML5 and CSS3, Agile UX and Lean UX design techniques, Prototyping with Axure, How to Destroy the Web, Online News Business Models, and many more.

IA Institute members, visit the Member Center to obtain a discount code for 15% off registration.

WebVisions Portland, 16-18 May 2012, Portland, Oregon, USAWe have also arranged for a special opportunity for IA Institute members attending WebVisions Portland. WebVisions is a nationally recognized conference that explores the future of web and mobile design, technology, UX and business strategy. WebVisions is a community driven event with an Indie/DIY/Getting Things Done attitude that started in Portland, Oregon way back in 2001. We feature a fabulous lineup of visionary speakers and offer some great activities to promote networking and collaboration.

WebVisions Portland is being held from 16-18 May 2012 at the Oregon Convention Center. Entering its 12th year, the Portland event kicks off with studio tours, parties and networking events on Tuesday, followed by one day of workshops and two full day of sessions, panels and keynotes.

Register at http://www.webvisionsevent.com/portland/register/ and be sure to identify your association membership when prompted. IA Institute Members receive 14.4% off registration.


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

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

The Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology is a bi-monthly news magazine packed with developments and issues affecting the field, pragmatic management reports, opinion, and news of people and events in the information science community.

Thanks to everyone for an amazing IA Summit 2012. IA Summit presentation decks are starting to appear in Slideshare and will be included on the session description pages of the IA Summit 2012 website. As these decks are compiled, keep looking for new additions on the 2012 IA Summit website and at Slideshare hashtag #ias12.

The February/March 2012 edition has a special Section on "Museum Informatics: Something New, Something More" and coverage of the 2012 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Also see the IA column from Tom Haller, "What Happens When Context Thwarts an Information Architect's Vision?"

Current Issue
February/March 2012
Vol. 38, No. 2
Full Text: PDF (Size: 2.6mb)


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

Das Design Revolution
by Stuart Neale on 2012/03/19

Every revolution needs a manifesto, and "Portfolio-Centred Design" is no different. Therefore Stuart Neale stands before you proudly holding aloft his little red book screaming "Power to the designers!" (I’d walk on by if I were you).

The Story's the Thing
by Andrew Hinton on 2012/03/08

At the heart of design are the stories that give meaning to the work. Andrew Hinton meditates on what stories have taught him about information architecture and the people inhabiting the places he's helped design.


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.

The IxDA Board of Directors is pleased to put out this open call for Chair of the Interaction|14 conference, to be held in Europe in February of 2014.  Applications of interest are due by 30 April, 2012, 11:59 PM EST.  Nominate yourself or someone else:  http://bit.ly/A7SbE1


Web & Electronic 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.

Christine Graham has taken over as the Manager of ASI’s Web & Electronic Indexing SIG. You can reach her at christine.graham@btconnect.com.

Registration is open for ASI's 2012 Annual Conference, held from 19-21 April 2012 in San Diego, CA, USA at the Bahia Resort . Visit the ASI conference website for details.

Entries are now open for the annual Web & Electronic Indexing SIG Awards. To encourage high quality web site indexes and to promote the web indexing work of professional indexers, the Web & Electronic Indexing Special Interest Group of the American Society for Indexing awards a deserving indexer the annual Web & Electronic Indexing SIG Award for excellence in web site indexing. The award is announced at the Honors & Awards session of the American Society for Indexing Annual conference each spring. You do not have to attend the conference to win.


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

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.


Das Design Revolution (19 March 2012)
by Stuart Neale (Boxes and Arrows)

The Story's the Thing (8 March 2012)
by Andrew Hinton (Boxes and Arrows)

How to Assess the Maturity of Your Information Architecture (5 March 2012)
by Nathaniel Davis (UX Matters)


IA Summit Podcasts (22-25 March 2012)

IA Summit presentation decks are starting to appear in Slideshare and will be included on the session description pages of the IA Summit 2012 website. As these decks are compiled, keep looking for new additions on the 2012 IA Summit website and at Slideshare hashtag #ias12.


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.

19 April 2012
TOGAF 9 and Archimate Foundation
Online Course

April 18-20, 2012
UX London
London, UK

April 18-20, 2012
Polish IA Summit
Warsaw, Poland

23, 24, 25, 26 April 2012
Follow the UX Leader - Workshops on Advanced Web Practices
Ottawa, Canada

14-16 May 2012
UX-Lx: User Experience Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal

16-18 May 2012
WebVisions Portland
Portland, OR, USA

28, 29, 31 May & 1 June 2012
Follow the UX Leader - Workshops on Advanced Web Practices
Calgary, Canada

5-7 June 2012
UX Sofia Sofia, Bulgaria

18 June 2012
Pervasive Information Architectures as Architectures of Meaning for Complex Cross-channel Systems
Newcastle, UK

22, 23, 25, 26 October 2012
Follow the UX Leader - Workshops on Advanced Web Practices
Vancouver, Canada

To add your event to our calendar contact us at membership AT iainstitute DOT org.
IA Institute member discounts may be available for sponsored events. Visit the Member Center for details and disount codes.


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.

Mid-Level UX Designer - Manchester - £30-35k - 3/26/12 IC Creative - Recruiter, Manchester, GBR

Mid-Level UX Designer - Manchester - £30-35k - 3/26/12 IC Creative - Recruiter, Manchester, GBR

Mid-Weight UX Designer - London - £30-35k - 3/26/12 IC Creative - Recruiter, London, GBR

Senior UX Designer - London - £38 - 45k - 3/26/12 IC Creative - Recruiter, London, GBR

Senior UX Designer - Manchester - £38 - 45k - 3/26/12 IC Creative - Recruiter, Manchester, GBR

Mid-Level Visual UI Designer - Manchester - £30-35k - 3/23/12 IC Creative - Recruiter, Manchester, GBR

Mid-level Visual UI Designer - London - £30-35k - 3/23/12 IC Creative - Recruiter, London, GBR


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