IA Institute Newsletter #8.01

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
Schools Teaching IA - **New Listings**
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
IA Institute Job Postings

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

World IA Day Is Two Days Away!

World IA Day, February 9, 2013, One Day, 15 CitiesWorld IA Day is only a week away. We are excited to present "Discovering the Architecture Part of Information Architecture." Dan Klyn recently posted a short video for this year's theme "What is the Architecture part of Information Architecture?" More videos coming. Watch Dan's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOzbUKZV8wA

We are pleased to see so many sold out venues and requests for grassroots sites keep coming in. If you are in Buenos Aires, Calgary, Cranbury (NJ, USA), Ghent, or  Warsaw, there is an additional conference for you. Visit http://worldiaday.org to see all the locations. When tweeting, use hashtag #WIAD to join the worldwide conversation or look for local hashtags for specific events on the location page or Twitter feed for your nearest conference site.

Some of our official locations will be live streaming their events. Please contact the local coordinators or visit the Live Streaming page to see if your site will be streaming. Streaming is generously provided by e3webcasting.

Once again, a huge thank you to our global World IA Day Sponsors.

World IA Day Sponsors

Balsamiq - WIAD 2013 Sponsor

e3webcasting - WIAD 2013 Sponsor

Optimal Workshop - WIAD 2013 Sponsor

  Populr - WIAD 2013 Sponsor

Rosenfeld Media - WIAD 2013 Sponsor

The Understanding Group - WIAD 2013 Sponsor

UXPin - WIAD 2013 Sponsor

2012 IA Salary and Benefits Survey Released

2012 IA Salary and Benefits SurveyThe 2012 Salary and Benefits Survey has been released.

The Information Architecture Institute conducts an annual salary survey to capture information on compensation, daily work habits and demographics of information architecture practitioners. The 2012 IAI Salary Survey was conducted from July to November 2012. Members of the IA InstituteIxDA and sigia-l were invited to participate. A total of 309 responses were collected.

Highlights include average salary of USD$99,162, which is about USD$6,000 higher than last year. Freelance rates averaged USD$94.59 per hour, up USD$4.01 over 2011. We also noted continued gender parity and a slight advantage for those with Masters and higher level degrees. We added a few new questions about the kinds of companies and work settings that we hope will shed light on how people working in the Information Architecture field spend their days.

Download our full survey results (PDF Document, 2.1MBPDF 2.1MB). Expanded results (XLS Document, 702KBXLSX 702KB) showing our calculations are also available. We encourage you to play around with the data and post your visualizations to Many Eyes or Flickr with tag "iainstitute."

NIST Recognizes IA as Important Component of Cloud Computing 

The National Institute of Standards for Technology (US) recognizes Information Architecture as an important player in the intersection between cloud computing and Big Data, citing taxonomy development and user experience as components of this new world of computing. Videos from the NIST Joint Cloud and Big Data Workshop webcast are available. Videos are captioned. Transcripts will be coming soon.

Also at NIST, IDESG IDecosystem initiative could use more IA participants: http://www.idecosystem.org/page/about-identity-ecosystem-steering-group. You can register to participate through February 14. For those outside of the United States, there is an international committee to help IDESG explore the IA of ID.

Information architecture expertise is becoming recognized among many trade associations, standards and governing bodies worldwide. We have started a new Information Architecture Community at W3C and encourage our members to show your support. This community is not writing specifications, but is being formed to spread awareness about the skillset of our field in other practice areas. Join at http://www.w3.org/community/groups/proposed/#informationarchitecture.

Member Discounts at WebVisions and Digital Asset Management Conferences

Good news for February. WebVisions and Digital Asset Management are offering IA Institute members discounts.

WebVisions NYC, Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2013WebVisions will be in New York City on February 27 to March 1 presenting their own unique mix of Web & Mobile Design goodness. This year WebVisions New York features Douglas Rushkoff, the Yes Men’s Andy Bichlbaum, Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Axe Cop creators Ethan and Malachai Nicolle. We can't wait to see Jason Kunesh, the first director of user experience in US Presidential campaign history, present on real time, high stakes design.

WebVisions will be in New York on Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Theater for the New City. Details and discount code available at: WebVisions NYC.

The Digital Asset Management Conference
is our newest event partner. Join us on February 27-28 in Beverly Hills for two days of premium learning and exceptional networking!

No matter if you’re just beginning to work with DAM or you’re a seasoned veteran looking to sharpen your skills, you’ll find the resources you need here with information-rich sessions and seminars featuring industry leaders whose knowledge and experience will take your career to new levels.

Hot-topic sessions include:

  • Seven Habits of an Effective Asset Management System
  • Workflow in the Clouds
  • Marketing and Your Content Strategy
  • Using Taxonomies and Metadata to Deliver Multiplatform Content from Your DAM

Join us at the luxurious Beverly Hilton for two days of information exchange and networking — you’ll come away with a fresh supply of tools, a wealth of business contacts and an even stronger career perspective. Check out the complete schedule here.

Reserve your room at the Beverly Hilton by February 12th to get the special conference rate!


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.

Current Issue:

December 2012/January 2013
IA:  On What Assumptions Do You Base Your Thinking?  Contextual Challenges and Strategic Possibilities
by Thom Haller
Full Text: HTML | PDF (Size: 102k)

IA Summit 2013: 4-7 April, 2013, Baltimore, USA

This year's theme explores how we collaborate with people outside the IA/UX fields. The IA Summit is the premiere, community-curated, and volunteer-run gathering on the ever-evolving disciplines of information architecture and experience design. It provides students, practitioners, and anyone interested with great tactical skills, amazing inspiring ideas, and an opportunity to collaborate and celebrate the great things happening in our communities of practice. And that's just the beginning. 

The program has been announced for IA Summit 2013. See the full schedule at: http://2013.iasummit.org/program/

IA Summit is brought to you jointly by ASIS&T and the IA Institute. Please stay tuned for detailed announcement of our Annual Members Meeting, which will take place during the IA Summit.

Additionally, the Call for Papers for EuroIA 2013 has opened. EuroIA will be in Edingburgh, Scotland on September 26-28, 2013.


Boxes and Arrows - http://www.boxesandarrows.com
Boxes and Arrows is devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design; including graphic design, interaction design, information architecture and the design of business. Since 2001, it’s been a peer-written journal promoting contributors who want to provoke thinking, push limits, and teach a few things along the way.

We congratulate Boxes and Arrows on their recent website redesign. B&A is seeking contributions from practitioners in the field of graphic design, interaction design, information architecture and business design. For information on participating, visit http://boxesandarrows.com/participate/.

February 1st, 2013
The Power of Collaboration
by Andrea Ruskin
A quote that I stumbled on during grad school stuck with me. From the story of the elder’s box as told by Eber Hampton, it sums up my philosophy of working and teaching: “How many sides do you see?” “One,” I said. He pulled the box towards his chest and turned it so one corner…

January 22nd, 2013
Conceptual Models in a Nutshell
by Jeff Johnson and Austin Henderson
This article explains what conceptual models are and describes the value of developing a conceptual model of a software application before designing its user interface. Conceptual Model: a Model for Users’ Mental Model A conceptual model of an application is the model of the application that the designers want users to understand. 

January 8th, 2013
A Stakeholder Interview Checklist
by Kim Goodwin
This is an excerpt from from Kim Goodwin’s excellent Designing for the Digital Age. It is quite long, so we’ve broken it into several sections. Many thanks to Ms. Goodwin and Wiley for allowing us to share this with our readers. Understanding the Business The General Stakeholder Interview The Marketing Stakeholder Interview The Engineering Stakeholder Interview The…

January 2nd, 2013
End User License Agreement (EULA) Presentation: Mobile Welcome Experience Antipattern
by Greg Nudelman
This is an excerpt from the upcoming “Android Design Patterns: Interaction Design Solutions for Developers” (Wiley, 2013) by Greg Nudelman The first thing your customers see when they download and open your app is the welcome mat you roll out for them. Unfortunately, this welcome mat commonly contains unfriendly impediments to progress and engagement: End…

December 31st, 2012
Five Big UX Topics in 2012
by Catalyst Group
For years, UX professionals have vigorously lobbied for a “seat at the table” when it comes to formative decisions about products and product development. Looking back at 2012, trends indicate that this wish is becoming reality. Many leading UX consultants reported that their clients are more open to research and design methods with a UX focus than they have been in the past.


Web & Electronic Indexing SIG - American Society of Indexing - http://web-indexing.org

ASI's 2013 Annual Conference will take place on April 17-19, 2013 in San Antonio, TX at the Hotel Contessa. This year's theme: Using the Art and Craft of Indexing to Bring Order to the Digital Age. Visit the ASI Website for details and to register.

ASI announced an online workshop on Periodical/Database Indexing through the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information
Science. This six week workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to periodical/database indexing including the basic principles of indexing all types of periodicals, how to develop a small controlled vocabulary appropriate for the issues of a single journal title, as well as the similarities and differences in indexing for a database. Also included will be some suggestions on ways to get started in periodical/database indexing.

Registration information:

Location: Online
$275 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $220)
April 1 - May 12, 2013 - PDPs: 25

More Information at http://alanis.simmons.edu/ceweb/workshop.php?id=59


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.

A note from Noreen Whysel, IA Institute Operations Manager:
I thought the following quote from one of my Pratt Institute MLIS program readings from Digital Humanities was interesting, particularly as Information Architects start to tackle issues around interpreting Big Data [emphasis mine]:

"Simulation, data exploration, automated visualisation, and many other techniques make use of computers to navigate and analyse data spaces that are simply too large or computationally demanding for human cognition."
--from Rieder, Bernhard and Theo Röhle (2012). “Digital Methods: Five Challenges” in Understanding Digital Humanities, ed. David M. Berry. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

A conclusion was that human researchers are still required to evaluate and interpret results from computer generated output, and that a mix of computational and interpretive methods should be utilized to explore all aspects of a digital humanities problem and validate results. This includes not just entering the correct assumptions into an algorithm, but also asking the right question at the beginning, or, barring that,  allowing that initial question to evolve as evidence is uncovered. 


Inspiration Architecture: the Future of Libraries (16 January 2013)
by Peter Morville


The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed.
New Chapter: Industrial Design (10 January 2013)
by  Kees Overbeeke and Caroline Hummels
We are pleased to announce a new mammoth chapter by Kees Overbeeke and Caroline Hummels on Industrial Design. This is the late Kees Overbeeke's last publication and a tribute to his career.

Designing the Search Experience: The Information Architecture of Discovery
by Tony Russell-Rose, Tyler Tate (2 January 2013)

Intersection: How Enterprise Design Bridges the Gap Between Business, Technology and People
by Milan Guenther (2013)

Understanding Digital Humanities
by David M. Berry (13 March 2012)

Web Resources

Barry Smith, National Center for Ontological Research
by Barry Smith (2013)
Streaming video ontology training courses and subject list of readings by topic of interest.

USAID Graphic Standards Manual
by USAID (January 2005)
This is the Graphic Standards Manual for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It sets the standard for the design of all USAID public communications, including branding and graphics. The graphics standards highlight how to make an emotional impact with images, local color meanings and tips on incorrect image usage when addressing an international or local audience.


SCHOOLS TEACHING IAhttp://iainstitute.org/en/learn/education/schools_teaching_ia.php
Thanks to volunteers, Keelan Weber and Sandy (Hess) Goodwin, the Schools Teaching IA listing is updated for 2013. We are working on converting it to a searchable database and could use help. Contact volunteer@iainstitute.org for details. In the meantime, here are a few new resources:

University of Oregon, USA
Applied Information Management Program

University of Toronto, Canada
Faculty of Information: INF2170 - Information Architecture.

Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy
Master in Architettura dell'informazione


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.

09 February 2013
World IA Day 2013
15 Global Locations!

Various Dates
TOGAF 9 and ArchiMate Foundation
Online start dates:
21 February 2013
21 March 2013
18 April 2013

25-26 February 2013
2nd Annual Symposium on Communicating Complex Information (SCCI)
Greenville, NC, USA

27-28 February 2013
Digital Asset Management Conference
Beverly Hills, CA

27 April-1March 2013
WebVisions NYC
New York, NY, USA

4-7 April 2013
IA Summit
Baltimore, MD, USA

15-17 May 2013
UX-LX: User Experience Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal

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.


IA INSTITUTE 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.

Senior Usability Analyst - 2/1/13 
Staples Inc., Cambridge, MA USA

http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=7846" style="color

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