IA Institute Newsletter - December 2008‏

IAI Newsletter #3.12 December 2008

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

In this issue:

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

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

As our last issue of the year, December is dedicated to thanking the many volunteers who made the IA Institute 2008 activities' possible. IAI is a multinational volunteer organization and all of our projects are the work of an active volunteer community. Our members and volunteers supply the ideas, initiative, and energy it takes to provide services to the IA community. Scroll to the end of this newsletter to see the volunteers made 2008 an outstanding year for the IA Institute.

We have also streamlined our newsletter for 2009. You can look forward to shorter entries for news, partners, events, and jobs and all linked to longer content from our website, making the scroll down process quicker.

Letters from our board of directors will now appear on our website's home page. To keep up with IAI, you can download RSS or RDF newsfeeds from our website:

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And now through new LinkedIn discussions Ð
www.linkedin.com or email membership AT iainstitute DOT org to learn how to join.

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WHAT'S NEW WITH OUR PARTNERS
ASIS&T Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, and Web Indexing SIG

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

If you have not yet read this Bulletin's The IA Column features Redesigning the Library Experience by Michael Magoolaghan, it is a fascinating account of applying IA principles to create more user centered website. Magoolaghan asserts that this project reinforced his belief that a user-centered design approach offers small public libraries their best chance to meet its challenges. What other settings do you think would benefit from projects like this?

http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Oct-08/OctNov08_Magoolaghan.html

The current issue of Asis&t's Bulletin features reporting on the current state of standards in information. From Electronic Resource Management to Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, from new international standards in thesauri to the potential use of standards in complex problem solving Ð this issue will keep you up to date on the important international standards that govern information sharing.

http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html

And you can still visit the special IA issue from August/September at:

http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Aug-08/AugSep08_Surla.html

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

Why We Call Them Participants
by Dana Chisnell

Sometimes we need to take a step back to ensure that our motivations are in the right place. It can be easy to forget that, when people participate in our studies, they are our partners. Dana Chisnell has taken the time to examine these attitudes and help us understand how to avoid falling into such traps.

http://boxesandarrows.com/view/why-we-call-them

Flowmaps and Frag-Grenades, Part 1: An Interview with Halo 3's Colm Nelson
by Bryce Glass

Five years ago, Colm Nelson captured a dream job as the Interaction Designer for the blockbuster Halo 3. In the midst of his busy schedule, he sits down with Bryce Glass for part one of a two-part series.

http://boxesandarrows.com/view/flowmaps-and-frag

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UPCOMING EVENTS - http://iainstitute.org/calendar/

The Following events will offer discounts to IAI members. Visit our website for more information - http://iainstitute.org/calendar/

To add your own event or if you have questions about events or registration discount codes contact Melissa at membership AT iainstitute DOT org.

Intelligent Content
Jan 29-30, 2009
Palm Springs, CA
http://www.intelligentcontent2009.com

Web Content Tampa Bay
February 17-18, 2009
Clearwater, FL
http://www.webcontentconferences.com

Documentation and Training West 2009
March 17-20, 2009 Palm Springs, CA
http://www.doctrain.com/west/2009

Documentation and Training Life Sciences
June 3-5, 2009
Indianapolis, IN
http://www.doctrain.com

Web Content Chicago
June 15-16, 2009
Chicago, IL
http://www.webcontentconferences.com

UX London
June 15, 2009
London UK
http://iainstitute.org/calendar/000832.php

Documentation and Training East
October 27-30, 2009
Waltham, MA
http://www.doctrain.com

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WORKSHOPS

Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies
February 1 - March 7, 2009, $250.
5-week online workshop
Continuing Education Program, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Information at: http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/continuinged/workshops/online.shtml#online_a18
Registration instructions at: http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/continuinged/register.shtml
Additional details on the instructor's web site:
http://www.hedden-information.com/taxonomy-workshop-online.htm

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IAI JOB POSTINGS http://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:

Interactive Architect / User Experience Consultant
Convio, Inc., Washington, D.C. or Austin, Texas, DC USA
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=4309

Freelance Information Architect
The New York Times Company, New York, NY USA
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=4308

User Experience Architect
Aquent, London, London GBR
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=4307

Job board newsletter archives are available at: http://lists.iainstitute.org/listinfo.cgi/iai-jobs-iainstitute.org

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Let's hear it for those volunteers! It takes a tremendous amount of energy and people to run the Information Architecture Institute. Please see below a list of members who volunteered their time and efforts to make IAI's programs possible. We are still getting updates on projects, so this will not be the final list of thank yous for our volunteers.

Let the credits role:

We'd like to extend giant-sized thank you to those volunteers who have been running important functions and programs at IAI for many years:

Austin Govella Ð IAI Technology Guru
Samantha Bailey Ð IAI Job Board
Marianne Sweeny Ð IAI Job Board Listing Newsletter

INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMS

TRANSLATION OF INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE - http://iainstitute.org/translations/

Janette Shew led our translations initiative this year, working closely with Operations Manager, Noreen Whysel, to organize the publication of new sites. She is now actively working with volunteers to produce new articles in translations. Andrea Resmini helped us create scripts to bring translated pages into our new website design and has worked on templates to help future translations teams.

Spanish - http://iainstitute.org/es/
Nicolas Cohen
Miguel Alc‡ntara
Paula Ortega

Italian - http://iainstitute.org/it/
Andrea Resmini
Luca Rosati
Emmanuelle Quintarelli
Sara Stangalini

Japanese - http://www.info-arch.jp/aifia/
Nobuya Sato

Hungarian - http://iainstitute.org/hu/
Minko Milahy

French - http://iainstitute.org/fr/
Vannesa Deconinck

Bulgarian
Masha Ioveva
Ivan Bachev

Polish
Stanislaw Skorka
Dariusz Paciorek

Romanian
Bogdan Stanciu

Swedish
Jimmy Sterner

EDUCATION IN IA INITIATIVE

Andrea Resmini (Initiative Leader)
Dorte Madsen
Heiko Haubitz
Katriina Bystrom
Masha Ioveva
Nils Pharo
Stanislaw Skorka
Luca Rosati

IAI WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

Website PHP:
Neena Weng
Grace Lau

General Website:
Mary Specht
Amy Silvers

Graphic Design for website:
Mirjana Vukovic
Masha Ioveva
Chuck Ashman

Network Section Redesign:
Jan Jursa

NEW LOCAL GROUPS - http://iainstitute.org/en/network/localgroups/local_groups.php

Christopher Kosovich (Northern Indiana/Illinois, USA)
Bev Corwin (Ohio/Kentucky, USA)
Wolf Noeding/Norbert Hadwiger (Frankfurt, Germany)
Chris Chandler (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Candace Nicolls (Richmond, VA, USA)
Sylvie Daumal (Paris, France)
Aaron Louie (Seattle, WA, USA)
Jan Jursa (Berlin, Germany)
Andrew Boyd (Canberra, Australia)

IDEA Volunteers

Program:
Jorge Arango
Russ Unger

Planning:
Melissa Weaver
Linda Nakasone
Yulia Nemchinova
Patricia Garcia

Website and Marketing:
Sarah Rice
Beck Tench
Whitney Hess
Greg Corrin
Laurie Kalmanson
Sam Spicer
Chuck Ashman
Neena Weng
Grace Lau

Event Volunteers:
Ulrike Anders
Sarah Beckley
Mario Bourque
Cindy Chastain
Gail Gammel
Anna Kalata
Linda Nakasone
Yulia Nemchinova
Jeff Parks
Noreen Whysel

SECOND LIFE Ð http://www.iainstitute.org/en/network/find-project/second_life_initiative.php

Thanks for help with the IA Summit Simulcast from Miami to Info Architecture island!
Naomi Malone, FL, USA

MENTORING -http://iainstitute.org/en/members/mentoring/mentoring_program.php

Thank you to all of our mentors and especially Noreen Whysel for her ongoing contribution to this program! This year 30 new mentors joined our roster, making a total of over 60 dedicated volunteers.

MENTORING BOOTH VOLUNTEERS
We don't keep a list or watch who is coaching at our drop-in Mentoring booth at the IA Summit but we noticed Chris Chandler and Sarah Rice donating hours and hours last year. Thanks!

The following people donate hours and hours of time to manage the IA Institute:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2007-2008
Eric Reiss, President
Donna Maurer, Treasurer
Sarah Rice, Marketing Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2008-2009
Jorge Arango, President
Christian Crumlish, Treasurer
Stacy Surla, Secretary
Peter Boersma, Local Groups Director
Andrew Hinton, IA Practice Director
Livia Labate, Membership Ombudsman and IT/Systems Director
Russ Unger, Event and Marketing Director

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS 2007-2008
Liz Danzico
Andrew Hinton
Jason Hobbs
Carolina Leslie
Peter Merholz
Dorelle Rabinowitz
Leisa Reichelt
Samantha Starmer
Lou Rosenfeld
Don Turnbull
Dave Weinberge

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS 2008-2009
Paul Ford
Whitney Hess
Rick Johnston
Laura Lessa
Victor Lombardi
Matthew Milan
Eric Reiss
Andrea Resmini
Sarah Rice
Donna Spencer

IAI STAFF
Paul Goodson, Executive Director
Noreen Whysel, Operations Manager
Melissa Weaver, Membership and Volunteers

Our staff volunteers a substantial amount of time and energy to the daily operations, planning, and care of the IA Institute. We thank them heartily for their continued commitment to IAI.

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