IAI Newsletter #2.1 January 2007

IAI Newsletter #2.1 January 2007

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner sites: Boxes and arrows and IAwiki. We've also added a list of conferences, workshops, F2Fs, and job postings at the end, so scroll down!

In this issue:

  • IAI News
  • Volunteer
  • What's New with Our Partners?
  • Upcoming Conferences and Event Listings
  • Upcoming Workshops
  • Job Postings

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

Hello, fellow IAs Ð

This month it falls to me to greet our subscribers with a message from a director of the Institute, as a way of keeping you abreast of the Board's doings and progress on various key initiatives.

As the board member charged with overseeing the website and other IT infrastructure matters, I'd like to report on the progress we've been making in bringing together the long-awaited new version of the Institute site.

We have selected a new vendor for our member database, and our membership coordinator, Melissa Weaver, is in the process of migrating our data into the new system, which will provide a streamlined process for greeting new members and serving the membership efficiently with a member center built into the new site.

We are in the final stages of choosing a visual design that will bring to life the wireframes and other experience design documents shared with you in our previous newsletter. Work on improving back-end infrastructure proceeds apace, and we are well positioned to start building out the updated site in the new year. We anticipate a re-launch in advance of the 2007 IA Summit. None of this would be possible without the efforts contributed by our fabulous volunteers who are featured in this month's volunteer spotlight.

Finally, where would our community be without a little controversy on the mailing lists and blogs? Last month brought another take on the "IA, what is it good for?" debate, with a spate of entries suggesting that IA is dying or on its way out. Peter Morville took on this debate with his piece, Information Architecture 3.0 published at his Semantic Studios website. If you haven't been following this debate, check out Peter's article. You can work backwards through the links and forward through the comments to catch up on this lively and timely dialogue.

Best wishes in the new year,

Christian Crumlish
IAI Board of Directors
IT/Web Infrastructure

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

The IA Institute relies on volunteers to develop and support its initiatives, programs, and services. In 2006, we began a project to revitalize the IAI website, a task involving many volunteer hours, inputs, and insights. To start 2007, we'd like to namecheck the members of the web team whose hard work is bringing the new website to completion:

  • Afraz Mohammad, Boston, MA, USA has been working on image edits and will be creating graphics, editing pages and possibly helping with CSS as we move to the new site.
  • Anthony Colfelt, Seattle, WA, USA is developing the visual design and just completed third and final round of designs, which includes second and third tier page designs.
  • Austin Govella, Arlington, VA, USA is our overall tech advisor and was a key player during the last redesign and knows how everything works. The Institute wouldn't have gotten this far without him.
  • Carrie Newsom, Gainesville, FL, USA is developing sitewide tagging and search strategy.
  • Chris Sanchez, New York, NY, USA was our first technical volunteer on theproject. He is working on the new CSS and functions script to integrate the updated visual design into the Movable Type CMS.
  • Jack DeLand, Ypsilanti, MI, USA is corralling useful information in the Projects Wiki into a new, more accessible wiki.
  • Joseph Tate, Missoula, MT, USA is currently performing site edits and will build the new websites pages in Moveable Type.
  • Linus De Petris, Malmš, Sweden is researching IA programs and courses toupdate our online list of education programs.
  • Megan Richardson, Las Cruces, NM, USA is focusing on finding the right search solution for the new site.
  • Wolf Noeding and team, Erlangen, Germany created redesign site concept maps. They are currently developing local group and translations site content.

Want to help produce the new IAI website? Check out web, education, and local group volunteer positions at our Volunteer Opportunities page.

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

ASIS&T Bulletin - http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html
magazine of the ASIS&T Information Architecture SIG

Building IA Means Building Local Groups
by Stacy Surla

All over the world, IAs share a substantial challenge to their work Ð understanding, promotion, and growth of the field. But the world is a big place and IAs are widely dispersed. Online or in person, gathering IAs to interact, collaborate, and share is a critical step to building the profession. In this issue of the Bulletin, IA Columnist Stacy Surla explores creating a professional culture where local groups thrive.

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

The Challenge of Dashboards and Portals
By Joe Lamantia

Can components come to the rescue for executive dashboards? Much like IKEA uses interchangeable islands, counters, and cupboards to create a custom kitchen, by Joe Lamantia shows how it's possible to use a modular approach for executive dashboards.

Enterprise Information Architecture: A Semantic and Organizational Foundation
by Tom Reamy

People disagree on what happens when IAs grow up, but Tom Reamy knows. He offers a foundation for information architecture as it advances, grappling with problems across the enterprise.

From Data to Wisdom: An Interview with Paco Underhill
by Liz Danzico

How can the simple act of watching people make better products? Paco Underhill, the foremost expert in behavior market research, talks about the pyramid of knowledge, worshipping at the altar of the CEO, and the need to supersize or specialize.

IAwiki: http://www.IAwiki.net
A collaborative discussion space for IA. Anyone can contribute; no registration required. Interesting topics from the past month:

Added to Blogs of Note Ð find new additions to blog list such as A Mavericks Odyssey -- Photo blog of life in Montevideo, Uruguay, South America.

New and Updated Member Profiles
In Decemeber, Jonathan Price joined the IA Wiki community by adding his profile. Robert Stribley updated his profile as well.
Jonathan Price
Robert Stribley

IAwiki Professional Directory
Looking for IAs around the world? The professionals directory lists contact information for professional IAs in alphabetical order by country.

Web Indexing SIG: http://www.web-indexing.org
A Special Interest Group of the American Society of Indexers, visit their website.

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UPCOMING CONFERENCES, F2Fs & OTHER EVENTS -- arranged chronologically ----IAI member discounts may apply.

IA Summit 2007
Enriching IA Ð rich information, rich interaction, rich relationships
Las Vegas, USA

Pre-conference workshops: March 22-23, 2007
Conference: March 24-26, 2007
Conference program and registration coming in mid January.
http://www.iasummit.org/2007/

The 2007 IA Summit theme is 'Enriching IA', examining three things:

  • Rich information: Sharing experiences dealing with rich and complex information
  • Rich interaction: The internet is rapidly moving towards a more interactive environment. How does this affect what we do?
  • Rich relationships: There are two aspects to this - social computing radically affects how we work with information; and the IA Summit is a great place to catch up with friends and make new ones

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Information Architecture & Search
Led by Peter Morville
co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web and Ambient Findability
Thursday, 8 March 2007 - Friday, 9 March 2007, Sydney, Australia

This new two-day class from Peter Morville covers information architecture from top to bottom, explaining how search and navigation systems can be designed to support and shape user behaviour. There is a special pre-Christmas $200 discount offer available to all IAI members up to 15th December and the first five delegates to register will receive a free copy of Peter's books - Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 3rd Edition and Ambient Findability!

For more information please contact helen DOT lewis AT keyforums DOT com DOT au, call on +61 2 9436 4255 or register online at http://www.keyforums.com.au.

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IAI JOB POSTINGSThe IAI Job Board lists job postings related to information architecture, as well as information design, interaction design, user experience, and HCI.

The following are a sample of recent postings:

  1. Information Architect, Wunderman, New York, NY USA
  2. Interaction Designer, Move, Inc., Westlake Village, CA USA
  3. Taxonomy Developer, Recruiter, New York, NY USA

You must be logged into the IA Institute website to view job descriptions.Job board newsletter archives are available for members at:
http://lists.iainstitute.org/listinfo.cgi/iai-jobs-iainstitute.org

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