IAI Newsletter #2.10 October 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
* Volunteers at IAI
* What's New with Our Partners?
* Upcoming IAI Events
* Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
* Job Postings

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

Hi, fellow IAs Ð

September has been an incredibly busy month. During the first half, we held elections to the Board of Directors; during the second half, we sponsored important events in Europe and Australia. And we completed the first installments in our popular Second Life Redux Series.

Boardwise this year, Samantha Starmer and Peter Merholz will be stepping down as Directors to join our Advisory Board. Stacy Surla in Washington, DC, was elected to a second term and will be joined by two other well-known figures in our community, Jorge Arango in Panama City, and Peter Boersma in Amsterdam. Congratulations to all of you, and thank you Samantha and Peter for helping the Institute grow and prosper these past two years.

It is interesting to note that this years field of candidates was one of the strongest ever Ð a clear sign that the Institute is gaining both momentum and prestige in the highly fragmented IA/UX arena. And our international outlook is also clear Ð our Board now spans three continents (maybe four, depending on how one categorizes Panama :)

In late September, two events were held almost simultaneously: EuroIA and OZ. And we helped sponsor both.

EuroIA kicked off in Barcelona, Spain on September 21. It was the third European Summit and by far the most successful to date. From a small 100-person event, the Summit is now a mature two-track conference with participants from 16 countries. Check out Flickr and search for "euroia2007" to see what we were up to. And proceedings will soon be posted on the Summit website at www.euroia.org.

OZ in Sydney, Australia started the next day, on September 22. Over 120 people attended this congenial event, mostly people doing IA already and some in similar fields. As at EuroIA, there was a good mix of theory and practical presentations Ð and the IAI is proud to have been involved. The Flickr tag is "oz-ia 2007"

Speaking of conferences, I'd also like to remind you that registration for our second annual IDEA conference is still open at http://ideaconference.org. The event takes place at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City's Greenwich Village on October 4-5. I'll be there, and I hope you will be, too.

In addition to our more "public" initiatives, the IAI is still accepting applications for our IAI Progress Grants. The deadline is October 15. We are also working on several important educational initiatives (more in the months to come). And without spilling too many beans, make sure to buy the January 21, 2008 edition of Fortune magazine. You won't be disappointed.

Warmest regards,
Eric Reiss

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VOLUNTEERS AT IAI -http://iainstitute.org/en/network/volunteer_opportunities.php

Here at the IA Institute we want to thank the wonderful folks who dedicated their time to the IDEA website. At great geographical distances, the IDEA webteam collaboratively created, published, and constantly updated our conference site. IDEA, like all IAI initiatives, is a volunteer effort and thanks to this excellent team, we had a website to match the program.

HIP HIP HURRAY!
Greg Corrin
Christian Crumlish
Grace Lau
Gordon McLean
Chinyere Oguekwe
Beck Tench
Susan Wong

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org if you are interested in joining any of these projects:

* Spanish Language Site
We are seeking volunteers to help to launch the Spanish language version of the IAI website. Bring your translation or web editing/php skills to the team. Volunteers are needed for all language sites. If you can help transfer another language site into the new design , contact us right away.

* Event Calendar Volunteer
It's time to expand the reach and depth of our event calendar. Two or more volunteers are needed to bring new events to the list, negotiate promotional terms, update our website, and get the word out to members through targeted emails and this newsletter. Volunteers may be eligible for events registrations.

* Newsletter Volunteer
Another step in better serving our membership and the IA Community, we are seeking volunteers to create the monthly newsletter. Volunteer for three month stints to compile, edit, and bring new ideas to the newsletter.

* Research Project: Customer Relations Software
Do you want IAI to get a new membership database? Us too! We need a team of volunteers to put together a needs analysis for a new membership system and create a list of applicable, available software.

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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

The August/September special issue may be of special to IAI members with student Richard Urban's take on "Second Life, Serious Leisure and LIS" and Stacy Surla's, "An Information Architecture Approach to Building a Much Better Digital Library."

Second Life, Serious Leisure and LIS
http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Aug-07/urban.html

An Information Architecture Approach to Building a Much Better Digital Library - http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Aug-07/surla.htmla

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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.

It's an incredibly full month at boxes and arrows with must-not-miss content. Just look at entries from IDEA conference speaker Alex Wright, not to mention articles by IAI members.

The Encyclopedic Revolution
by Alex Wright
This excerpt from Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages examines the contributions of Denis Diderot to the knowledge of Western societies and how Wikipedia's rise echoes the rise of his Encyclopedie.
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/the-encyclopedic

The Hidden History of Information Management
by Bob Goodman
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/the-hidden-history>

A Map-Based Approach to a Content Inventory
by Patrick C. Walsh
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/a-map-based-approach

Social Networks And Group Formation
by Shiv Singh
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/social-networks

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Web Indexing SIG: http://www.web-indexing.org
The Web Indexing SIG (Special Interest Group) promotes the human indexing of Web sites and HTML documents.

Web Indexing SIG Award

The Web Indexing Special Interest Group will be opening nominations for its first Web Indexing Award on October 6, 2007. The deadline, still to be finalized, is likely to be March 1, 2008. The criteria for nomination will be posted on the SIG's web site at http://www.web-indexing.org/web-indexing-award.htm. The award will be presented at the Honors & Awards session of the American Society of Indexers Annual conference to be held in Denver May 1-3, 2008. Stay tune for more information on this exciting award and start preparing to nominate deserving web site A-Z indexes.

Web Site Indexing Presentation

"Creating Web Site A-Z Indexes" presented by Heather Hedden
A free event by the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society of Indexers

Sunday, November 11, 2:00 Ð 4:00 pm
City of San Mateo Public Library
Laurel Room 55 West 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA
Refreshments provided courtesy of Cengage Gale.
Please RSVP by November 6 to Margot Diltz, margot.diltz AT cengage DOT com or call 650-413-2724.

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UPCOMING IAI EVENTS

IAI's Second Annual IDEA Conference

IDEA Conference October 4-5, 2007
Pre Conference October 3, 2007
New York City USA
www.ideaconference.org
http://www.ideaconference.org/register.html

Only a few days left to register for this innovative conference. Great promotions include partnership with Smart Experience and Web University.

IDEA stands brings together designers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines with presentations addressing the challenge of designing complex information spaces. The two day conference features presenters from fields including design, interaction design, information architecture, visualization, communication design, design planning, exhibit design, librarianship, media art, cultural criticism, computer networking, and geographic information systems.

Additionally, this year IDEA is adding a pre-conference event October 3 with hands-on training to teach methods for gathering, organizing, and diagramming domain knowledge for interaction & services design. Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants.

Great discounts for IAI members and groups of 5 or more! Register now at www.ideaconference.org/register.html

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UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

DocTrain EAST 2007: Advancing Your Career
October 16-20, 2007
Lowell, MA, USA
http://iainstitute.org/calendar/000671.php

With 16 half-day workshops / 40+ sessions, the theme of the 8th Annual Documentation & Training East Conference is Advancing Your Career. The event takes place October 16-20, 2007 and is designed to help you improve the skills and expertise you'll need to future proof your career and improve your value as a professional technical communicator.

If you're an IAI member, you qualify for our extra special -- and very reasonable -- early bird discount. Register by October 1, 2007 and save $200 off the regular price of $999! All five days for only $799. To take advantage of this IAI discount offer you must register by telephone. Contact Eileen Savary or via email at info AT doctrain DOT com and provide your IAI member number.

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Enterprise Search Summit West
November 6 - 7, 2007
San Jose, CA, USA
http://iainstitute.org/calendar/000647.php

ENTERPRISE SEARCH SUMMIT WEST is a highly intense, in-depth, 2-day conference that covers how to develop, implement and enhance cutting-edge internal search capabilities. If you are an information manager or IT or search professional, ENTERPRISE SEARCH SUMMIT is where you will learn strategies and build the skill sets you need to make your organization's content not only searchable but "findable."

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IA Konferenz
November 9-10, 2007
An der Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart (Anreise)
http://iainstitute.org/calendar/000642.php

Die Eršffnungsrede der diesjŠhrigen Konferenz hŠlt: Victor Lombardi. Das Konferenzprogramm wird nach Sichtung der eingereichten Papers Anfang September veršffentlicht. Mehr Informationen am iakonferenz.org.

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The Second Italian IA Summit
November 16-17, 2007
Trento, Italy

The Second Italian IA Summit, 'Information Architecture and Innovation', focusing on how IA can drive interoperability and innovation in PAs, the Academia and the private sector, will be held in Trento, Italy, on November 16-17th.

The Second Italian IA Summit is a free-entrance conference: everyone interested in Information Architecture and related disciplines and eager to meet interesting people, enjoy the Alps and some good food is invited. Pre-registration is required: subscribe at http://www.iasummit.it/2007/ until October 31st.

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CanUX 2007: The Canadian User Experience Workshop
November 25-27, 2007
Banff, Alberta, Canada
http://iainstitute.org/calendar/000676.php

CanUX brings together industry leaders, hands-on activities, and working design and technology professionals, but it's not your typical conference. It's small (limited to 70 participants), it's in a beautiful retreat-like setting at the world-renowned Banff Centre, and the program is designed to encourage creativity, exploration and group participation alongside hands-on UX learning. You can get a $50+GST discount with a promo code from Melissa, contact membership AT iainstitute DOT org

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Online Information Conference
December 4-6, 2007
London, UK
http://iainstitute.org/calendar/000675.php

Discover how to find, create, manage and share information for competitive advantage at Online Information, the world's no.1 event for online content and information solutions. IAI members can take advantage of a specially negotiated conference discount. Book by 9 November and save 25% (usual discount 15%). Give your IAI member number at registration to receive your discount.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

InfoCamp Seattle 2007
October 13-14, 2007, 9am-6pm
Seattle, WA, USA
http://iainstitute.org/calendar/000672.php

InfoCamp Seattle 2007 will be a collaborative BarCamp-style conference for Pacific Northwest Information Architects, Librarians, User Experience Designers, Usability Engineers, Information Scientists, Technical Writers and all other user-centered information professionals. The conference will also serve as the ASIS&T PNW annual meeting. Registration is now open and is free for students, active ASIS&T and IA Institute members: http://asistpnw.org/infocamp2007

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IAI JOB POSTINGS
The 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:

4) User Interface Architect, Cyworld
San Francisco, CA, USA:
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=3404

Taxonomy Manager, Recruit Media
London, London, GBR:
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=3400

Jr. IA, www.greaterthanone.com
New York, NY, USA:
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=3401

Information Architect, TEKsystems
Northbrook, Illinois, USA
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=3406

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

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