IAI Newsletter #2.11 November 2007

Is IAI Newsletter #2.11 November 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
* Member Spotlight: Keisha Manning, Making the most of Mentoring
* 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

Greetings fellow IA Institute members!

It's been a busy month for the Institute. The Board of Directors has had its yearly changing of the guard and we are settling into our new roles. We've chosen our new Board of Advisors, whom you can meet here:
http://iainstitute.org/en/about/people/board_of_advisors_biographies.php

The Board of Directors worked last year to articulate a plan for the Institute which includes reinforcing and expanding our infrastructure to support our members as we grow in number and as awareness of our field continues to grow. We plan to increase our staff to take care of day-to-day operations and provide more consistent support to our organization. This will free up more of the Board of Directors' time to focus on strategic tasks and promoting IA and the IA Institute and showcase what we can do as our profession continues to grow.

IDEA2007 was a smashing success. We held IDEA (which stands for Information: Design, Experience, Access) last year in Seattle, WA and this year we met at Parson's School of Design in New York City. We are already planning next year's conference to be held in Chicago in the fall of 2008.

We had an outstanding line-up of speakers who challenged us to think beyond the web and beyond the page, to see how we can practice Information architecture in a variety of complex information spaces, from yellow taxi cabs and 311 service in NYC to wayfinding in urban Presbyterian Hospital. There are many opportunities to architect rich experiences which allow people to navigate and comprehend complex information spaces. You can see a visual of attendee responses when asked "What 2 words would you use to describe IDEA2007 to your friends and colleagues". http://ideaconference.org/blog/?p=79 This visual was generated using Many Eyes, an online data visualization and social networking tool that was showcased during the conference.

Listening to all those who spoke was inspiring and helpful to understand what I as an IA can be doing in the next couple of years. There was also rich and interesting conversations to be had with fellow practitioners in the hallways, at lunch, and during an evening reception put on by Avenue A | Razorfish.

A hearty thank-you to everyone who helped to make IDEA2007 the success that it was -- speakers, attendees, volunteers, IAI staff and directors. I especially want to thank our volunteers for the hours of work that went into this event. Many behind-the scenes tasks were taken care of by IAI members who wanted to get to know others in their field, and this gave them the chance to do so. I heard a lot of positive feedback from volunteers who enjoyed the conference and meeting other IAs in the process. Thank you, volunteers, for all your hard work in organizing food, coordinating speakers and attendees, coding web pages and everything else that was done to make the conference run smoothly. We all appreciate it very much!

To keep up with the blog and see presentations from IDEA2007 go to
http://www.ideaconference.org/blog. Here are some pics on Flickr
http://flickr.com/photos/tags/idea2007/. Stay tuned as we set
the specific date for IDEA2008 in Chicago. We hope to see you there!

Sarah A. Rice
Director of Marketing

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

A big thank you goes out to all the people who made IDEA 2007 such an exciting event. Come see our IDEA volunteers at http://iainstitute.org/en/network/volunteering.php.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

IAI is a volunteer organization, so opportunities are infinite. You can assist with on-going programs or initiatives by donating your time, web, or IA skills in a variety of areas. You can join or form a local group or take part in Second Life to increase your networking activities. You can help spread the word about IA, work with volunteers all over the world, or join us at an event. Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org if you are interested in joining a project or finding a volunteer fit for your schedule and skills.

Immediate positions:

* 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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Member Spotlight: Making the Most of Mentoring

Who: Keisha Manning
Located in: New York City

Current IA Activities:

* Attends Long Island University , Palmer School for Library and Information Science
* Member of IA Institute, Marketing Research Association, and American Library Association
* With employer, Wunderman, works in research, communicating design Ð wireframes, process flows, prototypes, and testing

Why did I get involved with the IA Institute?

* To be a part of the IA environment, a place where collaboration and thought help IAs to function in their environment.
* Networking
* To grasp an understanding & foundation for the array of components involved in the IA process.

What part does mentoring play in my career path?

There are three ways a mentor can help you:
* They involve you in the practical applications of Information Architecture, outside of the routine framework of your current organization or the academic environment.
* They can be a specialist in a particular area of interest.
* The very essence of the relationship is based on learning. A good mentor will not have a problem taking on all your questions, and they should be able to handle the excitement of dealing with a newbie.

My advice for others just starting in IA careers to build their practice and networking activities
Three principals:
* The key to Information Architecture is to remember that you are always bringing the user to a level of understanding. An information space Ð website or library, etcÉ is only a "House of Objects" unless you can turn these objects into Relatable Knowledge. That is done by formalizing the Framework that they need to understand the concept.
* Make design a part of your curriculum, and daily life as an IA. I am currently taking Human Computer Interaction at the Palmer School. The foundations and principals taught can be used in any environment, but I believe they are crucial to IA Frameworks, Principals, and tools, which help you, develop as an IA.
* Design your Networking Strategy. Each IA should be involved in three types of Organizations/Association:
a. Research organization (MRA)
b. IA group (IA Institute)
c. A group that is related to your interests, or to your sector or discipline.

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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 October/November IA column features IAI member Marianne Sweeny's article "Information Architecture and Search Optimization: Beginning a Beautiful Friendship." But that's not all, guest editor Diane Neal brings us an entire section on Folksonomies! This issue of the Asis&t Bulletin is all about tagging, classifying, and finding. A must read for all IAs!

Information Architecture and Search Optimization: Beginning a Beautiful Friendship - http://www.asist.org/Bulletin/Oct-07/IAcolumn_OctNov07.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.

The Information Architect as Change Agent
By Matthew C. Clarke
Information architects can do their jobs better if they understand organizational change management. Matthew Clarke offers a primer on change management, and explains how it applies to IA.
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/person/9711-mattcclarke

Building Block Definitions (Containers)
by Joe Lamantia
Read the latest article in the series on the building block system and how you too can use these same elements in your work.
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/building-block

In Appreciation of Measures That Tell Stories
Alison J. Head
Explore how IAs can inspire stakeholders to act by telling stories with key metrics and better packaging them with data to back up the narrative.
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/in-appreciation-of

The Limitations of Server Log Files for Usability Analysis
by Karl Groves
Karl Groves critiques the quest to gather more data on user behavior, some researchers and designers look to server log files for usability analysis.
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/the-limitations-of

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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.

The Web Indexing SIG of the American Society of Indexers announces a special presentation hosted by the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society of Indexers:

"Creating Web Site AÐZ Indexes"
Presented by Heather Hedden
Sunday, November 11, 2:00Ð4:00 PM
San Mateo Public Library, Laurel Room, 55 West 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA
http://www.web-indexing.org/events.htm

AÐZ indexes are the standard means of searching within books, manuals, and online help, but they are often needlessly replaced by on-site search engines when it comes to web sites and intranets. This presentation will show the advantages of AÐZ indexes for web sites and how and when to implement them. Heather will cover the following:
* examples of web site AÐZ indexes
* benefits of AÐZ indexes and the types of sites for which they are most suitable
* demonstrations of how to use two different web site indexing tools, HTML Indexer and XRefHT
* special considerations in indexing web sites
* a discussion of other kinds of indexes, databases, and taxonomies

Heather Hedden is a past manager of the Web Indexing SIG and teaches an online course in web site indexing through the continuing education program of Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Cengage Gale (formerly Thomson Gale). This event is free, but space is limited. If you wish to attend, please contact Margot Diltz at margot AT diltz DOT cengage.com or
650-413-2724.

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UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

Events listed in the IAI calendar are free of charge or offers discounts to IAI members. Don't forget to get your discount when you register.

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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Search and Retrieval Conference
Capitalising on new and existing search tools to improve information retrieval and access
February 4-6, 2007
Sydney, Australia
http://www.arkgroupaustralia.com.au/events-b097-search.htm

Effective storage of information that is easily retrievable can have a large impact upon business performance and overall efficiency. Current trends have seen the emergence of Web 2.0 storage, multimedia search, question search and personalized answers. Database owners, information providers and users need to know how to optimize the use of such new and advanced search services and how to get these and more traditional search techniques working to their advantage. In many organizations however, search is still the poorest performing area of content and information management. The effective structuring and indexing of stored data and the development of good search tools are usually big challenges organizations are left with once their content and information management structures are in place. Organizations need to recognize the importance and capabilities of search tools, identify user requirements and gain an understanding of evolving search technologies. It is also crucial to structure and present information effectively and to endorse information protection.

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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:

Search Engine Optimization Pro
Choice Creative Staffing, as Recruiter, New York City, NY USA
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=3529

Heavy Weight Information Architect
Recruit Media, London, West London GBR
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=3528

Lead Information Architect
Xede Consulting Group, Southfield, MI USA
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=3518

UI Designer- Consumer Products
PayPal, San Jose, CA USA
http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/jobs/job.php?id=3517

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

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