IAI Newsletter #2.5 May 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
* New UX Management Email Discussion List
* Volunteer Opportunities at IAI
* IA Global Spotlight
* What's New with Our Partners?
* Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
* Job Postings


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

Dear fellow IAI members

In preparation for writing this months 'message-from-a-board-member' Iread back through the IAI newsletters for this year. Reading all thenewsletters together was an amazing experience - I realised just how muchwe achieved in the first four months of this year. We planned for, lookedforward to, and had a great time at the IA Summit. We worked madly toprepare the website and soft-launched it a month ago. We bought our ownIsland on Second Life and are starting to fit it out. We continued work oninfrastructure and strategy at the same time.

In the past month, we have started to see many lights at ends of tunnels,and some new tunnels opening up (hmmm...not the best metaphor I could comeup with).

The website team continued working hard - getting the website structureback-end solid, fixing bugs, editing copy and much more (more on thisbelow).

Planning for the IDEA conference is well underway. A venue is almostbooked and dates almost ready to announce. The program team is starting towork on the theme and potential speakers. Watch this space for finaldetails as it will definitely be a conference not to miss.

We have a new lead for our mentoring program. Chris Chandler has theskills and energy to take our mentoring program to the next level. Asalways, if you are interested in being a mentor or protege, please contactoperations@iainstitute.org. And if you signed up at the IA Summit buthaven't heard from us, we will be contacting you soon.

If you sometimes live in Second Life, make sure you visit the InfoArchitecture Island(http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Architecture/35/96/23). Every time Ivisit there are new things to see and think about - today I discovered amovie screen (with great instructions on how to use), a slideshow playerat the amphitheatre and a meeting recorder inside the building. And thereare still some free t-shirts available.

Donna Maurer
IAI Board of Directors


UX Managers Community Group

At the 2007 IA Summit, a group of user experience managers came togetherat workshop facilitated by Mags Hanley(http://www.iasummit.org/proceedings/2007/ux_management_developing_and_g).The group totally ignored Mags' slides and focused on helping each other,providing ideas and support for the problems and issues that arose duringthe day. It was a great success!

Out of this workshop, the IA Institute has provided the space andfacilities to set up the UX management email list and we invite allinterested parties to join!


The UX Management email list is a list dedicated to the discussion ofmanagement issues, problems and interests of User Experience Managers.Please feel free to contact Mags Hanley (mairead at yahoo DOT com) if youwould like to know more about the list.

Information on IAI email lists is available on our website at



VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT - http://iainstitute.org/pg/volunteer_opportunities.php

Great new volunteer opportunities at IAI!

**IDEA event coordinator and website manager
IAI will hold the second IDEA conference this fall in New York City 2007and needs motivated volunteers to lead the effort. Great experience andopportunity, read more athttp://iainstitute.org/pg/volunteer_opportunities.php

Volunteer positions will continue as we get closer to the event, so ifyou'd like to help in any capacity please contact volunteer AT iainstituteDOT org.

**Organization research lead
The Board of Directors is also seeking a volunteer to lead a researchstudy of professional organizations. Study will offer board mentorship tovolunteer and results will help inform and improve services to IAI membersand IA practitioners. Read more on our website:http://iainstitute.org/pg/research_organizatons_2007.php#000614

**Make the new website come alive
The new website will debut soon and we need your help! Web volunteers areneeded to work on content, code, or features. So if you want IAI to havean innovative and highly useable website, donate your skills and ideas! Orif you encounter any bugs or issues when you explore the new site, you canemail webmaster AT iainstitute DOT org and let us know!

Contact Melissa at volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org to sign up for anyproject.


IA Global Spotlight

Who: Karen Loasby leads a team of information architects working in theBBC's Future Media & Technology division. We work on www.bbc.co.uk, ourmobile sites, and interactive television services.

Where: London, United Kingdom

What would you like to tell us about IA in your part of the world?

The London IA community is pretty developed but things are a bit quieteroutside London. I'm still waiting for an IA job to appear in the YorkshireDales.

The London IA group has 475 members but there was debate recently aboutwhether the mailing list was just for job postings and why practical IAissues weren't being discussed. Some responses suggested that theinternational mailing lists covered this just fine hence the focus onlocal jobs and training courses.

It is sometimes suggested that the European IA community does though havedifferent interests than IA in North America. There seems to be greateremphasis on multi-lingual issues, mobile technologies, and somespecialisms like topic maps are popular but the differences are lessmarked in the UK - although at the BBC we do have to support Welsh.

London has a busy and competitive job market at the moment and it feelslike IA as a profession is thriving, if dominated by roles at digitalagencies. There's a book group taking shape and sporadic meet-ups inLondon's many pubs. We could do with more IA related training and most UKconferences are only tackling IA at a quite basic level, although it lookslike there will be some interesting stuff at the Ergonomics Society'sconference Create 2007.

What most excites you about IA in the future?

Funnily enough I'm fixated with the information architecture of televisionand radio programmes at the moment. When I joined the BBC 6 years ago thewebsite was really all about text and was massively dominated by newsstories. In some ways it wasn't particularly significant that the websitewe were working on was part of this massive broadcasting organisation.

That has all changed with the growth of audio and video content on thesite. The web is fast becoming a significant route to programming. Itdoesn't yet support a true "sit-back" experience like the TV in yourlounge but it has other great advantages, particularly around the abilityto surface connections between programmes and introduce you to new ones(and old ones if we can get the archive content up there). We're alsobeginning to explore the user experience across and between our platforms- how does the linear tv experience hook up with the interactive tvexperience, the web experience and the mobile experience?

Why do you belong to the IA Institute?

I signed up the BBC team as a group for practical reasons (conferencesdiscounts, access to mentoring) but also for the philosophical reason ofsupporting them becoming part of a global IA community.

Where can we find you?




ASIS&T Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, IAwiki, and Web Indexing SIG

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

The April May issue of the Asis&t Bulletin is available online with thespecial IA column: Digital Libraries on the MUVE: A Virtual Adventure byLori Bell, Kitty Pope and Tom Peters. The article focuses on librarian'sadventures in Second Life Ð a great read for anyone interested in orlooking to get involved in Second Life as an information professional.

Check it out athttp://asist.org/Bulletin/Apr-07/bell_pope_peters.html


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

Measuring the Success Of a Classification System
by Iain Barker

The design of complex information systems often calls for early validationof the proposed classification schemes. Iain Barker offers an evaluationmethod that may help.


Enterprise IA Methodologies:
by James Robertson

Information architects working within enterprises are confronted by uniquechallenges, relating to organisational culture, business processes, andinternal politics. James Robertson pulls the strands of situationalspaghetti to get to the root of the project.


March Conference Showdown (Or How I Spent My Spring Break)
by Christina Wodtke

After sweeping through both SXSW and the IA Summit in March, Dame Wodtke reflects on the benefits of going wild.


Web Indexing SIG: http://www.web-indexing.org

The Web Indexing SIG is sponsoring a pre-conference workshop at the annualconference of the American Society of Indexers in Philadelphia: Workshop4: Creating Website Indexes, to be held 8:00 am - 12:00 noon on Thursday,May 24.

This half-day workshop presented by Heather Hedden instructs participantson how to create hyperlinked back-of-the-book style indexes on web sitesor intranets. The presentation content, examples, and exercises come fromthe full 13-week series online courses that have been offered by HeddenInformation Management since 2005. Indexing experience is not necessary,but a basic familiarity with the concepts of subentries, double-posting,and cross-references is assumed. Indexing techniques and tools specific toweb site indexing will be presented.

Information is athttp://www.asindexing.org/site/conferences/conf2007/preconfworkshops.shtml

**Workshop cost is only $135. This is in addition to the conferenceregistration fee.You may attend the pre-conference workshops only, and notthe conference, for an additional $100 workshop-only registration fee,which may also be applied toward attending an afternoon workshop as well.The continental breakfast and mid-morning refreshment break are includedwith this fee. Registration is available online at the ASI conference pagesite.

The American Society of Indexers announces a new book on how to createdweb site A-Z indexes: /Indexing Specialties: Web Sites/, written byHeather Hedden, will be available for ordering through Information Today,Inc. by the beginning of June athttp://books.infotoday.com/books/IndexSpecWebSites.shtml More informationabout the book is available on the author's web site:http://www.hedden-information.com/book.htm


IAwiki: http://www.IAwiki.net
A collaborative discussion space for IAs. Anyone can contribute; noregistration required.

Always a great place to keep up with a global web of IAs professional, theProfessional Directory is updated frequently by IAwiki visitors:


Check out the many other useful articles, list, facts and fun athttp://www.iawiki.net/.



Enterprise Search Summit
Solving your Findability Dilemma
May 15-16, 2007
Hilton New York, NY, USA

**DISCOUNT for IAI members

ENTERPRISE SEARCH SUMMIT is a highly intense, in-depth, 2-day conferencethat covers how to develop, implement and enhance cutting-edge internalsearch capabilities. If you are an information manager or IT or searchprofessional, ENTERPRISE SEARCH SUMMIT is where you will learn strategiesand build the skill sets you need to make your organization's content notonly searchable but "findable."

As the official association sponsor of the Enterprise Search Summit, IAIhas negotiated a discount for its members. All IAI members can registerfor Enterprise Search Summit for $200 off of the full conference price. Members can also receive significant discounts on the pre-conferenceseminars.

Contact Melissa at membership AT iainstitute DOT org to learn about theIAI member discount!!!



Special Seminars this Spring!

Enterprise Information Architecture with Lou Rosenfeld &Steve Krug's Usability Workshop "Don't Make Me Think."

Discounts for IAI members at Krug and Rosenfeld Spring 2007 seminars inAtlanta and Portland, OR:

Enterprise Information Architecture Seminar (with Lou Rosenfeld)
Portland, OR: May 10, 2007
Atlanta, GA: May 31, 2007
More info/registration: http://www.louisrosenfeld.com/eia

Don't Make Me Think! (with Steve Krug)
Portland, OR: May 11, 2007
Atlanta, GA: June 1, 2007
More info/registration: http://www.sensible.com/workshops.html

* After registering, IAI Members can receive $100 off each seminar byemailing either workshops AT sensible DOT com or seminars ATlouisrosenfeld DOT com
* Discounts are also available for early registration, when registeringfor both Lou's and Steve's seminars, and for groups of three or more.


The IAI Job Board lists job postings related to information architecture,as well as information design, interaction design, user experience, andHCI.

The following are a sample of recent postings:

Information Architect, Partners Consulting, Philadelphia, PA, USA:

User Interface Designer, Recruit Media, London, Richmond, GBR:

Enterprise Content Management Strategist, Aquilent, Laurel, MD, USA:

Lecturer (Information Management), RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, AUS:

You must be logged into the IA Institute website to view job descriptions.Job board newsletter archives are available at:


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