IAI Newsletter #2.6 June 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
* Website Update
* What's New with Our Partners?
* Global Member Spotlight
* Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
* Job Postings


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

Greetings, IA Members!

At our annual meeting at the IA Summit this year we showed a sneak preview of the new website, popped the cork on some champagne, and were gratified by the positive response. We've all been waiting a long time for this and many of us have been working very hard to bring it to fruition.

Soon after we sent a general announcement to the members of the stealth launch, or pre-launch, or beta, or QA phase, or whatever you want to call it. Many of you visited the new site at http://iainstitute.org/en/ and reported bugs, which helped us immensely. Thank you.

We have now formally launched the new site design and we are pleased as punch. If you haven't been by recently, visit the main site url, http://iainstitute.org, and you'll see the new design there. Some highlights of the new site include a new member directory with richer contact info, a geolocation map for IAs, and an open job board that should be easier for employers to post to.

We've converted over to our new automated membership system, hosted by MemberClicks, which will free up Melissa Weaver, our membership coordinator, from having to process new, recurring, and expired memberships manually and enable her to tackle some of the substantive ideas she's been eager to work on.

Please visit the member center, either through the login at the site or by going directly to http://signin.iainstitute.org, using the username and password you've always used the new system has a reminder system that will send the password to email you used to sign up). Once in, please review and update your profile, indicate what info you'd like to share with other members and whether you'd like your info to appear in our public directory.

About the job board, when we implemented the new member database we needed to decide whether to put the job board behind the membership wall or open to the public. With the increase in the number of job boards on related websites, we decided it would be more likely to continue attracting jobs if it was public. You'll still get a regular email with jobs and can see them online at any time (http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/).

Naturally, we will continue working out the bugs, tying up loose ends, and completing follow-on initiatives, including Ð most importantly Ð the localized versions of the site in other languages. In addition to the translation efforts, we are also working on enhancing the site search, updating the IA Tools/Library resources, and re-launching IA Slash.

We continue to have plenty of opportunities for volunteers, so please let us know how you'd like to participate. In particular, we've got some interesting work for a PHP expert (or three), we can use your mad HTML skillz, and we've need graphic designers too. (Also, please continue to report broken links and other problems you encounter so we can keep track of them and fix them quickly.) If you're interested in helping out with the continued site evolution, contact us a t webmaster AT institute DOT org. Operators are standing by!

I'd also like to add my voice to shout-outs to our redesign team members, particularly Austin Govella, who's labored tirelessly to bring this all together. We literally could not have done this without him.

Christian Crumlish
IAI Board of Directors


IA Global Spotlight

Who: Wolf H. Noeding
Where: Europe Germany Bavaria Erlangen

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

The field of Information Architecture(in German, Informationsarchitektur) gets quite some awareness among the forward looking companies in Germany these days (Basically since we organised the first German IA conference in Frankfurt, 2005). It is still a challenge though for IAs in Germany to evangelise the IA solution thinking and communicating the value of IA Ð we're working on that and hope to get more response from the Business Side after the second German IA Conference in November 2007 Ð watch the German IA Institute site to get more info on this.

What most excites you about IA in the future?

This is and will be one of the fields that enables us to deliver best possible solutions to our clients and the Users. We will create huge values through our projects by merging Business Goals with User Goals Ð I'm quite sure of that!

Why do you belong to the IA Institute?

*Learning - Strategy, Analysis, Methods and things like that
*Networking Ð I found some very smart, interesting and funny people in this network
*Awareness Ð I see that I get Awareness as an IA in my country and I'd like to make this possible to more people here in Germany who need this also very strongly to get recognized and make money in this field

Tell us about the Translations Initiative...

The clear goals of the TIA initiative are:
*Spreading the word of Information Architecture in other countries to support IAs
*Understand the field of IA and then develop the IA Vocabulary (important to mention here the development of the IA Glossary) for the specific languages.
*Creating deliverables for the IA community in your country
*Networking and Learning
*Retranslations of articles in other languages into English

Currently, the value of translations needs to be more clear and transparent to all. I'm very optimistic that with the new TIA translator team system (Step 1. forming your Team, Step 2. organising task management) we'll have more stabile workflows and most important - motivated teams! I'd like to invite everybody, who's sitting in her/his country and waiting for IA to take off there, connect with your language representative or contact me. We do need your support!

Outlook: We do have a great motivated and growing team now. And this will help to strengthen the recognition of the IA field in their countries. A big THANK YOU to all of them!

Where can we find you?

In Real Time:
*UCD workshop in Brussels in June at Namahn,
*Euro IA 2007
*German IA Konferen

*IA Institute Germany - http://www.iainstitute.org/de/
*IA Berrypicking Wolf - http://ia-wolf.blogspot.com/
*IA Voice Podcast - http://iavoice.typepad.com/
*in the new IA Geolocate Map Ð search for "Wolf" - http://www.iainstitute.org/en/network/geolocate_ias.php
*Spirit Link - http://www.spiritlink.de/home/default.asp



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

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

June issue is in development, check it out when it's published at the link above.


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

Zen and the Art of IA: Book Review of Designing the Obvious by Clifton Evans

Though Web 2.0 indicates promise for designing user experiences, Clifton Evans holds our feet to the fire of simplicity and draws us a map using Robert Hoekman's excellent book as a guide.


Everything and the Kitchen Sink: Book Review of The Persona Lifecycle by Austin Govella

Personas can be a great and powerful tool, but do we need a tome to learn to use them? Austin Govella dives into the deep end and gives us a glimpse into Pruit and Adlin's expansive work.



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 (ASI) announces the availability of a new book in the ASI series: Indexing Specialties: Web Sites by Heather Hedden. The 165-page book explaining how to create hyperlinked A-Z indexes on web sites can be ordered through Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com in addition to the publisher, Information Today Inc. More details are on the web site: http://www.hedden-information.com/book.htm

The Web Indexing SIG will be holding a face-to-face meeting at the American Society of Indexers annual conference in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 26, at 2:00 pm. News from this meeting will appear in next month's newsletter.


IAwiki: http://www.IAwiki.net A collaborative discussion space for IAs. Anyone can contribute; no registration required.

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


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



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 in Atlanta,

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

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

* After registering, IAI Members can receive $100 off each seminar by emailing either workshops AT sensible DOT com or seminars AT louisrosenfeld DOT com

Enterprise Content Management Masterclass
21-22 June 2007
Bangkok, Thailand

The rise of content management has coincided with the explosive pace of doing business. The tremendous amount of information (mostly unstructured) have meant a need for a coherent strategy to make sense of it and convert it into an asset for the enterprise; hence Enterprise Content Management (ECM). UNI Singapore is proud to have Dr. Rod Dilnutt, a renowned thought leader in the area of knowledge and information management and has worked closely with more than 40 Fortune 500 Companies from Australia, Europe and Asia Pacific region to conduct our masterclass on enterprise content management.

For registration info contact Lim Lay Ean below and ask for the 10% discount for IAI member

Contact Person: Lim Lay Ean
Email: lelim AT uninetintelligence DOT com with subject "ECM-iai"


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:

UE Engineer and UI Designer, Recruiter, Seattle, Washington USA

Associate Level User Experience Architect, createthe, New York, NY USA

User Centred Design Consultant, Recruit Media, London, West London GBR

Information Architect, Lokion, Memphis, TN USA

Job board newsletter archives are available at:


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