IAI Newsletter #2.9 September 2007

Is IAI Newsletter #2.9 September 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 - http://www.iainstitute.org

Greetings, fellow IAs. Another month has passed and as usual a lot is happening in the IA world.

On the IAI side, it is time for our annual board member elections. By the time you get this, nominations will have closed (check out the nominees: http://iainstitute.org/en/about/people/nominations_2007.php. Next step is to ask our excellent nominees if they would like to run for the board. Then we open voting on 2 September (we'll send a message to all members with a link to the voting form). Good luck to all the nominees!

We continually try to improve the way we manage our membership processes. As some of you may know from experience, our new membership system is not working out quite as we hoped. We are starting to look at new systems - one important feature we are looking at is to allow us to take membership in currencies other than $US to better reflect our status as an international organization. To find the best fit for our members, we'd like your input. Email membership AT iainstitute DOT org if you would like to recommend a system or would like to be on the committee to find and select the next option. A good database will reward membership so the sooner the better!

On the IAI mentoring front, Mags Hanley has scheduled a 'listen and learn' session for UX Managers on 6 September. Find out more details here:

The next few months are definitely IA conference season:

If you can't make it to one of these in person, check out our series of SecondLife presentations. Our two presentations in August were big successes. Peter Morville compressed his "Information architecture 3.0" workshop down to an hour (must be the tight jeans) and presented it to a packed house. Marianne Sweeny presented her IA Summit presentation "SEO and IA" and also drew a big crowd. If you missed them, you can grab slides, check out photos, and view YouTube videos at these links:

The next SecondLife event will be Sam Ladner and Matthew Milan's
"Backcasting" session - September 13 at 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time. Backcasting is a neat strategy development technique and they explain it well. I might even get up early in the morning for this.

And talking about conferences:

That's it from me. I have conferences to prepare for...


Donna Maurer
Marketing & Communications, IAI Board of Directors

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 is dedicated to Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. The columns may be of special interest to IAI members with student Richard Urban's take on "Second Life, Serious Leisure and LIS." This Bulletin's IA column is written by IAI's own Stacy Surla's, titled "An Information Architecture Approach to Building a Much Better Digital Library."

Second Life, Serious Leisure and LIS

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

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

Foundations of Interaction Design
by David Malouf

Interaction Design focuses on the behavior of interfaces, rather than their form or structure. David Malouf proposes four foundations that underpin that practice. They help orchestrate a holistic narrative and give us all things to seriously consider when we look at our creations.


Design Is Rocket Science
Book Review: Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Edition
by Clifton Evans

We all need help in creating the Next Great Design. Clifton Evans finds valuable support for our work in "Interaction Design" even as he cautions that there is not a scientific formula for design success.


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 next annual session of the online workshop in website indexing (creating site A-Z hyperlinked indexes), led by Web Indexing SIG immediate-past manager Heather Hedden, will be offered through Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Continuing Education Program October 1-31. Registrations are now being accepted through the start date on a space available basis.



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

Product Selection, Installation and Revolution

The IA Institute needs a member relations software solution that fits the sophistication and schedules of its members! Our current software is not working for this audience and we must find a new one pronto. How can you help? Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org.

  • Join committee to find and implement new software solution. Consider what should software do for IAI members?
  • Lead or contribute to a database team who will identify what data to collect, specify attributes and field types, create user-friendly forms, and migrate data into the new system.
  • Focus your attention on how member services are integrated with current website, utilize your IA and customer relations knowledge to increase and improve points of entry for IAI members.

We are currently recruiting for all teams. Work will be simultaneous and on-going. Time commitment is flexible. In the end, we hope to have a great new system, much more structured and flexible data collection, and a website that is usable and useful to members.

*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. Please contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org if you are interested.


Peer Coaching for User Experience Managers
September 6, 2007
Skype Call

Our next *listen and learn* session will be on 6th September 2007 at 9pm (British Summer Time)/ 4pm (Eastern Time) / 1pm (Pacific Time). It will be conducted using Skype. Please contact Mags Hanley (mairead at yahoo.com) with your Skype username, indicating if you would like to attend as a listener or a participant; there is only room for four participants.

September 13, 2007
SecondLife Info Architecture Island

Sam Ladner and Matthew Milan's explore the strategic development technique "Backcasting." "Backcasting: or how I learned to stop predicting and help my clients" as part of the IA Summit Redux series. This event will take place on Info Architecture Island in Second Life. Backcasting provides a set of strategic planning techniques that IAs can use to facilitate project discovery, web strategy definition and measurement, and social learning about the needs and culture of the client organization. The original slidedeck can be viewed on Slideshare.net. The audience raved; come and see what it's all about. Session starts at 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time.

IAI's Second Annual IDEA Conference

IDEA Conference October 4-5, 2007
Pre Conference October 3, 2007
New York City USA

Special Group discounts for groups of 5 or more, see

IDEA stands for Information: Design, Experience, and Access. Unique in how it brings together designers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, IDEA presentations address 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


September 21-22, 2007
Barcelona, Spain

This year, EuroIA will explore the theme of "Translating Information Architecture", whether between languages, within our profession, to our clients, transforming ideas into practical solutions, or reaching out to other electronic and physical spaces.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.euroia.org/

OZ-IA 2007
Sydney, Australia
September 22-23, 2007

Over the weekend of 22nd/23rd September 2007 there will be a conference on information architecture in Sydney, Australia. A packed schedule of speaker presentations, panels, workshops, and inter-session activities has been planned. And of course, there's the opportunity to catch up with your peers, network your way to new contacts, and have a good time. IAI members are eligible for discounted registration.

Registration is now open!

Semantic Web Strategies
September 30 - October 2, 2007
San Jose, CA, USA

It is time to get Semantic Web smart! This ground-breaking event will bring together web developers and high-level business strategists to learn from each other's experiences and gather new ideas for getting greater value from their data. Immerse yourself in this cutting-edge technology and bring back critical ideas you can implement today!

IAI members save $150 on a Passport or Two-day Conference Pass. Contact Melissa at membership AT iainstitute DOT org to receive the registration code.

Enterprise Search Summit West
November 6 - 7, 2007
San Jose, CA, USA

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."

IA Konferenz
November 9-10, 2007
An der Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart (Anreise)

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


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:

Junior Information/Experience Architect
Anderson DDB, San Francisco, California USA

User Interface/Customer Experience Assistant Manager
The Hired Guns (Recruiter), New York, NY USA

Senior User Research - Ref #1328
HSBC Technology Services, Burnaby, BC CAN

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

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