IAI Newsletter #3.1 January 2008

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 Conferences and Workshops
* Job Postings


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

Greetings IAs,

If you adhere to the Western calendar, Happy New Year! In any case, may the 366 of 2008 days be rich, structured, memorable and pleasurable.

This month's introduction to the IAI newsletter comes from a new Board member: I, Peter Boersma was elected in 2007 as Director of Member Services and Local Groups. I have been injecting our weekly Board of Directors conference calls (with participants from 6 timezones, more if the Advisors take part) with statements and questions that relate to our members' wellbeing. I am working on a plan to focus our attention on projects that will promote and support Local Groups while maintaining our most-valued services for all members. Execution of that plan will start in 2008.

The entire Board is proud to tell you that the January 21st issue of Fortune (North America) is going to have a special advertising article about IA and the Kent State IAKM program. Attention to our field in a magazine like Fortune is great news for all practitioners and thinkers. Our President, Eric Reiss, was instrumental in getting this done: thank you Eric!

Enjoy the New Year and this issue of our newsletter,

Peter Boersma
Director of Member Services and Local Groups



Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org if you're interested in working on any of the following projects:

1. Translations Team Project Manager

We have quite a few sites that have team members but no one to keep the projects on track. The project manager would work with teams to track progress and port finished translations into new site. Requires some html/css knowledge. Language teams all use basecamp to work together. Includes team management, 2 hrs/wk until completed - 6 months. Excellent experience for those looking to expand their resumes!

2. Translations Team Members

Not interested in management but still want to contribute to this global effort? Join a language team! Teams need assistance with translation, navigation, and moving translated content into the new website framework. If you aren't able to translate the words but have html/css knowledge, you can contribute to the web development.

3. Event Calendar Webmaster

IAI is seeking a volunteer with time to seek out events of interest to the IA community, form event partnerships, and publish events on the website. Perks could include free registration at one of these events!

Coming soon Ð We have a great website revision project and IDEA 2008 volunteer opportunities in the works. If you'd like to be contacted when these projects start, contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org and we'll add you to the list.

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.


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

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

If you haven't read the December/January edition of the Asis&t Bulletin, don't miss it. The issue's IA Column features thought provoking articles from James Kalbach and Olugbenga Ademodi's. Edited by IAI's own Stacy Surla!

Navigating the Long Tail - http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Dec-07/kalbach.html

The Open Source Road to Web 2.0 for Nigeria: A View of Two Worlds from the Outside - http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Dec-07/ademodi.html


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

Interactions 08 in the Garden of Good and Evil
An Interview with Dan Saffer

Dan Saffer opens up to B&A about the IxDA and Interaction 08 conference. He helps us understand context of the organization, how the conference evolved, what to expect in Savannah, and how we might get a flavor even if attendance is not an option.

Foundations of Interaction Design
Podcast with David Malouf

Jeff Parks speaks with David Malouf on his article, Foundations of Interaction Design. They discuss several foundations of Interaction design including time, metaphor, abstraction, and negative space. David also provides greater detail to comments posted on his article from readers from around the world.


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.

Don't forget to make your nomination for the Web Indexing Award!

To encourage high quality web site indexes and to promote the web indexing work of professional indexers, the Web Indexing Special Interest Group of the American Society of Indexers will begin awarding a deserving indexer the annual Web Indexing SIG Award for excellence in web site indexing. Nominations are open from November 26, 2007- March 1, 2008

Eligibility requirements and contact information is available on the Web Indexing SIG website at: http://www.web-indexing.org. As soon as it is available, a link to conference information will be posted on the web site.



Events in the IAI Calendar offer discounts to members. We are always looking for new partners and events we can share with our membership and newsletter subscribers. If you'd like to promote your event, please contact events AT iainstitute DOT org.


Search and Retrieval Conference:
Capitalising on new and existing search tools to improve information retrieval and access
February 4-6, 2007
Sydney, Australia

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.

Search Analytics:
Harnessing site search analytics to better understand and meet your user and customer needs
March 6, 2008
Sydney, Australia

Rich Wiggins, the leading international Search Analytics expert, is coming to Sydney on 6th March 2008 to host this intensive one-day master class. Search Analytics (SA) is a hugely valuable, and typically under-exploited, tool that can enable you to better understand your customers' needs-in their own words-and then tune your search service, content, metadata and site navigation to meet those needs. SA is a powerful and often neglected method for improving search performance and overall site effectiveness.

To see a full copy of the brochure for this event, please email Helen Lewis at Helen DOT lewis AT keyforums DOT com DOT au.


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:

Information Architect
CVL, London, Surrey GBR

Platform Usability Engineer
Autodesk, Inc, San Francisco, CA USA

Interactive Designer
Vanguard, Valley Forge, PA USA

Job board newsletter archives are available at:


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