IAI Newsletter #3.7 July 2008

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asis&t Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, and the Web Indexing SIG. We have also added a list of conferences, workshops, F2Fs, and job postings at the end, so scroll down! 

  • IAI News
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • What's New with Our Partners?
  • IDEA update
  • Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
  • Online Courses and Programs
  • Job Postings


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

Registration is now open for EuroIA 2008, which will be taking place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on September 26-27. Naturally, all IAI members get a discount on registration. And if you register before August 29, there are even greater discounts. See the full program at http://www.euroia.org

The IA Institute's own conference IDEA 2008 has also opened registration and is offering great discounts for members and groups. Register at the early bird rate through August 17.  

The 2008 IAI Grants Committee is currently being formed. We will be accepting proposals throughout August and September, so if you would like to be considered for one of the two USD 1000 grants we award each year, check out our website for application details: http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/ia_grant_research.php.

The first of our 2007 Grants was awarded to Drs. Marc Resnick and Amir Abou Baker from Florida International University. Their completed research paper, The Effect of Scent on User Recall of Web Site Navigation can be downloaded here: http://iainstitute.org/documents/research/results/Resnick_effect-of-scent-on-user-recall.pdf.

Our second 2007 Grant recipient, Andrea Resmini from the University of Bologna, is researching educational opportunities in the field of IA in Europe. To this end, Andrea and his multi-national team have arranged a retreat in Sweden, scheduled for early August. Here, educators from across Europe will gather for two days to discuss how to improved educational offerings and coordinate curricula. 

Plans for a peer-reviewed journal are also well underway. Dr. Dorte Madsen from the Copenhagen Business School will be serving as our Editor-in-Chief. We'll keep you up-to-date as the project progresses. The journal will also be on the agenda at the Swedish retreat.  


Eric Reiss
President, Information Architecture Institute



VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  - http://iainstitute.org/en/network/volunteer_opportunities.php

IAI is a multinational volunteer organization and all of our projects are the work of an active volunteer community.  Our members supply the ideas, initiative, and energy it takes to provide services to the IA community. Join that effort by taking on a volunteer role today. Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org if you are interested in any of the following projects or would like to learn more about volunteering. 

*Website Developers IAI is looking for volunteers with php skills and experience with Moveable Type to help publish some exciting new language sites, content, and pages. Our language sites are translated and ready to publish. Please join the website team and help a great global project launch on the web. 

*French Speakers Parlez-vous Français? Translation is needed for our French language site. Offer your services as a language translator, site developer, or language representative for France and Francophile areas.   



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


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

This June/July issue of the Asis&t Bulletin features "Information Advantage" by Ted Sienknecht in the IA Column. Mr. Sienknecht discusses how to speak with executives who dismiss information architecture out of hand. Showing us how to define and embrace the "information advantage" to better understand customers, trends, and facilitate planning – advantages that all executives need and can understand.  

Information Advantage http://www.asist.org/Bulletin/Jun-08/JunJul08_Sienknecht.html   


Boxes and Arrows - http://www.boxesandarrows.com
The definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape.   Check out a great new article from IAI board member, Sarah Rice: 

MindCanvas Review
by Sarah A. Rice
Mindcanvas is an online research service designed for IAs by IAs. Sarah Rice has used it during the course of various projects, and in this review she gives us an introduction to the service and its strengths and weaknesses.


On A Scale of 1 to 5 :Understanding Risk Improves Rating and Reputation Systems
by Alex Kirtland and Aaron Schiff

Rating and reputation systems are quite popular these days. Done right, they can reduce uncertainty people have in making decisions during online transactions. In this story, Alex Kirtland and Aaron Schiff give us solid practical advice on how to design successful rating and reputation systems.



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. 

There is a new addition to the The Web Indexing SIG's list of articles at  http://web-indexing.org/articles.htm . The June issue (vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 71-78) of /The Indexer/ (www.theindexer.org published by the Society of Indexers, UK) contains and article by Ilana Kingsley entitled "The Usability of Academic Library Website Indexes: An Investigation." For a reprint of the full text, contact either the author or the journal's editor, Maureen MacGlashan at editor AT theindexer DOT org     



IDEA UPDATE  - http://ideaconference.org

The IA Institute is excited to provide our list of confirmed speakers for the IDEA Conference. Each speaker brings a unique perspective, experience, and ingenuity to IDEA that we wanted to showcase as part of our dynamic presentation-based conference. A program and list of topics will be available soon, in the meantime, please visit our speakers' bios at http://ideaconference.org/program.html.

We are also pleased to announce new sponsors for IDEA. This is the first year IDEA has offered sponsorship opportunities and many great groups have already come on board. IAI welcomes Agency.com, Yelp, Comcast Interactive, Manifest Digital, and Rosenfeld Media as our first group of sponsors. If you would like to join their ranks, please visit http://ideaconference.org/sponsors.html or contact idea2008 AT ideaconference DOT org

Volunteers make IDEA happen. From our Directors Jorge Arango and Sarah Rice volunteering time and vision, to our website and marketing team, we at IAI want to thank all of our wonderful workers and invite you to join the effort. Thank you Chuck Ashman, Greg Corrin, Liz Danzico, Laurie Kalmanson, Grace Lau, Linda Nakasone, Yulia Nemachova, Jeff Parks, Sam Spicer, Beck Tench, Russ Unger, and Neena Weng for all of the work you have done and will do to make this event an excellent experience for speakers, attendees, and your fellow volunteers. There will many more thank yous to all of our volunteers in the months to come.  

Want to join them? Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org.    



UPCOMING EVENTS - http://iainstitute.org/calendar/ 

Events on the IAI Calendar website offer discounts to members. We are always looking for new partners and events we can share with our membership and newsletter subscribers. If you would like to promote your event, please contact events AT iainstitute DOT org.   The Calendar is bursting with events, check out the full listings online! http://iainstitute.org/calendar/  

Registration is open!
The third annual IDEA Conference, the IA Institute's own take on design for an always-on, always-connected world, is coming to Chicago this fall.   IDEA Conference October 7-8, 2008 Preconference October 6, 2008Chicago, USA


Registration: http://ideaconference.org/register.html
Speakers & Program: http://ideaconference.org/program.html
Sponsors: http://ideaconference.org/sponsors.html

Intelligent Leadership Training For Information Architecture
July 21 -22, 2008
Cambridge, MA

The Science and Technology Leadership Institute Presents Intelligent Leadership Training For Information Architecture The most important strategies and skills to lead technical groups and teams, improve awareness and communications, partner more effectively with customers and Improve overall leadership performance.

IAI members receive a special discount of $400 off the registration price. Contact Melissa at membership AT iainstitute DOT org for the IAI member exclusive registration link.


Information Architecture and Collaborative Design
August 7 – 8, 2008
Sydney, Australia

Join the Masterclass in “Using IA to enhance the use and effectiveness of your information system.” This two-day interactive workshop will provide a thorough overview and understanding about how to effectively use information architecture to make your intranet or website as effective as possible. IAI members eligible for discount. 



OZ-IA 2008
September 20-21, 2008
Sydney, Australia

Over the weekend of 20th/21st September 2008 there will be a conference on information architecture in Sydney, Australia. We plan a packed schedule of speaker presentations, panels, workshops, and networking activities. IAI members receive a special discount of 10% off registration.



EuroIA 2008
September 26-17, 2008
Amsterdam, Netherlands

This year Euro IA Summit will explore the theme of "Redrawing the Map", both between countries and online - from forging new international alliances to adapting traditional deliverables to the needs of a Web 2.0 world. Keynote speaker Adam Greenfield and a host of speakers focusing on topics in global design.

Program http://www.euroia.org/Programme.aspx
Register http://www.euroia.org/Register.aspx


Check out full listings and future events: http://iainstitute.org/calendar/   


Creating Web Site Indexes online workshop October 1-31, 2008 Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Continuing Education Program   Price $250. Open to the public.  

Information at:    http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/continuinged/workshops/online.shtml#online_a28
Registration information at: http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/continuinged/register.shtml
Additional details on the instructor's web site: http://www.hedden-information.com/course-simmons-website-indexing.htm

AIIM Certificate Programs Ongoing, online courses http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/education/aiim.php     AIIM is offering discounted registration to IAI members for its online courses and certificate programs. Become a Practitioner or Specialist after taking the online exams in one or more of the six online certificate programs. Take courses in your time at your own pace. Online modules, downloadable handouts, and additional resources available for six months per course prepare you for the final exam.

AIIM Certificate Programs:  

* Enterprise Content Management (ECM) - Learn how to take control of your information assets
* Electronic Records Management (ERM) - Learn how to take control of your electronic records
* Business Process Management (BPM) - Learn how to improve your business processes
* Information Organization and Access (IOA) - Learn how to optimize findability and enterprise search
* Enterprise 2.0 (E2.0) - Learn how to use Web 2.0 technologies to improve collaboration and innovation across the enterprise
* Email Management (EMM) - Learn how to improve the control of corporate emails 




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 just a sample of recent postings:  

Interactive Designer
Bargain Network, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA USA

Information Architect
Aquent, Austin, TX USA

Information Architect / Interaction / UI Designer (All Levels)
Magnani Caruso Dutton, New York City, 10001, NY USA

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


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