IAI Newsletter #4.1 2009

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asis&t Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, and Web Indexing SIG. Also, there's a brief list of events with great discounts for members and job postings at the end, so scroll down!

In this issue:

* IAI News
* Local Groups Update
* What's New with Our Partners?
* Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
* Job Postings


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

*Update on IA Summit preconference
*Web App Summit scholarship
*Complimentary registration to IDC Cloud Computing Events in New Zealand and Australia
*Web Indexing SIG award

The IA Institute Pre-Conference Workshop has been announced. Join us for this exciting and timely workshop covering models, frameworks, and tactics to make the best case for UX in general (and IA in particular) to a business ideology-driven audience.

Beyond Findability: Reframing IA Practice & Strategy for Turbulent Times
Presented by Andrew Hinton, Livia Labate, Matt Milan, Joe Lamantia

Changes are happening fast in technology, the economy, and even the various User Experience professions. In the midst of such turbulence, conventional Information Architecture can have trouble seeming fully relevant. Some may see it as a commodity, or a narrow specialty that has little to do with the game-changing emergence of social media, ubiquitous & mobile computing, and the rest.

This full-day workshop will address such concerns with a boundary-pushing foray into IA craft and strategy. We'll show how core IA skills are more relevant and strategically important than ever, and we'll explore how we can extend IA to its full potential in 21st century UX design.


Register today Ð IAI members are eligible for the Asis&t member rate!


Web App Summit Scholarship Contest

The UIE Web App Summit is a carefully crafted this four-day Summit including two days of intensive full-day workshops on form design, Ajax, RIAs, design deliverables, wireframes, accessibility, design patterns, and web standards.

The scholarship program allows one IAI member to receive free registration. To enter, visit our scholarship page at http://www.iainstitute.org/en/learn/education/web_app_summit_scholarship_.php.


Complimentary registration to IDC Cloud Computing Conference for eligible members

With all major ICT and services vendors making major investments in service delivery through the cloud, a thorough understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of using cloud-sourced services is essential. As an attendee at this event you will be able to consider how your current and future provisioning of ICT can support your development, deployment and delivery of your business and consumer services.

The IDC is offering complimentary registration to the Cloud Computing Conferences in Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia this March. Visit their calendar pages to learn more:

Australia - http://iainstitute.org/calendar/000878.php
New Zealand - http://iainstitute.org/calendar/000879.php


Web Indexing SIG Award open to IAI members

Exciting news! IAI partner, the Web Indexing SIG, has opened this year's Web Indexing Award to IAI members. Read more in our partners section. or visit their website for details: http://www.web-indexing.org/web-indexing-award.htm.


LOCAL GROUPS - http://iainstitute.org/en/network/localgroups/local_groups.php

*Italian IA Summit program announced - http://www.iasummit.it/2009/program/

*New local IA groups forming in Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky: Interested parties please contact Andreas Drath (adrath AT fuse DOT net).

New local groups joined IAI in December:

*Berlin, Germany
Berlin IA Cocktail Hour

*Frankfurt, Germany
IA Cocktail Hour Frankfurt/Main
Website: http://ia-ffm.mixxt.de/

*Raleigh/Durham, NC, USA

*Sydney, Australia
Sydney IA Peers
Monthly meetings - discussion & drinks
Contact: Eric Scheid at eric[at]ironclad[dot]com[dot]au

And be sure to check out UX book clubs meeting in January and February Ð



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

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

The current issue of Asis&t's Bulletin focuses on open source software in the library environment.If you're working with any library clients or interested in how open source works in large information spaces, this is the issue for you.



Boxes and Arrows - http://www.boxesandarrows.com

The definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape. Read the concluding articles from last month's series in Usability and Flowmaps.

Quick Turnaround Usability Testing, Part II
by Paul Nuschke

You've already learned how to use QTUT to reduce usability study prep time. Now, in part two of his article, Paul Nuschke describes how to expedite usability test sessions, and analysis & reporting


Flowmaps and Frag-Grenades, Part 2: An Interview with Halo 3's Colm Nelson
by Bryce Glass

Five years ago, Colm Nelson captured a dream job as the Interaction Designer for the blockbuster Halo 3. In the midst of his busy schedule, he sits down with Bryce Glass for part two of a two-part series.



Web Indexing SIG news

As mentioned above, the Web Indexing SIG of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Web Indexing Award. The award recognizes excellence in website indexing and is open to members of the Information Architecture Institute, ASI and affiliated indexing societies. Further details, including the award criteria and submission form, are available at: http://www.web-indexing.org/web-indexing-award.htm

The SIG also has a new manager, Rebecca Linford, who took over from Jessica McCurdy Crooks as of January 1. Rebecca is an accredited member of the Society of Indexers (UK), and a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP). She works as a freelance indexer and website consultant, and also as a part-time technical support specialist at the University of Dundee, Scotland. For more information about her background visit her website at http://www.rebeccalinford.co.uk.


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

The Following events are sponsored by IAI or offer discounts to IAI members. Visit our website for more information -

To add your own event to our calendar or if you have questions about events or registration discount codes, contact Melissa at membership AT iainstitute DOT org.

Intelligent Content
Jan 29-30, 2009
Palm Springs, CA

Interaction 09 (not eligible for discount)
February 5-8, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Web Content Tampa Bay
February 17-18, 2009
Clearwater, FL

Italian IA Summit
February 20, 2009
Forl“, Italy

Documentation and Training West 2009
March 17-20, 2009
Palm Springs, CA

Beyond Findability: Reframing IA Practice & Strategy for Turbulent Times
March 18, 2009
Memphis, TN, USA

IA Summit
March 18-22, 2009
Memphis, TN, USA

IDC's New Zealand Cloud Computing Conference
March 19, 2009
Auckland, New Zealand

IDC's Australia Cloud Computing Conference
March 25, 2009
Sydney, Australia

IA Konferenz 2009
May 16-17, 2009
Hamburg, Germany

Documentation and Training Life Sciences
June 3-5, 2009
Indianapolis, IN

Web Content Chicago
June 15-16, 2009
Chicago, IL

UX London
June 15, 2009
London UK

Documentation and Training East
October 27-30, 2009
Waltham, MA

WORKSHOPS (not eligible for discount)

Creating Web Site Indexes online workshop
Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Continuing Education
March 1-31, $250.
Registration information at:



The IAI Job Board lists job postings related to information architecture, as well as information design, interaction design, user experience, and HCI. Visit the job board at http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/

The following are just a sample of recent postings:

Manager, Online Information Architecture
REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated, Inc), Seattle, WA USA

User Experience Consultant
Aquent, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire GBR

Junior Information Architect
Leading NYC advertising agency, New York, NY USA

Digital Marketing Manager
Humber College, Toronto, ON CAN

Job board newsletter archives are available at:


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