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An update…

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Hey all, there’s been a hiccup with the podcast production process but rest assured they are coming. I’ve also got most of the presentations ready for upload, but I need to arrange hosting space for them. You can also find a bunch of oz-ia/2007 presentations on

Program Schedule

Monday, September 17th, 2007

The program schedule is now available.

Saturday is a big day. Registration will open at 7:45am, with tea, coffee, and breakfast croissants. Opening and welcome will be at 8:10am, with the first session kicking off just five minutes later. Each session is 45 minutes long, with a 15 minute break.

This year there will be bottomless urns of tea and coffee in addition to the usual morning/afternoon tea breaks.

Out of consideration of the possible after-effects of Happener’s IA-Beers social networking event on Saturday night, Sunday kicks off a little bit later, the final session is from 4:30pm and like last year is an Open Session with content to be determined by the attending delegates. Use this time to ask presenters extra questions, delve deeper into some tangent, or maybe do a lightning presentation of your own.

Finally, we wrap up by retiring to the bar, where FatDUX has put a wad of FatBUX on the bar.

Early Bird extension

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Guess who only realised this week that this Friday 7th is a local public holiday?

Darn APEC. What is this, bush week?

In consideration of this, we’re extending the early bird registrations cut-off date to Tuesday 11th. Remember, you can register now to secure the early bird rate, and then pay later.

Win a free pass!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I’m giving away a free pass to Oz-IA/2007!

Oz-IA/2007 - Sydney, September 22nd/23rd 2007Write a blog post saying nice things about Oz-IA/2007 and include the code below, and maybe your blog post will be selected for the free pass.

The fine print: write me a comment below so I know about it, entries close 6:00 PM Thursday 6th September, judge’s decision is final, do not spin fold or mutilate. The pass is transferable, so if you’re already coming you could instead give it away to some lucky colleague.

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Registrations are open!

Monday, August 27th, 2007

The Early Bird rate is $500 AUD, or $450 AUD if you have a discount code, and this rate will last until 7th September. After that, the standard rate of $550 AUD applies ($500 with a discount code).

Go register now, you can pay later if you wish.

Are you a member of the Information Architecture Institute? IAI members are entitled to the discount registration rate, a savings of $50. That’s more than the price of IAI membership for a year, so why not join IAI and have the added benefits of the members’ mailing list, mentoring programme, discounts to other events, access to our member directory and much more. The IAI will soon be advising their members of the relevant discount code.

Alternatively, you might consider joining the Web Industry Professionals Association for just $45 per year. WIPA is an organisation that brings Australian Web professionals together to exchange ideas, participate in debate, advance education and promote ethical practice. They recently facilitated the Full Code Press event, in conjunction with WebStock. The WIPA will soon be advising their members of the relevant discount code.

The Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) represents businesses, individuals and students involved in the web industry. The Australian Web Industry Association is bringing together web professionals across Australia, promoting the Australian web industry and recognising the great work being produced by local developers. They have memberships starting from $20 for students, $50 for individuals, and from $150 for organisations. The AWIA will soon be advising their members of the relevant discount code.

Twittering away my coding time

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Ack, here I am frantically getting the registration coding working, and I’m frittering away my coding time with twitter. Heh .. “twittering”, how apt, but I digress. Again.

Anyhoo, two points:

  1. the conference has it’s own twitter page: — follow if you dare
  2. redemption: consider the IA issues exposed in this excellent blog post (via aDB)

We have sessions!

Friday, August 24th, 2007

We’ve sorted through many very fine proposals and had to make some heartbreaking choices as to who didn’t make the cut.

Right now, so far, we have 14 sessions selected. We plan at least another two sessions as well, plus inter-session activities … but we ran out of beer so the program committee was adjourned for the night.

We have presentation sessions covering wikis, tagging, business realities, and user research. Some will be diving deep into their subjects, some will be rollicking frolics, some may even be both at the same time. Did I mention there was beer?

Each of the selected sessions are listed on the Sessions page, with each linked to a session abstract and the presenter’s bio and photo. Each of those pages have comments enabled, so please go ahead and ask your speakers some difficult questions. Especially if they have only a short and mysterious abstract. Who knows, maybe they’ll even quietly update their presentation to include coverage of your question too.

We’ve also got a number of inter-session activities planned, things involving user personas, graded categories, a delphi method-esque card sort, affinity diagramming, a pod-casting Q&A, a trading card game, and brainstorming some cloudy problem. Oooh, mysterious!

We’re still accepting ideas and proposals for inter-session activities, so do let us know.

Many great proposals…

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

We’ve received many great proposals which we are now sorting through.

Topics include wikis, deliverables, documentation, faceted browsing, selling IA, optimising page content and structure, some heady deep-thinking matters, some breezy whirlwind introductions to new material, and several case studies … some sessions will be of particular interest to commercial sector practitioners, others of special interest to in-house corporate or governmental … stay tuned this week for more details, plus we’ll (finally!) be opening registrations.

In reading the proposals, one thing I noticed is that while writing abstracts and biographies seem relatively easy (hah!), some are struggling to find the vocabulary to precisely elaborate who their intended audience is. What audience segment best represents you?

Call for submissions

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Got an idea for a session or activity?

We are now accepting proposals - submit yours today.

Oz-IA/2007 - it’s on!

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Over the weekend of 22nd/23rd September 2007 there will be a conference on information architecture in Sydney, Australia. We plan a packed schedule of speaker presentations, panels, workshops, and inter-session activities.

We’ll soon be putting out a call for participation, seeking submissions of presentations, case studies, posters, and activities, so mark the date, watch this page, subscribe to the RSS feed, or subscribe to email alerts.