News & Updates

Some workshop cancellations

Regrettably, we’ve had to cancel three workshops due to insufficient numbers. The workshops cancelled are the two on WCAG 2.0 forms and Eyetracking for Usability.

FatDUX sponsored drinks

Once again, FatDUX are sponsoring post-conference drinks. Everyone is welcome to come along, attendees will receive drink vouchers and a map will be handed out at the last session of the day.

Conference Dinner

Acidlabs have kindly organised a conference dinner. Invitations were sent to all registrants, RSVPs have been collated, and no more spaces are available.

Program Schedule is online

Just a quick note to mention that the program schedule is now online.

The conference day starts at 8:00am and continues through to 5:30pm. The packed schedule may seem daunting, but we’ve got a couple of suprises lined up to relieve the stress. Lunch is catered onsite, as are morning and afternoon tea breaks.

Student rates for conference/workshops

From even the first Oz-IA Conference we’ve known that our industry needs more talented people doing the things we do.

This year we’re officially offering student rates for the conference - if you’re a full time student then you can attend for the very affordable rate of $198. This barely covers our per-head costs and nothing more, but you get to enjoy the full experience nonetheless!

Additionally, we’d like to offer a special rate of just $77 for full time students for the workshops. Since workshop places are limited however we can only make this offer on a stand-by basis .. but not to worry most of the workshops have plenty of spaces left at this time.

If you are a full-time student just register as normal using discount code ‘student’.

Early Bird extension!

The cut off date for Early Bird Registrations has been exteneded until Tuesday 9th. Early bird registration is $660 or $550 with a discount code - you can register now to secure the Early Bird rate and then pay later if this suits you.

Are you a member of AWIA, WIPA, IAI, ALIA, RMAA, ALLA, or certain other industry bodies? If so, discunted registration is available to you.

Workshop places are also filling up, so register as soon as you can. Conference attendees are entitled to a discounted rate for the workshops, and you don’t have to register for workshops at the same time as you do for the conference.

Registration is now open!

Registrations for the conference and for the workshops is now open! Early bird registration is $660 and runs to August 31st. You can register now to secure the Early Bird rate and then pay later if this suits you.

There are discount codes available to members of AWIA, WIPA, IAI and other industry bodies, and previous attendees also get a discount.

Workshop places are limited, so register as soon as you can. Conference attendees are entitled to a discounted rate for the workshops, and you don’t have to register for workshops at the same time as you do for the conference.

Workshops Program

I’m happy to now announce our workshops program – six half day workshops and a full day workshop, presented by veterans of the industry, arranged over two days in a developer track and an IA track.

  • Interaction Design Studio
  • Rapid Prototyping in Flash
  • Designing the Search Experience
  • Research methods for Information Architecture
  • IA: Theory & practice
  • Accessible forms with WCAG 2.0
  • Styling WCAG 2.0 accessible forms with CSS

These are scheduled for the Thursday 18th and Friday 19th preceding the conference proper, and are competitively priced: the half day workshops are $300 each (inc GST), or $240 to conference attendees, and the full day workshop is $550 (inc GST), or $440 to conference attendees.

Full Session Details on Conference Program

Full details for each of the conference sessions are now online.

We have also locked in seven workshops, details soon.

We are still interested in submissions of posters.

Preliminary Conference Program

The call for short and advanced conference sessions has closed and was very successful. We had more than 70 very interesting proposals on many great topics, and whittling the list down to just 22 sessions on the program was not an enviable task.

View the preliminary conference program ... we’ll be adding more details in the next few days.

We are still interested in proposals for full or half day workshops, as well as submissions of posters.

IA in agencies survey

Patrick Kennedy is doing an online survey to get some answers straight from the people who work in agencies (or who used to). He’s interested in learning how people go about practicing IA, in particular how agencies “do IA”. This is to both confirm and challenge his own understanding of the way agencies work and how IA fits into their processes, who it gets done by and how it might be possible to give agencies the skills they need to perform better in this regard.

The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and he’ll give away to one lucky person who completes the survey a copy of the acclaimed best-selling book by Steve Krug Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition.

2008 IAI Salary Survey

News from the IA Institute: the 2008 IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey is now open. The survey takes only a minute or two to complete, so we hope you’ll stop by and contribute. As in previous years, the survey will remain open until October, and we will post the results on the IAI website in December.

Call for Presentations closed!

Thank you for your very many proposals for conference presentations. We have received close to 80 proposals covering many topics. We are working our way through them, trying to not only pick the best of the very good, but also produce a balanced program.

We are still interested in receiving suggestions for workshops and for posters.

Submissions close today!

Expressions of interest in presenting short or advanced conference sessions close today! We are particularly looking for introductory/tutorial/essentials presentations on various practical methods and deliverables – a 30 minute or 60 minute session on everything you need to know about doing X, including when and why, how to prepare, how to report outcomes to stakeholders, reference books to learn more, etc).

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Who came to Oz-IA/2007?

Interested in who came to last years conference? Here are some tag clouds of industries, job titles, and locations courtesy of wordle.

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of industries of 2007 attendees

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job titles of 2007 attendees

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of locations of 2007 attendees

Call for Sponsors

Show your support for the IA industry and become a sponsor. This is a unique opportunity to showcase your services, recruit new staff, and associate your brand with your support for this industry.

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Call for Participation

We are seeking expressions of interest in presenting short sessions and advanced sessions, conducting full or half day workshops, and posters. Submissions will undergo a peer review process to be short listed, and then additional details will be requested.

Submissions need to be in by Friday July 25th.

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Announcing Oz-IA 2008!

Announcing the third annual Oz-IA conference on information architecture in Sydney, Australia.

It will take place at the Stamford Plaza Double Bay over the weekend of September 20th/2st.

We’ve planned a packed schedule of basic and advanced presentations, workshops, and expert panels.

And of course, there’s the opportunity to catch up with your peers, network your way to new contacts, and have a good time.





Program Schedule is online

The program schedule is now online. Don’t worry, we have a couple suprises planned to de-stress the packed schedule.

Student rates!

We’re offering special rates for full time students, for the conference and for the workshops.

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