"I'm a big believer in Information Architecture as a community of practice, and I also believe it's good for such a community to have a "home base," especially if they're a virtual organization spread all over the globe like ours, which is why I got involved with starting the Institute in 2002."
Who: Andrew Hinton
Title: Senior Information Architect
Most recent IA project: Various Vanguard sites.
Learn more about me at: www.inkblurt.com
The IA Institute is a global volunteer organization who 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.
Below are our volunteer opportunities. If any of these jobs sound like something you would be good at and happy to give your time to, please email us with the subject line of the position you are interested in and a bit about your availability and skillset: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specific Volunteer Jobs we are seeking to fill:
Global Executive Producer of World IA Day:
Our fifth annual World IA Day will be held in 2016, and we need someone totally amazing to take the torch and lead our local teams through the complex process of organizing and running a one-day global conference. We will be taking nominations for this position until March 15th via this form.
As you can read about in our 2014 Annual Report, we have a mighty mountain to climb this year in replatforming our technological infrastructure. If you ever wanted a really good cobbler's kids get shoes case study, you want in on this.
We're a strong community with so many smart people. We can do this together - think of it like a digital barn-raising.
The Most Meta Information Architect in the World:Are you up for a real challenge? Want the chance to IA the IAI? Now is the time. We have personas, draft wires and site maps, but we really need a leader to take it to the next level. Someone who can wrangle a volunteer crew and mentor IAs from around the world wanting to help and grow and learn. Oh, and did we mention we're doing this on Drupal? We need someone who's excited about learning Drupal. Quite an opportunity, huh?
And yes, we could technically do this ourselves. BUT we want you to do it. Because it will be way better that way. AND think about how cool it will be to have in your portfolio when it gets talked about as the coolest thing since pockets.
Junior IAs also, please! Don't feel like a Meta IA? Don't have a lot of time to commit? Sign up anyway. We'll teach you something new, or you can just participate in the discussions and comment on what we're building. Contribute to the rejuvenation of the IAI and be part of the conversation!
Cat & Content Wrangler: Are you a content Ninja? We have content! And we want a lot more content of all different types, but we need a solid plan for structuring it, archiving it, and finding it again. We want to be future-friendly. We want our content to go anywhere. And we know we don't want another giant hairball, which is kind of what we have. We need an expert in the field of content strategy who can lead a team of volunteers to help us to figure this puzzle out. This person would ideally have Drupal experience and/or a heart of gold. Ideally both.
Brand-Weaving, Pixel-Loving Design Master: We know that our membership is full of high quality visual designers just waiting to have a no-holds-barred rebranding design client. We want to be that client for you. You also know some CSS? Great! Familiar with Drupal themes? Even better! And yes, you can mess with the logotype (Read: please do)
Drupal developers with a Passion for Module Integration: We know, CMSes are hard, and they are needy. Thatís why we need to find the people out there that are dying to show this world what Drupal can do when treated tenderly. If that is you, we want to talk. If you work at a company with people like that, buy them lunch and ask them to email us. If you are married to, dating, living with or even have a crush on someone like that, please do something nice for them and then ask them to email us.
Project Yoda: We donít need a project manager. We need a master. We need someone whose quippy yet actionable, always well-timed meetings and emails inspire an army of volunteers to actually make all these plans into reality.
Social Media Mavens: We need a reporter for the institute. And a communicator extraordinaire. A journalism minded person to cover what is going on in our global organization and pique the curiosity of that someone somewhere who just might need become an IA. We would like to find at least one person per social network to manage all our various accounts and pages.
Quality Assurance Overlord: We have a name to uphold here at the IAI. And if something is not working properly, we want someone to tell us. As such, we need an overlord of such things to manage the bug queue and make sure our stuff is tight by the time the world glimpses it. This role also involves recruiting and coordinating a global network of volunteers to make sure we are solid across multiple languages, devices and systems.
Local Group Leaders
Local Group leaders organize local IAI events that foster groups, including World IA Day, local summits, presentations, and cocktail hours, etc. This is an ongoing commitment of a few hours a month to organize and attend meetings of your group's choice.
Translations Team Members
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 still make a great contribution to the web development. Many sites are translated and ready to go, we only need a few of your hours to bring them to the public.
If you don't see your language or if your language site seems to be a bit low on content, we'd love to have your help! We have a list of articles waiting to be translated from English to your language. In fact, we would love to find out what is going on in your area and provide details to our members in your language. If you have news, events or articles you would like to submit, we can add them to your language site. We can also add articles translated to English to bring thought leadership to a wider audience.
This page was last modified on February 23, 2015 10:00 AM.