March 2006 Archives

Laughing Lemur 2.0

Together with my publisher and sponsor O'Reilly Media, I'm pleased to announce yet another laughing lemur contest (see also: 1.0, 2.0).

Ambient Findability T-Shirt

To win, you must come to the IA Summit, find one of these catalog cards, find a nut, and find me. When you give the card and the nut to me, I'll give you an official limited edition Ambient Findabili T. See you in Vancouver!

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SXSW Interactive

If you didn't make it to Austin this year, you can now experience SXSW vicariously via video, vlog, and podcast coverage.

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Michigan Mashup

As an advisor to the University of Michigan Press, I'm pleased to announce that nominations are open for The Best of Technology 2006. In other Ann Arbor news, Mind and Maze (PDF) by Ann Devlin promises to be interesting:

Her expertise lies in environmental psychology, particularly in the creation of more humanistic environments in housing for the elderly and psychiatric hospitals. She also specializes in wayfinding, the study of the manner in which environments (through their design and layout) and people (through their creation of maps and other tools) provide cues to help people navigate from an origin to a destination.

Also, Ed Vielmetti is organizing a Library 2.0 Unconference in April.

Strange Connections

At SXSW, Jed Rice of Skyhook Wireless demo'd Loki for me. It feels like 2006 will be the Year of LBS. In related news, Adam Greenfield delivered a great SXSW talk, and his new book Everyware is now available.

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The Sharp Edge of Metaphor

Inspired by the garden of a dead, blind, Argentine activist and librarian named Jorge Luis Borges, I recently wrote A Garden of Forking Paths. It's a strange, semantic rollercoaster that's best experienced on an empty stomach. I also sprinkled a bit of metaphor into this UBC Google Scholar Interview. I hope the Pony Express doesn't get me into hot water. Okay. I'm done.

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March Madness

ETech went well. Bruce Sterling's keynote speech was brilliant, as expected. Now I'm off to SXSW in Austin. Then, the IA Summit in Vancouver. It's a good thing I only have two trips in April. Montreal and Tokyo. See y'all on the road!

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The Internet of Things

I'm headed to ETech. On Monday, Bruce Sterling takes center stage. And on Tuesday, Julian Bleeker is moderating the Internet of Things. Should be fun!

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Polar Bear III

Lou and I are pleased to announce we've signed a contract with O'Reilly to publish a third edition of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web.

Since its original publication in 1998, the polar bear book has sold more than 100,000 copies and become established around the world as a leading text for students and practitioners.

But it's time for an upgrade, and we'd love your help. Please contribute by completing PB3 Survey #1. This is the first in a series of community surveys we're planning to ensure we include the best ideas and examples.

Also, we're hiring an editorial assistant, so if you know someone who may be interested, please send them the position description. Thanks!

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