Please enter the URL that you'd like to shorten or click here to shorten current:
The Age of Information Architecture, By Jeff Lash. Digital Web Magazine, Aug. 21, 2002 "This month's issue of Digital Web focuses entirely on information architecture, and this is the first monthly column titled "IAnything Goes" which will address information architecture on its own..."
After the Dot-Bomb: getting web information retrieval right this time, by Marcia J Bates. First Monday, volume 7, number 7, July 2002. "Abstract - In the excitement of the "dot-com" rush of the 1990's, many Web sites were developed that provided information retrieval capabilities poorly or sub-optimally. Suggestions are made for improvements in the design of Web information retrieval in seven areas. Classifications, ontologies, indexing vocabularies, statistical properties of databases (including the Bradford Distribution), and staff indexing support systems are all discussed."
Ambient Findability, By Peter Morville. Digital Web Magazine, July 21, 2004. "Intelligence is moving to the edges, flowing through networked computers, wireless devices, empowered users and distributed teams.. Ideas spread like wildfire. Innovations emerge from uncharted borderlands. Information is in the air, literally. We're exploring a new world called cyberspace, and we're navigating without a map..."
Analysis of Web-based Information Architecture in a University Library: Navigating for Known Items, by David Robins and Sigrid Kelsey. Information Technology and Libraries, Volume 21, Number 4, December 2002. "This paper presents a descriptive study of the Louisiana State University Libraries' Web site. The intent of the study was to gain some idea of user demographics and satisfaction with the site at a given point in time and to test the site's navigation system. We wished to find out who was using the site, why they were using it, and to what extent they were satisfied with the site's navigation. We then assigned tasks (searching for known items) to subjects to better determine the extent to which the site's navigation system facilitated locating information on the site...."
Architecting Our Profession, by Clifton Evans. Boxes and Arrows, February 27, 2005. "I would like to encourage the community to talk about the need for professional networks within the information architecture field, especially as it relates to creating successful software and information systems. And, I would like to compare our needs in the field of IA with the systems that have been used in other areas to determine if we can develop an appropriate support system in moving towards specialization in our profession..."
Bottoms Up - Designing complex, adaptive systems, By Peter Morville. New Architect, December 2002. "Web design is under attack. Our enemy is a dangerous meme known as reductionism. This devious adversary is spreading the notion that we can fully understand Web sites as a combination of simpler components, and that we can break the process of design into lots of quick steps and clearly defined deliverables...."
Cognitive Psychology & IA: From Theory to Practice, by Jason Withrow. Boxes and Arrows, August 11, 2003. "What do cognitive psychology and information architecture have in common? Actually there is a good deal of common ground between the two disciplines. First and foremost, both are concerned with mental processes and how to support those processes. Indeed, many information architects (including the author) have backgrounds in cognitive psychology or a closely related field. Certainly, having a background in cognitive psychology supports the practice of information architecture, and it is precisely those interconnections and support that will be explored..."
Design patterns for information architecture with DITA map domains - Defining a type for collections of topics. IBM Developerworks, 17 September 2004. "The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) provides maps for assembling topics into deliverables. By specializing the map elements, you can define a formal information architecture for your deliverables. This architecture provides guidance to authors on how to organize topics and lets processes recognize your organizing principles, resulting in a consistent, clear experience for your users..."
Design Tip: Should You Break The "Three-Click" Rule? by Larisa Thomason. NetMechanic, Inc. July 2003 (Part 2) Vol. 6, No. 14. "Conventional wisdom is that site navigation should be so simple and shallow that a visitor never has to click more than three times to reach the desired content. But a recent study shows that the so-called "three click rule" may be more myth than reality. What's really important is creating an effective navigation system that gets visitors where they want to go..."
Designing for Scalability, By Jeff Lash. Digital Web Magazine, June 23, 2004. "All Web sites will scale over time. No site will remain the same as it was when first launched—nor should it. The rise in popularity of content management systems shows that the old days of launching a site, and then not maintaining it, are over. Designers are now working on the same site for months or even years. Over time, new needs will be identified and new features will need to be added; a site needs to be flexible to change so these post-launch updates can be made quickly and easily..."
Designing for Web Revisitation: Exploiting Structure from User Interaction and Navigation, by Natasa Milic-Frayling; Rachel Jones; Kerry Rodden; Gavin Smyth; Anthony Frayling. Microsoft.com, September 2004 12 p. "High percentage of Web access are visits to pages that the user has already seen in the past. Currently available support for page revisitation, through standard browser features, and suggested improvements have been based on simple history models which do not fully incorporate information about the user’s interaction with the Web and the resulting navigation structure. In our research we propose a syntax for parsing navigation history into structural elements that has proven useful for identifying patterns in the history and building features for supporting habitual Web usage..."
Digital amnesia - E-records are getting lost and a big effort is under way to save them for posterity, by Tyler Hamilton. The Star.com, September 16, 2002. "When a part for a nuclear reactor begins to deteriorate, the first course of action is to find out how to replace it. But what happens when the digital record containing key information about that part mysteriously vanishes?..."
Digital records 'obscure the past'. BBC News, Sunday, 15 December, 2002. "Digital technology could result in the loss of priceless historical records, explains Tad Piesakowski. The pace of technology is such that what was deemed cutting edge 15 years ago is generally considered obsolete today..."
Do you make this obvious mistake in web design? by Gerry McGovern. New Thinking, November 8, 2004 - Volume 9 Number 42. "The most common web design mistake is to design for the exception, and to ignore the obvious. That's because designing for the obvious is boring, while designing for the exception is fun..."
Don't Be Swept Away by the Data Tide, By VNUNet. CRM Daily, July 10, 2003. "Public sector organisations are facing a tidal wave of information as their processes and records become increasingly electronic. Email alone is estimated to generate more than a gigabyte of information per employee, per quarter..."
Don't Forget to Architect the Home Page, By David Wertheimer. Digital Web Magazine, March 24, 2004. "One of the hardest things to do during Web site creation is to finalize a vision for the home page. So much to do, and so little real estate! How will users find anything? Where will it all fit?..."
Don't finalise the site structure until you've created page layouts, by Iain Barker. Steptwo.com.au, 5 September 2005. "There is a worrying trend emerging in the field of information architecture: organisations are attempting to finalise site structures without evaluating their effectiveness in the context of a web page..."
Electronic Records: A Workbook for Archivists (ICA Study 16) now available! International Council on Archives, 25 April 2005. "This eagerly awaited manual on records in electronic systems, including networked environments, is available free of charge for download from ICA’s Web site (Download Center). It is the work of the ICA Committee on Current Records in an Electronic Environment (CER, 2000-2004) and addresses the consequences of the fact that, throughout the world, records of all sorts are increasingly produced in electronic form. This ICA Study no. 16 takes a practical approach to managing and preserving electronic records throughout their lifecycle..."
End the One-Page Site Visit, By Bryan Eisenberg Clickz, March 26, 2004. "New information accentuates the importance of a customer's past experience with your Web site and brand..."
Enterprise Information Architecture
Fifth Annual ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit - Breaking New Ground, 27-29 February, 2004 - Austin, Texas - Streams 28 February - Stream 1 Controlled Vocabularies and Semantic Web; Stream 2 Content Management Systems; Stream 3 IA Tools and applications; Stream 4 IA Process and Selling IA. Streams 29 February - Stream 1 Controlled Vocabularies and Semantic Web; Stream 2 Blending IA and Design; Stream 3 IA Tools and Applications.
Getting IA Done, Part I, By Joshua Kaufman. Digital Web Magazine, June 6, 2005. "People are crazy about Getting Things Done these days. First there was 43 Folders, then Lifehacker. Now there’s To-Done and LifeHack. I thought it was about time information architects had a turn. Let me explain..."
Grassroots Partnerships - For some jurisdictions, a bottom-up approach to collaboration may be the key to success, By Shane Peterson. Government Technology, December 2003. "At face value, San Mateo County, Calif., and Nevada County, Calif., don't appear to have much in common. San Mateo County, located on the San Francisco Peninsula, is home to San Francisco International Airport and approximately 20 cities. Nevada County, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, is home to three cities. Yet both counties recently unveiled Web sites based on a common information architecture..."
Happy Times for IA? louisrosenfeld.com, March 21, 2005. "It's been a couple weeks now, but yet another IA Summit observation: just about everyone I spoke with who was even toying with changing jobs was entertaining multiple offers. And just about everyone I spoke to who was recruiting IAs--even from respected organizations like Yahoo!--was struggling to find talent..."
Have a problem with information overload now? Just wait a while, By Martin Herman. Government Computer News, v.21, no.32, 4 November 2002. "Many knowledge workers feel as if they are drowning in information. It’s not hard to understand why. The Web, which two years ago had an estimated 21T worth of static HTML pages, is doubling in size each year. We are inundated with e-mails, online documents, photographs, images and videos..."
IA Library Quick Reference: Special Deliverable #7, by Dan Brown. Boxes and Arrows, March 10, 2003 - Review of 3 books on Information Architecture.
Information architecture: a workshop approach to classification design, By Gerry McGovern, September 16, 2002. "After having completed your classification situation analysis, you will have a long list of potential classifications. Now, you need to choose what the top-level of your classification will be. This is an iterative process that will require substantial feedback and interaction..."
Information architecture - arranging your content. Web Design from Scratch, 2004. "Architecting web sites is similar to architecting buildings. They are complex disciplines, which impact several areas including visual design, user experience, navigation, visitor flow, accessibility, construction cost, and maintenance costs. Information architecture is the way you structure your information to make it easy to navigate and to manage..."
Information Architecture as an Extension of Web Design, By Joshua Kaufman. Digital Web Magazine, February 17, 2005. "Both information architects and Web designers can be too presumptuous about what the other does. They’re continually putting each other into little boxes, trying to define each other’s role..."
Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, by Ryan Olshavsky. Boxes and Arrows, October 27, 2002. "Recently, a website designer friend asked me, “If you had to recommend one book for a non-designer to understand our design process, what would it be?”..."
Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, By James McNally. Digital Web Magazine, 8 January 2003. "...When it comes to the burgeoning field of Information Architecture, however, a book for beginners (not always dummies) would be welcome. And now it’s here...."
Information architecture: carrying out a classification situation analysis, By Gerry McGovern. gerrymcgovern.com, September 9, 2002. "Before you create a classification for your content, it's essential to carry out a comprehensive classification situation analysis...."
Information architecture concepts, by Thomas Myer. IBM Developer works, July 2002. "An information architect is a vital member of a Web development team, playing a critical role in how content is organized on a Web site. This article seeks to clear up some of the misconceptions about information architecture and help define the role an information architect plays in Web site development..."
Information Architecture conference - Designing and Organising Digital Information Spaces. 8–9 June 2004. Palais des Congrès, Paris, France. Information Architecture is an intensive 2-day conference about how to design and organise information systems that enable better search, navigation, and collaboration within organisations. Content includes: Make a web site usable, useful, findable, and credible; Create taxonomies; Design and implement metadata schema; Understand business drivers and corporate governance issues; Assess user needs and behaviours; Develop and apply controlled vocabularies and thesauri; Develop the business case for IA; Implement an enterprise IA project. Presentations are now available...
Information Architecture Heuristics. Louisrosenfeld.com, 17 August 2004. "Just finished a brief heuristic evaluation of a client site, basing part of my feedback on a set of questions that I find quite useful for just about every IA-related project. Every information architect should always have a set of favorite questions in their back pocket; they really do come in handy..."
Information Architecture is not Usability, By Jeff Lash. Digital Web Magazine, 19 November 2002. "The distinction between information architecture and usability may seem like semantics, but there are significant differences between the two disciplines...."
Information architecture: learning how to classify, By Gerry McGovern. gerrymcgovern.com, September 2, 2002. "If you are a knowledge worker, a key skill you require is how to classify content. Classification skills are needed in order to better organize content on your computer, for your emails, and for how you compose documents. If you have responsibility for a website, classification is an essential skill..."
Information Architecture: From Craft to Profession, by Earl Morrogh. Boxes and Arrows, November 4, 2002.
Information architecture models. Web Design from Scratch, 2004. "A toolkit of a few basic patterns (or models) that describe solutions to common IA problems. One or more of these patterns will naturally apply to many information architecture problems. These may serve as off-the-peg solutions, or as helpful descriptive shortcuts during the design process..."
Information Architecture 2.0, By Dan Brown. UXMatters.com, October 29, 2005. "“The explosion of content and functionality on the Web and the new ways in which we’re making use of Web content has recast the role of the information architect.”..."
Information Architecture: What Does It Mean To You? by Scott Rummler. Web Pro News, 13 June 2005. "Information architecture is a field of web design that has been getting a lot of attention recently. And with good reason: it is key to making money on the Web. Nobody seems to really know what it is, but I say it's creating blue prints for web sites. Doesn't this happen automatically? No, it doesn't, and this is the main reason why sites fail on customers..."
The Information Design approach to Web development, By Dirk Knemeyer. Digital Web Magazine, 21 May 2003. "Aside from people, information is the single most valuable asset for business. At every level, in every department, for every company, information is critical. The better the information, the more successful the company and the people within it can be. Improving products and services, understanding markets, improving internal process and communication—information is the catalyst that allows people to see the best course and to make substantive change, as well as often being the deliverable itself..."
Information Architecture Research, by Peter Morville. Semantic Studios, September 7, 2004. "What do we really know about information architecture? Do we know what works? Can we defend our designs? Are we improving? In preparing for my upcoming seminars, I revisited the role of research in the design process, and surveyed the literature most relevant to the practice of information architecture..."
Information Architecture Summit
Information Design: The Understanding Discipline, by Dirk Knemeyer. Boxes and Arrows, July 15, 2003. "The term information design (ID) is a topic of some confusion and uncertainty among practitioners involved with information solutions. This is, in some part, a result of the rise and evolution of information architecture (IA), which evolved with the explosion of the web. Information architecture has increased both its momentum and its critical role in successful web solutions, to the point of general confusion (and is further complicated by the similarity in the terms information architecture and information design)..."
Information scent: helping people find the content they want, by Iain Barker. Steptwo.com.au, 2 August 2005. "Enabling people to find the specific information they require amongst the hundreds and thousands of other pieces of content available on a site can be a difficult task. Most research into the way users navigate a site reveals that people follow one path and then, when that doesn't provide the information they require, they retrace their steps using the back button, until they find another suitable path to follow. Users can find this process frustrating and after following a couple of unsuccessful attempts, give up on a site..."
An interview with Peter Morville and Lou Rosenfeld, Information Architects, By Meryl K. Evans. Digital Web Magazine, 10 December 2002
An Introduction to Information Architecture, By Subha Subramanian. SitePoint, June 21, 2004. "Information architecture (or IA) is the science -- some would insist art -- of defining the structure, organization, navigation, labeling and indexing of a Website. It is the role of the information architect to decide how a site should be structured, what kind of content it should host, and how to accommodate future growth. In short, information architecture defines the backbone of a Website..."
Learning to haggle - moving information architecture from design to implementation, by David Moore. IQ content, June 30, 2005. "David Moore talks to information architecture expert Louis Rosenfeld about the problems with search features, why CMS Silver Bullets don't work, and why information architects need to be better at horsetrading..."
Louis Rosenfeld: The InfoDesign interview, By Dirk Knemeyer. Information Design, February 2004. "Each month, InfoDesign interviews a thought leader in the design industry, focusing on people who are identified with or show strong sensibilities to the design of information and experiences. This month, Dirk Knemeyer interviews Louis Rosenfeld..."
Making Cents from Information Architecture, By Alan K'necht. Digital Web Magazine, 23 January 2003. "When it comes to Web development, everybody has taken short cuts over the years. This holds especially true when working on low budget projects. One of the most costly short cuts is skipping the development of a sound and highly functional information architecture (IA)..."
Metadata, Business Rules & Semantics, by Bonnie O'Neil. B-eye - Business Intelligence Network, 2004. "Data Quality can Benefit from a Unified Theory of Information Intelligence. Our industry has become extremely fragmented and nowhere is this more apparent than in a Business Intelligence environment. We have experts in application development, who specialize in Object-Oriented Design and Development. Then we have experts in database management, specializing in relational design, both logical and physical. In addition, we have Data Warehouse specialists, and even within data warehousing we have business intelligence application developers, ETL developers and integration specialists; we also have metadata design and development experts. Not to mention Database Administrators (DBA’s), System Administrators, and Data Administrators..."
Metadata, controlled vocabulary and directories: electronic document management and standards for records management, by Alistair Tough and Michael Moss. Records Management Journal Year: 2003 Volume: 13 Number: 1.
More Than Metadata, by David Braue, CIO, 6 June 2003. "Learning records management discipline Document management has helped governments manage more information than ever — but how do you use that information once it’s archived? The answer lies in convergence between records and document management solutions..."
The myth of User-Centered Information Architecture, By Jeff Lash. Digital Web Magazine, 23 October 2002. "One of the first things you learn about information architecture is that your Web site needs to be organized the way users think it should be organized. Unfortunately, this never happens. In fact, it should never happen. User-centered information architecture is a myth..."
NARA e-records budget balloons BY William Matthews Federal Computer Week 11 April 2001 "The National Archives and Records Administration wants to spend $20 million on its electronic records archive in 2002, more than 20 times the amount budgeted for this year. The money is included in the Archives' budget request sent to Congress April 9. The electronic archive is a digital records storage system being designed so that NARA can store electronic records in digital form that will be readable on computers even hundreds of years in the future..."
Nathan Shedroff: The InfoDesign interview, By Dirk Knemeyer. Information Design, March 2004. "Each month, InfoDesign interviews a thought leader in the design industry, focusing on people who are identified with or show strong sensibilities to the design of information and experiences. This month, Dirk Knemeyer interviews Nathan Shedroff. Nathan is one of the pioneers of experience design and popularized the term with the first dedicated book on the topic. He is an expert and leader in the fields of information architecture, interaction design and online and interactive media, with extensive professional experience as an innovator..."
NavOptim Coding: Web Navigational Construction to Minimise Navigation Effort, by Dr Xiaoying Kong and Prof David Lowe. Faculty of Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. "Web applications have rapidly become critical to the interaction that organisations have with their external stakeholders. A major factor in the effectiveness of this interaction is the ease with which users can locate information and functionality which they are seeking. Effective design is however complicated by the multiple purposes and users which Web applications typically support..."
Online services fall off the record, By Steven Deare. Computerworld, 18 February, 2003. "As online government services increase, public sector IT managers face a new era of electronic record management system implementation. Recording information published on and removed from Web sites, and integrating e-mail into record systems are two major problems in a cultural shift in records management according to field experts who spoke to Computerworld..."
Programming for Information Architects, by Andrew Otwell. Boxes and Arrows, March 31, 2003. "Have you ever been sitting in a meeting that takes a sudden turn for the incomprehensible? “I’ll subclass the DataProvider class to add an array of names, then you can override the sort method on that.” Yep, that’s a programmer talking. Nothing to do with information architecture, right? Well, not really..."
Promotion Tip: Coding For Site Promotion, by Larisa Thomason, NetMechanic, Inc., November 2003, Vol. 6, No. 18. "Develop your Web site promotion plan before you design the site, not after it's launched! That's an easy statement to make, but it isn't very helpful to most Web designers - especially beginning ones. So many design choices affect promotion that it's easy to get overwhelmed. We narrowed the list down to five of the most important..."
Prototyping With Style, By Jeff Lash. Digital Web Magazine, 25 July 2003. "Hang around information architects and user-centered designers for even a brief period of time and two questions will invariably come up: 1. What tools should I use for prototyping? 2. What technologies do I need to know? ..."
Putting it Together: Taxonomy, Classification & Search, by Jeff Morris. Transform Magazine, September 2003. "The more complex the enterprise, the greater the need to search among multiple sources, but the one- or two-word search used by most people "doesn't give much complexity in the results," says Eric Woods, research director in the software and service group at Ovum, a London-based technology consultancy..."
Record-Breaking Dilemma - Electronic information is easier to manage than paper, right? Tell that to records managers and archivists. By Tod Newcombe - Government Technology, June 2002. "The Land Records Division in Fairfax County, Va., has achieved something quite remarkable. It has shrunk the amount of incoming paper records, thanks to a new computer system that allows the division to accept real estate filings electronically...."
Search Tools - Taxonomies, Categorization, Classification, Categories, and Directories for Searching. Search Tools Consulting, October 2002. "The terms taxonomy, ontology, directory, cataloging, categorization and classification are often confused and used interchangeably. These are all ways of organizing information (or things or animals) into categories..."
The Search isn't Broken - We're Broken, by Toby Ward. The Intranet Journal, 3 June 2002. ""People are lazy," claims Cory Doctorow, a science fiction writer and technologist who maintains the popular weblog Boing Boing. "People are remarkably cavalier about their information and how it is stored. This laziness is bottomless…"..."
The Search isn't Broken - Part II, by Toby Ward. The Intranet Journal, 8 July 2002. "Information overload is eroding employee productivity. Recent studies reveal that the average corporate employee spends 25-35 per cent of their productive time searching for information to do their day-to-day job. "Our ability to create information has substantially outpaced our ability to retrieve relevant information," claims a recent Delphi Group report (Taxonomy & Content Classification, 2002). Some estimates claim that there now exists some 250 megabytes of information for every human being - and the glut is growing...."
Searching Smarter, Not Harder, By John Gartner. Wired News, November 30, 2004. "Databases and search engines provide instantaneous access to endless information about anyone or anything, but the search results often include as many misses as hits. To generate more-relevant answers, organizations including the federal government are using topic maps to index their data..."
The Sociobiology of Information Architecture, by Alex Wright. Boxes and Arrows, May 26, 2003. "“To approach information architecture from a purely anthrocentric perspective is to overlook the lessons of billions of years' worth of evolutionary history.”..."
Soft Skills for Information Architecture, By Jeff Lash. Digital Web Magazine, 24 September 2003. "While much of one’s success or failure depends on the skills specific to information architecture—like diagramming, documenting, organizing—an even greater indicator is soft skills: dealing with conflict, negotiating, and communicating. These soft skills are important in any profession or job role, but are of high importance in information architecture, which requires applying them in sometimes unconventional ways..."
Special Report: Design Usability - Seven Pitfalls to Avoid in Information Architecture, By Louis Rosenfeld, Internet World, December 15, 2000. "Until recently, few people had heard of information architecture, which I define as the process of structuring and organizing information so that it’s easier for users to find and for owners to maintain. But go to any major job site today, and you’ll see many job openings for information architects..."
Standards for distributed information architecture, By Jeff Lash. Digital Web Magazine, 24 September 2002. "The articles in this month's iteration of Digital Web Magazine all focus on standards, and their importance to the present and future of the Web. In addition to markup standards like HTML and XML, and presentation standards like CSS, there are formats like SOAP and XML-RPC, which use existing Web standards as a basis for communication and transactions between Web sites. However, there is currently no standard for allowing Web sites to share data with respect to their categorization, organization, and labeling..."
The State of the CIO. CIO Magazine, March 2002. "The 2002 State of the CIO special report assesses the role in several fundamental categories: career paths to the CIO spot, reporting relationships, salaries, job responsibilities, IT spending priorities, job skills, current challenges, job turnover and the future of the role...."
Strategic Information Infrastructure: - Not Everyone Who Drives a Car Fixes It Themselves, By Kevin Quinn. DMReview.com, November 10, 2005. "One of the most important things to know about an information architecture is the skill level of its users. As a start, certain assumptions can be made about the basic skills that will be common to everyone. We can assume that all information workers have access to e-mail via a mobile device or through an Internet-connected computer and have access to and familiarity with a Web browser..."
Strategies for Categorizing Categories. User Interface Engineering - UIE tips, 7 May 2002. "How does a site containing thousands of pages of content get users to the content they seek quickly? There are many different strategies for organizing content on sites and we recently took a hard look at five of them..."
Synonym Rings and Authority Files, by Karl Fast, Fred Leise and Mike Steckel. Boxes and Arrows, August 26, 2003. "This is Part 3 in our continuing series on controlled vocabularies and faceted classification. Previous parts in the series include: All About Facets and Controlled Vocabularies (series introduction) 1. What is a Controlled Vocabulary? 2. Creating a Controlled Vocabulary. As any connoisseur of duct tape knows, when you need to get a job done, the simplest tool is often your best friend. This is as true for controlled vocabularies (CVs) as it is for home repair. Remember that our goal for CVs is to “impose some order to facilitate agreement between the concepts within the site and the vocabulary of the person [natural language] using it.”..."
Tag Sorting: Another tool in an information architect's toolbox. rashmisinha.com, February 26, 2005. "So marketers have already started advising companies to pay attention to tags. So I started thinking - what would an information architect do with the wealth of information given by del.icio.us / flickr / technorati tags?..."
Task Maps, by Garrett. Your Total Site, March 5, 2005. "As of late, when designing applications, we have started taking the approach of organizing not by "site maps", but instead by "task maps". With information-oriented sites, site maps are ok, because the main task is information-seeking, and site maps enable that. Naturally, if all users have to do is find information, then how that information is organized is extremely important. In the case of an application though, information-seeking is often only one of many tasks that users need to accomplish, and a site map is not enough..."
Techniques For IA - links to numerous methods you can use to develop an information architecture for your website.
The answer you're searching for... is "Browse", by Kath Straub. ThUI Design Update Newsletter – January, 2005. "The average internet user performed 33 searches in June of 2004. Are you above average? A recent memo released by the PEW/Internet and American Life Project reports that the use of search engines ranks second only to email as the most popular activity on-line. On any given day, they continue, roughly half of the 64 million American adults who are on-line will use a search engine..."
To save or delete? That is the question governments must answer when it comes to e-mail as a public record, BY Ed McKenna. Civic.com, June 4, 2001 "Indiana State Rep. Jeff Thompson sparked controversy earlier this year with the press and First Amendment advocates by proposing to limit the public's access to government officials' e-mail...."
Towards a Core Ontology for Information Integration, by Martin Doerr, Jane Hunter and Carl Lagoze. Journal of Digital information, volume 4 issue 1 Themes: Digital libraries, Information discovery, 9 April 2003. "In this paper, we argue that a core ontology is one of the key building blocks necessary to enable the scalable assimilation of information from diverse sources. A complete and extensible ontology that expresses the basic concepts that are common across a variety of domains and can provide the basis for specialization into domain-specific concepts and vocabularies, is essential for well-defined mappings between domain-specific knowledge representations (i.e. metadata vocabularies) and the subsequent building of a variety of services such as cross-domain searching, browsing, data mining and knowledge extraction..."
Towards a General Relation Browser: A GUI for Information Architects, by Gary Marchionini and Ben Brunk. Journal of Digital information, volume 4 issue 1 Themes: Usability of digital information 9 April 2003. "The paper presents the case of ongoing efforts to develop and test generalizable user interfaces that provide interactive overviews for large-scale Web sites, portals, and other partitions of Web space..."
Transitional Volatility. Noise Between Stations, November 9, 2003. "Notes on Transitional Volatility by David Danielson (2003), also the topic of his master's thesis. It's a rare, rigorous look at the common guideline to 'make navigation consistent' in a world that has big websites where the navigation must change from time to time. His finding showed that complete consistency is not always the best route..."
Use Cases and interaction design - Modelling user workflows with Use Cases. The Interaction Designer's Coffee Break, Issue 10 - April 2004. "Use cases are widely used in large projects to capture the functional requirements of software systems. In the hands of interaction designers, use cases can serve as a powerful tool for brainstorming workflows and bridging the gaps between design and development..."
A User-Centered Approach to Selling Information Architecture, By Jeff Las.h Digital Web Magazine, 20 February 2003. "One of the most popular topics for discussion among those practicing Information Architecture is “selling IA.” There is a constant struggle to show the value and benefits of including information architecture techniques on a project..."
U.S. blueprint for better e-gov BY John Stein Monroe Federal Computer Week 30 April 2001 "The emerging customer-oriented approach to e-government has given new impetus to a 2-year-old federally funded project designed to improve information sharing across federal, state and local government boundaries. The initiative, funded by the Office of Justice Programs and managed by the National Association of State Information Resource Executives (NASIRE), began as an effort to make it easier for law enforcement agencies at all levels of government to exchange data electronically..."
The Visual Vocabulary Three Years Later: An Interview with Jesse James Garrett, by Dan Brown. Boxes and Arrows, December 11, 2003. "In October 2000, Jesse James Garrett introduced a site architecture documentation standard called the Visual Vocabulary. Since then, it has become widely adopted among information architects and user experience professionals. The Visual Vocabulary is a simple set of shapes for documenting site architectures. In conceiving the vocabulary, Jesse sought to create a system that was “tool-independent“—that is, readily adaptable to any diagramming software as well as any medium (pen and paper, dry-erase, etc.). The vocabulary was also designed to be portable, fitting easily on letter-sized paper for convenient printing..."
Web Analytics – The Voice of Users in Information Architecture Projects - How to Use Web Analytics in Designing Web Information Architecture. HurolInan, 2005. "An information architecture project will uncover the very heart of internal politics in any organisation. In most cases, content owners, department heads and product managers all fight for prime “real estate” and prominence within the website structure – resulting in a site design that looks like a “truce” rather than an effective solution..."
We Are All Connected: The Path from Architecture to Information Architecture, by Fu-Tien Chiou. Boxes and Arrows, November 10, 2003. "“Noticing the similarities between physical and virtual environments can help information architects visualize web design elements.”"
We Are All Connected: The Path from Architecture to Information Architecture, Fu Tien Chiou, Genex, WebReference.com, Created: May 2, 2003, Revised: December 15, 2003. "When I’m asked, “how did you become an information architect?” my immediate answer is, “I was already halfway there by being an architect.” Although I say this partly in jest, it certainly has some truth to it. Information architecture has a great deal to do with traditional architecture – especially in the ability of each discipline to plan and connect various important elements together..."
Web Page Headings
Enter your email address to subscribe or unsubscribe from the eGov What's New mailing list.
Please enter email address of the person you wish to send this page to.