Information Architecture

Taxonomy of sequels, remakes, and adaptations

Over at Strange Horizons, James Schellenberg ponders the question, "If there are too many books, then why is it so hard to find a worthwhile one to read?" Considering the various strategies we employ in winnowing out, from the vast array of options available, the next book to read or the next movie to see, Schellenberg suggests that a sequel to a known work can offer a shortcut for the chooser. But of course even the realm of sequels is loaded with too many options and variations ... so Schellenberg proposes a taxonomy of sequels, remakes, and adaptations.
From Schellenberg's article:

I'm a librarian by training, and I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, so my obsessive side (less politely: my nerdy side) often gets a workout. I was contemplating the proliferation of sequels and their ilk -- mostly when people argue about this stuff, it's to judge between the items. For example, are sequels written by other people inherently worse than sequels written by the original creator? But any argument needs to have its terms defined.

So here is a taxonomy.

Read the article and the taxonomy: "Sequels, Remakes, Adaptations," by James Schellenberg.
(Note that Schellenberg solicits comment and plans to maintain an updated copy of the taxonomy at his website.)

WikiPedia English Published One Millionth Article

Search Engines Web writes: "The Wikimedia Foundation announced today the creation of the 1,000,000th article in the English language edition of Wikipedia. The article is about the Jordanhill railway station in Scotland, and it was started by Wikipedia contributor Ewan Macdonald. Wikipedia is a free, multilingual, online encyclopedia with 3.3 million articles under development in more than 125 languages."

how not to design a library for the blind

ADHD_librarian writes "aftenposten reports that the Norwegian Sound and Braille Library is a fantastic library building, unless you happen to be blind. Were you blind (as their target audience may be) you might find it "combining classical neo-Georgian features with the efficiency of modern techniques. The tenants arrive here and are carried along the corridor on a conveyor belt in extreme comfort, past murals depicting mediterranean scenes, towards the rotating knives. The last twenty feet of the corridor are heavily soundproofed. The blood pours down these chutes and the mangled flesh slurps into..." 9225.ece"

Information Format Trends

pamplemousse writes "

From OCLC is this (undated) report: 2004 Information Format Trends: Content, Not Containers ... examines the "unbundling of content" from traditional containers (books, journals, CDs) and distribution methods (postal mail, resource sharing). As the boundaries blur between content, technology and the information consumer, the report shows how format now matters less than the information within the container.


Categorizing weblogs

On October 14, Dave Pollard wrote in his blog about the Open Directory Project (ODP) and the taxonomy challenges of weblogs. Are personal weblogs, which often cover many topics, uncategorizable? If not, where in the ODP should they be listed?

Internet Archive Given DMCA Exemption

From writes: "An Excerpt from article about Internet Archive's fight against copyright restrictions at:

Internet Archive has copyright problems

THE DIGITAL Millennium Copyright Act is proving a headache for those hoping to preserve software and data.

The US Internet Archive, which makes archival copies of software and data, said it was technically impossible to do its job because of the Act which forbids copying software.

Because the life of a magnetic disk is only 10 to 30 years, the Archive would have to copy the stuff every few years to preserve it which would be illegal.

This week the group announced on its site here that the Copyright Office has ordered a temporary exemption for the group’s work.

[Links embedded above: ]

AIfIA announces info architecture mentoring program

Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (AIfIA) has just launched a mentoring initiative designed to create mutually beneficial relationships between novice and experienced information architects.

"Let's face it: information architecture is a new field, and it remains difficult to learn about," said Louis Rosenfeld, AIfIA's treasurer. "Our collective experiences haven't yet been captured as a body of literature, there are few academic IA programs where one can gain formal education, and there is only one industry-wide conference per year. That's why we need to connect people who have experience with people who don't, and that's the goal of AIfIA's Mentoring Initiative."

Mentees must be AIfIA members, but mentors are not required to be.

Find out more about the IA Mentoring Initiative.

Learn how to handle information overload

The Salt Lake Tribune has a story about information overload and some suggestions for how to handle it.
Read full story here.
"The reason people feel overwhelmed with information is because there is an uncomfortable internal feeling because they can't take it all in -- they don't have the 'mental furniture' to set it down."

Facet classification for web sites

I am more and more often involved in website (re)designs projects, where teams are struggling with navigation and structuring. Often they haven't given much thought to the website structure and now are forced to redesign after complaints.

I usually point out to basic articles on taxonomies and facet classification. Facet classification is very suited for structuring websites.
One of the best bibliographies can be found here

Information architecture group announces 2004 goals

Following up on a member survey conducted in December 2003 (see LISNews article), Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (AIfIA) has posted "AIfIA Goals 2004", presenting the organization's goals and objectives for 2004, as well as detailed lists of active and proposed projects. The AIfIA Annual Report 2002-2003 is also available.


Subscribe to Information Architecture