Information Architecture

A Brief History Of Information Architecture

Peter Morville has written A Brief History Of Information Architecture[PDF].
The selection is the Preface to a new book Information Architecture, designing information environments for purpose. It includes a chapter by Marylain Block, and many others.

Information Architecture & Taxonomies Conference

Suzie Stollznow writes: "Making your web site or intranet easily navigable, searchable, and browsable is the key to ensuring it’s usability, and also a vital component for its success. At Ark Group Australia’s “Information Architecture & Taxonomies� conference you will hear from an expert panel of speakers from companies who have developed successful information architectures. For a FREE copy of our brochure, and to receive a 10% LISNews discount please contact Suzie Stollznow:

Elegance, Wit and Pop in a Quarter-Century of American Design

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Here is a nice show about the power of design during the last quarter century. Is it true that post-it notes changed the world more than anything? NYTimes Has The Story"

Top 10 Inventions in Money Technology is also somewhat, well, almost, related.

Is the whole world becoming a data archive?

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Computer scientists recommend that the US government stop funding faster and faster computers, instead designing systems for the large amounts of data that science uses. Thus the whole world is becoming a data archive - like Fez' Aximon Says - in the Information Age,everyone is a librarian.

The NYTimes Has The Story "

Citation Indexing And Blogging

William Loughner writes \"Bloggers have discovered citation indexing, though they call it \"trackback.\" When a blogger references another blogger, they can \"ping\" to let that blogger they\'ve been referenced. The citee can then list the citer.

Movabletype Started it, and you can learn more Here.

The new blog of the Pepys Diary gives a good example of this in action.\"

Mefi does it as well [Did they stop?], and

All About Facets and Controlled Vocabularies

BoxesandArrows has an Interesting Story on faceted classification.This is the first in a series of articles that aims to explain both facets and the more general concept of controlled vocabularies. They also show how these concepts can be applied to solve information architecture problems for the Web and other digital information environments.

The Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture

The Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture is is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to advancing and promoting information architecture. They support a global community infrastructure that connects people, ideas, content, and tools. Through research, education, advocacy and community service, they promote excellence within our field and build bridges to related disciplines and organizations.
Check out for more.

Mind your phraseology!

Karl Siewart pass wlong This Digital-Web story on controlled vocabulary.
It\'s a nice intro to the topic, and good reading for those who didn\'t get a cataloging class in library school.

Software is inferior to librarians for cataloging

SomeOne writes \"Story in \'intelligent enterprise\' magazine recommends hiring librarians rather than filing online content by sofware. Well, DUH!

Includes information about yahoo! employing 200 librarians to maintain catagories. \"

The story, \"Managing Spaghetti Content\", is focused mostly on content management. It\'s nice to know Yahoo employs about 200 librarians.

Exploring content filters

Clifton Evans has Exploring content filters over at Boxes and Arrows that suggests a new way of navigating an online information space.

He says content filtering is a much more natural way of sorting through categories, especially when the majority of your content is under more than one subject. This filtering technique is very similar to a Boolean query within a search engine, though it makes things more accessible to users.


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