Information Architecture

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 aifia.org 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.

Just Understanding Useability? Now Here\'s Findability

steven bell writes \"Here\'s an interesting article from a relatively new e-journal called Boxes and Arrows - it focuses on information architecture. In his article, \"The Age of Findability\", Peter Morville laments about a recent trip to a new aiport and how it got him thinking about a new concept, \"findability\" and how this is applicable to many different resources and structures. An excerpt:
That’s why I say this airport has findability problems. The difficultly I had finding my way dominated all other aspects of the experience. Like usability, findability applies broadly across all sorts of physical and virtual environments. And, perhaps most important, it\'s only one word!
FIND the story at:
boxesandarrows.com
\"

Information Architecture The Discipline and the Role

Jesse James Garrett is running a nice series called ia/recon.

Part 1 of 6 is The Discipline and the Role,
Part 2 is Tribal Customs and 3 is coming on Tuesday, February 12.

\"There is a discipline, known as information architecture; and there is a role, known as the information architect. They have developed more or less hand in hand, and up to now any discussion of one has involved discussion of the other. But now that may have to change.\"

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