Information Architecture

Best of chi-web & sigia-l

Scott Berkun has cobbled together a Best of chi-web & sigia-l page.

The chi-web and sig-ia mailing lists are two email based discussion groups on the topics of web usability, design and human computer interaction (the later with a heavier emphasis on information architecture).

Using the archives for each mailing list, he\'s compiled a list of the summary postings from useful threads, and a few personally selected favorite postings. The list is not an exhaustive list of summary postings. Just the ones he found most salient and valuable for reference.


Has anyone done this for any librarian lists?

The Speed of Information Architecture

semanticstudios.com has an Article by Peter Morville on \"The Infinite Loop of Destructive Creation\", The web site development process and what a waste it all can be.

\"As we slow down, hopefully we can leverage the concepts of facets and layers to break the infinite loop of destructive creation, designing information architectures that are both enduring and adaptive at the same time.\"

Using Library School Skills at a Dot-Com

Michael Angeles writes \"

Information Today is running This Article about Paul Blake, a Librarian turned Dot Commer who confesses that in his most recent job in the Web space, \"I used the skills I learned at library school more than I had for the preceding 15 years.\" Blake describes how professionals with information retrieval skills -- experience with classification and information structure -- add value to the Internet.\"

As another librarian working in a dot.com I\'ll second that!

Argus Associates Ceasing Operations

A sad message just came across SIGIA-L.
Argus Associates is the latest victim of the dot.com down.turn.
Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville did a wonderful job in bringing Information Architecture into the mainstream over the past few years.

They say they will continue participating in the development of the IA Community and hope to maintain the Argus Center for Information Architecture


What they say they did:
* Writing a best-selling O\'Reilly book that expanded awareness of the
practice and value of information architecture.

* Growing a consistently profitable (10 years in a row) consulting practice
that designed IA solutions for more than 100 clients, including some of the
world\'s largest corporations.

* Participating in the creation of a new community of information architects
through ACIA and ASIS&T publications and events.

* Building the strongest co-located team of information architects in the
world.

The ABCs of a profession on the rise.

Andrew Dillon has written a very cool Look at the IA Field.
He says making others aware of just what we do as professionals has always proved more difficult than it would appear. Sounds like librarianship, eh?
He talks about how IA related to the ballot troubles of the elections.

Questions of Design

The NY Times has a nifty story on the growing field involved in the study of usability. Membership in the Usability Professionals\' Association, a professional society, now numbers nearly 1,700.
Nothing like a blown election to raise awareness!

A Redesign With a View

This Story from Online Journalism Review is a very interesting look at a rather cool News Site.
For those of us into Information Architecture and cool stuff like that, it\'s a must read.

Check out IHT.com, it\'s a pretty neat cutting edge site. It doesn\'t work in Netcape 4.x, but seems to be good in IE 5 and Netscape 6.

More on Information Architecture

I sometimes like to pretend I\'m an Information Architect, like George liked to pretend he was an architect on Seinfeld.

R. E. Wyllys has posted a lesson that talks about how Information Architecture and Library Science. To paraphrase the lesson:

It provides information about various ideas associated with the term \"information architecture\" shows how information architecture is closely related to, and embodies most of, the long-standing principles of library and information science.


Check it out at U of Texas

Information Architecture Glossary

Need a good definition for \"Knowledge\"? Don\'t understand hieracrchical browsing? Want to impress your friends by using the word \"Bucket\" when describing content?

Argus Associates has the Information Architecture Glossary to help you communicate with all your architect friends, learn about I.A. or just kill some time.

I think therefore IA?

Andrew Dillon has written a nice story for the ASIST Bulletin. He talks a bit about the mid-year summit 2000 in Boston, and issues that are facing the IA field. He says \"Now is the time for some testing of ideas, and as we know only too well, testing invariably leads to re-design and often the revisiting of original assumptions. Now it starts to get really interesting.\"
This column will appear in the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science.

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