Information Architecture

What ‘Fact-Checking’ Means Online

If the Web has changed what qualifies as fact-checking, has it also changed what qualifies as a fact?

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"Professional Silos: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel!"

Leala Abbott has a new discussion posted about reinvention of the wheel within the knowledge ecology. In her discussions she raises the point that technology has changed the landscape enough that the silo known as LIS may not best contain the knowledge and experience needed to succeed today.

AT&T Move on Charging for Data Signals a Shift

AT&T will not offer unlimited data plans to new smartphone customers, who will pay based on what they use.

They spend hours watching video on their phones, downloading songs, browsing the Web, sending photos to friends and generally using mobile devices as full-fledged computers. They are the data hogs.

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What will be the big digital issues in January 2011?

Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin has a blog entry entitled: What will be the big digital issues in January 2011?

Here are some of the points discussed:
1. What’s going to be in an ebook?
3. To what extent will publishers view single-title marketing as a practical endeavor?
5. How important is the mobile phone market?

Zed's Dead - Law, Finance, and the Future of Online Publishing

This is a two-part essay on the future of online publishing in the US. In this essay, I argue that professional publishing companies such as Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg hold the keys to the future of the news and information industry, far more than do technology companies such as Google. The goal of this essay is to offer a plausible roadmap for navigating the toughest business challenges facing the news and information publishing industries in the digital age.

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The Race Against Lord Mandelson

While you might not think so, the starter's pistol has metaphorically gone off. -- Read More

Piercing Curtains

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Former Book Designer Says Good Riddance To Print

A recent blog post by Craig Mod, a self-titled computer programmer, book designer and book publisher, offers a thoughtful and distinctive perspective on the move of books from paper to interactive devices like Apple’s iPad.

Mr. Mod summarizes his argument in the subtitle of his post: “Print is dying. Digital is surging. Everyone is confused. Good riddance.”

Mr. Mod divides content broadly into two categories: content where the form is important, such as poetry or text with graphics, and content where form is divorced from layout, which he says applies to most novels and non-fiction.

This kind of thinking makes a key point: instead of arguing about pixels versus paper, as many book lovers tend to do, it is more useful to focus on whether the technology is a good match for the content.

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New Site and Book From Peter Morville Search Patterns Design for Discovery

You may know Peter Morville from such books as Information Architecture for the World Wide Web or Ambient Findability, or from any number of library conferences, or his sites and Well, he's back with a new book and site, , and Search Patterns: Design for Discovery.

"Search is among the most disruptive innovations of our time. It influences what we buy and where we go. It shapes how we learn and what we believe. This provocative and inspiring book explores design patterns that apply across the categories of web, e-commerce, enterprise, desktop, mobile, social, and real time search and discovery. Using colorful illustrations and examples, the authors bring modern information retrieval to life, covering such diverse topics as relevance ranking, faceted navigation, multi-touch, and mixed reality. Search Patterns challenges us to invent the future of discovery while serving as a practical guide to help us make search applications better today."

Print Is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age

Book: Print Is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age

For over 1500 years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered. Through wars, paper shortages, radio, TV, computer games, and fluctuating literacy rates, the bound stack of printed paper has, somewhat bizarrely, remained the more robust and culturally relevant way to communicate ideas. Now, for the first time since the Middle Ages, all that is about to change.

Newspapers are struggling for readers and relevance; downloadable music has consigned the album to the format scrap heap; and the digital revolution is now about to leave books on the high shelf of history. In Print Is Dead, Gomez explains how authors, producers, distributors, and readers must not only acknowledge these changes, but drive digital book creation, standards, storage, and delivery as the first truly transformational thing to happen in the world of words since the printing press.

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