Information Architecture

Information Architecture

Info architecture group surveys members on 2004 goals

Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (AIFIA) recently surveyed its members regarding their goals, priorities, and concerns for the coming year. The 112 respondents place the highest value on activities that fall under the heading of "Building the Practice" -- sharing tools, research, and best practices. Complete survey results are posted on the AIFIA site.

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.

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:

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.\"

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 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 I\'ll second that!

Argus Associates Ceasing Operations

A sad message just came across SIGIA-L.

Argus Associates is the latest victim of the 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

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, 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.


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