Some Notes on Information Architecture

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This set of pages has not yet been completed (and now possibly never will be). They contain a collection of personal notes (from 2010) about the field of Information Architecture.

Enterprise Architecture

Information Architecture is a vital part of every interaction with a computer based system. There is no such thing as having "no Information Architecture", but there are many systems that are built without an Information Architect. Over the last few years I have spent an increasing proportion of my time following a specific set of activities, and I have come to see that this Information Architecture approach is a crucial element in many situations.

As a practitioner I am finding that a growing number of the projects I am involved in have critical dependency on clearly defining the underlying concepts. Looking back I can see that the most successful systems I have been involved with all invested a significant effort to make sure the key concepts were clearly described, discussed and agreed by the stakeholders at an early stage.

I have picked up tricks and suggestions from a wide variety of different sources. These have gradually evolved into a set of techniques to:

  • present various pictures of the key concepts
  • discuss the shape with domain experts that don't have a computer science background
  • consolidate input from a variety of contradictory sources into a consistent picture
  • define how to embed this information into a system Recently more and more of these have come from sources that discuss the discipline of Information Architecture. Recently I have realised that while the way I do this type of work has become systematic I don't have a clear view of how these elements all relate to each other, in other words while I am doing "Information Architecture" I have trouble explaining what that terms means to my clients.

This collection is my first attempt to gather all the threads of the subject into a single place and impose enough order on the result to be able to discuss the subject. The goal of this material is to help me understand the subject, if you find it valuable then I would be pleased to hear from you. If there are things you disagree with I would be happy to discuss the topic, since that will help my understanding as well. If no one is getting any value from this material I might, at some future date, remove it.

Unlike the music data at this site this is a personal effort, and as a consequence explicitly not in the public domain. As a personal effort any mistakes, bad speling or confusion are mine.

Steve Hawtin

Questions

There are a variety of questions that readers have asked about the information on these pages:

  • Why not a Wiki: Why not make the site a Wiki, getting input from others would help surely?

Previous Comments

28 Oct 2011

RYM

What does RYM stand for?

Thank you, Craig

The meanings of all the position strings can be found on the "Song Charts" page


13 Nov 2011

NOT BAD, BUT WHY IS THE WORD "PATTERNS" NOT UNDERLINED LIKE THE REST OF THE WORDS? IT CAUSES CONFUSION FOR THE PERSON VIEWING IT. ALSO SEEMS RATHER DISTRACTING. IF YOU WANT THE VIEWER TO CONCEPTUALIZE YOUR IDEAS ON THIS WEB SITE YOU MAY WANT TO NOT CREATE CONFUSION. THANK YOU. :)

The underlined words are hyperlinks to other pages. At the moment we have not created a page about the concept of "patterns", that's why it is not a link.


9 Jul 2013

We're a bunch of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable information to work on. You've performed an impressive activity and our whole neighborhood will probably be thankful to you.


16 Apr 2015

Looking for song

I am looking for the name of an old song (think 90's) where a guy gets shot in the end (from the back of a van). Very sad song and is something like: I will always be there or I will never leave you.


17 Jul 2015

Song, "Hummingbird"

Hello: I am searching for a song called Hummingbird. It was done by a male singer in the 50s or 40s. The singer was not Frankie Laine tho. Any help much appreciated. Jim

Did you try the earch box (top of the page), or index? Either one would give you the answer


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