Results for Information Architecture - Theory

There are 38 resources for Information Architecture - Theory in the library.

Articles and Papers

An Information Architecture Story: Reshaping www.plainlanguage.gov to Meet Changed Needs
by Thom Haller (6/2011)
Subject: Case Studies, Information Architecture - Theory, Web Design
Language: English
Abstract: Thom Haller describes a a five-phase waterfall framework redesign of the US government PlainLanguage.gov website. The framework can be divided into five sections: Gathering, Evaluating, Chunking, Knowing/Testing and Optimizing.

Architectures
by Jorge Arango (7/2011)
Subject: Architecture - Buildings, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Former IA Institute President, Jorge Arango, takes a closer look at traditional building architecture as a precedent for the design of effective information environments, and proposes a way of thinking about information architecture that allows us to deploy linguistic and spatial approaches to information architecture design in tandem.

Arquitectura de Información: análisis histórico-conceptual
by Rodrigo Ronda Leon (4/28/2008)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: Español
Abstract: Resumen: Análisis del origen histórico del concepto y profesión de Arquitectura de Información, así­ como de su evolución y relación entre disciplinas.

Definicja Architektury Informacji
by Jesse James Garrett, Donna Maurer, Peter Morville, Todd Warfel (11/14/2002)
Subject: Card Sorting, Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: Polish
Abstract: Discusses the launch of the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (now the Information Architecture Institute) and presents definitions and resources.
Note: Original article in English.
Available Translations:
English at www.semanticstudios.com/publications/semantics/000010.php

Editorial: Discipline and Resolution
by Stacy Surla (2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Stacy Surla discusses the need for dialog between the researchers, academics and practitioners of information architecture.
Note: Cite as: Surla, S. (2012). Discipline and Resolution. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 4, No. 1-2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/01-surla/]
Also available at: journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/01-surla/jofia-04012-01-surla.pdf

Editorial: Information Architecture is a Way of Seeing
by Dan Klyn (7/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Introduction to Issue 1, Vol. 3 Spring 2011 of the Journal of IA.

Editorial: The System of Information Architecture
by Peter Morville (2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: English
Abstract: Information architects are inveterate systems thinkers...Of course, the context of our practice has shifted. Increasingly, we must design for experiences across channels. Mobile and social are just the beginning. Our future-friendly, cross-channel information architectures need to address the full spectrum of platforms, devices, and media.

Cite as: Morville, P. (2012). The System of Information Architecture. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 3, No. 2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume3/issue2/01-morville/]

Faceted classification for community services using CRG standard categories PDF Document
by Claudio Gnoli, Maria Elisabetta Lai, Luca Rosati (7/6/2005)
Subject: Case Studies, Controlled Vocabularies, Experience Design, Faceted Classification, Findability, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Faceted classification is increasingly considered as a tool in non-traditional knowledge organization contexts, such as knowledge management and information architecture. These new applications, however, are rarely based on the full theory of facet analysis as developed by Ranganathan and the CRG (Classification Research Group). In this paper we report the creation of a faceted scheme to organize Web resources concerning regional community services, including remote management of cases (e- government).

Forgotten Forefather: Paul Otlet
by Alex Wright (11/10/2003)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Meet the forgotten forefather of information architecture. The man who, in the 1930s, envisioned a system that would one day allow people to access an interlinked and annotated research database from great distances by means of an electric telescope connected through a telephone line, retrieving a facsimile image to be projected remotely on a flat screen.
Note: Wright, Alex (2003). Forgotten Forefather: Paul Otlet. Boxes and Arrows. Retrieved from http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/forgotten_forefather _paul_otlet.

Information Architecture in Contemporary Television Series
by Veronica Innocenti, Gugielmo Pescatore (2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science, Media
Language: English
Abstract: This paper suggests a need to adopt a wider vision of information architecture, considering it as the design of every shared information environment. The authors propose to apply the principles of IA to the media field, also trying a synthesis with principles and topics that come for other study fields (such as semiotics, media studies, etc) and that are traditionally associated with TV series, demonstrating relevant intersections point.
Note: Cite as: Pescatore, G. & Innocenti, V. (2012). Information Architecture in Contemporary Television Series. Journal of Information Architcture. Vol. 4, No. 1-2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/05-pescatore/] Translated by S. and M. Francoli, Ricomunica (ricomunica.it). Revised by the authors.
Also available at: journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/05-pescatore/jofia/04012-05-pescatore.pdf

Information Architecture of the Shopping Cart
by Sarah Bidigare (2000)
Subject: E-commerce, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: This white paper explores the principles of design for process-oriented information architectures by illustrating the best practices in the design of e-commerce ordering systems commonly referred to as "shopping carts."

Information Architecture, Information Overload, and the Literacies
by Tibor Koltay (2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Scent, Information Science
Language: English
Abstract: This paper places emphasis on the relationship between information architecture and information overload in the light of the benefits, offered by information literacy, digital literacy be other literacies, often named the new literacies. It argues that making use of information literacy and digital literacy strategies can eliminate a substantial part of unneeded information. This approach does not exclude efforts to make information findable by applying principles and tools of information architecture. Information architecture, information overload, information literacy and digital literacy are defined and characterized, not forgetting about the differences and commonalities between them. Information ecology as a useful framework for better understanding of the relationships between new media, new literacies and information architecture is also brought into the picture.
Note: Cite as: Koltay, T. (2012). Information Architecture, Information Overload, and the Literacies. Journal of Information Architcture. Vol. 4, No. 1-2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/04-koltay/]
Also available at: journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/04-koltay//jofia-04012-04-koltay.pdf

Information Architecture: Two Schools of Thought
by Nathaniel Davis (11/12/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: On the first anniversary of his UX Matters column, Finding Our Way, Davis explores the evolution of two schools of thought on Information Architecture and the development of authoritative online sources.
Note: Davis, N. Information Architecture: Two Schools of Thought. UX Matters. Retrieved from http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2012/11/informatio n-architectures-two-schools-of-thought.php

Information Cartilage: On the role of Information Architecture in Context-Aware Intelligent Systems Design
by Thomas Wendt (2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: English
Abstract: This paper is an attempt to understand expanding information spaces from a phenomenological perspective. As technology continues to challenge the online/offline distinction, phenomenology provides a useful framework for thinking about context, the role of situated being, and the need for order. Artificial intelligence and context-aware computing are used as examples of information environments that specifically call out the benefits of understanding information as a bodily entity—as in a “body of information” or “body of knowledge”. Concentrating on a Heideggerian approach to technology, which in part characterizes technology as a call for order and structure, the essay will examine the idea of ‘structured flexibility’ needed for systems that not only process information but also predict needs, shape information contexts, and actively engage in the user-system interaction. Finally, it will provide new ways for information architects to think about the expanding space of information.
Note: Cite as: Wendy, T. (2013). Information Cartilage: On the role of Information Architecture in Context-Aware Intelligent Systems Design. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 5, No. 1-2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume5/issue2/05-wendt/
Also available at: journalofia.org/volume5/issue2/05-wendt/jofia-0502-05-wendt.pdf

Information interaction: providing a framework for information architecture
by Elaine G. Toms (8/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Information interaction is the process that people use in interacting with the content of an information system. Information architecture is a blueprint and navigational aid to the content of information-rich systems. As such information architecture performs an important supporting role in information interactivity. This article elaborates on a model of information interactivity that crosses the "no-man's land" between user and computer articulating a model that includes user, content and system, illustrating the context for information architecture.
Note: This link is to the bibliography

Information Wayfinding, Part 1: A Not-So-New Metaphor
by Tyler Tate (4/1/2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Scent
Language: English
Abstract: rowsing the Web. Surfing the Net. Navigating a Web site. Traversing a hierarchy. Going back. Scrolling up and down. Returning home. We have seen such metaphors throughout our history of using computers to interact with information. Haphazard though they may seem be, these metaphors highlight a universal reality of human psychology: we perceive the world—both physical and digital—in spatial terms.

Information Wayfinding, Part 2: Elements of the Information Environment
by Tyler Tate (5/6/2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Scent, Information Seeking Behavior
Language: English
Abstract: Part 2 of a series on information wayfinding: Tyler scrutinizes the nature of information environments by investigating their most fundamental elements. In doing so, he subtly reframes the way we think about interacting with information on Web sites, in mobile applications, and in other digital experiences.
Note: Tate, T. (May 6, 2013). Information Wayfinding, Part 2: Elements of the Information Environment. UX Matters. Retrieved from http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2013/05/informatio n-wayfinding-part-2-elements-of-the-information- environment.php

Information Wayfinding, Part 3: Designing for Wayfinding
by Tyler Tate (3/14/2014)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Scent, Information Seeking Behavior
Language: English
Abstract: How can we make ever-growing volumes of information accessible and useful to people without overwhelming them? In the third and final installment of a series on information wayfinding, Tyler looks at how people move through information environments, the behavior of wayfinding, and outlines a set of guidelines for building Web sites and applications that enable people to make sense of continually expanding volumes of information without their becoming overwhelmed.
Note: Tate, T. (March 14, 2014). Information Wayfinding, Part 3: Designing for Wayfinding. UX Matters. Retrieved from http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2014/03/informatio n-wayfinding-part-3-designing-for-wayfinding-1.php

Internationale informatiearchitectuur
by James Kalbach, Peter Morville (7/14/2003)
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: Dansk
Abstract: Connecting people from diverse disciplines, countries and cultures is a strategic imperative, not only for AIfIA but for the information architecture community as a whole. Our competitive advantage derives from our very ability to build bridges and span networks. This argument alone should provide ample incentive for us to nurture an international perspective within the practice, but there are all sorts of idiosyncratic reasons why information architects should reach across borders.
Note: Original in English
Available Translations:
English at semanticstudios.com/publications/semantics/000012.php

L'incertezza nell'Architettura dell'Informazione
by James Kalbach (4/2009)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Seeking Behavior
Language: Italiano
Note: Original in English
Available Translations:
English at journalofia.org/volume1/issue1/05-kalbach/jofia-0101-05-kalbach.pdf

On Uncertainty in Information Architecture, Journal of IA PDF Document
by James Kalbach (4/2009)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Seeking Behavior
Language: English
Abstract: Uncertainty, in general, is a fundamental aspect of human activity and underlies much of our decision making. The notion of uncertainty in information seeking, in particular, dates back to Shannon and Weaver (1949) and since then has been investigated in many forms. Kulthau's (1993) work on information uncertainty is perhaps the most extensive. Through two specific examples, this article proposes uncertainty as a unifying heuristic in information architecture. Measurements of uncertainty can serve a diagnostic function in both the design and evaluation of information technologies and user interfaces.
Available Translations:
Italiano at iainstitute.org/it/translations/001186.php

Putting IA Theory into Pratice
by Nathaniel Davis (1/21/2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Note: Davis, N. (January 21, 2013). Putting IA Theory into Practice UX Matters. Retrieved from http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2013/01/putting-ia- theory-into-practice.php

The Architecture of Information: Interpretation and Presentation of Information in Dynamic Environments
by Louis Murray Weitzmann (1995)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Media Arts & Sciences, 1995.

The Psychology of Navigation
by Jesse James Garrett (2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Navigation
Language: English
Abstract: Jesse James Garret explores the psychology behind how users make navigational choices as they navigate through "information spaces" and how information architects can use this information when crafting the navigational experience.

The Role of Information Architecture in Context-aware Adaptive Systems
by Frederik Ohlin (2012)
Subject: Human Computer Interaction, Information Architecture - Theory, Information Seeking Behavior
Language: English
Abstract: Information architecture, concerned with the structural design of information spaces/systems, and context-aware adaptive systems, supporting situated system use through computational approach, are presented as two converging fields. Specific points of convergence include balancing immediate use with awareness, tackling choice overload and promoting discovery, and dealing with the increasing complexity of user context. The role of information architecture can be to apply a holistic view of systems, users, and context, thereby promoting awareness and discovery over of [sic] specific task efficiency measures. Further, designing meaningful structures from large, complex sets of information, is an information architecture skill well-suited for addressing the issues of context.
Note: Cite as: Ohlin, F. (2012). The Role of Information Architecture in Context-aware Adaptive Systems. Journal of Information Architcture. Vol. 4, No. 1-2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/03-ohlin/]
Also available at: journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/03-ohlin/jofia-04012-03-ohlin.pdf

The Story's the Thing
by Andrew Hinton (3/9/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: At the heart of design are the stories that give meaning to the work. Andrew Hinton meditates on what stories have taught him about information architecture and the people inhabiting the places he's helped design

Towards an Architectural Document Analysis, Journal of IA PDF Document
by Helene Francke (4/2009)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Labeling, Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Information architecture (IA) and document architecture (DA) provide two, partly overlapping, perspectives on the creation of document structures. This article suggests how the architecture of a document can be analysed from these two perspectives. Literature on IA and DA has been examined in order to identify central ideas that are of relevance for analysing the architectures of digital documents. The article contains an overview of how IA and DA have been used and defined. The article shows how a model for analysing documents as sociotechnical artefacts can fruitfully draw on parts of the theoretical and practical complexes of IA and DA. The aspects that are identified as particularly important from IA are organisation systems, navigation, and labelling. From DA, logical structures, layout structures, content structures, and file structures are all applicable aspects. It is discussed how these various aspects may be interpreted in order to support an analysis of the organising principles of documents.

Understanding Information Architecture Differently
by Nathaniel Davis (5/8/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: The Big IA perspective is still evolving, as the creation of digital products and services reveals new gaps and challenges,while the narrow perspective on information architecture remains a highly under-researched, under-developed, and under-communicated subject domain that is as important today as it was when it originally surfaced in the early 1990s. People originally called the narrow perspective on information architecture little IA. Todays more politically correct term is classic IA. Id really like to call it just information architecture. Why? Simply for the fact that--before there was any need to produce wireframes; improve Web site planning, strategy,or tactics; or discuss platforms and channels--there was a need to address a unique concern within the new context that the Internet had created,for which there was no single source to which one could go for answers.


Books

Architettura dell’informazione: Trovabiltà dagli oggetti quotidiani al Web
by Luca Rosati (2007)
Subject: Experience Design, Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Il volume analizza alcuni principi chiave (euristiche) di architettura dell’informazione utili sia per progettare sia per valutare sistemi informativi complessi. Non solo in contesti digitali ma anche in quelli fisici (punti vendita, musei, aeroporti…). Di più: proprio perché queste euristiche sono trasversali ai vari contesti dell’interazione uomo-informazione, l’obiettivo del libro è proporre un modello unificato di architettura dell’informazione, a cavallo dei diversi ambiti dell’agire quotidiano, da quelli fisici a quelli digitali.
Also available at: lucarosati.it/blog/architettura-informazione-trovabilita


Organizations, Conferences and Mailing Lists

2014 IA Summit Podcasts (3/30/2014)
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Podcasts of the 2014 Information Architecture Summit, ASIS&T, San Diego, March 26-30, 2014
Note: Podcasts of the 2014 Information Architecture Summit. (Confereence). San Diego: Association for Information Science and Technology, March 26-30, 2014


Presentations and Podcasts

Architektura informacji rzeczy codziennego użytku Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Jesse James Garrett (3/17/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: Polish
Abstract: A PowerPoint presentation on information architecture and information science as it relates to everyday things and the world around us.
Note: Link is to a Powerpoint file. Original is in English.

De informatiearchitectuur van alledaagse dingen Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Jesse James Garrett (3/17/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: Dansk
Abstract: A PowerPoint presentation on information architecture and information science as it relates to everyday things and the world around us.
Note: Original is in English. The URL links to a Powerpoint document.

EuroIA 2011: The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again of Information Architecture PDF Document
by Rob Royce (9/22/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Rob Royce of The Understanding Group presents his view of the evolution of Information Architecture, from his presentation at the 2011 EuroIA conference.

EuroIA: Pervasive IA for the Sentient City: Cross-Channel UX in Urban Environments
by Andrea Resmini, Luca Rosati (9/24/2011)
Subject: Architecture - Buildings, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Resmini and Rosati discuss the role of cities as emergent systems in their review of cross-channel user experience in urban environments.
Note: Also presented at the Italian IA Summit

PowerPoint Introduction to Visual Vocabulary Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Jesse James Garrett (3/16/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: This PowerPoint presentation provides a high-level overview of visual vocabularies and their use.
Note: This links to a Microsoft PowerPoint document.

The Information Architecture of Everyday Things Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Jesse James Garrett (3/17/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: English
Abstract: A PowerPoint presentation on information architecture and information science as it relates to everyday things and the world around us.
Note: This links to a Microsoft PowerPoint document.

The Information Architecture of Everyday Things - Farsi Translation Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Jesse James Garrett (3/17/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: Farsi/Persian
Abstract: A PowerPoint presentation on information architecture and information science as it relates to everyday things and the world around us. Note: This links to a Microsoft PowerPoint document. Translated by Tara Reza on June 3, 2011.


Web Sites and Resources

FQSラボラトリ Information Architecture (2003)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: Japanese
Abstract: Webサイト構築において情報アーキテクチャ分野で考慮すべき4つの項目(前提条件、構造化、デザイン、コンテンツ)についてミツエリンクの制作ノウハウからの独自定義を紹介。


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