Results for Information Organization

There are 42 resources for Information Organization in the library.

Articles and Papers

Happiness is Taxonomy: Four Structures for Snoopy
by Katherine Bertolucci (3/2003)
Subject: Classification, Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: As information access becomes increasingly virtual, librarians and information managers are creating new gateways to knowledge. One of these gateways is taxonomy, a technique that organizes information into hierarchical categories. This article includes insights into the art of category creation, insights that are useful to anyone attempting to build or to understand taxonomy.

3 SEO Myths About Information Architecture
by Shari Thurow (3/18/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Information Organization, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: Shari Thurow shares some of the common myths and misconceptions that search engine optimizers have about information architecture in an effort to help SEOs understand an information architect’s point of view.

Change It Up!
by Mandy Lowey (1/16/2006)
Subject: Content Management, Information Organization, Interface Design
Language: English
Abstract: Not every upgrade comes with a big budget, so you have to work with what you have. Here are a couple of ways you can work with an existing UI to give it a new look and a new function.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

Check It Twice: The B&A Staff Reveals the Way They Make Lists
by Staff Boxes and Arrows (1/16/2006)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Holiday lists, to-do lists, grocery lists. With the end of the year come the holidays, and holidays are usually a time for making lists. Take a look into the process (and obsessions) of list-making from our staff.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

Classification, Facets, and Metaproperties
by Martin Frické, Scott Hill (1/2011)
Subject: Faceted Classification, Information Architecture - General, Navigation, Ontologies
Language: English
Abstract: The paper argues that second order properties or metaproperties are essential for classification and navigation of information, for example for faceted classification and the navigation it generates. The paper observes that metaproperties, are not accommodated well within such standard schemes as Z39.19, description logics (DLs), and the formal ontologies OWL, BFO, and DOLCE.
Note: Frické, M. (2011). Classification, Facets, and Metaproperties. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 2, No. 2. [Available at]

Findability, SEO, And The Searcher Experience
by Shari Thurow (1/21/2011)
Subject: Findability, Information Organization, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: All too often, we hear web developers, search engine optimization (SEO) professionals, usability practitioners, and even search engine reps justify decisions with the claim that it is "good for the user experience." And we blindly accept that explanation. Shari helps clear things up by defining what the user experience is, especially when referring the searcher experience.

How to Make a Concept Model
by Christina Wodtke (5/6/2014)
Subject: Cognitive Science, Information Architecture - Practices, Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: A concept model is a visual representation of a set of ideas that clarifies the concept for both the thinker and the audience. It is a useful and powerful tool for user experience designers but also for business, engineering, and marketing...basically anyone who needs to communicate complexity. Which is most of us, these days. Christina Wodtke shows you how to make one.
Note: Wodtke, C. (May 6th, 2014). How to Make a Concept Model. Boxes and Arrows. Retrieved on January 25, 2015 from

IA Strategy: Addressing the Signatures of Information Overload
by Nathaniel Davis (2/6/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: The one thing we know about information overload on the Web is that we do not know enough. The rapid rate at which people and organizations create and propagate information complicates our getting a grip on information overload in the domain of information technology. Our information includes things like our Honey-Do lists, gigabytes of digital documents, and the deluge of email messages that pile up in our email inboxes. The amount of information we consume and manage is growing in both its volume and volatility. Probably worse than the self-inflicted burden of information glut that we’ve invented for ourselves is the fact that the less we know about information overload, the less we can know about the relevance of our collective stockpiles of information.

Information Architecture Essentials, 8 Part Series from IBM DeveloperWorks
by Benjamin Lieberman (2008)
Subject: Guides & Collections, Information Architecture - Practices, Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: IBM developerWorks 8- part series on information architecture for enterprise systems. Part 1: The data and content dilemma Part 2: Managing enterprise information Part 3: Organizing complex information Part 4: Improving usability of information systems Part 5: Business intelligence in your information architecture Part 6: Distributed data mining Part 7: Data-store design Part 8: Packaging and reselling information

Knowledge at Your Fingertips
by Arun Martin (4/2010)
Subject: Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: If you ever wondered, What is a Knowledge Base? Read this article.

Putting it Together: Taxonomy, Classification & Search
by Jeff Morris (2003)
Subject: Classification, Ontologies, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: The integration of taxonomy, classification, and search is covered in this article. The author reviews several possible software solutions.

Succeeding at IA in the enterprise
by James Robertson (6/12/2006)
Subject: Business Strategy, Information Architecture - Practices, Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: The enterprise environment offers unique challenges for information architects. In this context, we need to develop skills to help us understand and model how organizations deal with information.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

Taking A Content Inventory
by Janice Fraser (10/2001)
Subject: Content Inventories, Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Provides a methodology for auditing web site content to produce an inventory -- a tabular document that may be used in information re-architecture projects.

The Machineries of Context, Journal of IA PDF Document
by Andrew Hinton (4/2009)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Ontologies, Organization
Language: English
Abstract: The essay re-frames Information Architecture as designing context in the digital layer, contending that IA has always been less about organizing information than about designing architecture for a new kind of contextual space. It explores how a global network of user-created hyperlinks has changed how we experience context, and how IA practice emerged to contend with this change. In addition, the essay proposes that IA study and practice develop tools and methods that improve our understanding and methods for solving the increasingly complex design challenges brought about by this new contextual reality.

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.

Using Wikis to Document UI Specifications
by Peter Gremett (6/29/2009)
Subject: Interface Design, Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: As Agile gains momentum as a development approach of choice, documenting design becomes a challenge. Peter Gremett shows how using a wiki to capture your design is a great way to be adaptive as you build and deliver product to customers.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

Why You Need Your Very Own Taxonomy
by Tom Smith (2001)
Subject: Classification, Ontologies, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: This article is an introduction to taxonomies and faceted classifications.

Blogs, Columns and Journals

by Kimio Hayashi (2004)
Subject: Controlled Vocabularies, Information Organization, Metadata
Language: Japanese
Abstract: フランスで言語学博士課程の林公生がテクニカルコミュニケーションの視点から「フランス」と「情報を伝えるための方法論」を身近な口調で紹介するコラム。

Dynamic Taxonomies: A Model for Large Information Bases
by Giovanni M. Sacco (6/2000)
Subject: Faceted Classification, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: A new taxonomic model for structuring and accessing large heterogeneous information bases is presented. The model is designed to simplify both classification and access by computer-illiterate people. It defines simple and intuitive operations to access large information bases at the conceptual level and at different levels of abstraction, in a totally assisted way, through a simple, yet effective visual interface. The model can also be used to summarize result sets computed by other query methods, such as information retrieval, shape retrieval, etc., and to provide user maps for complex hypermedia networks. The experience gained by applying this model to commercial applications is reported. architecture).

I Column Like I CM
by Bob Doyle (2004)
Subject: Content Management, Knowledge Management, Organizational Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Monthly online columns and six print columns a year in EContent Magazine on topics from faceted classification and structured information to website indexing and information scent.


Information Architecture: Designing Information Environments for Purpose
by Alan Gilchrist, Barry Mahon (2003)
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Information Design, Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: This book describes and analyzes the various components of creating an information system architecture - design environment (hardware, networks, software), knowledge representation (taxonomies, classifications, thesauri), interoperability (standards and markup languages), user interfaces, usability and findability, and the prospects for the future. This guide also examines the role of management, information technology personnel and information workers in the process.

Knowledge Representation: Logical, Philosophical, and Computational Foundations
by John F. Sowa
Subject: Classics, Classification, Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: Sowa is the great theorist of organizing knowledge using computers and the founder of modern conceptual graph theory.

Organizing Information from the Shelf to the Web
by Sudatta Chowdhury, G. G. Chowdhury (2007)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: LIS professionals of tomorrow will have to be conversant with all the tools and techniques for organizing information in different domains - from the traditional library shelf to full-scale digital libraries. This core text covers the organization of the entire spectrum of information, and the principles, tools and techniques needed to do this effectively. The most up-to-date textbook yet available on this subject, this comprehensive book covers everything from traditional cataloguing and classification through to metadata, information architecture and the semantic web. Written by experienced academics in the area, who have authored several other successful textbooks, this book provides both an overview of the whole field of information organization and an easy-to-understand introduction to each of the individual topics, which can be followed up with further study by following the references at the end of each chapter.The chapters cover: organizing information - what it means; organizing information in different non-library environments; cataloguing; bibliographic formats - MARC21 and others; library classification; subject heading lists and thesauri in information organization; organization of internet information resources; metadata; markup languages; ontology; information architecture; the semantic web; and, information organization - issues and trends. A key student text for all information and library studies courses, the book is also valuable for practising LIS professionals who need to gain an understanding of the various tools and techniques required to master information organization.
Note: Chowdhury, G. G. and Sudatta Chowdhury. (2007). Organizing information from the shelf to the web. London: Facet Publishing.

Organizing Knowledge: An Introduction to Managing Access to Information
by John Farrow, Jennifer Rowley (2000)
Subject: Information Organization, Information Retrieval, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: For the third edition, this standard text on knowledge organization and retrieval has been extensively revised and restructured to accommodate the increased significance of electronic information resources.

Practical Information Policies
by Elizabeth Orna (1990)
Subject: Content Management, Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Defines information policies and their benefits. How to develop a policy, based on an information audit. The need for information professionals. Stages to introduce, implement, and monitor a policy.

The Discipline of Organizing
by Glushko Robert (4/2013)
Subject: Computer Science, Information Organization, Library & Information Science
Language: English
Abstract: Organizing is such a common activity that we often do it without thinking much about it. In our daily lives we organize physical things--books on shelves, cutlery in kitchen drawers--and digital things--Web pages, MP3 files, scientific datasets. Millions of people create and browse Web sites, blog, tag, tweet, and upload and download content of all media types without thinking "I'm organizing now"ť or "I'm retrieving now." This book offers a framework for the theory and practice of organizing that integrates information organization (IO) and information retrieval (IR), bridging the disciplinary chasms between Library and Information Science and Computer Science, each of which views and teaches IO and IR as separate topics and in substantially different ways. It introduces the unifying concept of an Organizing System-- an intentionally arranged collection of resources and the interactions they support--and then explains the key concepts and challenges in the design and deployment of Organizing Systems in many domains, including libraries, museums, business information systems, personal information management, and social computing. Intended for classroom use or as a professional reference, the book covers the activities common to all organizing systems: identifying resources to be organized; organizing resources by describing and classifying them; designing resource-based interactions; and maintaining resources and organization over time. The book is extensively annotated with disciplinary-specific notes to ground it with relevant concepts and references of library science, computing, cognitive science, law, and business.

The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization
by Elaine Svenonius (2000)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: The effectiveness of a system for accessing information is a direct function of the intelligence put into organizing it. Integrating the disparate disciplines of descriptive cataloging, subject cataloging, indexing, and classification, this book adopts a conceptual framework that views the process of organizing information as the use of a special language of description called a bibliographic language.

The Organization of Information
by Arlene G. Taylor (2004)
Subject: Information Organization, Metadata
Language: English
Abstract: Comprehensive text with history of information organization down to digital libraries and the Internet. Standards, metadata, vocabulary control, and categorization systems.

Organizations, Conferences and Mailing Lists

Gruppo di discussione ISKO Italia
Subject: Classification, Information Organization, Library & Information Science
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Gruppo di discussione sui temi della classificazione e della knowledge organization indirizzata a bibliotecari, studenti e ricercatori, architetti dell'informazione.

IDEA Conference
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: The IDEA Conference is a yearly conference about Information: Design, Experience and Access that is sponsored by the Information Architecture Institute. IDEA Vision Statement... Throughout their days, people are engaging with complex information to manage their lives. And designers now realize that information isn't simply this stuff you find — the appropriate presentation of information helps people make sense of the world around them. This conference addresses issues of design for an always-on, always-connected world. Where "cyberspace" is a meaningless term because the online and offline worlds cannot be made distinct. Where physical spaces are so complex that detailed wayfinding is necessary to navigate them. Where work processes have become so involved, and so digitized, that we need new processes to manage those processes. This conference brings together people who are addressing these challenges head on. Speakers from a variety of backgrounds will discuss designing complex information spaces in the physical and virtual worlds.

Isko Italia (2003)
Subject: Classification, Indexing, Information Organization
Language: Italiano
Abstract: L'International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) č un'associazione internazionale che si propone di studiare aspetti teorici, metodologici e sperimentali dell'organizzazione delle conoscenze, facendone una vera e propria scienza. Dall'analisi dei diversi approcci semantici all'informazione (classificazioni, ontologie, tesauri...) vengono sviluppati principi e modelli, applicabili a contesti diversi quali basi di dati, biblioteche, dizionari, Internet, ecc.

Presentations and Podcasts

IDEA 2008: An Interview with Andrew Hinton
by Jeff Parks, Russ Unger (8/28/2008)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: This is the second interview in the series, and this time I pulled the name of Andrew Hinton, Lead Information Architect at Vanguard, from the virtual hat. You may recognize Andrew as the presenter of the closing plenary for the IA Summit in Miami this year. Andrew's blog is Inkblurt and don't be surprised if you end up engrossed in it and feel as if you are getting a free education!

IDEA 2008: An Interview with Bill DeRouchey
by Jeff Parks, Russ Unger (8/14/2008)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: For this interview, I was fortunate to draw Bill DeRouchey's name. If his name is not familiar to you, some of his work should be. Bill's blog is Push. Click. Touch. ( and his Conversations with Everyday Objects presentation is one that is well worth your time.

IDEA 2008: An Interview with David Armano
by Jeff Parks, Russ Unger (9/4/2008)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: This is the third interview in the series, and I got to spend time with David Armano, VP Experience Design at Critical Mass. David has been seen at many conferences this year, and has quite possibly been seen cruising through Chicagoland on his motorcycle in his down time. He also blogs about experience design at at Logic + Emotion (

IDEA 2008: An Interview with Elliott Malkin
by Liz Danzico (9/12/2008)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Even if you're trying to find one, the connections among Elliott Malkin's body of work are hard to see. Part family history, part science project, part home-movie, his projects span genres that, initially, seem incidental. Yet many of his web-based projects—whether they investigate "butterfly vision" or install digital graffiti throughout lower Manhattan—are connected in one simple way: they all explore unofficial signals in public space. Taking on the invisible and the imagined, his projects invite viewers to imagine things that operate beyond their perception. His latest project, Graffiti for Butterflies, is even further afield from his typical subjects as it deals with natural science. By directing Monarch butterflies to urban food sources it "is the equivalent of a fast-food sign on a highway, advertising rest stops (waystations) to monarchs traveling through the area." More at

IDEA 2008: The Chicago Sessions (podcasts)
by Jeff Parks (10/16/2008)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: The IDEA Conference took place in Chicago on October 7-9 at the Harold Washington Library Center. The speakers pushed the boundaries of what it means to design complex information spaces of all kinds. We can all expand our practice by absorbing their experiences and ideas. In cooperation with the IA Institute, we’re happy to bring you recordings of most conference talks. We hope you enjoy listening to nearly the entire conference via these recordings.

IDEA 2009: An Interview with Leisa Reichelt
by Jeff Parks, Russ Unger (8/3/2009)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: For this interview, I was able to ask a few questions with Leisa Reichelt. If her name is not familiar to you, it's possible you've heard of the term "ambient intimacy" that she coined (and frankly, is quite too often NOT cited as the source for that). You can learn more about Leisa online at disambiguity where she blogs. You can also be on the lookout for Drupal 7; I hear she had a thing or to do with that…

IDEA 2009: An Interview with Thomas Malaby
by Jeff Parks, Russ Unger (8/22/2009)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Living a Second Life in Online Worlds
For this interview, I was able to ask a few questions with Thomas Malaby. Malaby is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has a forthcoming book titled "Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab and Second Life" from Cornell University Press.

IDEA 2009: Social and Experience Design: Inspired Ideas, Practical Outcomes (podcasts)
by Jeff Parks, Russ Unger (11/12/2009)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: IDEA2009 had the world's foremost thinkers and practitioners converge on Toronto's MaRS Convention Center to share the big ideas that inspire, along with practical solutions for the ways people's lives and systems are converging to affect society. Listen and learn from experts in a variety of fields as we all continue the exploration of Social Experience Design.

Web Sites and Resources

Barry Smith, National Center for Ontological Research
by Barry Smith (2013)
Subject: Ontologies
Language: English
Abstract: Streaming video ontology training courses and subject list of readings by topic of interest.
Note: Barry Smith, National Center for Ontological Research (n.d.) [website] Retrieved from

Subject: Information Organization, Information Retrieval, Writing for the Web
Language: Français
Abstract: Le site des spécialistes de l'information en ligne.

Western States Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices (1/2003)
Subject: Information Organization, Information Retrieval
Language: English
Abstract: This document of best practices offers assistance in creating metadata records for digitized resources using the Dublin Core element data set.
Note: Corporate Author: Western States Digital Standards Group (WSDSG) Metadata Working Group

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