Information Architecture

how not to design a library for the blind

ADHD_librarian writes "aftenposten reports that the Norwegian Sound and Braille Library is a fantastic library building, unless you happen to be blind. Were you blind (as their target audience may be) you might find it "combining classical neo-Georgian features with the efficiency of modern techniques. The tenants arrive here and are carried along the corridor on a conveyor belt in extreme comfort, past murals depicting mediterranean scenes, towards the rotating knives. The last twenty feet of the corridor are heavily soundproofed. The blood pours down these chutes and the mangled flesh slurps into..."http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article112 9225.ece"

Information Format Trends

pamplemousse writes "

From OCLC is this (undated) report: 2004 Information Format Trends: Content, Not Containers ... examines the "unbundling of content" from traditional containers (books, journals, CDs) and distribution methods (postal mail, resource sharing). As the boundaries blur between content, technology and the information consumer, the report shows how format now matters less than the information within the container.

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Categorizing weblogs

On October 14, Dave Pollard wrote in his blog about the Open Directory Project (ODP) and the taxonomy challenges of weblogs. Are personal weblogs, which often cover many topics, uncategorizable? If not, where in the ODP should they be listed?

Internet Archive Given DMCA Exemption

From http://search-engines-web.com/ writes: "An Excerpt from article about Internet Archive's fight against copyright restrictions at: http://theinquirer.net/?article=17785

Internet Archive has copyright problems

THE DIGITAL Millennium Copyright Act is proving a headache for those hoping to preserve software and data.

The US Internet Archive, which makes archival copies of software and data, said it was technically impossible to do its job because of the Act which forbids copying software.

Because the life of a magnetic disk is only 10 to 30 years, the Archive would have to copy the stuff every few years to preserve it which would be illegal.

This week the group announced on its site here that the Copyright Office has ordered a temporary exemption for the group’s work.

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AIfIA announces info architecture mentoring program

Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (AIfIA) has just launched a mentoring initiative designed to create mutually beneficial relationships between novice and experienced information architects.


"Let's face it: information architecture is a new field, and it remains difficult to learn about," said Louis Rosenfeld, AIfIA's treasurer. "Our collective experiences haven't yet been captured as a body of literature, there are few academic IA programs where one can gain formal education, and there is only one industry-wide conference per year. That's why we need to connect people who have experience with people who don't, and that's the goal of AIfIA's Mentoring Initiative."

Mentees must be AIfIA members, but mentors are not required to be.

Find out more about the IA Mentoring Initiative.

Learn how to handle information overload

The Salt Lake Tribune has a story about information overload and some suggestions for how to handle it.
Read full story here.
"The reason people feel overwhelmed with information is because there is an uncomfortable internal feeling because they can't take it all in -- they don't have the 'mental furniture' to set it down."

Information architecture group announces 2004 goals

Following up on a member survey conducted in December 2003 (see LISNews article), Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (AIfIA) has posted "AIfIA Goals 2004", presenting the organization's goals and objectives for 2004, as well as detailed lists of active and proposed projects. The AIfIA Annual Report 2002-2003 is also available.

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.

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