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3.10 Information Architectures

In DITA on January 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm

According to Morville and Rosenfeld (2007 P 4)

Information Architecture is a combination of many things:

“The combination of organization, labelling and navigation schemes within information systems”.

“The Structural design of an information space to facilitate task completion and intuitive access to content”.

“The art and science of structuring and classifying websites and intranets to help people find and manage information”.

An emerging discipline and community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape.

Information Architectures as defined in the context of Electronic Publishing relates to the way that information is organized in digital media.

Our coursework is an example of good information architecture. Content is user-generated and posts are chronologically organised by date. A tagging system allows you to link posts and blogs together on the same topic. Widgets can be installed to make the pages more dynamic. There are millions of blogs now on the web on a wide range of topics and this explosion is down its easy usability.  

 Information architecture also affects online journalism. Content for news often needs to be published quickly. Most online media have implemented a content management system to provide a spatial view of the front end and a database at the back-end. SQL queries are used retrieve information and it can be easily shared between departments.

HTML is used to organise the structure of the news stories and it also content generators to link to previous stories and helps the user navigate the site. In terms of design CSS allows content to be separated from separate style from the content allowing it be more accessible to blind people.

Images are important in electronic publishing to enhance content and make pages more dynamic. They also need to be in the right format in order for pages to render quickly.

JavaScript can add functionality to make the website easier to navigate and you can apply technologies that can manipulate the XML mark up.

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