Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

book cover
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
By Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: December 01, 2006
ISBN-10: 0-596-52734-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-596-52734-1
Pages: 456

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The post-Ajaxian Web 2.0 world of wikis, folksonomies, and mashups makes well-planned information architecture even more essential. How do you present large volumes of information to people who need to find what they're looking for quickly? This classic primer shows information architects, designers, and web site developers how to build large-scale and maintainable web sites that are appealing and easy to navigate.

The new edition is thoroughly updated to address emerging technologies -- with recent examples, new scenarios, and information on best practices -- while maintaining its focus on fundamentals. With topics that range from aesthetics to mechanics, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web explains how to create interfaces that users can understand right away. Inside, you'll find:

  • An overview of information architecture for both newcomers and experienced practitioners

  • The fundamental components of an architecture, illustrating the interconnected nature of these systems. Updated, with updates for tagging, folksonomies, social classification, and guided navigation

  • Tools, techniques, and methods that take you from research to strategy and design to implementation. This edition discusses blueprints, wireframes and the role of diagrams in the design phase

  • A series of short essays that provide practical tips and philosophical advice for those who work on information architecture

  • The business context of practicing and promoting information architecture, including recent lessons on how to handle enterprise architecture

  • Case studies on the evolution of two large and very different information architectures, illustrating best practices along the way

How do you document the rich interfaces of web applications? How do you design for multiple platforms and mobile devices? With emphasis on goals and approaches over tactics or technologies, this enormously popular book gives you knowledge about information architecture with a framework that allows you to learn new approaches -- and unlearn outmoded ones.

book cover
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
By Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: December 01, 2006
ISBN-10: 0-596-52734-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-596-52734-1
Pages: 456

Table of Contents  | Index

    Part I:  Introducing Information Architecture
      Chapter 1.  Defining Information Architecture
      Section 1.1.  A Definition
      Section 1.2.  Tablets, Scrolls, Books, and Libraries
      Section 1.3.  Explaining IA to Others
      Section 1.4.  What Isn't Information Architecture?
      Section 1.5.  Why Information Architecture Matters
      Section 1.6.  Bringing Our Work to Life
      Chapter 2.  Practicing Information Architecture
      Section 2.1.  Do We Need Information Architects?
      Section 2.2.  Who's Qualified to Practice Information Architecture?
      Section 2.3.  Information Architecture Specialists
      Section 2.4.  Practicing Information Architecture in the Real World
      Section 2.5.  What Lies Ahead
      Chapter 3.  User Needs and Behaviors
      Section 3.1.  The "Too-Simple" Information Model
      Section 3.2.  Information Needs
      Section 3.3.  Information-Seeking Behaviors
      Section 3.4.  Learning About Information Needs and Information-Seeking Behaviors
    Part II:  Basic Principles of Information Architecture
      Chapter 4.  The Anatomy of an Information Architecture
      Section 4.1.  Visualizing Information Architecture
      Section 4.2.  Information Architecture Components
      Chapter 5.  Organization Systems
      Section 5.1.  Challenges of Organizing Information
      Section 5.2.  Organizing Web Sites and Intranets
      Section 5.3.  Organization Schemes
      Section 5.4.  Organization Structures
      Section 5.5.  Social Classification
      Section 5.6.  Creating Cohesive Organization Systems
      Chapter 6.  Labeling Systems
      Section 6.1.  Why You Should Care About Labeling
      Section 6.2.  Varieties of Labels
      Section 6.3.  Designing Labels
      Chapter 7.  Navigation Systems
      Section 7.1.  Types of Navigation Systems
      Section 7.2.  Gray Matters
      Section 7.3.  Browser Navigation Features
      Section 7.4.  Building Context
      Section 7.5.  Improving Flexibility
      Section 7.6.  Embedded Navigation Systems
      Section 7.7.  Supplemental Navigation Systems
      Section 7.8.  Advanced Navigation Approaches
      Chapter 8.  Search Systems
      Section 8.1.  Does Your Site Need Search?
      Section 8.2.  Search System Anatomy
      Section 8.3.  Search Is Not an IT Thing
      Section 8.4.  Choosing What to Search
      Section 8.5.  Search Algorithms
      Section 8.6.  Query Builders
      Section 8.7.  Presenting Results
      Section 8.8.  Designing the Search Interface
      Section 8.9.  Where to Learn More
      Chapter 9.  Thesauri, Controlled Vocabularies, and Metadata
      Section 9.1.  Metadata
      Section 9.2.  Controlled Vocabularies
      Section 9.3.  Technical Lingo
      Section 9.4.  A Thesaurus in Action
      Section 9.5.  Types of Thesauri
      Section 9.6.  Thesaurus Standards
      Section 9.7.  Semantic Relationships
      Section 9.8.  Preferred Terms
      Section 9.9.  Polyhierarchy
      Section 9.10.  Faceted Classification
    Part III:  Process and Methodology
      Chapter 10.  Research
      Section 10.1.  Process Overview
      Section 10.2.  A Research Framework
      Section 10.3.  Context
      Section 10.4.  Content
      Section 10.5.  Users
      Section 10.6.  Participant Definition and Recruiting
      Section 10.7.  User Research Sessions
      Section 10.8.  In Defense of Research
      Chapter 11.  Strategy
      Section 11.1.  What Is an Information Architecture Strategy?
      Section 11.2.  Strategies Under Attack
      Section 11.3.  From Research to Strategy
      Section 11.4.  Developing the Strategy
      Section 11.5.  Work Products and Deliverables
      Section 11.6.  The Strategy Report
      Section 11.7.  The Project Plan
      Section 11.8.  Presentations
      Chapter 12.  Design and Documentation
      Section 12.1.  Guidelines for Diagramming an Information Architecture
      Section 12.2.  Communicating Visually
      Section 12.3.  Blueprints
      Section 12.4.  Wireframes
      Section 12.5.  Content Mapping and Inventory
      Section 12.6.  Content Models
      Section 12.7.  Controlled Vocabularies
      Section 12.8.  Design Collaboration
      Section 12.9.  Putting It All Together: Information Architecture Style Guides
    Part IV:  Information Architecture in Practice
      Chapter 13.  Education
      Section 13.1.  Transition in Education
      Section 13.2.  A World of Choice
      Section 13.3.  But Do I Need a Degree?
      Section 13.4.  The State of the Field
      Chapter 14.  Ethics
      Section 14.1.  Ethical Considerations
      Section 14.2.  Shaping the Future
      Chapter 15.  Building an Information Architecture Team
      Section 15.1.  Destructive Acts of Creation
      Section 15.2.  Fast and Slow Layers
      Section 15.3.  Project Versus Program
      Section 15.4.  Buy or Rent
      Section 15.5.  Do We Really Need to Hire Professionals?
      Section 15.6.  The Dream Team
      Chapter 16.  Tools and Software
      Section 16.1.  A Time of Change
      Section 16.2.  Categories in Chaos
      Section 16.3.  Questions to Ask
    Part V:  Information Architecture in the Organization
      Chapter 17.  Making the Case for Information Architecture
      Section 17.1.  You Must Sell
      Section 17.2.  The Two Kinds of People in the World
      Section 17.3.  Running the Numbers
      Section 17.4.  Talking to the Reactionaries
      Section 17.5.  Other Case-Making Techniques
      Section 17.6.  The Information Architecture Value Checklist
      Section 17.7.  A Final Note
      Chapter 18.  Business Strategy
      Section 18.1.  The Origins of Strategy
      Section 18.2.  Defining Business Strategy
      Section 18.3.  Strategic Fit
      Section 18.4.  Exposing Gaps in Business Strategy
      Section 18.5.  One Best Way
      Section 18.6.  Many Good Ways
      Section 18.7.  Understanding Our Elephant
      Section 18.8.  Competitive Advantage
      Section 18.9.  The End of the Beginning
      Chapter 19.  Information Architecture for the Enterprise
      Section 19.1.  Information Architecture, Meet the Enterprise
      Section 19.2.  What's the Goal of EIA?
      Section 19.3.  Designing an Enterprise Information Architecture
      Section 19.4.  EIA Strategy and Operations
      Section 19.5.  Doing the Work and Paying the Bills
      Section 19.6.  Timing Is Everything: A Phased Rollout
      Section 19.7.  A Framework for Moving Forward
    Part VI:  Case Studies
      Chapter 20.  MSWeb: An Enterprise Intranet
      Section 20.1.  Challenges for the User
      Section 20.2.  Challenges for the Information Architect
      Section 20.3.  We Like Taxonomies, Whatever They Are
      Section 20.4.  Benefits to Users
      Section 20.5.  What's Next
      Section 20.6.  MSWeb's Achievement
      Chapter 21. An Online Community
      Section 21.1. in a Nutshell
      Section 21.2.  Architecting an Online Community
      Section 21.3.  The Participation Economy
      Section 21.4.  How Information Architecture Fits In
      Section 21.5.  The "Un-Information Architecture"
      Appendix 1.  Essential Resources
      Section A.1.  Communities
      Section A.2.  Directories
      Section A.3.  Books and Journals
      Section A.4.  Formal Education
      Section A.5.  Conferences and Events
      Section A.6.  Examples, Deliverables, and Tools