Information architecture (basics for app building)

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information architecture (basics for app building) Slide 2 what were after: articulate the impact that information architecture can have on knowledge Awareness of media imposed constraints on information architecture select an appropriate architecture for your project articulate the impact that information architecture can have on knowledge Awareness of media imposed constraints on information architecture select an appropriate architecture for your project Slide 3 Physical Organization Slide 4 Slide 5 What happens when we get too much stuff for piles? paper lists & catalogs digital databases Slide 6 Slide 7 ontology & hierarchy hierarchy + links web-scale organization only links, no authority Slide 8 Slide 9 IT DOES SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE. IT'S PURPOSE BUILT. IT'S NOT USEFUL BEYOND THIS PURPOSE. an app = small program or utility running on a mobile device. Slide 10 Slide 11 Ontology Works When: Domain to be Organized Small corpus Formal categories Stable entities Restricted entities Clear edges Domain to be Organized Small corpus Formal categories Stable entities Restricted entities Clear edges Slide 12 Ontology Works When: Participants Expert Catalogers Authoritative Source of Judgement Coordinated Users Expert Users Participants Expert Catalogers Authoritative Source of Judgement Coordinated Users Expert Users Slide 13 Practically Speaking, what does all this mean? We are not constrained by our media to use an ontological organization. A. However, it is one reasonable choice, among many B. It is a damn good fit for early projects. We are not constrained by our media to use an ontological organization. A. However, it is one reasonable choice, among many B. It is a damn good fit for early projects. Slide 14 Slide 15 Next: usability & wireframe Slide 16 Slide 17 Slide 18