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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web Designing Large-Scale Web Sites

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ISBN-10: 0596527349

ISBN-13: 9780596527341

Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld

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The scale of web site design has grown so that what was once comparable to decorating a room is now comparable to designing buildings or even cities. Designing sites so that people can find their way around is an ever-growing challenge as sites contain more and more information. In the past, "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web" has helped developers and designers establish consistent and usable structures for their sites and their information. This edition of the classic primer on web site design and navigation is updated with recent examples, new scenarios, and new information on best practices. Readers will learn how to present large volumes of information to visitors who…    
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List price: $39.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Peter Morville is president of Semantic Studios, an information architecture, user experience, and findability consultancy. Since 1994, he has advised such clients as AT&T, Harvard, IBM, the Library of Congress, Microsoft, the National Cancer Institute, Vodafone, and the Weather Channel. Peter is best known as a founding father of information architecture, having co-authored the field's best-selling book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. Peter has served on the faculty at the University of Michigan's School of Information and on the advisory board of the Information Architecture Institute. He delivers keynotes and seminars at international events, and his work has been…    

Lou Rosenfeld is an independent information architecture consultant. He has been instrumental in helping establish the field of information architecture, and in articulating the role and value of librarianship within the field. Lou played a leading role in organizing and programming the first three information architecture conferences (both ASIS&T Summits and IA 2000). He also presents and moderates at such venues as CHI, COMDEX, Intranets, and the web design conferences produced by Miller Freeman, C:net and Thunder Lizard. He teaches tutorials as part of the Nielsen Norman Group User Experience Conference.

Introducing Information Architecture
Defining Information Architecture
A Definition
Tablets, Scrolls, Books, and Libraries
Explaining IA to Others
What Isn't Information Architecture?
Why Information Architecture Matters
Bringing Our Work to Life
Practicing Information Architecture
Do We Need Information Architects?
Who's Qualified to Practice Information Architecture?
Information Architecture Specialists
Practicing Information Architecture in the Real World
What Lies Ahead
User Needs and Behaviors
The "Too-Simple" Information Model
Information Needs
Information-Seeking Behaviors
Learning About Information Needs and Information-Seeking Behaviors
Basic Principles of Information Architecture
The Anatomy of an Information Architecture
Visualizing Information Architecture
Information Architecture Components
Organization Systems
Challenges of Organizing Information
Organizing Web Sites and Intranets
Organization Schemes
Organization Structures
Social Classification
Creating Cohesive Organization Systems
Labeling Systems
Why You Should Care About Labeling
Varieties of Labels
Designing Labels
Navigation Systems
Types of Navigation Systems
Gray Matters
Browser Navigation Features
Building Context
Improving Flexibility
Embedded Navigation Systems
Supplemental Navigation Systems
Advanced Navigation Approaches
Search Systems
Does Your Site Need Search?
Search System Anatomy
Search Is Not an IT Thing
Choosing What to Search
Search Algorithms
Query Builders
Presenting Results
Designing the Search Interface
Where to Learn More
Thesauri, Controlled Vocabularies, and Metadata
Controlled Vocabularies
Technical Lingo
A Thesaurus in Action
Types of Thesauri
Thesaurus Standards
Semantic Relationships
Preferred Terms
Faceted Classification
Process and Methodology
Process Overview
A Research Framework
Participant Definition and Recruiting
User Research Sessions
In Defense of Research
What Is an Information Architecture Strategy?
Strategies Under Attack
From Research to Strategy
Developing the Strategy
Work Products and Deliverables
The Strategy Report
The Project Plan
Design and Documentation
Guidelines for Diagramming an Information Architecture
Communicating Visually
Content Mapping and Inventory
Content Models
Controlled Vocabularies
Design Collaboration
Putting It All Together: Information Architecture Style Guides
Information Architecture in Practice
Transition in Education
A World of Choice
But Do I Need a Degree?
The State of the Field
Ethical Considerations
Shaping the Future
Building an Information Architecture Team
Destructive Acts of Creation
Fast and Slow Layers
Project Versus Program
Buy or Rent
Do We Really Need to Hire Professionals?
The Dream Team
Tools and Software
A Time of Change
Categories in Chaos
Questions to Ask
Information Architecture in the Organization
Making the Case for Information Architecture
You Must Sell
The Two Kinds of People in the World
Running the Numbers
Talking to the Reactionaries
Other Case-Making Techniques
The Information Architecture Value Checklist
A Final Note
Business Strategy
The Origins of Strategy
Defining Business Strategy
Strategic Fit
Exposing Gaps in Business Strategy
One Best Way
Many Good Ways
Understanding Our Elephant
Competitive Advantage
The End of the Beginning
Information Architecture for the Enterprise
Information Architecture, Meet the Enterprise
What's the Goal of EIA?
Designing an Enterprise Information Architecture
EIA Strategy and Operations
Doing the Work and Paying the Bills
Timing Is Everything: A Phased Rollout
A Framework for Moving Forward
Case Studies
MSWeb: An Enterprise Intranet
Challenges for the User
Challenges for the Information Architect
We Like Taxonomies, Whatever They Are
Benefits to Users
What's Next
MSWeb's Achievement An Online Community in a Nutshell
Architecting an Online Community
The Participation Economy
How Information Architecture Fits In
The "Un-Information Architecture"
Essential Resources