information architecture • (basics for app building)
what we’re 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
What happens when we get too much stuff for piles? paper lists & catalogs digital databases
ontology & hierarchy hierarchy+links web-scale organizationonly links, no authority
IT DOES SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE. IT'S NOT USEFUL BEYOND THIS PURPOSE. IT'S PURPOSE BUILT. an app = small program or utility running on a mobile device.
Ontology Works When: • Domain to be Organized • Small corpus • Formal categories • Stable entities • Restricted entities • Clear edges
Ontology Works When: • Participants • Expert Catalogers • Authoritative Source of Judgement • Coordinated Users • Expert Users
We are not constrained by our media to use an ontological organization. However, it is one reasonable choice, among many It is a damn good fit for early projects. Practically Speaking, what does all this mean?