Information architecture Summary. Natalia Shatokhina CS575 Spring 2010. Understanding IA.
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“Information ecology” concept illustrates complex dependencies that exists between users, content and context
Business goals, funding, politics, culture, technology, resources
Audience, tasks, needs,info-seeking behavior, experience
Document/data types, content objects, volume, existing structure
Main components of IA for WWW:
- it is the information architecture for a pervasive environment, where user interacts with cross-media.
The challenge for HCI professionals: to shift from designing computing devices to designing information (Design of information space is more important then the design of objects that interact with that space)
The environment comprised physical spaces (buildings, rooms, materials), organizers (classification schemes, online catalog) and human beings (customers , librarians and staff)