Good information architecture is extremely important in today’s world, with tons of stuff literally exploding at everyone, especially people using pc’s a lot. I’ve noticed it also, with people who don’t have some sort of information architecture in place being unable to deal with large information flows therefore they end up spending to much time or give up altogether. As “Jakob Nielsen”:http://useit.com said: _”It will soon be time to teach a simplified version of information technology to high school students, and possibly even to bring it into elementary schools as well”_.
There is so much information/content/data available on the internet that people who can access/organize/grasp large amounts are going to be ahead of those who can’t. In a decade or so, in a job interview somewhere, applicants will also be evaulated on their ability to deal with a thousand emails/messages along with their other work skills. Already, some people working in tech industries in the west have to be dealing with hundreds of emails/messages on a daily basis as a natural part of their jobs. A list of resources about IA:
* “Google Directory > Reference > Knowledge Management > Information Architecture”:http://directory.google.com/Top/Reference/Knowledge_Management/Information_Architecture/?il=1
* ” IA wiki – the Information Architect’s Wiki”:http://www.iawiki.net/IAwiki
* “Information Architecture for the World Wide Web”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0596000359/qid%3D1028719544/sr%3D1-2/ref%3Dsr_1_2/104-6342288-7809505
And here’s the article on slashdot which started me thinking about information architecture:
bq. After returning from a well deserved holiday, I was faced with an exploding inbox. While organizing and deleting my mail, I realised I was having trouble classifying each mail into one specific folder. I had the feeling I should be able to link to one email from several folders (e.g. product information should be linked to from the ‘vendor’ folder, as well as from a specific project folder where this product is used). The more I thought about this, the more I realised that trees (such as the Windows filesystems) are not really ideally suited for organizing data. On UNIX-like filesystems, symbolic links allow the creation of simple graphs for organising data, but I have the feeling data could be organized more efficiently. How does the Slashdot crowd organize their data? How do you manage files, email, contacts, meetings and all the relationships that might exist between them?