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Peter Van Dijk (Poor But Happy) and Phil Murray (Knowledge Management Connection) are starting a discussion group on faceted classification.
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In Auntie's facelift, Matt points to the innovative re-working of the bbc.co.uk home page. When you click a link in one of the blue boxes on the home page and then return to the homepage, that blue box will be a shade darker. The idea is that over time the boxes will adapt to show you which areas you work with most, which seems like a form of personalization to me, adapting to user behavior. Nice.
Superb. This is proper deep-level stuff, how we live and relate to the universe and each other. Playing with how a counterfactual metaphor could come to be would be an interesting exercise. Although at the moment I'm more interested in coherency, the idea that disparate metaphors align. You can see this in our industrial world, individuals living their lives coherent with the concept that they're a self-contained step, that they should follow the letter of their explicit instructions and let everything else go because someone higher up must be looking after that.
I blogged the newish B&N book browser earlier today. Can't remember what I said about it. Mainly that it reminds me of Flamenco and FacetMap, I think. Perhaps I said something about facet classification being surfaced on the UIs of big ecommerce sites or some stuff.
I just looked at Barnes & Noble's Book Browser feature, which offers a way to browse books by subject and type of literature. The browser start page shows headings categorized under the different major sections you might find in the book store -- Fiction, Non-Fiction, Business. Each major section has subsections that closely match what I've seen in B&Stores.
I've read in a few places that people don't think that there have been good implementations employing the concepts of Ranganathan. I don't agree with that. This is an example of how the business world is employing the concept of categories for browsing and refining. Are these facets? In a broad sense of the word, yes. Like the Flamenco interface, the Book Browser allows you to see terms surfaced from several facets and then iteratively select terms or drill down until a string is formed that describes the information you find.
After about 7 1/2 months in the making, the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture offcially launches today. The AIfIA was formed as a non-profit organization with the goals of advancing and promoting information architecture. For more information on why the AIfIA was started and what the AIfIA will be doing, please check out the aifia.org site or view the press release. Lou gives a little background on the name:
I agree with Christina. MyWay's design rips off Yahoo! very closely. It looks like some strange Yahoo!/Google mutation. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to demo the hell out of it. Maybe I'll sign up for email there so i can spread around my Spam filled inboxes across different servers.
The CDS looks very interesting. The organization is concerned with using digital media to enable people to tell their stories. They provide some case studies for work they've done. Inspired by Victor's recent thoughts on story telling, I wonder if anyone has approached the CDS to discuss the intersection of digital story telling and IA? Seems like an opportunity for some knowledge sharing. I'm mainly interested in story telling at the moment becausing I'm working on personas.
Related to this topic is Richard Toscan's Visual vs. Verbal Storytelling, which compares the story telling approaches in Antonioni's film The Passenger with Ariel Dorfman's play Death and the Maiden. I am not familiar with either. Is interesting to see the breakdown of opening sequences for each of these stories described in terms of sensory media. I actually minored in cinema studies, but tended to shy away from analysis of story telling, especially with regard to textuality, but I've always been interested in how messages are communicated. I guess that last comment seems contradictory :). I wonder, are people who are into this story telling stuff also into Barthes and textuality? I recall the discomfort of actually having to read that literature.
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Provoked, to say the least, by Jeff's new column in Digital Web.
"User-centered information architecture is a myth"; attention to user requirements has "overshadowed the fact that there are business needs that need to be addressed."
The article continues in a more conventional tone, but clearly, there's a lot here that I just flat out disagree with - especially in the context of this discussion.
What say you?
David Gammel has come up with an excellent use of MT's trackback mechanism to track knowledge management resources. Individuals ping his KM Pings site under this URL:
Maybe we should implement something like that here for IA? IA Ping? Anyone using MT or Drupal that wants to try that out?.
This is really cool or maybe it's really scary. All the Web has a new feature called the Alchemist that will let you write your own CSS to layout their pages as long as their accessible from your browser. You just enter a URL for your CSS in a form and All the Web sets a cookie to remember where to access the CSS. You can also point to style sheets others have written and published on their site. There's even a contest for the best CSS -- you win Amazon gift certificates.
I can see All the Web doing this. They're not the most popular choice for a search engine, but they offer one of the nicest experiences in my opinion. Wonder if the idea will catch on anywhere else. I know the IA Wiki does this.
Braunarts' 3d music (requires Shockwave plugin) is an interteractive performance that blends music and a zoomable interface to create a 3 dimensional environment in which people explore the musical compositions. Interesting, but somehow, I feel uncomfortable in 3d or ZUI web environments like this. It's funny, because I used to play video games that rendered space in 2d and 3d and felt comfortable enough in those spaces, knowing that there was a goal to arrive at -- destroying the Death Star or getting around that pylon to shoot a tank down -- but exploring 3d spaces with ZUI's on the web just seems so slow and boring to me. Somehow something gets lost for me in the translation of the experience from the gaming world.
Catalogablog is David Bigwood's weblog. I presume he's a cataloger since he's talking about MARC fields. He's also discusses metadata more generally for you non LIS types.
On ia-cms, Brendan pointed out the LIMBER project. Limber stands for Language Independent Metadata Browsing of European Resources. The project, concerned with the exchange of multilingual metadata, particularly in the Social Sciences, has proposed an RDF schema for thesauri.
A Thesaurus Interchange Format in RDF (delivered at the Semantic Web conference 2002)
RDF Schema for ISO compliant multi-lingual thesauri