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Exploring New Technologies May 31, 2009

Filed under: Emerging Technologies — rhodges1 @ 9:37 am

I have been fortunate to have learned about some of these from the school district I work in, but will have more time to explore these applications and look for their information architecture.

New to me:

Pandora

Zoho

Cooliris

Gettyimages

Gliffy

Somewhat familiar with:

Flickr

Twitter

Blogs

I’m excited to learn new ways to apply these applications to my personal and professional life.

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Beginnings of Information Architecture May 30, 2009

Filed under: Readings — rhodges1 @ 3:17 pm

LI 840 Information Architecture class begun this week!

Information Architecture is  cleaning up or structuring digital information through organization, labeling, searching, & navigation.  Using the acronym ” OLSN”, I have created a way to remember this definition.  Olson is another class member’s last name, so I should be able to easily remember this.

O – Organization

L – Label

S – Search

N – Navigate

The other acronym I have made to remember the types of organization is AT&T.  Some websites organize their information by audience (such as prespective students, parents, staff, etc…), by topic (animals, education, …), and by task (donate, download, buy, sell, etc…).  Other types of organization include using metaphors, alphabetizing, and chronologically.

I am looking forward to viewing websites with a more critical eye, trying to “see the invisible” as Morville and Rosenfeld describe in their book “Information Architecture”.