Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Content Inventories (Pt. 2) and Site Diagrams

For those of you who had some difficulty with the introduction to content inventories in our last class and didn't find Jeff Veen's article enough of a clarification, I'm posting this article by Jason Withrow from 2004. Despite the focus on site diagrams (also useful for class), the article offers a good explanation of numbering a content inventory in the section titled "Specifying levels and numbering pages." Just keep in mind the client-friendly option of numbering the home page "0" as an alternative to using "1" (delineating sub-sections more clearly—e.g., "1" and "2" versus "1.1" and "1.2").

Site Diagrams: Mapping an Information Space
By Jason Withrow

Also take note of the site where this article is found. This semester I've yet to introduce them, but Boxes and Arrows ( and A List Apart ( are two very useful sites for keeping up with practices in IA and UX.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Content Inventories and National Oatmeal Day

We have a lot to cover in a short time in class tonight, so I'm including links to a variety of resources that you're going to need during and after the class. Here's the list:

1. Two news stories from a single author related to the discussion we had last week about email and cloud privacy issues and the law

Leahy scuttles his warrantless e-mail surveillance bill
By Declan McCullagh

Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants
By Declan McCullagh

2. A 2002 article explaining the basics of doing a content inventory

Doing a Content Inventory (Or, A Mind-Numbingly Detailed Odyssey Through Your Web Site)
By Jeffrey Veen

3. Two organizations of crucial importance to the oatmeal project

4. Links related to National Oatmeal Day (October 29) and/or National Oatmeal Month (January)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Organizing Information

You'll find my notes on a section of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web here. You may want to refer to these in class tonight.

Notes on Morville and Rosenfeld

The following page from the Web Style Guide online offers another view of the ways information is organized.

Web Style Guide (Chapter 3)

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012