Editorial: Discipline and Resolution

The budding relationship between research and practice is a healthy and necessary one. The need goes beyond the desirable tangibles we are already seeing, such as improved curricula, increased salaries, and growing demand for information architects in both teaching and applied roles. This relationship must happen; it is right that it happen.

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Sense-making in Cross-channel Design

Successful cross-channel user experiences rely upon a strong information layer that creates understanding and meaning amongst users of a service. This informational layer is both pervasive and reliant upon the individual conceptual model that users of a service create in their minds.

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The Role of Information Architecture in Context-Aware Adaptive Systems

Information architecture and context-aware adaptive systems are two converging fields. Specific points of convergence include balancing immediate use with awareness, tackling choice overload and promoting discovery, and dealing with the increasing complexity of user context. The role of information architecture can be to apply a holistic view of systems, users, and context, thereby promoting awareness and discovery over of specific task efficiency measures.

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Information Architecture, Information Overload, and the Literacies

The complexities of the current information environment require complex and broad forms of literacies that are not restricted to any particular technology and foster understanding, meaning and context. Different literacies depend on their varying social contexts and are influenced by the varying social conditions of reading and writing.

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Information Architecture in Contemporary Television Series

The underlying information architecture is also able to orient the viewer and to facilitate the assimilation of information, providing information package defaults that allow everyone to acquire functional competence with respect to that expanding universe, which of course given the long duration of these narrative objects must be continuously enriched with content and ramifications. The user moves and acts / experiences the narrative universe as she would do in a city and needs guidance and local contextual information.

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Issue 1-2, Vol. 4
Fall 2012

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