Journal of Information Architecture

FALL 2010, VOL 2 ISS 2 — Classified

An Information Architect by Any Other Name

Editorial

The mere fact that you are reading this Journal tells me you’re different. You will inherit the earth. Not because you are meek, but because you recognize the importance of information architecture.

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A Facet Analysis of a Folksonomy

This paper examines the use of the postulational approach to facet analysis to manually induce a faceted classification ontology from a folksonomy. An in-depth study of faceted classification theory is used to form a methodology based on the postulational approach, which is then used to facet analyze a dataset consisting of over 107,000 instances of 1,275 unique tags representing 76 popular non-fiction history books collected from the LibraryThing folksonomy.

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Building an Information Architecture Checklist

Encouraging and Enabling IA from Infrastructure to the User Interface Architecture

Government environments often have prescribed complex processes for obtaining and implementing technology solutions. In order to encourage and enable information architecture (IA) in government systems, it is essential to embed IA within the current processes and to view IA as part of the overall architectural framework. The definition of IA used here is broad and inclusive spanning applications, the Web and the enterprise. A common focus exists aimed at organizing information for findability, manageability and usefulness, but the definition also includes infrastructure to support organization of information. This case study describes the development of an IA checklist in a large United States government agency. The checklist is part of an architectural review process that is applied 1) during assessment of proposed information systems projects and 2) design of solution recommendations before system implementation.

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Classification, Facets, and Metaproperties

The paper argues that second order properties or metaproperties are essential for classification and navigation of information, for example for faceted classification and the navigation it generates. The paper observes that metaproperties, are not accommodated well within such standard schemes as Z3.1, description logics (DLs), and the formal ontologies OWL, BFO, and DOLCE.

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