david at dotonltd.co.uk
Tue May 24 12:20:58 EDT 2005
I see IA as a professional skillset which aims to maximise the
efficiency and consumability of presented information (as opposed to
maximising the usability and task-achievability of a presented user
interface). I like the IAI's defintion:
1. The structural design of shared information environments.
2. The art and science of organizing and labeling web sites,
intranets, online communities and software to support usability and
3. An emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles
of design and architecture to the digital landscape.
Defining what a "metric" (or standard) should achieve is slightly
different. We should be looking to define standards of consumability
(as opposed to usability). In fact, in this case, it seems to me that
defining "good practice" is a good starting point - and I would suggest
that good practice is positive (ie: "do this") rather than negative
("don't do this").
Good IA is about being able to communicate this good practice to other
In the case of my company we need a standard against which we can
measure consumability of layout designs, navigational designs and
content - and these are very different areas. It seems we need a
multi-axial metric in order to have a meaningful conversation about what
Good (and "high scoring") IA is.
From: Marcel van Mackelenbergh [mailto:marcel at marcelvanmackelenbergh.nl]
Sent: 24 May 2005 16:58
To: David Waldock; aifia-metrics at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: RE: [Aifia-metrics] Hello!
> However, I notice it's been quiet of late; is that because this
initiative has been wound up?
I don't hope so. We are paying contributions in order to be in touch
with each other :-). But yes, you are right. It is kind of quiet.
So, let's change it. Tell us how you are measuring the effectiveness of
communication and how that relates to Information Architecture. Do you
see Information Architecture as communication? (I do)
Marcel van Mackelenbergh
+31 73 522 3022
marcel at marcelvanmackelenbergh.nl
<mailto:marcel at marcelvanmackelenbergh.nl>
From: aifia-metrics-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:aifia-metrics-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of David
Sent: dinsdag 24 mei 2005 17:52
To: aifia-metrics at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [Aifia-metrics] Hello!
My name's David, I'm a Senior Developer / Information Architect
/ Whatever's Needed This Day of the Week for a small company based in
Sevenoaks, England (about 30 minutes south of London).
We're developing some standards for the measurement of the
effectiveness of the communication of information, so it seems to me
that this group is ideal for feeding into this. However, I notice it's
been quiet of late; is that because this initiative has been wound up?
Look forward to hearing from you
David Waldock, AMBCS
Senior Developer and Systems Analyst
Dot On Ltd
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