People search for information online is often in idiosyncratic ways. It’s rarely as straightforward as designers of search systems assume. John Ferrara gives us hope as he helps us think about a broader search ecology and identifies patterns in behavior that serve as the basis for good search design.
The success of the simple search box has relegated advanced search to second-class status. Stephen Turbek looks to resurrect this useful feature from the dustbins of the design toolbox and suggest some useful ways for designers to utilize it effectively.
Beyond the Out-of-the-Box Experience
Installing a search engine is just the beginning of creating an effective enterprise search system. John Ferrara addresses critical aspects of the user experience often overlooked or ignored.
People disagree on what happens when IAs grow up, but Tom Reamy knows. He offers a foundation for information architecture as it advances, grappling with problems across the enterprise.
An Interview with Amanda Spink
Why haven’t we figured out search yet? Amanda Spink talks with Christina Wodtke on why searchers still can’t ask a useful question of a search engine, and how Google may be part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Can we reasonably judge authority? How can we make good decisions in the information age? How do we know enough to ask the right questions? Peter Morville takes a moment to talk with us about these and other potential answers, his most recent book, the death of data, and our fascination with the future.
Externally focused metadata is an essential element of a truly robust enterprise data model. A metadata repository can serve as a fundamental resource for enterprise applications of all kinds. Information architects can play a wide role in designing and developing the kind of metadata required to serve such a broad purpose.
In content metadata and hierarchies, you will often find a goldmine of implicit and explicit data that you can leverage to creatively contextualize content. After a brief introduction on taxonomy and metadata, this article focuses on finding and utilizing such relationships in hierarchies.
In part 4 of the continuing series on controlled vocabularies and faceted classification, the authors present a glossary of terms to help cut through through the verbiage often found in this field. And this glossary is more than just a list of terms. The glossary is itself a controlled vocabulary.
In part 3 of the continuing series on controlled vocabularies and faceted classification, the authors explain synonym rings and authority files and how their use can bridge the gap between natural language and complex controlled vocabularies (taxonomies and thesauri).