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IA DEFINITION: Bailey (2002) organising so findable, manageable, useful (p. 25).
LITTLE IA: from ground up, using metadata and controlled vocabulary, not user-centric.
BIG IA: Top down with user and organisational focus. Closer to Bailey’s definition [compare Garrett’s definitions].
SCOPE: Applied to web, application, enterprise strategy, should also address infrastructure.
MODEL: Adopted Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) ‘information organization and access’ (IOA) approach (p. 28).
i) Architecting by structure & composition of doc, page, repository;
ii) Developing categories, metadata [typology, taxonomy];
iii) Developing search function to get useful results; and
iv) Refining findability.
[WIREFRAMES: Misnomer based on 19900s 3-d modelling grids that were developed to be clad with bump-maps of textures (skin, hair, grass, bricks, etc). Now used to describe grids for 2-d layout in software like Fireworks or Illustrator. There’s some debate whether the separation between this kind of static design and direct mark-up isn’t a waste of time and cost.]
TECHNOLOGY: [hardware/software?] considered purview of system architecture, not IA (p. 31).
DATA STRUCTURE: ‘Composition of data’ drives different choices for hardware/software as well as IA approach (p. 37).