🍫 Blog 3

1. Why is it difficult for people to reward good IA?
Information architecture is difficult for people to reward because for people with no technical skills in the matter they can’t reward something that they cannot comprehend

2. Explain what is meant by “Top Down IA”
Top down architecture starts with a broad overview and understanding of the websites strategy and goals, and creates a basic structure first. From there, content relationships are refined as the site architecture grows deeper, but its all viewed from the overall high-level purpose are organized.

Reference: slideshare.net/lrosenfeld/enterprise-information-architecture-because-users-dont-care-about-your-org-chart

3.  What are some common questions a user has upon landing on a page on a website?
Typical questions a user might question upon a page could be “what other information can if find?”, “Where else can I navigate to?”

4. Explain what is meant by “Bottom-Up IA”. Why is Bottom-Up IA becoming increasingly important?
Bottom up architecture model looks at the detailed  relationships between content first. With this kind of architecture, you might start out with user personas and how those users will be going through the site. From there, you figure out how to tie it all together, rather than looking at how it all relates first.

Reference: sixrevisions.com/usabilityaccessibility/information-architecture-101-techniques-and-best-practices/

5. What is an organisation system?
The main ways of categorizing or grouping a site’s content (e.g., by topic, by task, by audiences, or by chronology). Also known as taxonomies and hierarchies. Tag clouds (based on user-generated tags) are also a form of organization system.

Reference: Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites

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🍭 Blog 2

1. What is a content Mangement System (CMS)? Describe the main characteristics of a CMS. Why might you use a CMS?
CMS is a web application made for users to be able to add, edit and manage a website easily. CMS also takes care of creating:
– automatically generating navigation elements
– making content searchable and indexable
– keeping track of users, their permissions and security settings

References: plone.org/documentation/faq/what-is-a-cms

2. List five well known CMSs:
WordPress
Joomla
ModX
Drupal
TextPattern

3. What is an open source CMS? Describe the main characteristics of an open source CMS.
Open source means there is a lot of people working on the software. Plenty of individuals are making sure code is solid and that the software is easy to use. Open sources makes the design and development of the software more simple. Because it is open source there are regular updates and continually improving the product.

Reference: mashable.com/2011/04/05/best-cms-for-business/

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🍬 Blog 1

1. What is information? Describe the qualities of information.
Information is defined as data that is:
– Accurate and timely
– Specific and organized for a purpose
– Presented with in a context that gives it meaning and relevance
– Lead to an increase in understanding and decrease un uncertainty.

Reference: businessdictionary.com/definition/information.html

2. What is the Dewey Decimal System? Describe how it operates.
The Dewey Decimal System is a tool to organize and provide access to the growing number of books. It was first published in 1876. The DDC is a hierarchical number system that organizes all human knowledge into ten main categories, each category is then divided into to ten sub-categories, then each sub-category is divided into topics. Each of these topics may be further divided into more specific subject areas. A decimal point is used after the first three digits to separate the specific subjects. With this the subject becomes more specific.

Reference: oclc.org/content/dam/oclc/dewey/versions/print/intro.pdf

3.Explain what Library Science is.
Library Science is a multidisciplinary field that applies
– Practices
– Perspectives and tools of management
– Information technology
– Education and other areas
to libraries.

Reference: Library and Information Science in Developing Countries

4.What is information architecture.
Information architecture is the structural design of shared information environments, it is the combination of organization, labeling search and navigation systems within web sites and intranets.

Reference: Defining Information Architecture

5. List and describe at least three reasons for why information architecture is important (i.e., the return on investment for hiring an information architect).
Cost of finding information (time, clicks, frustration, precision) Cost of not finding information(bad decisions, alternate channels) Cost of construction (time, budget, staff, frustration, technology, planning, bugs)

Reference: Defining Information Architecture

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🍰 Introduction !!

Hi my name is Fotini Rassias. I am currently studying Bachelor of Information Technology and my major is Software Development. This semester is my finale semester 😀

This course (3623ICT Information and Content Management) goal is to provide us with the proper principles in managing large amount of information  on an online blog. The information on the blog must be easy for the end users to find and must be meaningful.

Other student I know who are also taking this course are:

  • Adrianna Rassias
  • Gavin Wong
  • Dario Giavante
  • Michael Kim

I have previously worked with the above people before and our teamwork was to a high standard. If possible I would like to be grouped to these people as we are familiar with each other 🙂

I have created a blog before for a course I during my first year.

During my degree I have taken a liking and interested in creating and managing databases. I am also interested in web development

My email address is fotini.rassias@griffithuni.edu.au