Information architecture

What is information architecture?

An information architecture gives structure to your information – making it findable, manageable, and usable. It supports efficient searching, browsing, categorising, and the presentation of information to help users understand the information they interact with. Structuring your information via an information architecture makes it easier to see new connections and patterns within that information, which gives you powerful insights into your organisation.

Why you need information architecture

An information architecture is a crucial initial step to the successful implementation of any information system. You wouldn’t start building a house without an architecture – the same logic applies to building an information system. Without it, you risk implementing a system that doesn’t meet your organisational or user needs and may end up not delivering enough value.

Our services
  • Domain model: a conceptual overview of all your information, no matter where it is
  • Container design: the structures and groupings your content has or needs
  • Navigation design: the labels and hierarchies that enable effective navigation
  • Metadata schemas and data models: the entities, attributes, and definitions of your information
  • Vocabularies: the pick lists, taxonomies and ontologies used to control metadata values
  • Findability design: the approach for searching, filtering, browsing and grouping
  • Permission design: who can do what, to which collections of content, and how to control access
  • Template design: site, page, document and other templates needed to support consistency
Key benefits
  • A well-designed information architecture will help you to sort through the background noise of too much information, reveal new connections and highlight opportunities to better exploit your information
  • Working with us will help you understand your information and give you the framework you need to structure your information to most effect

How we do it

Metataxis has designed and delivered numerous information architectures to a variety of different industries. We know the creation of a successful information architecture requires a comprehensive understanding of your organisation.

This is why we take the time to understand your organisation, look at the information that you currently hold and ascertain the information you want to hold moving forward. Our team of information architects will conduct a discovery and analysis of your content, technology, people, business requirements, and culture with your organisation. We review all relevant collateral, such as business and technical strategies. We talk to key stakeholders on the information they use, how they use it, and what new information they would like to have access to. Gathering of information from stakeholders is via interviews, informal discussions and workshops as needed.

Why us?

Metataxis has helped hundreds of organisations develop effective information architectures, in support of system design and implementation, but also to simply understand the information they hold. As internationally recognised experts, we are well positioned to help you put in place the necessary architecture to enable you to leverage your information. Crucially, we understand that an architecture must deliver value and we use our many years of practical experience to do just that.

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Improving records management with Microsoft 365

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New information architecture modernises publishing business

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