Information Architecture can help you understand the information you hold, manage it effectively and derive value from it. The Architecture defines how information is organised and accessed, how content can be found and how it supports effective user experiences.
Developing an Architecture usually involves designing a model or conceptual view which describes the information domain in terms of subject matter, collections, information types, relationships, and processes. It is especially useful during migrations and transformations, and can be incorporated into Information Strategy and Governance models.
Information Architecture can be formally defined as:
“The principles, processes, models and semantics involved in designing a cohesive set of information collections and their classifications and relationships, in order to support effective management, discovery and use of information.”
Metataxis has many years’ experience helping organisations understand their content and design information architectures to fit their specific goals, whether it’s the delivery of a new web site, a full enterprise information architecture combining document and records management with standard data models, or the production of multi-format reference works. Our consultants can help you develop an Information Architecture, guiding you through the process to ensure you derive the most from one of your most valuable assets – your information. We believe that information management is much more than a technology issue – the business processes and practices that underpin the creation and use of information are equally important. We are concerned not only with the management of information, but also the structure of information, metadata, quality and more.
Information Architecture deliverables can include:
- Information inventories: finding out what information your organisation holds is an important step in understanding and managing it.*link or “find out more on our “Understanding you” info page”
- Information modelling: describing the appropriate levels of granularity for the information and the relationships between the different parts. A simple model can help your organisation understand the shape of the content.
- Metadata and taxonomy: defining the policies, processes, metadata and controlled vocabularies required to tag content to support findability via search or browse.
- Information flows: working out the relationships between the information items both internal and external within the organisation’s content model.
- Findability: identifying a strategy for successful information retrieval and defining the search and browse techniques and tools required to support user requirements.
- Usability: designing not only the conceptual models but also the way content is presented visually, navigated, sorted, selected and searched.
For more reading, see also our article on why SharePoint needs an information architecture.
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