everyone’s an IA (cont …)

funny how things work out.

I was just thinking about the potential messiness of tags (for myself and my projects), when I happen to the Del.icio.us homepage (which i rarely see), and happen upon this: Folksonomies: Tidying up Tags?
An interesting read – they talk about the problems with tagging and some potential solutions. At the highest level they identify two activities that could be useful in improving tagging as a navigational system including:’educating users to add “better” tags and improving the systems to allow “better” tags to be added’.

They’ve also referenced Clay Shirky a few times, so I think I’ll have to go investigate what he has to say on the matter!

the true history of the kelly gang (peter carey)

i’ve never been in a book club (i was too busy with uni when they were all the rage.. there was *one* bookclub meeting that I went to, but that ended up being a book swap and red wine binging session!), and its been a long time since I’ve written a book review. And, when I was reading this book I didn’t expect to be writing about it (or liking it for that matter)… Continue reading

everyone’s an IA these days…

i’ve been looking at my RSS feeds and my Delicious links today, trying to get them cleaned up so that they’ll look presentable in some kind of format on my blog, and its made me think some more about the information architecture in the wild.

much has been written about how tagging and feed subscription and blogging and the like gives power to the people to create and find and organise their content however they like – and yay to that. Has anyone done any thinking about the implications of this for users in terms of the skills required to actually organise this stuff effectively?

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hey! you’re not supposed to be looking yet…

Two things have been happening that have made me finally decide that its time to hop into the land ‘o’ blog.

Firstly, I spend so much of my time evangelising the ‘architecture of participation’ that it seems either completely fraudulent or utterly lame that I’m not really participating myself. (yes, I know, there are papers that argue that lurking is a form of participating… and technically subscribing to feeds could be posited as participating, still smells of lame though). I know I’ll be talking to clients and colleagues about the read/write web for many years to come. Its time I did a little more than read.

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