The Internet Topic Exchange: “This

The Internet Topic Exchange: “This is the first public implementation of the Ridiculously Easy Group Forming concept. It’s a central server to host TrackBack-powered channels. It’s designed to let anyone effortlessly create a channel to archive pointers to information on a given topic.”


Getting my Bearings: Mapping an

Getting my Bearings: Mapping an Existing Architecture: “One of the most challenging projects I have undertaken recently is to map the existing architecture of a mature public site. Discovering the underlying principles of the site was difficult because there were no overt principles, only tendencies and history. The project often felt more like anthropology than architecture.”

Digital Web Magazine – Features:

Digital Web Magazine – Features: User-Centered Design for Large Government Portals: “During a project for a Canadian provincial government, information architect Alex Wright ( completed a facet “mapping” exercise, which established content relationships and provided a solid basis for metadata definition. Common “facets” identified at the State of Minnesota and other e-government initiatives have been:
Audience: Children, Students, Teachers, Lawyers, Businesses, Voters, Health Care workers, Architects…
Department: Department of Health, Department of Transportation, Department of Finance…
Life Events: Having a Baby, Buying a Home, Getting Married, Getting Divorced, Paying Taxes…
– Forms: Tax Forms, Planning commission, Small Business…
Topic: (Hierarchy: Topic > Sub-topic) Business, Travel, Health, Environment, Government, Education…
Content Type: News Releases, Features, Transactional, FAQs…
Location: (Hierarchy: State > County > City)”

This is a goldmine. Dewey

This is a goldmine. Dewey Decimal Classification : Tips : Classification Tips : The Moon, the Sun, and the DDC: “Why are two seemingly similar books classed in two different places? In classifying two books by Jane Kelly, What’s inside the moon? and What’s inside the sun?, I noticed that LC put the former under 559.91 and the latter under 523.76. Why does one go in geology but the other in astronomy? Shouldn’t both be under either the 520s or the 550s? –
No. The Class-here note at 550 says to use the 550s for phenomena of celestial bodies directly comparable to earth; thus, the 559.91 is correct for the book about the moon. But because the sun is a star, not a planet, as the Earth is, it cannot be classed in the 550s. 523.76 is the correct number. (Also, geology is the study of the solid matter of a world. The sun does not have a solid interior.)”

Dewey Decimal Classification : Tips

Dewey Decimal Classification : Tips : Classification Tips : Photo Quality: Typical example of the limitatons of a non faceted classification system: “Where should a book of photographs of the homeless/poor in Kharkiv, Ukraine, be cataloged?
The first question to ask when you are confronted with a book of photographs is: Is the focus of the work on the artistic value of the photography? In other words, does the work truly belong in the category of arts? If yes, the work belongs in 779 ; if no–if the focus of the work in this example is on the plight of the poor rather than the artistic qualities of the photographs–the work should be classed with the subject.” Using facets you could just classify under type > art > photography and under subject > people > homeless and under geography > Ukraine (you get the idea).