An Introduction

Welcome!

To Giu{dita} e Oloforne, my blog created to reflect on and contribute to the #citlis module of Introduction to Digital Information Technologies & Architectures (DITA). What better way to introduce a discipline than by an attempt to define it – according to Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville as outlined in the “polar bear book” (Information Architecture for the World wide Web):

Information architecture is…

1. The combination of organization, labelling, and navigation schemes within an information system.

2. The structural design of an information space to facilitate task completion and intuitive access to content.

3. The art and science of structuring and classifying websites and intranets to help people find and manage information.

4. An emerging discipline and community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape.

Within the four walls of this blog I hope to engage with the content of the module and explore these and other definitions in an attempt to understand and practice the art (or science) of information architecture within my current role as a law librarian and beyond.

Rationale

As a novice blogger, my decisions on the structure of this blog will no doubt alter over the following weeks through trial and error. With a host of options, bells and whistles at my disposal my main priority has been to use as little as possible to the greatest efficiency. The template of the site was chosen largely out of aesthetic appeal (who doesn’t like a big picture of a fresco), but the components within the site hopefully will show a greater level of thought and consideration.

Pages:

I’ve selected two tabs to remain static: the first to list posts as they are posted and the second About with some basic information about the author, their position and contact details.

Widgets:

  • Search – basic google-style search to ease navigation
  • About Me – a brief biography, which allows the viewer to see the author of the blog
  • Twitter feed – listing the 5 most recent tweets, which will largely be relevant to the library world
  • Recent Posts – this will allow the user to view any previous posts in chronological order, which until there is a larger body of posts will be the quickest way of navigating amongst content
  • Blogroll – showing useful links relevant to posts and library science at large

The order of widgets is based largely on my own experience of viewing blogs and the how useful I find the information they provide. This order is likely to change to reflect any categories which evolve from the posts I make and to show archived content as it becomes available. As this blog is new, I think the priority is showing clearly who is the author and what other news and information from other sites are linked to it, to give a better idea of the intention and approach that will be adopted going forward.

I’ve chosen to list the widgets in a single right-hand sidebar. Primarily this is a result of the site template I have selected, but this was also chosen as it follows a common structure of blogs, which no doubt is done so as it allows more content to be view on the homepage and in my experience it’s where the eye naturally falls on opening a page – it also doesn’t seem to be off-putting when reading a post and doesn’t bombard the user with too much intrusive information.

Please watch this space for upcoming posts and feel free to comment on, criticise, advise and share anything.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s