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80/20 Again: Critical Architectural Junctures

Argues that we should focus our design and architectural efforts on the few options that provide the greatest benefit.

Rosenfeld, Louis. Louis Rosenfeld (2002). Articles>Information Design>Planning


Creating a Site Design Plan

All the books tell me to set goals for my site. OK. They say that those goals need to be measurable and definite. Fine. But asking my client, “What are the site’s goals?” never seemed to get me what I wanted. It occurred to me that a better approach might be to get some background info from the client and then set the goals and present them to the client for approval.

Morrill-McClure, Karen. Digital Web Magazine (2005). Articles>Web Design>Planning>Information Design


Developing Trends and Challenges for the Information Industry Examined in the Context of the Online Information Conference   (peer-reviewed)   (members only)

This paper examines emerging trends in the information industry that are likely to be of interest to information professionals during 2008. These include web 2.0, enterprise 2.0, social networking, semantic web, risk management, user-generated content, universal search, crowdsourcing and new roles for information professionals.

Allen, Katherine. Business Information Review (2008). Articles>Information Design>Web Design>Planning


The Future of XML Information Management

Discusses how XML is changing the definition of 'Information Management' and the challenges associated with this change. XML provides endless opportunities when it comes to solving complex data issues companies face today from data integration to implementation of Service Oriented Architectures(SOA). Companies that choose to exploit the advantages of XML will undoubtly gain an edge over their competitors but will also be required to solve the challenges around how to best manage and service XML data without compromising data security and integrity.

Picciano, Robert. IDEAlliance (2005). Articles>Information Design>XML>Planning


Het Managen van “Schulden”

Een veelvoorkomend aspect van content management werk binnen uw CMS dat tóch vaak over het hoofd wordt gezien, kan worden omschreven als het managen van schulden, oftewel “managing debt”. Taken binnen het CMS die worden uitgevoerd op een “goed-genoeg-voor-nu” manier, in plaats van op een hele goede (slimme, efficiënte) manier, vergroten uw “schuld”. Dit komt omdat deze aanpak later extra correcties vereist en onderhoud tot een lastige, tijdrovende taak maakt.

Crossphase (2010). (Dutch) Articles>Content Management>Information Design>Planning


Introduction to the DITA Maturity Model

One of DITA’s most attractive features is its support for incremental adoption: you can adopt DITA quickly and easily using a subset of its capabilities, and then add investment over time as your content strategy evolves and expands. However, this incremental continuum has also resulted in confusion, as communities at different stages of adoption claim radically different numbers for cost of migration and return on investment. The DITA Maturity Model addresses this confusion by dividing DITA adoption into six levels, each with its own required investment and associated return on investment. You can assess your own capabilities and goals relative to the model and choose the appropriate initial adoption level for your needs and schedule.

Doyle, Bob. XML.org (2009). Articles>Information Design>Planning>DITA


Managing “Debt”

A common but easily overlooked aspect of the Content Management work within your CMS can be seen as "managing debt". Tasks within the CMS that are done in a good-enough-for-now manner, instead of in a really good (i.e. smart, efficient) way, increase your "debt", as they will require extra fixes and corrections later and make maintenance of the system increasingly tedious and time-consuming.

Crossphase (2010). Articles>Content Management>Information Design>Planning


Managing Taxonomies Strategically

Taxonomies are structures that provide a way of classifying things -- living organisms, products, books -- into a series of hierarchical groups to make them easier to identify, study, or locate. Taxonomies consist of two parts -- structures and applications. Structures consist of the categories (or terms) themselves and the relationships that link them together. Applications are the navigation tools available to help users find information.

Montague Institute Review (2001). Articles>Information Design>Planning


Sketchnoting and the Writer

Searching for a way to make your notes more compact and meaningful? Then you might want to give sketchnoting a look.

Nesbitt, Scott. ScottNesbitt.net (2013). Articles>Writing>Information Design>Planning


Starting Out Organized: Website Content Planning The Right Way

So many articles explain how to design interfaces, design graphics and deal with clients. But one step in the Web development process is often skipped over or forgotten altogether: content planning. Sometimes called information architecture, or IA planning, this step doesn’t find a home easily in many people’s workflow. But rushing on to programming and pushing pixels makes for content that looks shoehorned rather than fully integrated and will only require late-game revisions.

Wemmer, Kristin. Smashing (2010). Articles>Web Design>Information Design>Planning


Task-Oriented Writing for Techies

Learn how to become a more effective writer by ensuring your topics are task oriented, focused on the user's needs, and presented from the user's perspective. You'll learn to divide task information into tasks and subtasks; provide clear, imperative, and usable steps; and keep the conceptual clutter from how-to information.

Wilde, Elizabeth, Michelle Carey, Gretchen Hargis, Ann Kilty Hernandez, Polly Hughes, Deirdre Longo and Shannon Rouiller. InformIT (2004). Articles>Writing>Information Design>Planning


Wireframing With Patterns

Wireframes can comprise many different patterns, each of which is a discrete element that provides specific functionality and may include instructive copy, images, text fields, buttons, links, etcetera. Together, the patterns create a complete Web page. Of course, when wireframing in patterns, it always helps if there is a pre-existing library of patterns to draw from, but I have found that getting through the first wireframe reveals most of the reusable patterns.

Ellerby, Lindsay. UXmatters (2007). Articles>Information Design>Planning>Web Design

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