Information Architecture Workshop

Information Architecture Workshop


Making information accessible and designing intuitive web interfaces.

13 April 2005 (10-18h)
Location: Sofitel Diegem (Diegem near Brussels (Belgium))
Presented in English
Price: 480 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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Full Programme:
09.30h-10.00h
Registration and Coffee/Tea
10.00h-11.00h
Information architecture overview

The Information Architecture building blocks

  • What is a classification system?
  • What are the parts of a successful IA strategy?
  • What are the skills and practices you need to develop in your teams?
  • Where does IA fit in with design, technology, business and marketing?
11.00h-12.00h
Working methods & deliverables

We will discuss what working methods to use, and how to get your teams
to integrate these with the methodologies they already use.

  • Which methods should I be using?
  • Top down & bottom up IA.
  • Really effective ways to do user testing.
  • The secrets of doing a content inventory.
  • Deliverables: wireframes & sitemaps, and why you might not need them.
  • Methods that work in the enterprise
12.00h-13.00h
Classification approaches

Understand various classification approaches, and their pros and cons

  • Hierarchical classification
  • Faceted classification
  • Combining classification systems
13.00h-14.00h
Lunch
14.00h-15.00h
IA FOP: Frequently Occurring Problems

We will discuss some recurring problems to be solved in IA, by reviewing some of the cases submitted beforehand by participants.
Examples could include :

  • problems with decision making about the organization of the homepage,
  • problems with figuring out how to organize complex information,
  • problems with understanding whether users can find the information they need,
  • problems with internal metadata versus client-facing metadata
  • ...
15.00h-16.00h
Enterprise IA
  • Enterprise IA challenges
  • Bringing down the information silos.
  • IA and its role in the enterprise
  • Enterprise-wide information architectures vs. local information architectures
16.00h-16.15h
Break
16.15h-17.00h
Common mistakes when developing portals and how to avoid them.
17.00h-17.45h
Future of IA

Information architecture is a relatively new discipline. This is an overview of the latest thinking and some future directions in the field.

  • New developments in IA.
  • Global IA
  • IA as a discipline.
17.45h-18.00h
Conclusions and Reflections on the Workshop
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