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Enhancing Online Wayfinding  @ Simmons   The GLSIS website index project by Fran Keenan
index  vs.  site map  vs.  A-Z  vs.  search ????????
web indexing issues <ul><li>Indexes have not become a web convention. </li></ul><ul><li>Web indexes have  only one locator...
GSLIS indexing issues <ul><li>Site within a site </li></ul><ul><li>Site has multiple audiences  </li></ul><ul><li>Primary ...
“ maps” to nowhere Mirrors site architecture. Not in alphabetical order. More like TOC than index.
imposter index Alphabetical order (A-Z). Browsing is disorienting. Uses page names as terms. No subject analysis. Few if a...
True index Alphabetical order and  browse-able. Index terms from subject analysis. Like topics grouped. Synonyms & xrefs &...
Discoveries <ul><li>No GSLIS homepage except  GSLIS admissions homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Job blog vs. New England JobLine...
Footprint image source:  G. F. Warren, Elements of Agriculture (London, MacMillan and Co., Ltd., 1913)86 Copyright: 2009, ...
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Why Make a Web Index when You Have a Site Map?

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  • (confusion reigns over index vs. site map vs. A-Z vs. search) Locator is url (link) (BoB indexes can have multiple page numbers as locators) (unlike users of book indexes) (unlike in site maps and imposter indexes) (index is navigation tool)
  • Current students have no homepage or place on the site. Drives need for index.
  • Uses page names as terms Repeats hierarchy of site but does not organize information hierarchically by any other values (importance)
  • Usually generated automatically How can you tell? Telltale signs?
  • Simmons.edu email can get forwarded after graduation
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    1. 1. Enhancing Online Wayfinding @ Simmons The GLSIS website index project by Fran Keenan
    2. 2. index vs. site map vs. A-Z vs. search ????????
    3. 3. web indexing issues <ul><li>Indexes have not become a web convention. </li></ul><ul><li>Web indexes have only one locator per term unlike book index </li></ul><ul><li>Users at times want to do something /perform a task not just find information. </li></ul><ul><li>Page titles are not index terms. </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation pages do not need indexing. </li></ul>
    4. 4. GSLIS indexing issues <ul><li>Site within a site </li></ul><ul><li>Site has multiple audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Primary site audience is not current students </li></ul><ul><li>Site is very text-heavy </li></ul><ul><li>Many non substantive pages </li></ul><ul><li>Webmaster has limited authority to update and make changes </li></ul>
    5. 5. “ maps” to nowhere Mirrors site architecture. Not in alphabetical order. More like TOC than index.
    6. 6. imposter index Alphabetical order (A-Z). Browsing is disorienting. Uses page names as terms. No subject analysis. Few if any synonyms or xrefs.
    7. 7. True index Alphabetical order and browse-able. Index terms from subject analysis. Like topics grouped. Synonyms & xrefs & glosses.
    8. 8. Discoveries <ul><li>No GSLIS homepage except GSLIS admissions homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Job blog vs. New England JobLine </li></ul><ul><li>Dead ends and duplicate info </li></ul><ul><li>Abiding questions… </li></ul><ul><li>Will people find and use the GSLIS index? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it get updated? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Footprint image source: G. F. Warren, Elements of Agriculture (London, MacMillan and Co., Ltd., 1913)86 Copyright: 2009, Florida Center for Instructional Technology.
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