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Enterprise Search: An Information Architect's Perspective

by President at Semantic Studios on Jul 16, 2012


Peter Morville's talk at SLA 2012 in Chicago.

Peter Morville's talk at SLA 2012 in Chicago.



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  • putchavn Putcha Narasimham, Founder Professor & Proprietor--Coach & Consultant at Knowledge Enaber Systems Hai Peter Morville:

    I saw this PPT before. I made note of the key concepts ...I have added your statement:
    I am an information architect. I map paths and places across physical, digital and cognitive spaces.

    The definition of Architecture itself has to be based on 'non-physical' aspects of things being described. Here is what I have been compiling. I hope it captures all your points and what architecture should be.

    The word “architecture” seems to be very attractive and glorifying. It is appended as a suffix to a number of simple words without sufficient understanding or intension of what to convey. Architecture, when appended to words having spatial connotation, may explain how things are organized in space. However when the concepts like enterprise, process, system, software, project, business, information etc which do not have spatial significance use the suffix “architecture”, both the words lose their meanings. Any attempt to use graphics and text actually obfuscate what is sought to be conveyed.

    Yet, something deep and profound that conceptually knits the constituent components into a whole (enterprise, process, ….software… … etc). That is well expressed and explained through Dependency Structure Matrix DSM. Enjoy understanding how math replaces lots of text & graphics with clarity and precision. I am delighted to read and reread, 'Using Dependency Models to Manage Complex Software Architecture” by Neeraj Sangal, Ev Jordan, Lattix, Inc. & Vineet Sinha, Daniel Jackson, MIT.

    Apart from dealing with complexity, it gives a method for defining and representing software architecture which is inherently NOT SPATIAL but is often explained and interpreted using vertical and horizontal boxes, layouts, unlabeled bidirectional lines etc. Although better than text, UML lends itself to multiple conflicting interpretations without any alternative for resolving ambiguities / conflicts. When the number of elements increase, the graphic notation is very ineffective. DSM is elegant and effective to precisely represent such complexities and process them.

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  • morville Peter Morville, President at Semantic Studios You may want to download the slides since not all of them converted. Also, part of this presentation is in our Prezi, Understanding IA.
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