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Fringe IA (World Information Architecture Day 2014)

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Presented at World Information Architecture Day in Portland, Oregon on February 15, 2014.

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Fringe IA (World Information Architecture Day 2014)

  1. 1. World Information Architecture Day 2014 Michael Adcock @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  2. 2. Fringe IA? http://www.flickr.com/photos/aego/4885953564 @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  3. 3. Fringe? @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  4. 4. IA? http://understandinggroup.com/2013/07/presentation-at-uxpa-2013-understanding-information-architecture/ @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  5. 5. Where to Start? @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  6. 6. Look to the Past …because the future hasn’t happened yet, and because the future is simply the present, with extra bits attached! - James Burke @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  7. 7. Message from 1978 @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  8. 8. A Warning Before We Look at IA “let's look… and see what it's doing — that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.” - Richard Feynman @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  9. 9. Knowing We Don’t Know @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  10. 10. IA Understanding http://si658.danklyn.com/Class-5-Fall-2013 @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  11. 11. What & How @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  12. 12. What & How @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  13. 13. IA Understanding http://understandinggroup.com/2013/07/presentation-at-uxpa-2013-understanding-information-architecture/ @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  14. 14. IA/UX Models http://www.slideshare.net/Hienadz.Drahun/50-visual-definitions-of-user-experience @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  15. 15. IA in Practice CODING BUSINESS SYSTEMS Object Models Process Mapping Information Model INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE Structural Design Personas Journeys User Research USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  16. 16. Reframing with Why We know how to REFRAME problems. We can ask WHY. If I asked you to build a bridge for me, you could go off and build a bridge. Or you could come back to me with another question: “Why do you need a bridge?” I would likely tell you that I need a bridge to get to the other side of a river. Aha! This response opens up the frame of possible solutions. There are clearly many ways to get across a river besides using a bridge. You could dig a tunnel, take a ferry, paddle a canoe, use a zip line, or fly a hot-air balloon, to name a few. http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672354/how-reframing-a-problem-unlocks-innovation @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  17. 17. #ReframeIA at the 2013 IA Summit “Architect” vs. “Builder” “Meaning” (Do we discover it, create it, or both?) http://lanyrd.com/2013/iasummit/sccpbp/ @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  18. 18. @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  19. 19. IA/UX as Discovery This is not a process of invention. This is a process of discovery. Jesse James Garrett, IA Summit 2009 @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  20. 20. Advice from 1957… “Discovery should come as an adventure rather than as the result of a logical process of thought.” - Theobald Smith http://archive.org/details/artofscientifici00beve @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  21. 21. IA as Scientific Discovery "...intuitions always appear at the fringe of consciousness, not at the focus.“ "...the great scientist must be regarded as a creative artist and it is quite false to think of the scientist as a man who merely follows rules of logic and experiment." http://archive.org/details/artofscientifici00beve @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  22. 22. IA as Scientific Discovery “…the most difficult mental act of all is to rearrange a familiar bundle of data, to look at it differently and escape from the prevailing doctrine.” - Professor H. Butterfield http://archive.org/details/artofscientifici00beve @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  23. 23. Tools and Structures Tools for discovering Meaning yet Structures to create Context http://www.slideshare.net/danfnord/determining-what-good-means-ux-strat-2013 @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  24. 24. An Example from My Work… @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  25. 25. Company Background • SaaS solutions for libraries • Electronic Resource Management • Bibliographic & publisher metadata @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  26. 26. What’s the Problem? Here’s an example: Given nearly 1000 client configurations stored in multiple XML and JSON files, “migrate” the information over from an old technology to a new implementation. @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  27. 27. RTA Migration Oh, and by the way: Some files are for legacy/inactive clients. @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  28. 28. RTA Migration Oh, and by the way: Some files are for legacy/inactive clients. Some files are for trial/demo clients. @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  29. 29. RTA Migration Oh, and by the way: Some files are for legacy/inactive clients. Some files are for trial/demo clients. Not sure how many clients must be migrated. @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  30. 30. RTA Migration Oh, and by the way: Some files are for legacy/inactive clients. Some files are for trial/demo clients. Not sure how many clients must be migrated. It’s NOT a matter of “mapping” or “copying”. @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  31. 31. RTA Migration So, um… yeah. Can we do that? @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  32. 32. RTA Migration: Approach We needed a tool to help us understand. Something that could put all this stuff in a meaningful context. I decided to use a TiddlyWiki, and build onto it. @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  33. 33. RTA Migration: Resulting Tool @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  34. 34. RTA Migration: Resulting Tool @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  35. 35. RTA Migration: Resulting Tool @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  36. 36. RTA Migration: Resulting Tool Under the hood: @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  37. 37. RTA Migration: Resulting Tool @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  38. 38. RTA Migration: Resulting Tool @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  39. 39. RTA Migration: Resulting Tool @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  40. 40. RTA Migration: Resulting Tool @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  41. 41. My Final Thoughts IA needs freedom to experiment and play. Sometimes we need to be tool builders. We can learn from scientific discovery. @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  42. 42. Know You Don’t Know @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  43. 43. Help Others Understand @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  44. 44. Translate Knowledge @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  45. 45. Ask Questions @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  46. 46. Explain Clearly @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  47. 47. Ask for Explanations @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  48. 48. @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX
  49. 49. Thanks! "What you must understand, is that as scientists we must embrace every possibility. No limitations, no boundaries, there is no reason for them.“ - Walter Bishop U.S. Army Research Headquarters, 1986 @adcockm #FringeIA #WIAD14PDX

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