Experiencing information

Thoughts on how we experience information in the digital world, by James Kalbach


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October 11, 2008

This isn’t new, but I just came across Deep Zoom from MS. It’s based on their Seadragon technology, and it requires Silverlight. Check out the Hard Rock Cafe collection of memorabilia. Combined with a faceted navigation on the left, you can really move around the items quite quickly. And because these are photos, you immediately see [...]
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October 4, 2008

Tagging, in general, leverages natural language. You tag as you would normally speak or use language in every-day life. And that’s a strength of tagging–one that makes it popular and scalable and usable and all that good stuff. Why, then, don’t all tagging system use comma-separated tagging input mechanisms? There is nothing natural about these tags–either [...]
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Aufgrund der positiven Resonanz und zahlreicher Nachfragen veranstaltet NetFlow zwei Workshops mit mir auch in 2009. Die Workshops werden auf Deutsch gehalten. 26. Januar 09 - Workshop I: “Prinzipien der Informationsarchitektur“ 27. Januar 09 - Workshop II: “Elemente des Navigationsdesigns“ Siehe auch den Flyer (PDF 64KB). Die Teilnehmer Anzahl ist begrenzt. Du kannst dich online anmelden.        [...]
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This isn’t exactly new, but I wanted to post on it anyway. Library Thing is trying to get an open-source-like project for classification for to replace Dewey going. It’s called the Open Shelves Classification. Back in my library days, I might have joined in–but not now. There is a forum for the project on Library Thing, [...]
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September 30, 2008

I’m just back from the Euro IA conference in Amsterdam. More on that later. Seems the Designing Web Navigation has been translated to Polish–unbeknowst to me–under the title Projektowanie nawigacji strony WWW. Optymalizacja funkcjonalnoƛci witryny.       
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September 22, 2008

Came across this interesting case study of using personas in D-LIB Magazine: “Using Personas to Understand the Needs and Goals of Institutional Repository Users,” by Jack M. Maness, Tomasz Miaskiewicz, and Tamara Sumner from the University of Colorado at Boulder. This study shares the results of an effort to understand the needs and goals of future [...]
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September 16, 2008

My previous post pointed to activities at Google for automatically extracting quotes from books and linking them together. In his talk in this project, Google research Bill Schilit mentioned the Great Books of the Western World project and the Syntopicon. I had not heard of this, but it’s quite intriguing. In a nutshell, Mortimer Adler, an [...]
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September 12, 2008

Folks at the IAI mailing list pointed to an interesting talk by Bill Schilit of Google Research called “Navigating the network of knowledge: Mining quotations from massive-scale digital libraries of books.” Check out the video. Or, see a couple of the papers published on this topic from Bill’s publication page. Overall, they are mining the millions [...]
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September 8, 2008

I came across an article in the Sloan Management Review from July 2008 entitled “In Search of Growth Leaders” by Sean D. Carr, Jeanne M. Liedtka, Robert Rosen, and Robert E. Wiltbank. The authors discuss key qualitities of growth leaders, or managers that produce above-average organic growth figures. There are several factors that signal a so-called [...]
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August 31, 2008

Below are excertps from a longer essay I wrote several years ago that never got published, mixed with a passage from Designing Web Navigation. In thinking about breadth vs. depth recently, I returned to this line of thinking and wanted to share it. ——————————————- Uncertainty in Information Seeking Formal associations of information and uncertainty date back to [...]
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August 24, 2008

Seems like the rotating navigation mechanism has been steadily gaining popularity over the last few years, paritcularly for news sites, but also for ecommerce sites. With this device, you can highlight multiple stories or products within the same space on the page. Most have a very limited number of items–between 2 and 5. There are two [...]
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August 7, 2008

O’Reilly Germany just published an interview with me about Handbuch der Webnavigation, the German title for Desiging Web Navigation. It’s in German, of course. Thanks to Volker Bombien for making that happen.
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August 5, 2008

Stewart Brand, author of How Buildings Learn, has made available a program he created for the BBC in 1997. There are six 30-minute videos in all posted on Google Video: Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Part VI I’ve only made it through Part I so far, but it was very good. Looking forward to seeing the other [...]
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August 4, 2008

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be giving a workshop on the topic of navigation design in New York City in November: Web Navigation Design Tuesday, November 25 9:00 am-5:00 pm Here’s the short description of the class: Optimizing the User Experience of Your Website This day-long class covers principles of web navigation and methods of navigation design with practical examples [...]
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August 2, 2008

Microsoft Research just published a paper revealing a new type of web search ranking: BrowseRank: Letting Web Users Vote for Page Importance. This was a paper for the SIGIR (Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval) conference, which took place in Singapore this week. In a nutshell, this is an attention-based way of ranking pages: the more [...]
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In a previous post, I pointed out a trend in navigation to provide a broad, flat menu of options extending from the top-level category options of a site in a layer of some kind. I called this a Sitemap Menu because they act like mini-sitemaps for that section. In reading an interview Jensen Harris in [...]
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July 26, 2008

Here’s an interesting vertical search engine from Australia: Boozle. You can find the cheapest prices of liquor in stores in your area. Talk about a long tail market search engine… Couldn’t find Westvleteren anywhere in .AU though (which isn’t a surprise, I guess: you can’t get it in Germany directly either). [...]
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July 16, 2008

O’Reilly just annouced the distribution of 30 titles in e-book format. Designing Web Navigation is among them. I don’t have a copy yet, but am really interesting in seenig how it looks as an e-book. Also, for reason I couldn’t install the Adobe e-book reader (Digital Editions) on my work computer. [...]
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