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IA the Web 2.0 way

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Vicky Buser and I (Ingenta's Information Architects) are pleased to announce that we have had a poster accepted for October's Euro IA Summit in Berlin. The poster "Managing IA the Web 2.0 Way" summarises our experiences of using new social software tools such as Basecamp in our day-to-day work for communicating and managing the information architecture process.

The poster will review four types of tool relating to different activities: flexible specification writing (wikis), collaborative documentation (Writely/Writeboards), real-time interaction (Campfire), and central communications hub (Basecamp). We'll show that there are always new tools and methods that can make the Information Architect's work easier and more exciting. Once we've presented we'll share the poster with the readers of All My Eye, so watch this space!

Having attended last year's first Euro IA Summit in Brussels, we're really looking forward to meeting up with our colleagues from Europe again for more interesting and stimulating presentations and debate. Only this time we'll be taking our poster with ... Expect to hear from us again post-summit as we update you on the European IA scene.

posted by Lucy Power at 12:49 pm


The Importance of Good Hydration (and Test Data)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

With such a wide array of content available on IngentaConnect it's not hard to find fun and interesting test data when working on application code or new features. As well as serious research there's some great content that's slightly tongue in cheek.

For example one of my favourites is "Godzilla from a Zoological Perspective" which analyses the biomechanics of Godzilla, comparing and contrasting the original Japanese incarnation with the more recent film version. Apparently the "old Godzilla was actually the more plausible from a biomechanical point of view".

In a related view is "The pyrophysiology and sexuality of dragons" which was co-authored by "Georgy S.T.". I learnt of that one courtesy of Science Library Pad.

Whilst exploring some statistics on user behaviour today I was amused to discover that a recent IngentaConnect user had been reading about " The Importance of Good Hydration for Day-to-Day Health". Relevant stuff for those of us in the UK this week. The article is currently free, so read on for the importance of guzzling water during our unusually good weather.

This article is also good test data for another reason: its a nice example of the use of embedded reference linking in PDFs to allow users to explore related reading directly from the article. For example following the link from a reference to the Lancet will take users to this page which provides a number of options for where to access the content. If you happen to be at a registered institution with a link resolver configured, you'll see that also.

We've been doing embedded reference linking for a while, but this is a specific example of what I've started to call "Enriched PDFs". References are only one kind of content that could be linked from full-text. We've had a number of discussions internally to highlight some other ways to potentially "enrich" content. As I've noted elsewhere, there's a lot of useful data, just beneath the surface...

posted by Leigh Dodds at 12:44 pm


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