Morville begins his book by wondering how the reader has come across his book. He goes on to wonder if anyone will find his book. Much of the book is a discussion on techniques of cataloguing information so it can be found again. Instead it is a call for professionalism, consistency and intelligence behind how information is gathered, sorted and marked for retrieval.
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Morville begins his book by wondering how the reader has come across his book. He goes on to wonder if anyone will find his book. Much of the book is a discussion on techniques of cataloguing information so it can be found again.
Instead it is a call for professionalism, consistency and intelligence behind how information is gathered, sorted and marked for retrieval. I read a library book via interlibrary loan. Someday I would like my own copy. There is some stuff about findability and some vision about the future it heralds, but it looks like Morville bites off more than he can chew. The engaged professional will not read anything new and it is too wildly disparate and biased but not nearly opinionated enough to serve as an introductory text.
Dec 22, tamarack rated it really liked it really enjoyed what i got through before having this due back at the library. Nov 14, Nate rated it it was ok i once made a joke to my friend that this book was about finding tangerine dream records when browsing through a record store.
I use the phrase "design into" intentionally. The world for which Ambient Findability primarily concerns itself with has not yes been created, but to ensure the world exists we must begin designing into our products and services the constructs for such a solution. The hope is that by exploring the way in which we find and our biases for how we both process information and find information-- I found a lot of synergy with the research conducted in: Keeping Found Things Found.
However if you are at the beginning or heading into this project, this book will put the work ahead in perspective and give you a framework for thinking about where the opportunities lie ahead.
There were other times when the idea was so powerful that the words seemed insufficient. This is the case with Ambient Findability. Peter Morville is speaking of the changes in thinking that are happening all around us and how we acquire information. Theres research to support the fundamental premise that we acquire much of what we know based on passive and indirect access to information.
Do users have enough awareness of authority to judge quality? PM: My article on authority provoked a wonderful discussion on web4lib about this very question. My sense is that many adults lack the information literacy skills needed to cope with a mediascape that enables us to select our sources and choose our news. And if so, is this a bad thing?
To purchase books, visit Amazon or your favorite retailer. How can you filter streams of complex information to pull out only what you want? Why does it matter how information is structured when Google seems to magically bring up the right answer to your questions? What does it mean to be "findable" in this day and age? This eye-opening new book examines the convergence of information and connectivity. Written by Peter Morville, author of the groundbreaking Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, the book defines our current age as a state of unlimited findability.
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