'The web is not a tree': information architecture and the navigational topology of the World Wide Web

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Author(s)Dade-Robertson M
Publication type Article
JournalEnvironment and Planning B: Planning & Design
Year2011
Volume38
Issue1
Pages129-141
ISSN (print)0265-8135
ISSN (electronic)1472-3417
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The discipline of Information Architecture, which borrows many of its methods and metaphors from traditional architectural practice, has so far remained largely outside architectural discourse. This paper examines the profession and practice of ‘Information Architecture’ through the lens of methods and theories relating to the built environment and concludes that, although the metaphors of architecture used, for example, in the design of GUIs have been largely unsuccessful, topological theories of architecture may offer the potential to better understand the deep structure of information as it is navigating using networked structures which are common to web based technologies.
PublisherPion Ltd.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1068/b35049
DOI10.1068/b35049
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