I’ve written two different course modules on Information Architecture. The first time was for Microsoft’s 10232 (Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Applications) course and the second for the ECM Implementers Course. Each had a specific slant to IA to match the audience of the course. Honestly I wasn’t really all that happy with them because I felt like they were adaquate for their courses, they weren’t big enough to cover the entire IA problem. They were more of a survey of a few of the best practices you should consider.
Thus far I’ve done three web casts on Information Architecture which felt better. They weren’t long enough but the slant to match the rest of the content was removed and I had a chance to “stretch out” and talk about some of the framing issues. The most recent web cast was for Lightning Tools which is available from their webcast page. If you find that the session wasn’t enough to quench your thurst for knowledge about Information Architecture, I also did two web casts for Idera earlier in the year, Fundamentals of Information Architecture and SharePoint Information Architecture which are available for download as well.
[Update 2012-06-13: My Metaglogix Information Architecture Considerations for Upgrade web cast has posted.]
If you’ve gone to a conference with SharePoint coverage in the past year or two you may also be able to find a different Information Architecture presentation available for download from the conference web site. I’ve been talking about Information Architecture in the conference circuit for a few years now. (At least this time around.)
I’ve also read and reviewed several books:
- The Paradox of Choice
- Ambient Findability
- Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (Polar Bear book)
- Information Architecture: Blueprints for the web
- Pervasive Information Architecture
For the record, I’m not done yet. I’ve got a reasonably long reading queue still and I’ve still got a ton of work to do before I’m done with what will become one of the next “The SharePoint Shepherd Presents” DVDs. I could, however, use your help. I’m looking for anything that you’ve found valuable in helping you how to create an effective information architecture and comments about the materials you’ve looked at which just weren’t helpful to you – and why.
As I’ve said a few times, I’m absolutely committed to making “The SharePoint Shepherd Presents” the best materials possible for SharePoint that are available. To that end I want to know what’s working and what’s not working for you. I want to know what you’re struggling with. Please email me with your comments about the IA materials you’ve seen – including mine. Thanks in advance.