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Friday, May 27, 2011

Ambient Findability






How do you find your way in an age of information overload? 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. In other words, anyone can find anything at any time. Complete navigability.
Morville discusses the Internet, GIS, and other network technologies that are coming together to make unlimited findability possible. He explores how the melding of these innovations impacts society, since Web access is now a standard requirement for successful people and businesses. But before he does that, Morville looks back at the history of wayfinding and human evolution, suggesting that our fear of being lost has driven us to create maps, charts, and now, the mobile Internet.
The book's central thesis is that information literacy, information architecture, and usability are all critical components of this new world order. Hand in hand with that is the contention that only by planning and designing the best possible software, devices, and Internet, will we be able to maintain this connectivity in the future. Morville's book is highlighted with full color illustrations and rich examples that bring his prose to life.
Ambient Findability doesn't preach or pretend to know all the answers. Instead, it presents research, stories, and examples in support of its novel ideas. Are we truly at a critical point in our evolution where the quality of our digital networks will dictate how we behave as a species? Is findability indeed the primary key to a successful global marketplace in the 21st century and beyond. Peter Morville takes you on a thought-provoking tour of these memes and more -- ideas that will not only fascinate but will stir your creativity in practical ways that you can apply to your work immediately.




Copyright


Dedication


About the Author


Preface



Organization of This Book



Safari Enabled



Contacting the Author



Contacting O'Reilly



Acknowledgments


Chapter 1. Lost and Found



Section 1.1. Definition



Section 1.2. Information Literacy



Section 1.3. Business Value



Section 1.4. Paradise Lost


Chapter 2. A Brief History of Wayfinding



Section 2.1. All Creatures Great and Small



Section 2.2. Human Wayfinding in Natural Habitats



Section 2.3. Maps and Charts



Section 2.4. The Built Environment



Section 2.5. Wayfinding in the Noosphere



Section 2.6. The Web



Section 2.7. The Baldwin Effect


Chapter 3. Information Interaction



Section 3.1. Defining Information



Section 3.2. Information Retrieval



Section 3.3. Language and Representation



Section 3.4. The People Problem



Section 3.5. Information Interaction


Chapter 4. Intertwingled



Section 4.1. Everyware



Section 4.2. Wayfinding 2.0



Section 4.3. Findable Objects



Section 4.4. Impots



Section 4.5. Exports



Section 4.6. Convergence



Section 4.7. Asylum


Chapter 5. Push and Pull



Section 5.1. Marketing



Section 5.2. Design



Section 5.3. Findability Hacks



Section 5.4. Personalization



Section 5.5. Ebb and Flow


Chapter 6. The Sociosemantic Web



Section 6.1. Us and Them



Section 6.2. The Social Life of Metadata



Section 6.3. Documents



Section 6.4. A Walk in the Park


Chapter 7. Inspired Decisions



Section 7.1. Bounded Irrationality



Section 7.2. Informed Decisions



Section 7.3. Network Culture



Section 7.4. The Body Politic



Section 7.5. Information Overload



Section 7.6. Graffiti Theory



Section 7.7. Sources of Inspiration



Section 7.8. Ambient Findability


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About the Author



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